Bicycle shorts are the legwear that cyclists use while riding. They are made of the same material as cycling shirts and have a tight fit. Their purpose is to reduce air resistance, protect the skin, wick moisture away, cool the cyclist, and keep them active. Back in the day, most of these important cycling apparel was made from black wool.
Nowadays, Spandex is used for production. Synthetic chamois is used in the crotch and seat areas. There are many styles and shapes available. Bike shorts for men and women are also available in different styles. Many cyclists don't wear any underwear underneath them. They are usually made up of multiple panels and fit better. However, they are also more expensive.
There are many types of cycling shorts. There are bib shorts, in which suspenders hold the bike up and replace a waistband. The elastic waistband can cause discomfort for cyclists. They can be too tight or dig into the skin. Professional cyclists choose bib type over non-bib types. These products are made from polyester and spandex. Baggy shorts are available for cycling. These shorts look just like any other pair but have a chamois lining. They are more trendy and sleeker than other styles of shorts.
Bicycle shorts wrap around the quadriceps muscles to keep them tight. The wrapping does not impair blood flow but provides greater endurance for the cyclist.