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Attack the Singletrack!, Issue #013 --6 Tips for Choosing Mountain Biking Shorts
July 20, 2011

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Attack the Singletrack! Issue #013 -- 6 Tips for Choosing Mountain Biking Shorts

Attack the Singletrack brings you mountain bike tips to help you become a better rider and enjoy mountain biking more.

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In this Issue...

1) Tip of the Month -- Want to know a simple technique that will help you ride faster with less fear?

Click here or scroll down for a tip on picking up your pace...

2) How to Choose Mountain Biking Shorts -- Check out these 6 tips before you buy your next pair of mountain biking shorts.

Click here or scroll down for 6 essential tips for choosing bike shorts.

3) What's New on Mountain Bike Buzz -- Click on the links below to learn about new information that has been recently added to the site or important seasonal information...

Mountain Bike Clubs: Advocacy, Support, and Group Rides
Mountain bike clubs are a great way to get involved, meet other riders and support the sport of mountain biking. Got a favorite club that you would like to add to our free listing? Contact us.

Choosing a Cycling Jacket to Keep you Warm and Comfortable
Summer is in full force, and the days are long and hot. It can be easy to hit the trail without thinking of bringing along extra layers, like a rain jacket. Are you prepared for an unexpected downpour?

Tip of the Month:

How to Ride Faster with Less Fear

While riding, if I look only at the part of the trail that is directly in front of me, I am not aware of what is ahead and I ride more slowly.

If I visually scan the trail sort of in a sweeping motion from directly in front of me to farther up the trail and then back again, I know what is in front of me. Not only does this eye sweeping technique help prepare me for what is ahead, but it helps me feel more confident and ride faster.

Check out these 6 tips before you buy your next pair of mountain biking shorts:

With all the brands and marketing hype out there, it can be difficult to figure out what type of mountain biking shorts are best. Will the right bike shorts make you a better rider? Most likely not, but they will make your ride a heck of a lot more comfortable.

1. More padding is not better
The padding inside bike shorts is called the chamois. A chamois that is too thick feels bulky and awkward and does not stay in place. The shape and breathability of the chamois are more important to consider than the overall thickness.

2. More panels are better
Lycra bike shorts are stitched together using several pieces of fabric called panels. The more panels, the better because this makes the shorts more contoured and comfortable when you are in the riding position. Usually 6 panels provide fairly good comfort. 8 panels or more are the most comfortable, but they are usually more expensive.

3. Good elastic in important areas
I recently bought a really nice looking pair of mountain biking shorts and was stoked to wear them on my next ride. 10 minutes after I started pedaling, they started creeping up on my legs and the waistband started creeping down. I felt almost as bad for the rider behind me having to view such a sight as I did for myself! Moral of the story: make sure the shorts have good elastic. I like the kind that have silicone leg grippers.

4. Snug, but comfortable
Mountain bike shorts should fit like a second skin and not move around during activity. They should, however, be comfortable. If your legs are falling asleep, they are probably a little tight.

5. Comfortable seams
Make sure that the seams in the lycra and chamois are flat, smooth, and nonabrasive.

6. Buy shorts that have the correct anatomy
Mountain biking shorts that are made for men have a different shaped chamois than bike shorts made for women. Women's cycling shorts are also more tapered in the waist and legs.

For more information, please visit our page on Mountain Bike Shorts

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As always, enjoy the ride!

Mary Blomquist
Mountain Bike Buzz

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