How to wear bike shorts

Everything you need to know about wearing bike shorts

The right cycling clothing can be the difference between loving every minute of your ride and counting every minute until it’s over, and your best bet for staying comfortable in the saddle is a great pair of bike shorts. But what makes a great bike short? Here’s everything you need to know about why bike shorts, why they matter, and why you should be wearing them.



Your bike saddle is designed to work with a chamois (pronounced “shammy”), which is the pad sewn into cycling shorts. The chamois supports your bone structure, provides cushioning in sensitive areas, and prevents friction that can cause chafing and saddle sores.


Bibs er lycrashorts med seler. Noen syklister foretrekker shorts med seler fordi den hjelper med å unngå at det bretter seg i midjen, har en høyere fasong og er mer komfortable rundt midjen. Er du ikke sikker på om du er en seleshorts- eller shortssyklist? Ingen av delene er feil, så vi anbefaler at du prøver begge for å se hva du foretrekker.

Chamois cream

Chamois cream is a substance that helps eliminate friction between skin and clothing and reduce chafing. All Bontrager chamois are designed to work without it, but many riders prefer the extra moisturizing skin care and protection that chamois cream provides. If you want to try it, just make sure to use designated cycling chamois cream. Other lotions may contain ingredients that can break down materials in your chamois or irritate your skin while exercising.


Hvorfor skal jeg bruke sykkelshorts?

Den tettsittende passformen til en sykkelshorts er ideell av flere grunner: Den er aerodynamisk, komfortabel og den sikrer at alt holder seg på plass. Som vi nevnte høyere oppe, så er setet ditt designet for å fungere med en sittepute, og du er uendelig mye mer komfortabel i en shorts som har den ekstra polstringen der du trenger den.

What do I wear under my shorts?

We’re all friends here, right? That’s why we can be honest, even when it comes to delicate topics. We’ll keep it simple: don’t wear anything under your bike shorts. The chamois inside of your shorts was made to fit next to your skin to prevent chafing, and it’s built from fabrics that wick moisture and dry quickly. Wearing underwear under your bike shorts adds seams that chafe and fabric that holds in moisture, so your best bet is to go commando when you’re in the saddle.

How should they fit?

When trying on shorts or liners, look for sizes that fit snugly but are still comfortable to move around in. The fabric shouldn’t shift against your skin as you pedal, but it shouldn’t cut off circulation to your legs either. Look for a size that hugs your legs without pinching.

How do I wash them?

Just pop your shorts in the washing machine and wash on the gentle cycle with cold water. Always line dry your shorts to get the longest life out of each pair, and remember to wash them after every ride.

Sykkelshortser er en topp investering og en klassisk del av sykkelkulturen, og vi er trygge på at når du først har prøvd en så vil du aldri sykle med noe annet. Er du klar for en tur på kunnskapens sti? Klikk under for å finne ditt perfekte par.

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