I ride 4-6 days a week and most of the time it’s on a road bike. Trust me, I know cycling shorts and chamois. If you want to enjoy your ride, you have to remember that most your time will be spent in the saddle. More to the point, you’ll be spending a lot of time sitting on a chamois. You might think that cycling shorts are all the same, but often it’s the chamois separates the good from the bad. The shape, texture, density, materials, seams, and fit of the padding all add up to make one chamois ride completely differently than another. The longer you ride, the more important the details become.
The next time you shop for cycling shorts, mind the details and pay special attention to seams, materials, and padding in places that might cause irritation. Good shorts might cost a few dollars more, but believe me, your backside will thank you. The right shorts and chamois can turn a good ride into a great ride, and they might make you want to stay out on the bike longer the next time you head out the door.
– Lee “El Jefe” Rogers