No too long ago, if you wanted to make your cycling more comfortable by wearing bicycle shorts, you had to purchase tight-fitting Lycra models. While these offer excellent comfort, some people feel uncomfortable in shorts that appear painted on.
Fortunately for modest cyclists everywhere, this drawback has led to a new type of cycling short called a "baggy," which features all the function and comfort of Lycra shorts while offering the casual fit and earth tones of hiking and walking shorts. Baggies are a great alternative to Lycra shorts and very practical for mountain bikers, tourists and commuters who spend as much time off the bike as on.
When you're strolling around or at work in these shorts, most people won't even realize you're in your biking gear. Plus, these shorts offer the features of regular pants such as pockets, adjustability and comfort. Naturally, they're loaded with features to enhance your cycling, too. In this article we explain what to look for when shopping for and trying on baggies to ensure that you make the best buy.
Baggy shorts are also called double shorts because they have padded bike shorts or briefs inside. This is why, though they look carefree on the outside, they're really high-function pedaling pants with comfort to spare on the inside. Baggies retail at price points from $45 to $140 depending on fabric, features and construction.
Technical Features To Consider
Remember that cycling shorts are made to be worn without underwear. The pad inside the shorts fights bacteria so the shorts are actually more sanitary when worn alone. Equally important, when you wear underwear with your cycling shorts, you end up sitting on the seams in the underwear, which can cause numbness, chafing and pain -- the very things the baggy is trying to eliminate! And, the extra clothing prevents the baggy's cooling feature's from working, which means you're hotter and sweatier.
When you come in to try on shorts, be sure to assume the cycling position, too, so you can feel how the different baggies will fit when you're on the bike. And when you've got them on, move around a good bit to see if they provide enough freedom of movement for your riding style. If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask!