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Your Guide to Buying the Best Bike Shorts

Terry Sun Goddess Short

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Terry's been specializing in lady-friendly bike gear since 1985. The six-inch inseam on these cycling shorts is just long enough to avoid bike-seat chafing and short enough to avoid the dreaded knee-hitting tan line ($89, terrybicycles.com).

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Baseline Women's Padded Cycling Shorts

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We see you, $30 price tag. The reflective zippered pocket that holds your money (and keeps you safe!) makes these shorts a no-brainer.  ($30; target.com)

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L.L.Bean Women's Terry Metro Cycling Skort

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Hopping off the bike to head into a restaurant for lunch has never been easier. This skort features a skirt overlay to make the padding on the inside a little less obvious. ($79; llbean.com

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Shebeest Petunia Bike Shorts

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Everyone else on the road will be wearing solid black bike shorts, so you'll turn heads in this option with houndstooth details. They're more than just stylish: sun-protecting, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying features keep you comfortable all the way to your end point. ($85; rei.com

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Pearl Izumi Women's Select Escape Texture Short

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Want to switch up the length? A simple fold of the hem will take these form-fitting shorts from a 7.5-inch inseam to 4 inches. The flattering V-shaped waistband means the chances you'll make these shorts your new go-to is pretty much a given. ($70; pearlizumi.com

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Danskin Essentials Seven Inch Bike Short

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If you're looking for a pair of no-frills cycling shorts, these are it. Wear them to spin class or out on the bike trail—the wicking gusset keeps air circulating down there. ($24; danskin.com)

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Maloja GabyM. ½ Shorts

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The chamois padding on these cycling shorts features high-density foam, which is clutch on a long, bumpy ride. And that ride won't be filled with constantly needing to readjust where the shorts hit your thighs. Each leg opening is lined with silicone lamination so they stay in place as you're pumping your legs. ($140; competitivecyclist.com

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Canari Pro Gel Short

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Wondering what's with the gel padding in the seat? Take these for a 30-mile spin and note how great you feel after you hop out of the saddle. Then you'll get it. ($50; canari.com)

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TYR Women's Carbon 6" Tri Shorts

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Triathlon shorts that help you seamlessly transition from the water to the bike to the run are tough to find. These shorts do just that, and that's only part of the reason they're so magical. The fabric also helps keep your body temp in check when you're running and cycling and minimizes drag so you can nab that PR.  ($110; tyr.com)

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Nishiki Women's Tech Cycling Shorts

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This European company designs their gear with input from pro athletes and serious cyclists. They put their heads together and landed on these spandex-and-nylon shorts that stretch with each pedal stroke and wick away moisture at the same time. ($35; dickssportinggoods.com

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Louis Garneau Women's Fit Sensor 5.5 Cycling Shorts

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Shifting in your bike seat ain't no thing for these cycling shorts. They're abrasion resistant, which means they'll last for years. Plus, they're totally free of seams along the inside of the legs, which translates to an irritation-free fit. ($80; louisgarneau.com)

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