The best cycling shorts that look as good as they perform

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These shorts will see you through bike rides and workouts when it’s simply too hot for leggings. 

  • Lululemon Wunder Under Shorts

    Lululemon cycling shorts
    Lululemon cycling shorts

    Lululemon Wunder Under Shorts, £48

    Lululemon’s classic buttery soft fabric makes for the perfect sweat-wicking summer short. Available in both 6” and 8”, the internal storage makes them handy for stashing valuables during long bike rides or days at the park.

  • Under Armour Fly Fast ½ Tights

    Under Armour cycling shorts
    Under Armour cycling shorts

    Under Armour Fly Fast ½ Tights, £42

    Sure, the mesh panelling on the side of these shorts looks cool, but it also directs excess heat away from the skin – which means you can stay cool on even the most humid of days. The internal drawstring and drop-in pockets mean these are also a pretty practical pair.  

  • Hummel Seamless Cycling Shorts

    Hummel cycling shorts
    Hummel cycling shorts

    Hummel Seamless Cycling Shorts, £28

    Seamless cycling shorts are the smartest choice when it comes to comfortable bike rides. We love this pair by Hummel for the ventilated knit fabric and supportive high waist.

  • COS Seamless Performance Shorts

    COS cycling shorts
    COS cycling shorts

    COS Seamless Performance Shorts, £39

    In true COS style, these shorts are subtle, flattering and hard-working. Made from a stretchy nylon mix, they hug the body so you feel secure during workouts.

  • Gymshark Technical Cycling Short

    Gymshark cycling short
    Gymshark cycling short

    Gymshark Technical Cycling Short, £35

    These technical shorts contain silicone flocking around the glutes and quads for extra muscle support to aid performance. We also love the subtle print on the sides, as well as the high waist fit. 

  • Adidas Cycling Tights

    Adidas cycling shorts

    Adidas Cycling Tights, £22

    Adidas’ classic three stripe shorts are the perfect combination of stretch and style – whether you’re cycling or strolling.

  • The Upside Tiger Shorts

    The Upside tiger shorts

    The Upside Tiger Print Short, £79

    These animal print shorts will see you through the bike ride to the park and the picnic with friends when you get there. 

  • Free People Baby shorts

    Free People shorts

    Free People Baby Shorts, £64  

    The soft moisture-wicking material and breathable gusset lining means not having to worry about sweat stains – even when wearing grey. 

  • Sweaty Betty High Shine Shorts


    Sweaty Betty High Shine Shorts, £45

    Sweaty Betty’s glossy High Shine Leggings were so popular, they made them into full coverage shorts.

  • ASOS 4505 Cycling Short

    ASOS 4505 Logo Short, £18

    The 90s print livens up these lilac leggings, which promise high-performance material to keep you looking and feeling cool. 

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Chloe Gray

Chloe Gray is the senior writer for's fitness brand Strong Women. When she's not writing or lifting weights, she's most likely found practicing handstands, sipping a gin and tonic or eating peanut butter straight out of the jar (not all at the same time).