Wearing Your Mountain Bike Shorts
If you’re planning on going down to the woods this weekend to ride with your friends or just go for a ride around your neighborhood, you’ll want to make sure that you have the proper attire for the occasion. While you don’t necessarily need to dress like a rock star to look your best, it’s still nice to dress in a little style and have the right clothing for the weather. If you’re not sure what to wear, the easiest thing to do is find some mountain bike shorts that you can put on and go. Here are some of the most popular shorts for women:
Mountain Bike Shorts Works Only Under These Conditions
Paired shorts are always a safe choice since mountain biking by its nature tends to take place on rocky terrain, and riders get in and out of their saddles multiple times during the day. Road-cyclists-style bib shorts, with a chamois outer layer or as a layer with baggy mountain bike shorts above the top, are perfect for either alone or, even more popular for back country riding, as a light under layer to stay warm. Liners are popular for women’s mountain bike shorts as well, since they offer extra warmth without adding too much weight. Liners, that are designed specifically for the trails usually have small straps that can be pulled through the leg loops on the bottom of the shorts. However, these shorts can also be worn alone if you prefer, and are an excellent way to get the feel of a biker’s vest without having to sacrifice weight or extra bulk.
The best protection, besides wearing a helmet, is to wear chaps. These are often made of thick cotton, but many cyclists like to wear thinner biker gear so that they do not take away from their comfort level while riding. Some wear chaps just for practical reasons, while others wear them because they feel like a functional safety feature and they look cool. Women who ride on steep hills may want to wear chaps so that they have something easier to pull off in case they fall off their bikes; they can easily be removed and reattached, saving you money and hassle in the long run.