Wanting to jump on board with the bicycle commuting community here in Wichita, but aren’t exactly ready to pour yourself into spandex riding gear?
Have no fear! There are casual, relaxed fit cycling clothes available!
It’s very easy to underestimate the power of cycling clothes as an enabler in cycling mindsets. If you’ve never regularly ridden multiple miles day after day, you probably haven’t experienced some of the aches and pains that come with the process.
Padding and a close fitting protective layer prevent things that you don’t even want to think about. Like thigh chafing from hell, and the worst saddle sores you can imagine.
That’s why urban riding shorts are a thing. Perfect for delivery riders or daily commuters, they offer some of the comforts of distance riding gear with the look of everyday clothes.
Something like the Endura Hummvee short, which looks like regular cargos but is lined and has built in padding, can be the perfect option for someone wanting to spend an hour or two per day on their bike but doesn’t want to look like a not-quite-pro cyclist.
There are a lot of fun styles and colors of urban cycling shorts. While the bulk of them look purely athletic, you can find options like the Club Ride Eden women’s shorts that have no seat pad built in so that they fit and look cute, but have a seamless gusset so that there’s no crotch seam between you and your bike seat. While this offers less added comfort, it does mean you can take your bike to hang out with your friends without worrying about seams causing massive discomfort.
Some of these options are fairly expensive, and may seem ridiculous for a simple pair of short. But with cycling, you will find that you are more than happy to rotate a few key pieces from laundry day to laundry day because comfort and function take over as the prominent drives in your wardrobe choices.