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How to choose the best bike shorts for your workout

Bike shorts are back! Comfortable and convenient, they are a fab option for summer in Australia. This practical item of clothing can be worn for almost any type of workout; running, swimming, fitness classes, indoor, outdoor etc.

If you remember the 90s, you have probably been wondering when bike shorts would make a fresh appearance. For those who weren’t there… welcome to your new favourite item of clothing for both exercise and leisurewear. 

Why bike shorts? 

Summer in Australia calls for lightweight, versatile clothing. From yoga to cycling, bike shorts are perfect for your workout. You can also find nude bike shorts to hide under dresses, skirts and sports uniforms to reduce chafing. 

Choose the best bike shorts for a workout

As practical as they are, there are a few things to look out for when choosing your new pair of bike shorts to work out in. These include comfort, stretch and free shipping. Let’s take a dive into the details of what to check for:

Quality construction: Whether you’re wearing them to work out or as everyday wear, they should be a good, comfortable fit. The major contributor to the comfort factor in bike shorts is construction.

Look for shorts constructed to match your form. They should move and stretch when you do and not bunch up in uncomfortable places. Flat-locked seams are a sign of a quality pair of bike shorts for exercising. They won’t bunch or chafe and will give you a smooth silhouette. Our must-have style for ultimate comfort during your training session is the Training Pocket Bike Short.  

Waist: Not only are high waists in at the moment, they make for better wearability. The best waistbands will provide support and stability while you work out. A good high waistband won’t roll down and you won’t need to spend time pulling your shorts up after every squat. The double-layer high-rise waistband in the Essential Bike Short means your bike shorts will stay up all workout with no roll-down.

Squatability: Speaking of squatting, good bike shorts need to stretch with you. Active Truth’s 8-way stretch fabric is a good example of what quality looks and feels like. They have the ability to stretch but won’t go transparent when you do. 

Fun factor and bonuses: A fresh, funky pattern is always a bonus. Pair a plain black, white, navy or grey t-shirt with patterned bike shorts in a similar colour and you’ll feel 100% on trend this summer.  

A pocket in your bike shorts is more than a bonus. Active Truth’s Smart Pocket is a practical addition to keep your phone or keys jiggle-free while you’re on the move.

Moisture-wicking: If you’re wearing bike shorts to work out, you need more than plain old lycra. Look for fabric that draws away moisture so you stay cool and dry. This is definitely essential during summer in Australia. 

Free shipping: Whether it is because you are a busy mum, because you live in a regional area or because of yet another round of lockdowns, it isn’t always easy to get to the shops. 

Online shopping is a good way to get around this but shipping costs can blow your budget. Active Truth’s free shipping policy takes care of this. Pay for the price of your new bike shorts and nothing else. 

Free shipping is also handy because you can decide you need an extra pair after trying the first ones on, and you don’t get slammed with the additional expense of shipping.

Return policies: Shopping online shouldn’t mean you can’t try your bike shorts on. Active Truth’s return policy makes this no problem. You have thirty days to try out your bike shorts and if you find they don’t fit or you’re not 100% happy with them, you can return or exchange them (conditions apply). Just make sure to keep your undies on!

How do they feel?: Most importantly, how do your bike shorts feel when you wear them? They should hold well around your thighs and waist, and be comfortable enough to wear even after your workout. 

For the best bike shorts in Australia that tick all the boxes (and come with free shipping), head to Active Truth today.