I am a bike short fanatic. The crazy passion is actually a self-preservation technique. After all, when you spend 20 hours a week in the saddle, you become a little obsessed without becoming overly sore "down there".
There was something about those horror stories about pro riders who went in for surgery on their "saddle sores" that stuck with me, I never wanted to become one of them .
All the sales reps probably thought I was weird to spend so much time grilling them on the true effectiveness of their new "anti-bacterial" cloth or the importance of 12 panel vs 8 panel shorts (don't even worry about that right now). But in the end, it helped me make the right choice for my riding.
And, sure, I've enjoyed the luxury of $200+ cycling shorts. But you don't need to spend that much. In fact, if you are a savvy shopper and know how to take care of your cycling shorts, you can get away with spending as little as $50 (Such as the Pearl Izumi Quest Short which we discuss in more detail). Check it out!