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How to Buy Men's Bike Shorts

How to Select Padded Bike Short - An overview

The best way to choose a bike short is to understand your options. If you are reading this, you probably love to ride and want the best deal possible. Here is some advice to help you pick the short that meets your needs.  There are many choices because there are so many opinions on what is best for all the types of riding that goes on out there.  We love to ride and hope to get you out there for more of the joy that we all feel when we ride. 


Most Important features of a bicycle short:

  1. Freedom of movement for cycling motion
  2. Anti Chafe design
  3. Padding for the ischial bones (sit bones)

Most bike shorts have a padding sewn into the saddle area.

The padding in the short ranges from thick to thin. The thickest pads act as shock absorbers with layers of thick foams or gel inserts. The chamois padding that is inside a pair of bicycle shorts also will reduce abrasion and cushions the butt. If you are just starting to ride, or the longer your ride, the more density you need in a chamois pad. The elite pads are designed for long distance riders and are engineered for the male anatomy. A more seasoned bicycle rider may want a thin pad in their bike shorts so that it prevents abrasion and yet feels invisible. Using a thin chamois pad is also popular in triathlon shorts where the short is worn for swim, bike, run. More information on Chamois pads for cycling.

Bike shorts are worn without underwear

The padding in the saddle area of a bike short is often called the chamois pad even though the pads are rarely ever chamois leather anymore. In the 1970's and 1980's bicycle shorts had a leather chamois pad sewn into the saddle area for the sole purpose of preventing abrasion. Back then the chamois was lubricated with an oil to create a "slip" so the cycling motion was smooth against the skin. The use of anti-chafe creams and lubricants continue to be an important part of cycling as these creams combined with snug bike shorts do wonders to enhance the comfort of a cyclist.

Today, most chamois pads are made from high performance synthetic fibers like Coolmax brand polyester or polyurethane fibers. The surface of a chamois pad is usually hydrophobic which means they stay dry. The chamois pad is often treated with an antibacterial or silver ion finish to diminish the growth of bacteria which may lead to saddle sores. A clean chamois pad is an ideal way to prevent saddle sores. Today's synthetic chamois pads are machine washable. Machine washing of a chamois pad is important to remove all bacteria.

Types of Bike Shorts

Spandex Skin Short

Tri - Swim-Bike-Run

Liner Short Casual Stretch Padded MTB Short Bib Shorts
Dense Pads in Road Bike Shorts These pads are in the elite category and are best for high mileage and century rides over 50 miles Thin padded Bike Shorts are great for experienced cyclists who are comfortable on their saddle or for triathletes who want one garment for swim, bike, run Underwear and Liner Shorts These garments are worn under your normal looking shorts or pants, they are usually mesh with a chamois pad Casual shorts are ideal for bicycle lifestyle.  They are ususally a woven stretch fabric for lots of short around town rides.  They are for daily use and double as casual short. Baggy / MTB - Baggy or loose fitting bike shorts are often called ATB or MTB as they are Mountain bike shorts. They are often sold as two shorts in one, a padded liner inside an outer short. Bib Shorts - are compression bike shorts without a waist held up with straps or suspenders. This is most often used by experienced cyclists
Gel filled chamois These pads are ideal for beginners and cyclists who are moving up in their mileage and rides of shorter duration under 50 miles.

How to choose a size and fit your bike shorts

Fitting into spandex shorts is very easy for most everyone because the shorts are very stretchy. This means you could wear a size too small or a size too large and still be comfortable while cycling. Bike shorts usually have a chamois pad sewn into the saddle area of the garment. This pad needs to be stretched smooth across the crotch area to maximize it's performance to protect the rider. With a pair of bike shorts on your body, you should be able to run your hand across your crotch area and feel smoothness without any bunching. Bike Shorts work best when they fit snug with the chamois pad held close to the skin. When bike shorts are too large, the chamois pad moves around and may create an opportunity for rubbing or abrasion.

The features built into bike shorts often are built around the function of the cyclist who is riding. There are many types of cyclists on the road, so there is a similar variety of padded bike shorts. Leg grippers or some type of leg compression is essential for cycling shorts to stay in place. With the constant motion of the muscles during exercise, the shorts tend to ride up if they don't have some type of compression or grip on the legs.

Below are some examples of men's cycling shorts with their prices and chamois pads. You can see from the images below the variety of prices and thicknesses available in the chamois pad. Beginners want a thicker pad, triathletes use a thinner pad, long distance riders have several choices but generally prefer a dense pad. Aero Tech's padded cycling shorts are for men who ride bicycles.

