Best Urban Cycling Shorts [Top 20 for Commuters]

It’s that time of year again where many of us whip off our waterproof cycling trousers to uncover our pasty legs ready for summer.

In this guide to the best urban cycling shorts for both men and women, we’ll run through a bunch of really good cycling shorts that are perfect for urban and commuter cyclists.

Rapha Randonnee Shorts

Stylish Cycling Shorts – Not Lycra!

First off, let’s emphasise that Discerning Cyclist is a Lycra-free zone (although we do make exceptions if something doesn’t look overtly “Lycra-y”). Our mantra is that “we don’t want cycling clothes – we want stylish clothes we can cycle in”. That means we love clothes that:

  • Look great for urban life
  • Feel great in general
  • Boast discreet functionality for cycling

Simple.



What Are the Best Commuter Bike Shorts?

So, what makes a pair of good cycling shorts for urban rides?

Well, for starters, flexible material is a must in order to ensure cycling stays comfortable and your bike shorts don’t rip. A gusseted crotch is also a bonus to ensuring your cycling shorts stand the test of time, while bonus points are also awarded for having moisture-wicking properties, strong, stretchy material, a raised-back and for being waterproof and good-looking. Oh, and pockets. Secure pockets.

So, with that in mind, let’s start by looking for the best men’s bicycle shorts for urban cyclists (ladies, you can skip to the best women’s cycling shorts section by clicking here).

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Best Men’s Commuter Cycling Shorts

  1. Chrome Industries Union Short 2.0 [REVIEW]
  2. Rapha Randonnee Shorts [REVIEW]
  3. Sigr Strandvägen Cycling Short [REVIEW]
  4. DUER Live Lite Journey Short [REVIEW]
  5. Mission Workshop The Stahl Short [REVIEW]
  6. Ministry of Supply Kinetic Short [REVIEW]
  7. Bluffworks Ascender Shorts [REVIEW]
  8. Club Ride Fuxe Short (with Padding) [REVIEW]
  9. Fox Racing Slambozo Short 2.0 [REVIEW]
  10. Uniqlo Ultra-Stretch Active Shorts [REVIEW]

Click here to see women’s shorts.



Best Men’s City Cycling Shorts

1. Chrome Industries Union Short 2.0

Stretchy commuter cycling shorts with great pockets

  • Full-length gusset to reduce cycling wear-and-tear
  • Five pockets (include a zipped rear pocket)
  • Stretchy, breathable and very comfortable

Chrome is one of my favourite urban cycling brands. They find that perfect blend of style and function for commuter cyclists every time.

They currently have a few different urban cycling shorts available, but edging as their best is the Union Short 2.0.

The Union shorts offer a durable 4-way stretch design, with a full-length gusset to ensure that the crotch and other areas don’t blow out even if you’re riding in them a lot. They also have reflective detailing (as well as a

As well as being extremely stretchy and comfortable, these Chrome shorts are wind and water resistant, with a DWR coating ensure that any unexpected summer downpours will largely roll straight off the material.

These shorts are inspired by NATO military shorts and mountain biking baggies, resulting in a relaxed fit that cuts off just above the knee with a 14-inch in-seam.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two deep front pockets
    • Plus a coin pocket on left
  • Two deep rear pockets
    • Left-rear pocket also has a pop-out reflective strip
    • Right-rear pocket has a full-zip (fits a phone or wallet)

Materials:

  • 94% Nylon
  • 6% Spandex

Inseam: 14″ (long length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £90
  • EU: €110*
  • US: $110

*correct at time of writing

Stylish urban cycling shorts that offer plenty of stretch, fit well for cycling and have great deep pockets (including a zipped rear pocket). They're also wind and rain resistant and feature several bits of reflective detailing.

Could well be the perfect bike shorts for commuters.



Best Rapha Commuter Shorts for Men

2. Rapha Randonnee Shorts

Stylish lightweight city cycling shorts

  • Breathable, stretchy and fast-drying
  • 4 pockets (including a zipped rear pocket)
  • Crease-resistant and reflective detailing

No urban cycling style guide is complete without a mention of Rapha. If you’re on the lookout for technical lightweight shorts that look and feel great in warm conditions, then the Rapha Randonnee Shorts are right up your street.

