Knicks, Shorts & Bibknicks Buyer's Guide

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Good cycling shorts are probably the most important part of kit if you’re riding long distances or commuting. The right pair of shorts can give you support and comfort, and even increase your endurance.

When purchasing knicks or bibknicks it’s important to make sure you get a tight fit. A tighter fit and fewer seams means less rubbing and chafing. Well-fitting cycling shorts also cause good compression in the legs which keeps your blood flowing into your muscles and reduce fatigue. Also look for gel or foam padding to cushion bumps on the road. The best shorts avoid placing stitching in areas with high friction, and many shorts will have a gel lining around the inside of the legs at the bottom to keep the shorts from riding up.


Knicks are lycra shorts with a waistband. They are best suited to shorter rides, as they are easier to take off and put on and the waistband is less likely to bother you during a short ride.

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Bibknicks incorporate a suspender-like design into the shorts. Unlike knicks, they do not have a waistband and are therefore more comfortable when bent over riding. Most professional and serious cyclists wear bibknicks.

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The most important feature of mountain bike shorts is definitely the padding, as this area of the shorts is going to take the most force. A lot of mountain bike riders will wear tight lycra bibknicks underneath more comfortable baggy shorts ensuring extra padding and less chafing while in motion. Often mountain bike shorts will be made of a durable material, so that they can withstand branches and other obstacles brushing the rider on the trail.

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