How To Wear Cycling Shorts Properly (My Experience)

If you’re a cyclist, there’s no better feeling than slipping on a pair of cycling shorts. They’re the perfect balance between sports bra and underwear, providing support and comfort with minimal bulk. 

But not all cycling shorts are created equal: Some offer more coverage than others; some have more padding than others; some come in patterns and colors while others stick to solid neutrals. 

Each style has its pros and cons, so let’s break down how to wear them properly!

Bicycling : How to Wear Bike Shorts
Key Takeaways
Proper fit is crucial for cycling shorts.
Look for a chamois that offers enough padding for your riding style.
Avoid wearing underwear underneath cycling shorts.
Wash cycling shorts in cold water on a gentle cycle and air dry.
Apply chamois cream and anti-chafing products to prevent discomfort.

Exercise Shorts

Use them for yoga and other activities. The material of exercise shorts is lightweight, allowing you to move around freely. This makes them ideal for doing yoga or any other activity that requires movement and flexibility.

Keep you cool. In addition to being lightweight, exercise shorts are designed to keep you cool while working out or practicing certain activities such as yoga where perspiration can get heavy at times. 

Most of these shorts have mesh inserts that allow air circulation so that there’s enough ventilation inside the garment without compromising its ability to retain moisture from sweat during workouts.

Comfortable fit – If you think about it, most people look down on their bums when they sit down because we associate having an unflattering rear end with laziness! 

Our brains automatically tell us “I need a good butt!” And what better way than wearing tight fitting clothes? But this isn’t always necessary – sometimes loose fitting clothes can actually look great too!

If you’re experiencing sit bone pain while cycling, it’s important to address it so you can continue to enjoy your rides. One way to alleviate pain is by adjusting the height and angle of your saddle. For more tips and tricks, check out our article on relieving sit bone pain from cycling for easy tips.

Cycling Shorts

Wear them correctly:

Cycling shorts are meant to be worn under your jersey. They provide a large amount of comfort and support, which can make all the difference on those long rides. 

They’re typically made from a soft, breathable material that won’t chafe or rub uncomfortably against skin (this is especially important if you’re prone to riding in hot climates). 

A high waistband also helps prevent any unwanted exposure of your midsection when you bend over or lower yourself into the aerodynamic position on your bike’s handlebars.


You may think that underwear is an insignificant part of your cycling outfit, but it’s actually one of the most important pieces. Underwear should be made of a material that wicks moisture away from your body and keep you dry. 

This will help prevent chafing and rashes from developing on long rides. The fabric should also be stretchy so that it moves with you as you pedal along and doesn’t restrict any movement or cause discomfort in any way.

When choosing the right undergarment for cycling shorts, make sure to look for a brand that makes supportive styles (like briefs) with high-quality materials like cotton or nylon/spandex blends; these materials help keep clothes breathable while retaining their shape throughout an entire ride without sagging out of place or riding up awkwardly due to friction between layers of clothing!

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Thickness Of The Fabric

The thickness of the fabric is another important factor to consider. Like most clothing items, cycling shorts are made with a variety of different materials, each with its own properties and benefits. 

Generally speaking, thicker fabrics will be more comfortable than thinner ones. They’re also less likely to chafe or cause skin irritation when you’re riding long distances on your bike. 

This isn’t always true though some people prefer thin spandex-like shorts because they feel like they breathe better than other fabrics do (even if they don’t). 

The same goes for ladies who have larger breasts: a thinner fabric may feel better around that area than a thicker one would.

For men who want maximum comfort without sacrificing performance benefits, our Classic Men’s Cycling Shorts are made from soft Supplex nylon and spandex material a blend that’s breathable enough for all weather conditions but thick enough to provide support during those grueling rides around town (or up Mount Washington).


When choosing cycling shorts, keep in mind how you want them to look. You may prefer a looser fit or a more streamlined style. 

The same goes for the bra, which can range from basic and functional to sexy and seductive. The liner (or liner-less) is another important factor here; it’s an undergarment that provides additional coverage and comfort throughout your ride. 

Choosing the right style of shorts will make you feel better about yourself and help you enjoy every mile of your ride!

Cleats are an important component of cycling shoes that help improve your pedaling efficiency and power transfer. However, attaching cleats to your shoes can be intimidating if you’re new to cycling. Our guide on how to put cleats on cycling shoes provides step-by-step instructions and tips to make the process easier.


The price of cycling shorts is a bit confusing, because it’s not always correlated with the quality of the fabric. 