The slim-fit Randonnee shorts make no compromises in terms of style and are available in purple, navy, grey blue, dark navy and black.

The fabric is made up of 94% nylon and 6% spandex, which helps provide extra flexibility in the material , which is also crease resistant and quick drying.

The front of the shorts feature two pockets, while the rear has a handy button down and a zipped pocket. Another useful feature for cycling is the fold away high-vis tab which can add a bit more security to your right after the sun goes down.

Rapha are known for their attention to detail, and that’s why you won’t be surprised to find these city cycling shorts also feature a high-cut back to prevent unwanted backside exposure when riding, as well as discreet hi-vis detailing.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two rear pockets
    • One zipped, one buttoned

Materials:

  • 94% Nylon
  • 6% Spandex

Inseam: 12.4″ (long length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in UK, with distribution centres around the world (including USA)

Price*:

  • UK: £90
  • EU: €110
  • US: $125

*correct at time of writing

An absolute classic from the Rapha City Commuter collection. These technical shorts look stunning and are perfect for summer rides.

Lightweight, breathable, stretchy, fast-drying, stylish... perfect.



Stylish Urban Cycling Shorts

3. Sigr Strandvägen Cycling Short for Men

Elegant urban bike shorts with Scandinavian style

  • Breathable, stretchy and fast-drying
  • 4 pockets (inc. 2 button down rear pockets)
  • Reflective detailing on rear pockets

The Swedes know a thing or two about style and cycling, so with Sigr combining the two, you should take notice.

These smart-looking urban cycling shorts are perfect both on and off the bike.

Off the bike, they look great and can be dressed up with a smart dress shirt for evening activites or dressed down with a tee or polo for a trip to the beach (“Strandvägen” is actually Swedish for “beach road”).

These bicycle shorts are made from a blend cotton, polyester and spandex, and the result is a stretchy, breathable short that performs superbly while pedalling. There’s even reflective detailing on the rear pockets.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two buttoned rear pockets

Materials:

  • 48% Cotton
  • 48% Polyester
  • 4% Spandex

Inseam: ~12” (Long Length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in Sweden
  • International delivery,
    • Free shipping in Europe (inc. UK)
    • Free Rest of World Shopping on orders over $120
  • No import tax across Europe, and no import tax up to $800 in America (more info here)

Price*:

  • UK: £60
  • EU: €69.96
  • US: $84

*correct at time of writing

Pure Scandinavian style packed with useful cycling functionality, include stretch, breathable properties and even reflective features.

Great urban cycling shorts.



Stylish Cotton Cycling Shorts

4. DUER Live Lite Journey Short

IMAGE CREDITS: DUER

Stretchy, breathable cotton cycling shorts that look great

  • Moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial
  • 5 pockets (including a zipped side pocket)
  • Up to 10x more stretchy than traditional woven fabrics

I’ve covered DUER a few times on Discerning Cyclist, from reviewing their excellent No Sweat Pants to visiting their head office/shop in Vancouver.

Indeed, I’ve also become acquainted with DUER’s Live Lite commuter shorts during the past couple of years and they’re absolutely top notch.

These are slim-fit performance shorts, made from a blend of cotton and breathable materials to keep you feeling fresh on warmer days. They’re also soft against the skin and have moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial properties due to the TENCEL Lyocell material which is derived from eucalyptus.

DUER’s Live Lite Journey Shorts are cut just above the knee and are extremely stretchy. You can easily squat in them without busting seams, so cycling is no problem.  

There’s no gusseted crotch in these shorts, so if you’re really clocking up the miles they might start wearing out at some point.

