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  • Hammer Nutrition HEED (High Energy Electrolyte Drink)
    $1.99 - $58.95

    Use HEED as your one-source fuel supply whenever and wherever a sports drink is your preferred choice. Hammer's top-of-the-line fuel utilizes an all-complex-carbohydrate… [more]

  • Finish Line Shock Oil (8-Ounce Bottle)
    $18.99

    Shock Oil is a semi-synthetic formulation that combines the best of available oils and additives for a super suspension oil. It's fully compatible with all systems and… [more]

  • Specialized Boy's Hotrock 24 (7-Speed) - 2016/2017
    $355.00
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (5 Reviews)

    Your 24/7 ball of energy can tackle any terrain with ease on Specialized's Boy's Hotrock 24! This cool ride features an agile and durable aluminum frame, a… [more]

  • Specialized Riprock 20 - 2018
    $450.00

    Riding bikes is all about having fun, especially when you're a kid! Which is why Specialized made the Riprock 20 a bike that any of us would have drooled over as a… [more]

  • Strider Sport 12 Balance Bike - 2016
    $119.99

    Strider’s Sport 12 is a lightweight, pedal-less balance bike that allows your child to straddle the bike with both feet on the ground and easily propel the bike by… [more]

  • Specialized Roll Sport Low Entry - 2018
    $550.00
    Product Rating
     
    4.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    There's a feeling people get when everything just clicks on a ride—we usually call it "joy", and the Specialized Roll Sport Low Entry is sure to deliver. Hop on the bike… [more]

  • Specialized Girl's Hotrock 24 (7-Speed) - 2016/2017
    $355.00
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (3 Reviews)

    Your 24/7 ball of energy can tackle any terrain with ease on Specialized's Girl's Hotrock 24! This cool ride features an agile and durable aluminum frame, a… [more]

  • Specialized Riprock Coaster 12 - 2017
    $210.00

    Specialized's Riprock Coaster 12 packs big-time fun into a pint-sized package. This great bike features a lightweight aluminum frame and fork that will withstand the… [more]

  • WeThePeople Message Frame - 2017
    $296.99

    The Message frame is a full aftermarket alternative for riders that need a strong, but lightweight technical park setup that's built to last. The Message frame boasts a… [more]

  • Strider Classic 12 Balance Bike - 2016
    $89.99

    Strider’s Classic 12 is a lightweight, pedal-less balance bike that allows your child to straddle the bike with both feet on the ground and easily propel the bike by… [more]

  • Topeak Explorer Tubular Rack
    $44.99
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (1 Review)

    Topeak's Explorer Tubular Rack is a great add-on for carrying a trunk bag, pannier or anything else you want to strap on. It's made of tubular aluminum, fits most bikes,… [more]

  • Specialized P2 Overendz Bar Ends
    $25.00
    Product Rating
     
    5.0 stars
     (2 Reviews)

    Specialized's P2 Overendz Bar Ends increase your hand positions and boost your leverage for climbing, too. They're made from nylon composite for minimal weight and… [more]

  • WeThePeople Buck Dillon Lloyd Signature Frame - 2017
    $319.99 - $329.99

    The Buck line was based around pro rider Dillon Lloyd’s blend of progressive technical riding and all out savagery. The Buck frame uses a taller 127mm head tube,… [more]

  • Specialized Roll Comp X1 - 2018
    $850.00

    Keep up with your fitness or navigate the neighborhood in search of the perfect espresso in comfortable, efficient style with the Specialized Roll Comp X1. Take it out… [more]

  • Specialized Fatboy 20 - 2018
    $770.00

    Get your kids in on the fatbike fun with the Specialized Fatboy 20. It features a lightweight aluminum frame with gigantic 4.0-inch wide Ground Control tires to devour… [more]

  • Park Tool Crank Puller (Octalink / Isis)
    $15.99

    Park's Crank Puller is for removing crankarms on Shimano's splined, oversize, pipe-billet bottom brackets. It employs a long handle and a fine thread for the leverage… [more]

  • SRAM Rival Braze-On Front Derailleur
    $33.00

    For unrivaled shifting, upgrade to SRAM's Rival Front Derailleur. Because consistency equals victory, Rival boasts lightweight and durable cold-forged-aluminum… [more]

  • Park Tool Fixed-Gear Lockring Wrench
    $16.95

    Park's Fixed-Gear Lockring Wrench features 2 different radius hooked spanners for a precise fit, and easy removal and tightening of most fixed-gear lockrings. The HCW-17… [more]

 

Buyers' Guide To Women's Cycling Shorts

Louis Garneau Women's Optimum 7 Shorts
$49.99

Louis Garneau's Women's Optimum 7 Shorts are the perfect entry-level… [more]

Louis Garneau Steeple Cycling Shorts
$119.99

The women's Steeple Shorts' denim feel and detachable innershorts make… [more]

Product Rating
 
5.0 stars
 (1 Review)
Louis Garneau Solano Tights - Women's
$99.99

Whether you're facing wet roads or chilling winds, Louis Garneau's Solano… [more]

Louis Garneau Zappa Knickers - Women's
$109.99

Garneau's Zappa Knickers blend high performance, comfort, and rugged… [more]

Click to enlarge!One of the easiest things you can do to improve your cycling comfort is to wear quality bicycling shorts. Why do you need special shorts for biking? One of the key reasons is that most ordinary shorts, even those made for sports like running, have seams in them. And, when you sit on a bike seat, these seams are right in the way, where they can cause chafing and numbness.

