Do Mountain Bike Shorts Have Padding. QUESTION: I'm new to road cycling and have only ridden mountain bikes up until now, with baggies. The chamois is the padded crotch section of bike shorts.
We have three baggy mountain bike styles. RBR ANSWER: Almost all of us have faced this same issue as we first took up the sport of road cycling. In general road biking "bike shorts" are tight fitting spandex shorts with a pad or Chamois built into the short.
Modern mountain bike shorts have evolved into high-performance gear made for the unique challenges of riding on trails.
No padding for your rear could lead to an early end to a fun day.
These padded shorts from Santic are an excellent starter piece of kit that will keep you comfortable in the saddle all day long. Mountain biking shorts are long so they cover your knees and knee pads. Important to note here that the primary purpose of a "chamois" (a bit of a misnomer with modern padding materials and construction) isn't to provide padding per se, it's to reduce the chafing you would otherwise have from the seams running up the center of just about any shorts whether biking-specific or casual.