But if you’re bouncing around town on your bike in the summer, you won’t find a more stylish pair of casual cycling shorts.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two buttoned rear pockets
  • One side zipped pocket (fits a small phone/wallet)

Materials:

  • 62% Cotton
  • 30% TENCEL™ Lyocell
  • 6% LYCRA® T400® Polyester
  • 2% LYCRA® Spandex

Inseam: 10.25″ (long length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in Canada
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £57*
  • EU: €65*
  • US: $78

*correct at time of writing

Great-looking urban cycling shorts that are very breathable and offer plenty of stretch. Come in four different colours.

Perfect for the ride and your destination.



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DUER’s Performance Denim Commuter Short

If you’re looking for men’s denim cycling shorts, you won’t find a more stylish pair with performance properties than these “short jeans”.



Men’s Casual Bike Shorts with Style

5. Mission Workshop The Stahl Short

Durable performance shorts for daily life

  • 4-way stretch with a full gusset
  • 5 pockets (including a zipped side pocket)
  • Water-repellent finish + quick-drying

Mission Workshop declare this a “multipurpose short made for movement and built endure” and that it is the original “do it all” short.

And it’s hard to argue with that.

Like everything Mission Workshop creates, the Stahl short is not just beautiful but steeped in performance specs. Admittedly, this comes with a hefty price, but if you’re happy to splash out on the best, this brand doesn’t disappoint.

These urban cycling shorts, with a 10” in-seam, feature four-way stretch to ensure they have plenty of give when riding, while they also feature a fully gusseted crotch, which helps drastically reduce cycling wear-and-tear.

These Mission Workshop shorts also feature four good-sized pockets (your standard two hand pockets and two rear pockets) as well as a zipped side pocket which can fit most phones.

The shorts are also water-repellent and fast-drying – two very welcome features if you’re caught in some summer rain.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two rear pockets
  • One zipped side pocket

Materials:

  • 100% 4-Way Stretch 520E Nylon

Inseam: 10″ (long length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in the US
  • Free international shipping available on orders of £200+

Price*:

  • UK: £145
  • EU: €140
  • US: $155

*correct at time of writing

Performance bike shorts that look fantastic for day-to-day-life. Built with 4-way stretch, the Stahl shorts are also water repellent and fast-drying.

Stunners.



Stylish Commuter Bike Shorts

6. Ministry of Supply Kinetic Short

Commuter cycling shorts oozing in urban style

  • Stretchy, lightweight and breathable
  • 5 pockets (including size zip pocket for phone)
  • Moisture-wicking and crease-resistant

The short version of Ministry of Supply’s stunningly versatile Kinetic pants, these are probably the best-looking urban cycling shorts on this list.

They’re a bit shorter than most others with a 8” inseam which sees them cut off a few inches above the knee, with Ministry of Supply referring to them as a “work-to-weekend” short.

In terms of style, they are incredibly versatile – they can be pair with a smart dress shirt for evening entertainment, a t-shirt for your ride, or even with a vest for the beach.

The Ministry of Supply Kinetic Shorts are extremely breathable and offer plenty of stretch. They’re also easy on the waistband, and have urethane dots (like rubber) in order to provide a bit of friction if you want to keep a shirt tucked in.

These shorts tick every box.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two rear pockets
  • One zipped side pocket

Materials:

  • 100% Primeflex Warp-knit Japanese Polyester

Inseam: 8″ (mid-length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in the US
  • International shipping available

Price*:

  • UK: £76*
  • EU: €87*
  • US: $105

*correct at time of writing

Extremely stylish cycling shorts for summer rides. As well as looking great, they are very lightweight and breathable, while offering plenty of stretch to stay comfortable while riding.

These versatile shorts can look good in both formal and casual settings.



Lightweight Urban Bike Shorts

7. Bluffworks Ascender Shorts

Best casual cycling shorts for travelling + commuting

  • Odour and wrinkle-resistant
  • 9 pockets, including 3 anti-theft zippered pockets
  • Breathable and quick-drying

If you’re looking for comfortable, breathable and crease-resistant gear for travelling and commuting, Bluffworks are well worth checking out. They even make office-friendly suits you can cycle in.

