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You Will Need
- Information about cycling shorts
- Various pairs of cycling shorts to try on
Consider the price
Consider the price when examining potential shorts. Although cycling shorts can be found for $30, the inexpensive pair may wear out and fall apart before the $100 pair. For the best price, check out the sales and clearance rack at your local specialty bike retailer.
Check out the weight
Try on a pair of 6-ounce and 8-ounce-weight shorts. The 8- ounce shorts will have a heavier fit and encase your legs more firmly. Which is better? That's entirely up to you. Some riders prefer the heft of the heavier material, while others like the lighter feel.
Decide on the configuration
Decide whether you need touring or racing shorts. Touring, or entry level, shorts are designed with a higher rise in both the front and rear. Racing, or sport shorts, are cut lower and more articulated, meaning the material is already bent forward to mimic the typical bike racing position.
Look at the chamois
Look at the chamois padding within each pair of shorts. How thick is it? Does it mold to your body? Consider the size, weight, and construction of the shorts and padding. For instance, light-weight shorts with a heavy chamois will appear unbalanced. Try on several pairs to find the best fit.
Consider bib shorts
Cut higher and with shoulder straps, bib shorts eliminate the slippage of regular cycling shorts. They are, however, more expensive and make using the restroom a challenge. If you opt for bib shorts, make sure to find the right pair of bibs to match your height and waist measurements.
Opt for mountain bike shorts
Embrace the baggy mountain bike style. Shorts designed for mountain biking often feature cargo pockets with a chamois insert. That way you can look hip, yet still remain comfortable.