Choose the right pair of cycling shorts and you will be able to pedal for dozens of miles in complete comfort, choose the wrong pair and you will be left with saddle sores after just a couple of hours.
To get you started on your hunt for the perfect cycling shorts, here are ten bestsellers.
Perfect for summer days, these shorts are at their optimum between 29 and 39 degrees celcius. The shaped waistband offers light support and comfort and the fit of the cycling shorts provide excellent muscle compression reducing fatigue.
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Thanks to the silicone leg grippers and yoga waistband, the Altura Ladies Pro Gel Cycling Shorts will stay in place throughout the length of your ride. Available in black with a choice of white or blue reflective trim, it's the gel padding of these shorts that are the real selling point. Expect to be able to ride over 50 miles without getting sore in your saddle in these women's cycling shorts.
Suitable for medium to long rides, Gore Bike Wear Power 2.0 Lady Tights Short+ have POWER lady seat insert padding to keep you comfortable and gripper elastic on the hems to stop the legs riding up as you pedal.
Available in a variety of colour combinations, they each have a reflective colour strip to help you stay visible in the dark and a handy inside key pocket so you don't need to carry a backpack on shorter rides.
A step up in quality from the Aeron shorts, the dhb Ladies Aeron Race Cycling Shorts put more compression on the legs which improves blood flow whilst reducing pressure on the muscles. The anatomically shaped pad provides comfort for rides of up to five hours long and the performance stretch fabric gives you the flexibility of movement needed for race training.
The Mavic Cloud Women's Shorts 2014 come with an Ergo 2D Women's Insert. Made from perforated foam this insert successfully provides extra comfort and support to the rider whilst minimizing moisture levels. Assisting in ensuring the rider experiences maximum comfort whilst in these cycling shorts, they have been made using flat lock seaming to prevent chaffing and irritation.
Available in black and lime or black, white and pink, Castelli Core Women's Cycling Shorts 2014 are made from stretchy fabric to provide muscle support throughout your ride. A rear envelope pocket is the perfect size for holding an emergency easy-to-grab energy bar and the integrated Speed Hooks fit with any Castelli Tri top.
Offering riders support and comfort whilst wicking away perspiration, the Funkier Women's 10 Panel Ridesse Shorts SS14 have an antibacterial fabric pad to warn off saddle sores and the soft silicon grippers stop the legs from riding up. The lycra fabric is easy to move in and extremely comfortable to wear.