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The 15 Best Cycling Shorts for Men, From Traditional Pairs to Bibs

IF YOU’RE looking for a low-impact cardio workout, cycling is it. These days indoor cycling is just as big as outdoor, thanks to Peloton and cycling clubs. But whether you’re into at-home spin workouts, downhill mountain biking, or good ol’ fashioned road riding, the opportunities are endless with cycling.

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Having the right pair of cycling shorts will make any ride better. Whether you prefer a little padding, extra storage space, or a specific moisture-wicking material, being outfitted with a proper pair of shorts will make your ride much more comfortable.

  • Amazon’s Choice

    Padded Cycling Shorts

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  • Best Bib Short

    Core Bib Shorts

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  • Best Traditional Short

    Fit Sensor 3 Short
    Louis Garneau

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  • Most Versatile Short

    9” Warrior Compression Short
    Alo Yoga

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  • Best for Mountain Biking

    Ranger Short
    Fox Racing

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The key to a good pair of cycling shorts? The chamois—a special pad designed to prevent your bottom from injury as you spend time on the seat. You can also opt for a full bib, which uses shoulder straps for some extra support. Want more guidance? Continue reading on to the bottom of this guide and you’ll hear from our Men’s Health health director and USA-Triathlon-Certified coach, Marty Munson.

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It’s time to get back on the saddle! Here are our best 15 pairs of bike shorts and bibs before your next ride.

Amazon’s Choice

Padded Cycling Shorts

Best Bib Short

Core Bib Shorts

Fabric Polyester/Elastane

Best Traditional Short

Fit Sensor 3 Short

Most Versatile Short

9” Warrior Compression Short

Best for Mountain Biking

Ranger Short

Evolution Zap Bike Shorts

Hummvee Baggy Cycling Short

Fabric Endurance Evolution

Vital Drive Train Half Tight 10″

Escape Quest Cycling Bib Short

Fabric Mesh & Other Fibers

Ether Bike Shorts and Liner

3D Padded Bicycle Quick-Dry Pants

Fabric Basic Compression Materials

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How To Pick the Right Pair of Cycling Shorts

Need help determining which works for you? Take some advice from Men’s Health health director and USA-Triathlon-Certified coach Marty Munson.

“There’s no clear winner in the bibs v. shorts debate, because each has its pros and cons,” Munson says. “Bibs are more comfortable around your waist area, but they’re more complicated when nature calls (gotta take off the jersey to deal). It’s all about what’s more important to you. If you’re going to be doing a triathlon, you need tri shorts—their thinner padding lets water from the swim drain faster and makes them possible to run in. But get them long before your tri.

Riding long distances on little padding might take some getting used to.”Picking the right fit for you will be all about comfort—and some trial and error. “Investigate what keeps the shorts from riding up your legs,” Munson advises. “Shorts usually have some kind of leg gripper on the inside of the shorts. Some of the thinner leg grip bands give you a sausage-link look if your legs are on the generous side. Wide bands at the bottom of the shorts may work better for you.”

How We Selected

For the past two years, we consulted with Men’s Health‘s Fitness editors and writers on the best cycling shorts for men. Experts including our Health Director Marty Munson, our and Fitness Editor Brett Williams, NASM, evaluated several pairs of cycling shorts and rated their durability, function, comfort, and price point.

We also considered top-reviewed cycling shorts that had at least 100 five-star customer ratings on e-commerce websites that we trust.

Brett Williams, a fitness editor at Men’s Health, is a NASM-CPT certified trainer and former pro football player and tech reporter who splits his workout time between strength and conditioning training, martial arts, and running.

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John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology.

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