Cheap cycling shorts: five affordable options for road cycling, mountain biking and commuting

Padded cycling shorts and baggy mountain bike shorts for men and women

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B’Twin Triban RC 500 bib shorts

The price tags attached to some cycling shorts can be eye-watering and it’s easy to spend upwards of three figures, if your budget allows. That needn’t be the case, though, with plenty of affordable options out there if you know where to look.

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Whether you’re looking for cheap cycling shorts for leisure cycling, commuter shorts, road cycling bib shorts or mountain bike baggy shorts, we’ve got you covered. 

Cheap cycling shorts: our favourites for 2019

  • Triban RC500 Bib Shorts
  • Endura MTR baggy MTB shorts
  • dhb Blok camo women’s bib shorts
  • Altura Tempo undershorts
  • Endura 6-panel Essential Cycle Short

Triban RC500 Bib Shorts

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B’Twin Triban RC 500 bib shorts
The Triban RC500 bib shorts can be found in outdoor super-retailer Decathlon.
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  • Sizes: S–XXL 
  • Colours: Black, Navy
  • Features: Matching jersey available, good muscle support, side leg pocket

These shorts offer impressive overall performance for the price. Available from Decathlon, they combine a mesh upper, which helps keep you cool when riding, a pad with gel inserts and supportive Lycra that sits perfectly in place. 

Endura MTR Baggy MTB shorts

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Endura MTR baggy mtb shorts
Endura MTR baggy shorts are a good quality, affordably-priced option
Immediate Media Co
  • Sizes: S–XXL
  • Colours: Black, Matt Grey, Navy, Khaki
  • Features: Lightweight four-way stretch material, mesh panel for breathability, DWR-coated rear panel

Designed for fast, light riding, these shorts are ideal for mountain bikers who want a good set of shorts that move with the rider, are breathable and fit well. 

The silicone dots at the waistband help keep the shorts in place, and a DWR-treated rear panel helps keep riders dry when riding on wet trails. 

These may not be the outright cheapest baggy shorts on the market, but they combine excellent quality with a competitive price tag. They would also work well for commuters looking for something practical to ride in. 

dhb Blok Women’s Bib Shorts

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dhb blok women’s bib shorts
dhb’s Blok Camo women’s cycling shorts are a great choice for value and comfort
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  • Sizes: UK8, 10, 12, 14, 16
  • Colours: Various
  • Features: Comfortable chamois, good fit, great colours and designs with matching kit. Men’s versions also available.

The Blok women’s bibs from dhb are excellent quality shorts, comfortable for both long and short rides. 

If you do like to coordinate, the Blok range has a whole host of mix-and-match kit available, including jerseys, socks and base layers, so you can coordinate as much or as little as you like. 

Altura Tempo undershorts

Altura Tempo Undershorts in black
A simple pair of padded shorts that are designed to be worn under trousers, shorts or skirts for added comfort
Altura
  • Sizes: Women’s UK8 to 18, men’s S to XXL
  • Colour: Black, grey
  • Features: Great for commuters and mountain bikers, men’s and women’s versions available, chamois pad with memory foam

These Altura Tempo shorts are designed to be worn under shorts or trousers, so they’re well suited to mountain bikers to wear under baggies, or for commuters who’d like a bit of comfort on their ride to work.

They consist of a high-wicking soft jersey short with a chamois pad and wide elastic band – an ideal choice for those who don’t want to look like a full Lycra-clad cyclist. 

Endura 6-panel Essential Cycle Short

Endura 6-panel essential padded cycle short
A padded cycle short for an affordable price
Endura
  • Sizes: S–XXXL
  • Colour: Black
  • Features: Silicone leg grippers, antibacterial chamois pad

If you’re looking for a simple, basic padded short for cycling, then Endura has a good option in its Essential Cycle Short. 

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The six-panel Lycra construction is designed to fit well, with silicone leg grippers to keep the shorts in place when pedaling.