One of the most important and easy way to improve your cycling comfort is getting a good pair of cycling shorts. Although simple-looking, these shorts actually have impressive features, such as, an anatomic fit, moisture-wicking fabrics and prevention against chafing and bacteria. The market is flooded with distinctive types of men's bike shorts, over a hundred companies manufacture cycle shorts and there are thousands of bike shorts in market, differing in quality and price range. However all may look same at first, actually there can be significant differences between them. Thus, you should keep in mind the tips given below while buying the cycling shorts.
Construction & Material
The first thing which should be taken care before buying a cycle short
is its construction & material. Bike shorts are constructed of
panels which helps the garment to fit the body in the cycling position.
Always check out the number of panels in shorts. Cheap quality shorts
usually contain four panels or six panels, but eight panel shorts are
the best for your body. One way to look out for the number of panels is
to pay attention to the way they are hanging. If they hang straight that
means the shorts consists of four panels and curved hanging is an
indication of eight panels which is the best preferred of all.
Price for cycling shorts is usually based on the fabric and pad, which
are used in the manufacturing of shorts. Shorts made of better materials
usually cost more. Cycling-short made of nylon spandex fabrics has great
stretch and durability, but they do not have the ability to wick
moisture. Thus, spandex is now mixed with other yarns such as polyester
to promote moisture transfer. Therefore, these special types of shorts
are much more costly compared to the simple shorts made of nylon spandex
The other feature which affects the price of shorts is the padding.
Luckily fabric technology and pad construction have improved incredibly
over the years and the pads inside the shorts are more comfortable and
functional than ever before. It is important to understand that the main
purpose of these pads is to wick moisture and to prevent chafing. Most
pads have several layers. The top layer is usually made of a technical
fabric that wicks moisture, breathes, and prevents bacteria growth.
Thus, you should always ask the shopkeeper about the quality of pads
used in the short you want to buy.
The Right Fit
The size of cycle shorts varies from one company to another, as fabrics
and construction will cause each short to fit differently. So, it is
recommended that you should try on several different shorts before
buying. Also, when trying a cycling short put yourself in a cycling
position. On trying cycling shorts should be comfortable with no bagging
or wrinkles. It is also recommended that you should never wear underwear
under your bike shorts as the materials used in pads are designed to
wick moisture, breathe and prevent bacteria growth. Therefore, bike
shorts are much more hygienic than your underwear.