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Aero Tech Designs CyclewearMen's Bike Shorts - Made in USA

Below are some examples of bike shorts for men. If you notice the chamois padding is engineered for the placement of the bones on the saddle. The different densities and thicknesses are designed to provide shock absorption where it is needed. Men's bike shorts typically have a groove cutout in the center of the pad for the male anatomy to sink into.
Top Shelf Cycling
Gel Padded Spandex
Touring Short
Men's Pro Bike
Black P.
Cycling Short
All American
Bike Short
mens top shelf bike short gel padded touring short mens pro bike short black pearl bike shorts all american made bike shorts
aero tech designs bike shrots top seller
gel chamois pad

pro bike shorts
black pearl chamois pad padded bike shorts
Top Shelf - Long Distance chamois pad - Most Popular, 3 colorways Side Pockets and Gel Pad for extra comfort and long distance Pro Pad Multi Layer is Not so thick. Ideal for anti-chafe, 4 colorways

Black Pearl Chamois Mid density Available Tall or Short, 4 colorways

All American Black
10 MM thick 12 mm thick 7 mm thick 8 mm thick 10 mm thick

Padded Cycling Shorts

The shorts listed below show the different types of shorts available. Each individual who rides has a different opinion on what makes up a good pad and bike short. With all of the different preferences, you can see there is a short developed for all types of riders.
Classic Padded Bike
Men's Century Thick Padded
Cycling Short
Basic Bike Shorts Wild Print Spandex Lots of Choices Men's Gel Padded
Bike Shorts
Men's Classic Padded Bike Shorts mens century cycling short mens basic bike shorts men's wild print spandex shorts men's gel padded shorts
classic padded bike shorts
top seller
century thick pad chamois pad pro bike shorts gel padded mens short
Men's Classic Black
(Thick), 4 Colorways
Men's Century Thick Padded Short Formaggio Pad Multi Layer Pad - Not Thick Gel Chamois Pad
12 mm thick 10mm High Density 6 mm Thick 7 mm thick 12 mm Thick

Baggy and Loose Fitting MTB Shorts

This category of bike shorts are actually two shorts in one. A baggy exterior and an internal liner or bike underwear. The baggy and loose fitting bike shorts are ideal for casual riders who do not want to wear spandex. Getting ready to choose a loose fitting (aka 'baggy") bike short is easy when you have choices. Most of the mountain bike shorts are two shorts in one. A loose outer shell made of nylon and an internal stretchy padded bike short. We have found that many people who want the baggy bike short look are not just mountain bikers. More often the buyers of the loose fitting shorts want a more casual and normal looking short. They are usually referred to as Mountain Bike Shorts or MTB shorts. Some refer to them as ATB or all terrain Bike shorts. There are many brands of shorts and the differences are subtle and significant, so you need a little time to find the right pair for you.
ATD Padded Cargo
MTB Shorts
Outlaw Bullet Mountain
Bike Shor
ATD Mens Bicycle Commuter Multi-Sport Shorts ATD Bicycle Touring

ATD Men's Commuter Pedal Pushers - Capri Length

Men's Cargo Shorts - Padded Outlaw Mountain Bike Shorts Men's cargo multi-sport shorts baggy touring shorts for cycling Pedal Pushers for commuting
black pearl chamois
top seller
black pearl chamois Unpadded tri short padding Unpadded
Black Pearl Chamois Pad
Mid density
Black Pearl Chamois Pad
Mid density
Stretch Woven Commuter Molded 3D Pad is light and breathable Stretch Woven Commuter
8 mm Thick 8 mm Thick 6 mm Thick

Bicycling Clothing is technically designed for Comfort

Men's Cycling Gel Pad Underliner Mesh Bicycling Underwear Gel Padded Mesh Cycle liner Short Aero Tech Top Shelf
Bib Short
Tri Shorts
men's gel padded underliner men's gel padded underliner gel padded bicycling underwear mens bibshorts tri shorts with light pad
air gel pad
top seller
tri short padding gel padded mens short aero tech designs bike shrots tri short padding

Elite Air-Gel Underliner
(Thick and Dense)

Breathable Perforated Elastic Interface Pad Very Cool Gel Chamois Pad Top Shelf
Long Distance chamois pad
Triathlon Pad
15mm Thick 6 mm Thick 12 mm Thick 10 mm Thick  

Exercise Shorts and Unpadded Fitness Shorts

This category of bike shorts are ideal for multiple sport activity. The spandex shorts offer compression - which reduces fatigue and helps you recover faster. The unpadded shorts offer up excellent range of movement without restriction. Ideal of multiple sports like running, soccer, yoga and general fitness
ATD Unpadded Cycling
Skin Shorts
Compression Workout
High Performance
Fitness Shorts
ATD Mens Commuter Multi-Sport Shorts Men's Swimming Jammers
touring cycling mtb atb shorts

Men's compression shorts

fitness compression shorts
commuter shorts
mens swim jammer
Not Padded - Good for Recumben Riders. Has Grippers Not Padded
5 colors Available
Not Padded several colors and prints Not Padded good for commuters and casual rides FINA Swimwear

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