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The 5 Best Cycling Shorts for Commuting: A Canari Guide


Fellow bike commuters! We know the right shorts make the ride, and the wrong shorts ruin it.

That's why we're about to explore the top features of ideal commuting shorts, including:

  • Stretch fabrics that flex with you

  • Cushy pads for comfort over miles

  • Details that wick sweat and prevent chafing

  • Material that manages the heat

We want to help you discover bike shorts you look forward to wearing, whatever the distance.

Our goal is simple: Help you gear up for a smooth, comfy ride.

Let's dive into the details so you can find your perfect pair.

Things to Look for in Commuter Cycling Shorts

When selecting cycling shorts for your daily commute, there are a few things to consider for comfort, performance, and style. The fabric, fit, padding, and features can make all the difference in your riding experience.

Fabric & Fit

For commuter bike shorts, look for fabrics that are flexible, durable, and moisture-wicking. Nylon and polyester blends are popular options, providing both stretch and quick-drying performance. The fit should be relaxed enough for casual wear off the bike, but avoid baggy bike shorts.

Well-fitting shorts will stay put while pedaling without restricting movement. A gusseted crotch adds extra mobility and prevents uncomfortable chafing. 

Urban cycling shorts are designed to be stylish yet functional. They are made from fabrics like lightweight woven nylon or polyester with spandex for stretch.

The shorts fit comfortably for freedom of movement and have features such as leg grippers to prevent riding up. Reflective accents and secure pockets make them practical for commuting.

Padding & Chamois

Padding is another key consideration for comfortable commuting shorts. Thinner padding is ideal for short urban rides. Excessively thick pads can be uncomfortable when pedaling short distances. 

Well-designed chamois feature multi-density foam padding that relieves pressure on sensitive areas or gel that distributes weight well.

Features for All-Day Riding

For all-day commuting comfort, prioritize shorts with features like:

  • Stretch panels and gussets to increase range of motion

  • Leg grippers to prevent riding up

  • Moisture-wicking fabrics to keep you dry

  • Abrasion-resistant fabrics to prevent wear

Versatile shorts suited for commuting will combine technical cycling performance with casual off-bike aesthetics. 

The Top 5 Picks for Cycling Commutes

1. Kailua Tri Shorts

Image of the Canari Kailua Tri Short.


The Canari Kailua Tri Short is a top choice for commuters seeking comfort, functionality, and style. It boasts a tall, comfortable elastic waistband, ensuring a snug, supportive fit, offering added lower back support to keep you comfortable.

With a 7-inch inseam and a meticulously engineered 6-panel design, these shorts provide a sleek and aerodynamic fit. Flat seam construction further enhances the shorts' profile, reducing drag.

Crafted from MT PRO fabric, these shorts combine breathability with exceptional durability. Designed to withstand the repetitive abuse of a long daily commute, you can stay focused on your ride, not your gear.

The T2 padding gives extra comfort without the bulk, and the signature leg grippers are ultra-soft and keep the shorts securely in place.

2. Trinity Shorts

Image of the Canari Trinity shorts with better ventilation for removing excess moisture.

With a casual design suited for urban environments, the Canari Trinity is another ideal commuter short. Constructed with COLDBLACK™ technology, these shorts offer temperature regulation, keeping your body cool and comfortable even in the most demanding summer heat.

The 9-inch inseam and 10-panel design, combined with flat seam construction, ensure a sleek fit that minimizes resistance.

The exceptional leg grip and comfort provided by the 3" XRT leg bands, guarantee a compression grip without sacrificing comfort. The multi-feature MONARCH PAD takes your comfort to the next level, with shock-absorbing memory foam, Coolmax™ technology in the upper layer, and an air-flow system that maximizes ventilation and breathability.

Constructed from a blend of 78% Nylon and 22% Spandex, these shorts combine durability with flexibility.

3. Evolution Shorts

Image of the Canari Evolution Short

The Canari Evolution Short's high-spandex count provides a significant compression advantage, effectively reducing muscle fatigue and minimizing the build-up of lactic acid during your rides.

Constructed from a blend of 78% Nylon and 22% Spandex, these shorts offer both durability and compression, ensuring they can withstand the rigors of your cycling adventures.

The EdgeEXTREME panels further enhance compression, helping to reduce lactic acid build-up. The King pad, with its five-layer moisture-wicking construction and microfiber top, caters to the needs of all riders, offering optimal comfort and support.

A recent update includes a 2-inch stay-put XRT band for enhanced comfort and a compression grip. With a 10-inch inseam and an 8-panel design, featuring flat seam construction for a sleek fit, the Evolution will stand out mile after mile.

4. Blade Gel Shorts

Image of the Canari Blade Gel Short.


The Canari Blade Gel Short's proprietary green gel chamois pad gel-fill system spreads shock evenly throughout the saddle region and will keep you comfortable in the saddle.

Constructed from a durable and breathable blend of 82% Nylon and 18% Spandex, known as MT Pro, these shorts are built to withstand the repetitive use and abuse that cycling demands.

With an 8-inch inseam and an 8-panel design, coupled with flat seam construction, these shorts provide a sleek and snug fit, reducing friction.

Blade Gel Shorts also feature an ultra-soft double-banded gripper that ensures a stay-put fit, so you can focus on the road ahead without the distraction of adjusting your shorts.

Additionally, the tall comfortable waistband provides added coverage and support in the ride position.

5. Velo Gel Shorts

Image of the Canari Velo Gel Short including a padded liner for extra comfort.

These "basic" shorts offer an exceptional level of comfort and performance that's great for riders of all levels. The Canari Velo Gel Short features our proprietary gel-fill system, an 8-inch inseam, a 6-panel design, and is crafted from a robust and breathable fabric blend of 82% Nylon and 18% Spandex (MT Pro).

Experience unbeatable comfort and support while cycling, thanks to the advanced gel shock absorption and stay-put design of the Canari Velo Gel Short.

Other Cycling Options

If you're looking for options that can pair up with commuter bike shorts, we recommend you check out some of our other options.

These options include our mountain biking shorts, road cycling options, and other types of cycling clothes.

Learn more below:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what size to get?

Take your waist measurement and refer to the company's size charts. Shorts should fit snugly - not tight or too loose - and choose an inseam length that you are most comfortable with.

How do I care for my cycling shorts?

After every wear, wash using the gentle cycle in cold water and avoid bleach and softeners. Hang dry only.

What padding thickness is best for commuting?

The 8-10mm pads offer the ideal comfort and flexibility. Thinner pads may lack cushioning. Thicker pads could restrict movement. Test different thicknesses for your commute distance and preferences.

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