This is because some brands produce expensive clothing and lower-quality cycling shorts. Some inexpensive brands produce high-quality cycling shorts that are just as good as their more expensive counterparts.

For example, you can buy a pair of $30 “yoga pants” or you can pay $70 for something similar from Lululemon whose name has become synonymous with yoga apparel among fashionistas. But if the goal is to have a great experience in your clothes, those Lululemon pants might offer better value than their cheaper competitors even though they cost more money upfront!

The same goes for bike shorts: There are plenty of cheap ones out there made from inferior materials (including nylon), but these won’t take you very far in terms of comfort or performance once you start riding regularly on your bike (especially if we’re talking about road biking).


The padding in your shorts is what provides you with comfort, warmth and protection. Padded cycling shorts can be used for running, as well as for other sports such as basketball, soccer or lacrosse. 

You may have noticed that some sports are played outdoors in the cold weather while others are played indoors where it’s warm and dry. 

The padding in padded cycling shorts will not only protect you from the cold air but also from any hard surfaces that could cause discomfort if they were to come into contact with bare skin.

Padded cycling shorts provide a barrier between your legs and whatever surface they’re resting on while riding (whether it be a seat on a bike or floor during basketball practice). 

For those who experience chafing when wearing regular underwear during activity (such as running), padded cycling shorts are an excellent alternative because they offer more protection against rubbing against fabrics that can cause irritation on sensitive areas such as thighs or buttocks

Whether you’re a beginner or experienced cyclist, there’s always room for improvement. Our article on how to get better at cycling offers easy tips to help you improve your riding technique, endurance, and overall performance.

Fit And Comfort

The first thing you should do when shopping for cycling shorts is to try on several different brands and styles. 

You can’t really get a good sense of how the fit is going to be from looking at them online or in a store, but trying them on before buying can make everything easier in the long run.

There are three main things that impact how comfortable your cycling shorts will be: the cut (where they sit on your body), the material they’re made of, and how they feel against your skin.

When it comes to fit, there are a few different styles of cycling short cut that you’ll find at most bike shops: bibs (like ones worn by cyclists like Bradley Wiggins) or baggies (like those worn by Lance Armstrong). 

Bibs tend to offer more support since they have straps around your chest holding up fabric over it while baggies have no such straps and rely solely on elasticity around leg openings for support.

Jerseys come in sleeveless styles as well as full-length sleeves with zip closures; if this sounds familiar from baseball uniforms then it’s because jerseys are essentially just modified baseball jerseys! 

Wearing either type during hot weather can result in major discomfort so think about what kind of protection each style offers before making up your mind about which one suits you best.”

Length Of The Shorts

Shorts that are too short can cause chafing and discomfort when you cycle. The ideal length for cycling shorts is to cover the entire thigh, and no more than two inches above it. 

Any longer than two inches and you risk having your upper leg exposed, which can be uncomfortable if you’re riding in hot weather and sweating profusely.

A high heart rate during cycling can be uncomfortable and limit your performance. Fortunately, there are ways to lower your heart rate and optimize your training. Check out our article on how to lower heart rate while cycling to learn about techniques such as breathing exercises, interval training, and pacing.

Material Of The Liner

The material of your liner should be soft, breathable, and comfortable to wear. It should also be durable enough to withstand multiple washings in the washer and dryer on a regular basis. 

And most importantly, it should wick moisture away from your body so that you can stay as cool as possible while riding.

If you’re looking for a reliable pair of shorts with a great liner, we recommend checking out Pearl Izumi’s Women’s Elite Road Short or Pearl Izumi’s Men’s Elite Comp Shorts (the women’s version is identical). 

Both are made from Lycra fabric which gives them stretchy comfort without losing their shape and both have an excellent chamois pad (the pad that goes between your butt cheeks) that will keep you comfortable for long rides in any weather condition!

Sleeve Type/Bib Type Sports Bra

The most common style of sports bra is the bib, which is worn over your shoulders and crosses in front. They are more expensive than regular sports bras, but they offer more support and can be worn with a variety of tops.

Bib-style sports bras are more comfortable and offer more support than traditional styles. They tend to be pricier, but this is because they’re made with better materials (think: fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin) and feature higher quality construction so you’ll get years of use out of them instead of just one season or so before they start falling apart.

Bibs can be worn under many different types of tops, including sleeveless tees, camisoles or tank tops; long-sleeved shirts; button-down blouses; even sweaters. 

