Are longer cycling shorts more aero?

To some they’re just another fashion trend, but longer shorts can also provide an aero advantage

Long cycling shorts that end just above the knee are a fairly recent development within professional cycling and are in stark stylistic contrast to the shorts worn by the likes of Jacques Anquetil, Fausto Coppi and Eddy Merckx.

Look at photos from days gone by and you will see the likes of Merckx powering up climbs, his quad muscles rippling in shorts that we would now look upon as hot pants.

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Oliver Bridgewood - no, Doctor Oliver Bridgewood - is a PhD Chemist who discovered a love of cycling. He enjoys racing time trials, hill climbs, road races and criteriums. During his time at Cycling Weekly, he worked predominantly within the tech team, also utilising his science background to produce insightful fitness articles, before moving to an entirely video-focused role heading up the Cycling Weekly YouTube channel, where his feature-length documentary 'Project 49' was his crowning glory.