Picking the right bib shorts can feel like a real challenge; there is so much choice available from bargain basement to high end. Do I want a bib, or a short, cargo pockets? So much choice!

Over the years I think I’ve ridden in most of the major brands shorts and whilst it’s true it’s mostly personal preference, there are some key things to look for when choosing new shorts.

And that leads me on to the first point; which is to ensure to replace your shorts regularly, sadly they don’t last forever, and often can cause saddle sores as a result as the material has stretched and warped. The seams often wear out first, and if you’re wearing out one side of the pad before the other this can be a key sign you’re maybe not sat on the saddle straight.

Many people chose to go with a standard pull on short, as this can make it easier to nip to the bathroom without getting out of layers on top. However; many brands now offer ‘easy pee’ bibs and these are a game changer, especially over winter. This style of bib is now my
go-to for summer and winter, it makes visits to the loo easy especially when you’re wrapped up in a waterproof. Each brand has a different style and I’ve found Rapha and Velocio offer the best versions.

One key point when buying cycling shorts is to make sure they are nice and tight, any movement is likely to cause saddle soreness and chafing.

Make sure not to wear your underwear under your shorts, you should be straight into the bibs. This makes hygiene super important, from getting out the shorts as soon as possible to showering as soon as you’ve finished riding. Saddle sores are an easy way to not enjoy riding your bike but are mainly easily preventable.

Choosing the right bib shorts for women cyclists can be a daunting task given the plethora of options available, ranging from budget-friendly to high-end. While personal preference plays a significant role, there are essential factors to consider. Regularly replacing shorts is crucial to prevent saddle sores caused by stretched and warped material. Opting for “easy” bibs, can offer convenience, especially during winter rides. Ensuring a snug fit is paramount to avoid discomfort and chafing. Moreover, maintaining hygiene by wearing bibs directly and promptly showering post-ride minimizes the risk of saddle sores, ultimately enhancing the cycling experience.