Unlike other styles where straps can get in the way when putting on certain types of clothing (e.g., sleeveless shirts), bib straps won’t interfere with putting any type on over your head they simply sit around your neck like a necklace would if you were wearing one!

Size & Fit Of The Bra Liner

You may be wondering how to determine the right size and fit of your bra liner. It’s important to make sure it fits you well, so that it doesn’t ride up or fall down while you’re riding. The bra liner should also be snug, but not too tight.

  • To measure for a bra liner, wrap a measuring tape around your bust at its fullest point. The number where the tape meets is called your bust measurement.
  • Then take that number and subtract from it the measurement indicated on the chart below:

Comparison Table: Sizing and Fit of Bra Liners

CriteriaProper FitImproper Fit
ComfortSnug and supportive without being too tightToo tight, causing discomfort
MovementStays in place during activityRides up or falls down during riding
Size measurementAccurate measurement of chest circumferenceInaccurate measurement leading to ill-fitting bra liner
Bra liner sizeConsistent with regular bra sizeInconsistent fit resulting in discomfort during riding
SupportProvides enough support for high-impact activityInadequate support causing discomfort and lack of control

Seamless Or Seamed Shorts And Bras

Seamless shorts are designed to have no seams on the inside, which makes them much more comfortable than seamed shorts. 

Seamless briefs also tend to be thinner and more breathable than seamed ones, which is a plus for hot weather. 

However, if you plan on participating in activities that require a lot of movement (such as running), then seam-free underwear won’t be able to keep up with your body. If this sounds like you, then we suggest opting for a pair of seamed underwear instead.

Seamless bras provide an unobstructed view of your back while still providing support through their seamless design. 

Seamed bras have seams running across their centers; however there is some debate about whether or not these seams can cause chafing during exercise or not. 

Some women say they’ve never had any issues with chafing from wearing a seamed bra during workouts whereas others report that even one run causes them significant discomfort due to friction caused by the seams rubbing against their skin.

Comparison Table: Seamless vs Seamed Shorts and Bras

CriteriaSeamless Shorts and BrasSeamed Shorts and Bras
ComfortMore comfortable due to lack of seams on the insideLess comfortable due to seams on the inside
FitMore form-fitting due to designLess form-fitting due to design
StyleMinimalist and sleek designMay have more traditional or sporty designs
DurabilityMore prone to snagging and damage due to designLess prone to snagging and damage due to design
BreathabilityBreathable due to lack of seamsBreathable, but may not be as effective as seamless styles
Price RangeHigher-end and more expensiveMore affordable and budget-friendly


We hope we’ve helped you understand what makes for a good pair of cycling shorts, and how to pick out the perfect pair for your needs. 

The bottom line is that there are many different types of shorts out there, and it’s up to you which ones work best for your body type.

 If you’re still unsure about which style might suit your needs best, consider trying out a few different pairs before investing in one particular style permanently. Just remember that when shopping around at any retailer, always try on multiple sizes before making any purchases!

Further Reading

For more information on how to wear cycling shorts properly, check out these helpful resources:

How to Wear Cycling Shorts Properly: A comprehensive guide to wearing cycling shorts, with tips on fit, style, and maintenance.

How to Wear Shorts for Cycling: A guide to choosing and wearing shorts for cycling, including tips on length, padding, and style.

How to Wear Cycling Shorts: A beginner’s guide to wearing cycling shorts, with advice on chamois cream, underwear, and more.


How Should Cycling Shorts Fit?

Cycling shorts should fit snugly without feeling too tight. The chamois should be positioned correctly on your seat, and the material should conform to your body shape without bunching or sagging.

How Do I Choose the Right Chamois?

The right chamois depends on your individual needs and preferences. Look for a chamois that offers enough padding for your riding style, as well as breathability and moisture-wicking properties.

Can I Wear Underwear Underneath Cycling Shorts?

It’s not recommended to wear underwear underneath cycling shorts, as it can cause friction and discomfort. The chamois is designed to be worn directly against your skin for maximum comfort and performance.

How Do I Wash and Care for Cycling Shorts?

To wash cycling shorts, turn them inside out and wash them in cold water on a gentle cycle. Avoid using fabric softener or bleach, and hang them up to air dry instead of using a dryer.

How Do I Avoid Chafing While Wearing Cycling Shorts?

To avoid chafing, make sure you’re wearing the right size and style of shorts for your body type and riding style. Apply chamois cream to the chamois and any other areas that are prone to chafing, and consider using anti-chafing products such as powders or balms.