Also, gym and casual shorts aren't made to breathe, wick or protect, and they don't support the major muscles used for pedaling. That's why most common saddle discomfort issues go away once you start riding in cycling shorts, and why they're so popular.

And, the best news is that modern women's cycling shorts come in all styles and fashions, from basic spandex models, to casual and versatile baggies, to capris and knickers, to even skorts, a cycling skirt with shorts beneath. Plus, you can choose from basic black, to logo prints that make you look like a pro, to a wide range of hues and styles made to go perfectly with your favorite cycling jerseys, gloves and socks. 

Packed With Features
Beyond the style and fashion, all our women's shorts are functional pieces with impressive features designed to maximize your comfort. Such fine touches may include a custom-feeling anatomic fit, top-notch freedom of movement for easier pedaling, stretch panels that compress and support your muscles, wicking and breathing fabrics so you stay dry, leg grippers that hold the shorts in place, pockets, and women's-specific protective padding (called a "chamois") that prevents chafing, reduces ride vibrations and can also be antibacterial. Some shorts even include reflective detailing for safety.

It all means that you'll say goodbye to discomfort and start enjoying riding more. And that your shorts will become an indispensable part of your cycling wardrobe. Plus, a good pair of women's cycling shorts will easily last for several seasons making them a great value.

We carry a wide selection of women's cycling shorts and look forward to showing you, and having you try on some of our favorites. You'll be impressed. Until then, here are some basic tips for selecting a great pair.

Click to enlarge!All Types
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.

Buying Tip - 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.

Click to enlarge!Materials And Construction
When you sit on a bicycle, you flex at the waist, lean forward and bend your legs to pedal. To accommodate this unique position, cycling shorts are usually contoured to match. The back is a little higher than the front, the legs are long enough not to ride up and the shorts are cut to follow your curves.

Manufacturers accomplish this many ways. You may find shorts comprised of panels, contoured shorts and anatomic models. Many shorts are sewn together with flat seams so they don't chafe. And, some models feature welded seam construction.

As far as materials go, tight-fitting shorts may use basic spandex, nylon, Lycra or other proprietary fabrics that boost freedom of movement, breathability and support. In baggies designed for off-road and everyday riding, you see tougher fabrics in the outer short to withstand the rigors of trail riding and often pockets to hold small essentials. Baggies sometimes have mesh inner shorts with padding, vents for airflow and gussets for additional durability,  too.

Buying Tip - If you ride several times a week, you'll want multiple pairs of cycling shorts since they should be laundered after every ride. 

Padding
Maybe the best reason to ride in cycling shorts is the padding most models offer. Often called a "chamois," this lines the crotch area and adds a protective layer of padding between you and your seat that prevents excess friction and heat, eliminates chafing, absorbs vibrations from the road and trail, and wicks and breathes so you stay dry and comfortable.

Women's shorts have padding designed for your anatomy but you should still try the shorts on to see how it works for you. There are different shapes, padding thicknesses and materials. Depending on how upright or leaned over you sit, how fast you pedal, how far you ride, what types of riding you do and even the seat you ride on, you will like some types of padding more than others.

You want the padding to fit so you're not sitting on an edge. The softest parts should be under your sit bones. The padding should be thick enough for comfort yet not so thick you experience that bulky "diaper" feeling that actually interferes with pedaling. There also shouldn't be any wrinkles or bunching in the padding because this can create bumps that chafe and cause pain.

Padding (chamois) has become impressively high-tech over the years. For example, you may find some with 3- and 4-way stretch for an awesome fit and feel, perforations for superior moisture management, gel inserts and cutouts to protect sensitive areas and multi-level and multi-density padding. As mentioned before, there are even mini styles for triathlon and indoor cycling. We're happy to show you these features and recommend what we find works for cyclists like you. You'll really enjoy how much more comfortable the right padding makes cycling.

Buying Tip - A common source of discomfort for many people new to cycling-specific shorts is the wearing of standard underwear. The seams in underwear cause the very chafing and numbness that seam-free and padded cycling shorts are made to prevent. Keep in mind that for even more wicking and protection, there is seam-free cycling-specific underwear available, but please leave the standard undies in the drawer.

Click to enlarge!Fit
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.

When it comes to waistbands, women's shorts are moving away from the drawstrings of old, and toward wide-banded elastic, grippers (wide versions of a leg gripper) or contoured Lycra panels, sometimes wider than 3 inches. These feel great and keep the shorts in place without the constriction of a tight waistband or drawstring.

There are bib shorts for women too. These have built-in shoulder straps that act like suspenders but are usually made of stretchy, light and breathable mesh. Bibs mean that the shorts can be made without a true waist for the ultimate in freedom of movement and breathing ease. Bibs are also great for women with long torsos because they prevent any exposed skin between your jersey and shorts when you lean over into the riding position.

Buying Tips - 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?

We hope this article is helpful and we look forward to showing you our wide selection of women's cycling shorts soon! Thanks for reading.

 

Cycledrome Bicycle Shop

Cycledrome Bicycle Shop | 8150 Hamilton Blvd, Breinigsville, PA 18031

Phone: 610 398-6631

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