Bluffworks Ascender Shorts are the optime of what their products are all about: they’re lightweight, breathable and practical as hell. I mean, they have nine (9!) pockets. How is that even possible?

These shorts with a 9” in-seam have a simple but elegant style and come in a relative loose regular fit. They’re also extremely lightweight, moisture-wicking, quick-drying and anti-microbial.

The Ascender Shorts are extremely versatile and will work in both casual and formal settings – as well as all your bicycle adventures.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Five front pockets
    • Two hand pockets
    • One internal zipped pocket in left pocket
    • Phone pouch pocket in right pocket
    • Small multi-tool utility pocket in right pocket
  • One zipped side pocket
  • Three rear pockets
    • Regular pocket on right
    • Zipped pocket on left
    • Built-in phone pocket below waistband on right

Materials:

  • 100% Polyester

Inseam: 9″ (mid-length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in the US
  • International shipping available

Price*:

  • UK: £57*
  • EU: €65*
  • US: $78

*correct at time of writing

Lightweight shorts that are crease-resistant and extremely breathable. Great for travelling and commuting by bicycle.

They also have a scarcily believable nine built-in pockets, including three zipped pockets.



Casual Cycling Shorts with Padding for Men

8. Club Ride Apparel Men’s 12” Fuze Short

Baggy bike shorts with 2-hour chamois liner

  • Gusseted crotch to prevent cycling wear and tear
  • Four pockets (inc. two zipped side pockets)
  • Removable two-hour padded chamois short

While padded bike shorts are in no-short supply for Lycra-clad cyclists, it’s a significantly bigger challenge to find stylish commuter “baggy” cycling shorts with padding.

But Club Ride have stepped up in a big way to fill this void thanks to their Fuze Short.

And it’s not just any old gel padding inside these 12” shorts, you’re getting a premium two-hour chamois lining which you can switch out whenever you want.

What is chamois in bike shorts?


Chamois (pronounced “shammy”) is a soft cushioned pad that’s sewn into the part of shorts that comes into contact with the bike saddle. As well as providing a supportive layer, it is also an anti-bacterial and moisture-wicking material which also helps prevent chafing.

And the cycling functionality doesn’t end there…

These shorts also boast a gusseted crotch, two-way stretch, are water resistant, have Velcro adjustments and even boast reflective detailing for good measure.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two zipped leg pockets

Materials:

  • 95% Polyester
  • 5% Spandex

Inseam: 12″ (long length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in the US
  • Flat-rate $20 international shipping

Price*:

  • UK: £73*
  • EU: €83*
  • US: $99.95

*correct at time of writing

Breathable loose-fitting cycling shorts that come with a padded chamois liner. Perfect for all times of riding, from mountain biking to commuting.

Comfortable with a nice casual style.



Best Commuter Cycling Shorts under £50

9. Fox Racing Slambozo Short 2.0

IMAGE CREDIT: FOX RACING

Comfortable cargo-style summer cycling shorts

  • Durable, stretchy and with a reinforced seatted area
  • Six pockets (inc. two cargo side pockets)
  • Designed for utility and long-lasting quality

The Fox Racing Slambozo shorts are a solid pair of shorts for urban cycling.

They have a rugged and durable style, while also offering plenty of comfort to riders.

For cargo pant lovers, these may be a dream. As well as your typical two front and two back pockets, the Slambozo shorts also have two deep cargo side pockets to provide you with ample secure storage while riding.

The area that comes into contract with the seat has also been reinforced to prevent blowout, while these cargo cycling shorts also offer a good amount of stretch to reduce stress on the material while cycling.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two rear pockets
  • Two side cargo pockets

Materials:

  • 98% Cotton
  • 2% Spandex

Shipping Notes:

  • Available from Wiggle internationally

Price*:

  • UK: £39
  • EU: €47.99
  • US: $59.95

*correct at time of writing

A classic, practical pair of shorts that are great for casual rides. The shorts have a chino-style look to them and look smart in most scenarios.

If you like big cargo pockets, these shorts will be ideal for you.



