Can padded cycling undies look cute and work hard? Yes, if you're wearing Urbanist Cycling's Brigitte briefs.
The Brigitte briefs are one of two designs from Urbanist Cycling, a new Texan brand that was supported by successful Kickstarter funding. They are designed for city cycling, or indeed anything short of long distance or race rides.
If you're looking to buy some padded underwear for casual riding, then the Jewel inner short from Club Ride Apparel is flattering, feminine and, most importantly, comfy. Despite the name, the style is a high-leg brief, but they also do shorts-style and long-leg padded pants.
Terry have produced the Bridget Jones of cycling briefs. Big 'n' comfy boy shorts for girls, with a light pad.
Cycling can be very confusing. Leggings are called tights, which men wear too, capri pants are called knickers and you don't wear underwear under any of it. These are cycling briefs, designed to be worn under something else that doesn't have its own pad/liner. This could be any of the above, or non-cycle-specific jeans or trousers.
Did you know that Terry's make sports bras as well as chocolate oranges? Okay it may be different people but this cycling-specific crop-top style bra will keep your juicy fruits in check.
Sports Bras. Only half of us need them, but if you have knockers to be proud of, finding the right one is crucial to enjoying a comfortable, black-eye free ride. At 38 D I'm not exactly wanting in this department, so I was pleased to find that Terry cater for everything from 32A to 42DD.
Rapha's Merino Boxers are pants that really pamper your parts.
Merino is one of those finer things in life, literally: the super fine fibres of merino wool are one of the properties that make it work so well for cycling and also make it feel very nice against your skin.
When this landed on my desk, I was initially sceptical. First off, the Rohan Bumper Liner looks a bit like sanitary wear or an incontinence pad and more importantly, the idea of a stand alone chamois pad is one that just somehow doesn't, erm, sit right.
A good sports crop top should give support, be comfortable no matter what activity you're doing and how hard you're doing it, and not intrude on the fit or efficacy of whatever top you're wearing over the top.
The Active Women's Bra Top from Zoca is a very reasonably priced technical crop top, offering the majority of the features you'd look for. It's a straightforward racer-back scoop neck design, is made from a pleasingly soft polyamide/elastane mix fabric, comes in a variety of colours and offers support for low impact activities.
Roses undershirt is a remarkably competent polyester base layer thanks to its sculpted fit and efficient moisture management, leaving an arid, comfortable and odour free inner climate-even worn beneath less sophisticated materials. However, I'd forgo the fabric softener if you're throwing it in with the regular wash and of the two colours, I’d plump for the black every time.
Protective under shorts are a natural choice for commuting and other utility riding, retaining the seamless, flattering profile of ¾,lengths and/or smart cotton trews thanks to the Polyester based material’s wicking prowess and neatly contoured synthetic chamois. However, worn under heavier pile touring plusses, cut closer to boxer shorts they rode up my thighs, resulting in bunching and painful chafing, so stick with more traditional inserts for longer/faster paced riding.
These undershorts from German mail order giants Rose should be a great boon for the casual street warrior but the poor fit lets them down.