Love riding to work but hate walking into the office in full Lycra? If you’re looking for a more comfortable way to wear civilian clothes on a longer commute, these cycling chamois pants from Urbanist might be right up your street.
The ‘vintage inspired’ women’s underpants come in two styles, a hispter-short named Brigitte, and a sexier Brazilian style mesh number called Bettie.
Both are equipped with a sewn-in chamois, which looks to be decent quality, and the underwear is cut high at the back to avoid builders’ crack when bent over the bars.
Handy for Boris bikers too, these pants wouldn’t look out of place under your workwear, and might just make your ride that bit easier.
They’re currently just prototypes, but their creator, Christiana Guxman from Austin, Texas, has set up a Kickstarter page requesting the $25,000 dollar that it’ll take to go into production. At the time of writing, she’s only $4,000 short of her target.
She writes: “Unlike traditional riding shorts with a chamois, these panties will fit discreetly under your clothing. You can wear them under any pants, shorts, skirts, denim cutoffs, and even non-cycling specific work out clothes you already own.
“The foam insert alleviates the discomforts of riding while remaining discreet, allowing you to flaunt your own unique style.”
The underpants are $50 a pair, or $90 for two.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.