Men’s Budget Commuter Shorts under £20

10. UNIQLO Ultra-Stretch Active Shorts

Cheap cycling shorts for commuting

  • Stretchy and quick-driying (features DRY-EX technology)
  • Three pockets (inc. one zipped side pocket)
  • Comfortable and affordable

Whenever you’re after cheap clothes that look good and still have a bit of discreet functionality for riding, UNIQLO should be your go to cheap urban cycling brand.

For under £20, these UNIQLO shorts are great for cycling, thanks to the fact that they feature the brand’s popular DRY-EX functionality (so their gear dries quickly), offers lots and lots of stretch (both horizontally and vertically) and even has zipped pockets so your carry and coins don’t fall out when you’re riding.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front pockets
  • One zipped side pocket (top of trouser)

Materials:

  • 79% Elastomultiester
  • 21% Polyester

Shipping Notes:

  • Distribution centres around the world
  • International shipping available

Price*:

  • UK: £19.99
  • EU: €24.99
  • US: $19.90

*correct at time of writing

Great value shorts for commuting and other oudoor endeavours. They are comfortable, stretchy and fast drying.



Best Women’s Commuter Bike Shorts

  1. Chrome Women’s Seneca Short [REVIEW]
  2. Rapha Women’s Randonnee Shorts [REVIEW]
  3. Sigr Strandvägen Cycling Short for Women [REVIEW]
  4. Endura Hummvee Lite Short with Padded Liner [REVIEW]
  5. Ministry of Supply Momentum Chino Short [REVIEW]
  6. DUER Weightless Denim Adventure Short [REVIEW]
  7. Velocio Women’s Trail Short [REVIEW]
  8. Club Ride Apparel 11” Savvy Short [REVIEW]
  9. dhb MTB Women’s Trail Baggy Short [REVIEW]
  10. Uniqlo Ultra-Stretch Active Airy Shorts [REVIEW]


Stylish Women’s Urban Cycling Shorts

1. Chrome Women’s Seneca Short

Stylish short cycling shorts for women in the summer

  • 4-way stretch material that is wind and water-resistant
  • 6 pockets, including a secure zipped rear pocket
  • Contoured waistline to prevent rear “exposure”

If you’re looking for relatively short cycling shorts for women that look great on and off the bike, then you’ll probably love Chrome’s Seneca Shorts.

With a 5” in-seam, these shorts certainly aren’t hot pants, but they still allow you to get your legs out in the sun for summer rides.

They’re also stacked with an impressive six pockets, the highlight of which is a hidden zipped pocket tucked just below the waistband on the rear right of the shorts.

But these aren’t just stylish shorts – they’re also great urban cycling shorts for commuters. The Seneca is made from a Cotton/Nylon/Spandex blend. The result? A smart looking, flexible, breathable and wind/water resistant short.

The short also have a contoured stretch waistline, which means the waistline is slightly raised on the rear to make for a better fit for cycling and will prevent any unwanted cracks from being exposed to people behind you while you ride, while also being a bit more forgiving while you’re in a seated position.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two deep front pockets
    • Plus a coin pocket on left
  • Two deep rear pockets
  • Hidden zipped pocket above right rear pocket

Materials:

  • 47% Cotton
  • 42% Nylon
  • 11% Spandex

Inseam: 5″ (short length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £85
  • EU: €100
  • US: $100

*correct at time of writing

Great-looking urban cycling shorts made from a Cotton-Nylon-Spandex blend which results in stretchy, breathable and water resistant shorts.

Feel good on the bike, look great off it.



Best Rapha Commuter Shorts for Women

2. Rapha Women’s Randonnee Cycling Shorts

Stylish lightweight city cycling shorts for women

  • Breathable, stretchy and fast-drying
  • 4 pockets (including a zipped rear pocket)
  • Crease-resistant and reflective detailing

Rapha’s Randonnee Shorts are some of the very best commuter shorts around – for both men and women.

