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Are you sitting comfortably? Padded bib shorts offer cycling comfort and we've picked six of the best we've reviewed

When it comes to performance cycling, whether it’s long rides on Sunday mornings or road racing, and sportives, bib shorts are where it’s at for outright comfort. The pad provides comfort so you can sit in the saddle for hours at a time, the straps avoid a waistband digging into your stomach, and there’s no excess fabric to flap about.

While there are other styles of shorts available — baggy, urban and waist shorts — for any rides of that combine distance and speed bib shorts are hard to beat for comfort. You can wear them year-round, under tights in the winter, on their own in the summer. And no, you don’t wear underwear under them, if you’re wondering. They’re designed to sit next to the skin.

In this video, we’ve delved into the vast road.cc review archive to show you six really good bib shorts that we’ve tested and are happy to recommend, from dhb, Gore, Assos, Castelli, Kalf and Sportful. We’re also covering a range of price points, so something for all tastes.

Read more: 18 of the best cycling bib shorts

Our pick of six of the best bib shorts


Weight Market price Read more
dhb Aeron Speed
183g
£60 (limited sizes)
Read our review
Kalf Flux
189g
£84.99
Read our review
Gore C5 Optiline
218g
£91.45
Read our review
Castelli Premio
196g
£99.00
Read our review
Sportful Giro
172g
£44.20 Read our review
Assos T.Milleshorts_S7 175g
£99.00
Read our review

David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.