On this page you can see an overview of some of the women's bike shorts available. There are many types of cycle shorts for women because of the different types of riders and personal preferences of today's women. Aero Tech Padded Bike Shorts are for for all levels of female cycling. The images below show the different types of biking shorts for women who ride for fun and exercise. Contact us for more information on all of our cycling apparel products.
To choose a bike short for your personal biking style, you first need to know your options. Most cycle shorts have a foam pad sewn into the bicycle seat area. The padding in the shorts range from thick to thin. The thickest pads act as shock absorbers with different types of gel or foam that is formed into shapt using an engineered designed based on cycling motion. The padding also reduces abrasion and cushions the seat area. 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 specifically for the female 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.
The pad in a pair of bicycle shorts is called the chamois pad even though the pads are rarely ever chamois leather anymore. In the 1970's and 1980's bicycle shorts were made of black wool with a leather chamois pad sewn into the saddle area to prevent abrasion. In the early days of bicycle racing, the chamois was lubricated with an oil to create a "slip" so the cycling motion was a smooth glide 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 bicycle rider.
When shopping for women's bike shorts, you will find that most of the women's chamois pads are wider than men's. They are laminated layers of high performance synthetic fibers like Coolmax brand polyester and other high-end fabrics. The surface of a chamois pad is usually hydrophobic which means that it stays dry. The chamois pad fabric is treated with an antibacterial, carbon 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.
Care: We recommend you machine wash your bike shorts and then let them air dry. Avoiding dryers prolongs the life of the rubber lycra spandex which is knitted into the short. The Spandex is a rubber which is affected by heat. Longer life can be had by air drying your spandex shorts.
Below are some examples of women's cycling shorts with their prices and chamois pads.
|Female Classic Padded Bike
|Women's Top Shelf
|Women's Century Long Distance Short $69.95||Gel Padded Cycling Short $69.95||Women's Anti-Chafe
Pro Short $39.95
|Classic Black||Top Shelf - Long distance||Thick - Butt Pillow||Gel Chamois Pad for extra comfort and long distances||Pro Multi Layer - Not so Thick ideal for pro's and anti chafe|
|12 mm thick||10mm thick||13 mm High Denisty||14 mm thick||7 mm thick|