With so many companies offering women's cycling shorts you're sure to find the perfect pair for you and your body. Because they're so comfortable, body-hugging spandex/Lycra models are among the most popular.
They come in a variety of styles, designs and inseam lengths and all provide excellent freedom of movement, muscle support and usually wicking and padding too.
Baggies, capris and skorts provide outstanding coverage and fashionable flair, making them great for the office after commuting into work, hanging out at the burrito joint, etc. Then, there are shorts designed specifically for indoor cycling (Spinning). These feature a mini chamois because it's actually more comfortable for this type of riding since you are more likely to sit and spin and not move around as much as riding outdoors.
There are also triathlon shorts that also have a smaller tri chamois made from fleece or a thin foam that dries fast, offers comfort on the bike, and won't interfere with your legs and chafe on the run. Note that tri-specific seats generally have more padding so the shorts can have less.
Like all types of apparel, the fit of cycling shorts differs from maker to maker so we carry a variety of brands to help you find what you like. A great starting point is to select the style of short that appeals to you, and then choose a short, medium or long inseam. This has to do with your leg length, whether you ride indoors or out (or both) and how much coverage you want for your legs. For example, long-distance road riders like longer inseams so the large quadriceps muscles are supported. If you're riding shorter distances you can get by with less coverage. But, it's really a personal decision and you should choose what you prefer.
By getting several pairs of shorts in different inseam lengths, you can keep changing and avoid a distinctive tan line. That's why most makers offer similar styles in varying inseams.
cycling shorts Most companies provide sizing charts for their shorts that you can check to find the right fit. And, if you can't actually sit on a bike seat to check the fit of a pair of shorts, be sure to at least bend over a little and assume your cycling position. Do the shorts feel comfortable? Can you breathe easily? Are they too tight anywhere? Does the padding feel natural, like a second skin? Is the length right for your legs? Does the waist land in the right spot?