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Whether it's a short blast on your road bike before you start your weekend or you're going on a long distance ride with friends, you should definitely invest in a pair of cycling shorts to keep you cool and comfortable. Lycra cycling shorts are the bread and butter of the cycling world, such is their versatility. They can be worn on their own, under baggy shorts or even above a base layers to massively increase comfort when you want to get the miles in.
The key to this comfort is the seat pad. Any seat pad is better than none, but it pays to get the best pad you can afford, as you reap the rewards once your mileage climbs above double digits and beyond. Some lycra cycling shorts offer cutting-edge materials that help to keep the elements at bay when the weather turns sour and even the most basic pad will provide some increase in comfort. Simply put, if you want to get the miles in and don’t want to resort to bib shorts, you need to get yourself a pair of lycra shorts before your next ride!