While public transport is still very much a no-go (for those who don’t have to take it for essential reasons anyhow), cycling is now the next best alternative for long(ish) distance travel. According to the Guardian, sales of cycling equipment from Halfords has risen by 500% since the start of lockdown, which isn’t surprising now that London seems as cyclist-trodden as Amsterdam.

When cutting through the wind on your two-wheeled contraption, comfort is key. When cycling shorts became a street style trend of influencers and celebrities in 2018, it caused a public reaction that was at one with marmite: you either loved it, or hated it. Impartial as ever, we don’t sway to a particular side, but are here to give you our pros and cons – with alternative options of course – so that you can make an informed decision as to what bottoms are worth donning. Let the debate begin!

Hell Yeah to Cycling Shorts!
Firstly, cycling shorts were originally made to be cycled in; so whether they’re an en vogue update or not, they’ll do the job. A typical cycling short must be elasticated and made of cotton; to ensure that your skin can breathe and your muscles can contract throughout your vigorous exercising. Opt for this Sweaty Betty pair if you don’t want to draw attention to yourself – for those you haven’t cycled since they were 8 years old, I mean you – and this Fantabody style if you want to be adventurous with your fashion as well as your newfound lockdown activity. A styling tip for those conscious about the body-con fit: wear with a t-shirt dress to cover any bits you want to go unnoticed.

Not for Me
For those who don’t fancy the Kim K connotations that come with the aforementioned, there are plenty other options to wear when your feet are on the pedals. Similarly, a cotton style is a must, but it should be in a wide leg, non-constricting format that our flexible foe isn’t. The pin-stripe on this MSGM short makes for a smart-casual style that’s fitting for a day lounging at home as well as out and about. But if you’re really in the mood to dress up – a weekend picnic is the new night out – wearing this Emilia Wickstead pair will make you feel like you’re as graceful as Daisy Edgar-Jones is on a bike in Normal People – even if you’re not. 

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