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The 10 Best Cycling Shorts for a comfortable ride

The 10 Best Cycling Shorts for a comfortable ride

Cycling shorts, they come in all sorts of colours, designs, special features and materials. Cycling shorts are one of the most important pieces of clothing for your ride when it comes to comfort and performance. Whilst comfort is in the forefront of the mind when choosing the bib shorts, they also have to perform so you can also get the very best from yourself. Most people think that the pad is the only thing to think of when choosing the bib short. But you can have the most expensive of chamois pads but if they are not fitted right can become the most uncomfortable thing in the world. Things like cutting into the skin if too tight and causing a pressure sore or moving about and causing chaffing, or even broken skin. It all sounds like a bit of a horror story doesn’t it? So it is important to get the fit right to get the most of of your pad.

You can get both normal shorts and bib shorts, however, the latter are the most popular amongst cyclists, including pro cyclists as they are more comfortable and secure for a few reasons;

A bib short does not have the elastic band around the waist, unless you have a ironing board for a stomach then a waistband can tend to dig into the stomach and cause unwanted pressure and irritation. In contrast if they are too big they can slip down and be a constant nuisance when you are having to pull them up all the time.

There are a few aspects that you need to look for when buying cycling shorts; The fit, the chamois, the leg grippers and the materials. The best cycling shorts look at these factors and give you the rider what you need from your shorts.

  • Bib Shorts

Bib shorts – he best type of cycling shorts to wear, especially when racing, commuting, endurance riding, or long days in the saddle as they prevent your shorts from slipping down – they cut out the faff of pulling them up. The straps are wide to distribute any pressure evenly so they are comfortable over your shoulders giving the feeling of weightlessness.

  • The Chamois Pad

The padding is the most essential factor of cycling shorts as it cushions your seat bones on hard, performance saddles. They allow you to spend long periods in the saddle without getting pressure sores. There are many different types of padding that use different materials, thicknesses and shapes to help aid circulation and weight distribution. Try a few different brands to see what suits you the best. Some brands you will get on better than others depending on your anatomy and preferences.

  • Leg gripper

Nowadays leg grippers come in various designs. Some use gel dots, some use gel silicone type bands, others use a Air mesh-like leg gripper with wider distribution to aid in pressure relief. Again this is down to your anatomy and what you require from a short to keep you comfortable. If you have larger legs and suffer with the band being tight then a larger grip area may suit you better to help reduce the gripper from digging into the skin.

  • Materials

The materials vary depending on the time of year and the specific job it has to perform. Look out for this when buying your shorts. If you are racing, time trailing then an Aero short with aerodynamic properties in the materials are the best choice as it will help save you time and energy over a period of time. In contrast to that if you are riding in very hot conditions. Some pads Santini Tono Bib Shorts have Ice cooling properties in the pad to eliminate sweating that can cause sores.

If you are looking for some suggestions then we have handpicked some out for you.

Cycling Bib-Short Suggestions

  1. PBK Altitude Bib Shorts - Black
    £29.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    PBK Altitude Bib Shorts - Black

    These shorts are high quality, simple and reliable with all the key features to provide you with all day riding comfort. Form fitting panel construction provides a comfortable fit that eliminates chafing. The soft mesh straps are gentle on the skin, and allow full breathability when things start getting sweaty.

    You can also get these in blue.

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  2. PBK Premium Bib Shorts - Black
    £52.49 Buy now with Probikekit

    PBK Premium Bib Shorts - Black

    The PBK Premium bib shorts are designed for riding, training and racing with all day comfort in mind. They have an industry leading dual density chamois pad which is anatomically shaped to keep the pad moulded to your body shape.

    You can also get these bib shorts in blue.

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  3. Sportful Fiandre Light NoRain Bib Shorts - Black
    £90.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Sportful Fiandre Light NoRain Bib Shorts - Black

    These bib shorts from Sportful are ideal for long rides in variable weather conditions.They are lightweight and feature Sportful’s NoRain water-repellant finish, keeping you dry in wet weather conditions.

    The bib shorts are also constructed with a built-in TC Pro seat pad designed to offer optimal cushioning and comfort even on longer rides.

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  4. Santini Photon 3.0 Bib Shorts - Black
    £158.39 Buy now with Probikekit

    Santini Photon 3.0 Bib Shorts - Black

    These bib shorts from Santini are designed with an aerodynamic cut and made with Thunderbike Power fabric that helps reduce muscle stress due to its light compression and Eschler fabric inserts on the sidebands.

    C3 chamois with a protective shell and multiple-destiny padding makes the PHOTON 3.0 bib shorts exceptionally comfortable.

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  5. Castelli Premio Bib Shorts - Black
    £185.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Castelli Premio Bib Shorts - Black

    Premio bib short from Castelli gives the extra support and comfort needed for your longest days in the saddle. The Forza fabric is a proven performer, giving perfect muscle support and compression and they’ve built up the lumbar area with a mesh compression support band that makes the short lock into place.

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  6. Castelli Nano Flex 2 Bib Shorts - Black
    £90.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Castelli Nano Flex 2 Bib Shorts - Black

    The Castelli ‘Nanoflex 2’ bib shorts are designed to offer an outstanding aerodynamic performance, temperature regulation and muscle compression in even the worst and wettest weather conditions. They are fitted with a KISS Air seat pad which features a multi-density foam filling and a super soft, brushed microfibre top that guarantees unrivalled cushioning, comfort and support.

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  7. Look Replica Team Aero Bib Shorts - Black
    £90.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Look Replica Team Aero Bib Shorts - Black

    The Team Aero bib shorts from Look Cycling are made from a technical aerodynamic fabric to increase performance and ensure comfort. The bib shorts also provide excellent muscular support for faster recovery.

    An anatomic seat pad with a 3D construction bolsters comfort by cushioning the ischial bones, while breathable mesh bib straps provide superior ventilation.

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  8. Santini Sleek Plus Bib Shorts - Black/White
    £80.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Santini Sleek Plus Bib Shorts - Black/White

    These are another set of bib shorts from Santini that ensure maximum performance on the bike. They are built with an aerodynamic cut and also made with Thunderbike Power to help reduce muscle stress with compression.

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  9. Castelli Omloop Thermal Bib Shorts - Black/Red
    £125.00 Buy now with Probikekit

    Castelli Omloop Thermal Bib Shorts - Black/Red

    These bib shorts from Castelli have been influenced by their Cervélo TestTeam rider Jeremy Hunt. Hunt rode the Omloop Het Nieuwsbald in knee warmers in 2009, starting a trend amongst riders in 2015 who rode with that same look. From this, Castelli engineered a fabric that leaves a soft raw edge at the back of the knee that won’t cut into you.

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  10. adidas Men's Adistar Zero3 Bib Shorts - Black
    £107.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    adidas Men's Adistar Zero3 Bib Shorts - Black

    Made using soft Nylon with elastane for stretch, these bib shorts from adidas are streamlined for a fast ride. The racer back allows excellent breathability, and a reverse-entry pocket gives you a place to stash small essentials as you race.

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Elizabeth Demetriou

Elizabeth Demetriou

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I'm a runner at heart but since shin splints became a big part of my life, I turned to cycling as a form of cross training. I love riding track and am a regular on the Manchester velodrome; on the road I ride a Trek Lexa and I call it Toby.


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