Unsurprisingly. The women’s Randonnee Shorts feature all of the same great features as the men’s version, that means you’ll find a pair of lightweight shorts with a technical fabric that is breathable, quick-drying and stretchy.

The Randonnee shorts are also longer than Chrome’s Seneca shorts, with an in-seam of around 11.4” (although this varies by size).

These shorts look great and use technical fabric that is stretchy, quick-drying and very breathable – making them great all-round urban cycling shorts for ladies.

The Randonnee shorts feature four pockets, including a zipped rear pocket, as well as a button-down back pocket.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two rear pockets
    • One zipped, one buttoned

Materials:

  • 94% Nylon
  • 6% Spandex

Inseam: 11.4″ (long length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in UK, with distribution centres around the world (including USA)

Price*:

  • UK: £90
  • EU: €110
  • US: $125

*correct at time of writing

Plenty of stretch and plenty of pockets. The Randonnee shorts have everything you need for comfortable city cycling.

Typical of Rapha: it's beautiful and practical.



Smart Women’s Urban Cycling Shorts

3. Sigr Strandvägen Cycling Short for Women

Beautiful urban bike shorts with Scandinavian style

  • Breathable, stretchy and fast-drying
  • 4 pockets (inc. 2 button down rear pockets)
  • Reflective detailing on rear pockets

With Strandvägen urban bike short, Sweden’s Sigr have provided a thing of pure beauty combined with cycling functionality

The shorts look wonderful and can be paired with other clothing items to seamlessly switch between more formal and casual looks.

On the bike they’re also outstanding, with the cotton/polyester/spandex blend providing a stretchy breathable fabric that performs well and feels great against the skin.

You’re also not short of pockets on these shorts, with the two rear button-down pockets even featuring reflective detailing to aid nighttime visibility.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two buttoned rear pockets

Materials:

  • 48% Cotton
  • 48% Polyester
  • 4% Spandex

Inseam: ~5.5” (Short Length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in Sweden
  • International delivery,
    • Free shipping in Europe (inc. UK)
    • Free Rest of World Shopping on orders over $120
  • No import tax across Europe, and no import tax up to $800 in America (more info here)

Price*:

  • UK: £60
  • EU: €69.96
  • US: $84

*correct at time of writing

Minimalist Scandinavian style packed with tonnes of functionality for urban cycling, Sigr's Strandvägen look and feel great on and off the bike.



Best Women’s Padded Cycling Shorts

4. Endura Hummvee Lite Women’s Short with Liner

Padded bike shorts that look and feel great

  • Four-way stretch with DWR coating
  • 4 pockets (including a zipped thigh pocket)
  • Includes Clickfast™ detachable liner with women’s specific 200 series pad

The Endura Hummvee shorts of something of a legend in the cycling world thanks to the incredible functionality and comfort that Endura have embedded into these ladies cycling shorts.

These women’s padded cycling shorts are discreetly functional and perfect for urban life or a rural explore. The padding (8mm) in the shorts is part of a datable liner, which has been ergonomically designed to fit the female form.

They feature zipped hand pockets (woop), cargo pockets and large rear pockets – so there’s plenty of storage available.

The Hummvee shorts also have DWR coating to make them rain resistant, while the four-way stretch nylon fabric makes them flexible enough to ride in comfortably.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hip pockets
  • One zipped thigh pocket
  • One small rear pocket

Materials:

  • 95% Nylon
  • 5% Spandex

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in UK
  • International shipping available

Price*:

  • UK: £64.99
  • EU: €74.99
  • US: $94.99

*correct at time of writing

The legendary Hummvee shorts come with a detachable liner, making these probably the best padded cycling shorts for commuters.

Extremely comfortable, with four-way stretch and practical pockets.



Stylish Cycling Shorts for Women

5. Ministry of Supply Momentum Ladies Chino Short

Chic cycling shorts for commuters

  • Extremely soft and stretchy material
  • 5 pockets (including a hidden earbuds pocket)
  • Water resistant and durable

The most stylish ladies’ cycling shorts on this list.

