A quality set of cycle-specific shorts is a must if you plan on cycling for any kind of distance. Whether you’d prefer to wear a looser set of baggy shorts or want to wear your favourite pro-tour team's lycra kit, we’ve got something for you! A quality padded short will enable to ride for longer in more comfort, even when teamed with your favourite set of baggy shorts, so finding a comfortable padded short should be the first thing on your mind when looking for a new pair of shorts.
Bib shorts provide extra support and stop the padded section of the short moving around. While most prevalent in road cycling, bib shorts are great for use when mountain biking too, as you move around more on the bike than you would on the road and you want that comfortable pad to stay in place. Many modern bib shorts also come with rear pockets so you can store small items such as energy gels or multi-tools, meaning you can ditch your saddle bag or hydration pack for shorter rides where you only need the essentials.
Baggy shorts are great for mountain bikers or riders looking for a more casual and come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, materials and colours to suit whatever kind of riding you love doing. If you want to match your riding kit you can find a huge range of colour shorts to match your jerseys and your bike, or clash them if that’s more your style! And just because it’s raining or the trails are underwater doesn’t mean you need to stop riding and this is where a set of waterproof shorts comes into their own, with many coming in regular or ¾ length, so you can prepare to fight the elements safe in the knowledge you’ll steer well clear of the dreaded soggy bum scenario!