Ministry of Supply create performance activewear that looks extremely smart and looks great in more formal settings – while also being capable of paired with other items so they can look good as casual wear too.

The Momentum shorts provide a flattering fit with an extremely soft fabric that feels great against the skin.

What’s more, these shorts are also water-resistant and don’t create easily. They’re also extremely stretchy to make for comfortable rides.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two rear pockets
  • Hidden earbuds pocket at waistband

Materials:

  • 58% Hollow-Core Polyester
  • 31% Nylon
  • 11% Elastane

Inseam: 3-4.5″ (short length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in the US
  • International shipping available

Price*:

  • UK: £69*
  • EU: €79*
  • US: $95

*correct at time of writing

The chicest of the chic. Ministry of Supply known how to create elegant and minimalist gear that is still packed with practical functioanlity.

Simply beautiful commuter shorts for women.



Best Denim Cycling Shorts for Women

6. DUER Weightless Denim Adventure Short

IMAGE CREDIT: DUER

Stylish and lightweight cycling jean shorts for female commuters

  • Invisible seat gusset to protect from wear-and-tear
  • 4 pockets (2 front, 2 back)
  • Strong material that is also light, moisture-wicking + anti-bacterial

If you’re after a stylish pair of stretch denim cycling shorts for women, then DUER’s Weightless Denim Adventure Short should be right up your street.

It features four pockets (two front and two back) but it is the material and build quality that is most impressive about these shorts.

The denim made from a blend of cotton, TENCEL Lyocel, polyester and Lycra, which forms an extremely lightweight, breathable and stretchy pair of bike shorts that still boast the casual style of cut-off jeans.

These DUER shorts also have a hidden gusseted crotch in the seat area to reduce the impact of the normal cycling pressure points, while the seams have also been reinforced to provide that extra bit of durability.

Throw in moisture-wicking and anti-bacterial properties and you can see why these are the best women’s denim cycling shorts.

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two buttoned rear pockets

Materials:

  • 32% Cotton
  • 32% TENCEL™ Lyocell
  • 34% Polyester
  • 2% LYCRA® Spandex

Inseam: 4.5″ (short length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in Canada
  • International delivery available

Price*:

  • UK: £57*
  • EU: €65*
  • US: $78

*correct at time of writing

Lightweight and stretchy short jeans for cycling. Despite their light and breezy feel, these shorts are also tough and can comfortable handle the strains of bicycle commuters.

Perfect for ride and destination.



Ladies’ Non-Lycra MTB Cycling Shorts

7. Velocio Women’s Trail Short

IMAGE CREDIT: VELOCIO

Close fit “baggy” shorts for ultra-comfortable cycling

  • 4-way stretch for maximum flexibility and movement
  • 2 zippered side pockets
  • Extremely lightweight with a DWR coating

These are described as “close-fitting bagg shorts” which seems somewhat contradictory…

However, what Velocio mean by this is that the Trail Shorts are more like regular fitting shorts (rathern than skintight Lycra) but still boast a figure hugging design.

In terms of functionality, these women’s bike shorts are packed with it.

The Velocio Trail Shorts feature four-way stretch which is perfect for freedom of movement, while there are also two zippered side pockets with mesh lining that comfortably (and securely) fit a phone.

The fit of these shorts is also interesting and ideal for cycling. The shorts have a low-profile waist with a subtle adjustment strap (basically a built-in belt).

These ladies’ shorts are also extremely lightweight having been made from a high-tech 115gsm polyamide/elastine blend. There’s even a DWR coating to repel light rain.

They’re not the most beautiful shorts in the world, but you certainly won’t look out of place in casual settings when you reach your destination. On the bike, though, these shorts are perfect.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two zippered side pockets with mesh lining

Materials:

  • 79% Polyamide
  • 21% Elastane

Inseam: ~11” (Long Length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in USA
  • International delivery available (inc. free EU/UK delivery on orders over €100)
  • Customs fees already applied to price

Price*:

  • UK: £129*
  • EU: €149
  • US: $159

*correct at time of writing

Super stretchy cycling trail shorts that work on and off the bike. Perfect for exploring, bike touring or even just a commute into town.

Very light and very comfortable.



Stylish Mountain Bike Shorts for Women

8. Club Ride Apparel Women’s 11″ Savvy Short

Extremely lightweight MTB shorts for ladies

  • Gusseted crotch to prevent cycling wear and tear
  • 4 pockets (inc. one zipped side pocket)
  • 4-way stretch, with raised rear and reflective detailing

Club Ride Apparenl have created a really great pair of technical cycling shorts boasting a casual style that won’t stand out in any pub or cafe.

And these shorts really are packed to the brims with functionality: they offer four-way stretch, an aptly named “NoCrackBack” (i.e. a raised rear to prevent exposure), a gusseted crotch, interior drawcords and even reflective detailing.

They are on the longer side with an 11″ inseam, but these are some seriously stylish women’s urban commuter shorts – although they’re technically MTB shorts!

At under $70, too, these Club Ride shorts provide excellent functionality for a very reasonable price.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • One rear pocket
  • One zippered size pocket

Materials:

  • 96% Polyester
  • 4% Spandex

Inseam: 11″ (long length)

Shipping Notes:

  • Based in the US
  • Flat-rate $20 international shipping

Price*:

  • UK: £50*
  • EU: €58*
  • US: $69.95

*correct at time of writing

Extremely versatile MTB shorts that also look good in casual settings. Packed with features like 4-way stretch, good pockets and reflective detailing.

Good value shorts for every situation.



Best Baggy Cycling Shorts for Women under £40

9. dhb MTB Women’s Trail Baggy Short

Stretchy mountain bike shorts for ladies

  • Durable, moisture-wicking fabric
  • 3 pockets (inc. one zipped side pocket)
  • High stretch rear yoke panel for breathability

These baggy cycling shorts may have been built for mountain biking, but they’ll do a great job whether you’re off exploring the countryside, racing down a road or casually cycling around town.

The dhb Trail Baggy Short is tough and durable, while also boasting useful functionality including the ability to wick moisture from the skin and providing plenty of breathability.

There is a spacious hand pocket on either side of the trousers, plus a zipped pocket big enough for a phone on the side. dhb have even managed to squeeze in some discreet reflective detailing to aid visibility.

These shorts are also easily adjustable thanks to the hook and loop tabs, while it also has a high rear waistband to prevent unwanted bottom exposure when leaning forward!

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • One zippered size pocket

Materials:

  • 84% Nylon
  • 11% Polypropylene
  • 5% Spandex

Shipping Notes:

  • Available from Wiggle internationally

Price*:

  • UK: £30
  • EU: €35
  • US: $39

*correct at time of writing

A durable pair of stretchy MTB shorts that also boast a nice urban style. Packed with functionality to enable comfortable cycling.

Great value women's cycling shorts.



Women’s Budget Commuter Shorts under £20

10. UNIQLO Women Ultra-Stretch Active Airy Shorts

Cheap commuter cycling shorts for ladies

  • Ultra-stretch material with built-in Dry-EX technology
  • 3 pockets (inc. one built-in inner zipped pocket)
  • Fast-drying and breathabile

Just as they’ve done for men, UNIQLO have created a fantastic pair of stylish shorts that are perfect for urban cycling for women too – and for a bargain price under £20.

These baggy urban shorts feature DRY-EX functionality (quick drying), lots of stretch (both horizontally and vertically) and even has zipped pockets so your carry and coins don’t fall out when you’re riding.

A great value pair of stylish shorts work well on the bike too.

Colours:

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • One zippered pocket within hand pocket

Materials:

  • 83% Elastomultiester
  • 17% Polyester

Shipping Notes:

  • Distribution centres around the world
  • International shipping available

Price*:

  • UK: £14.90
  • EU: €14.90
  • US: $19.90

*correct at time of writing

Stylish shorts with some useful cycling functionality for a bargain price.

You've got pockets (including a zipped one), breathability, stretch, fast-drying properties all in a great urban style.



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