What's the difference between chamois pads - and how do I choose the best for me?

Are you sitting on all the answers to finding the most comfortable seat pad to suit your style of riding?

A close up of a white male in cycling shorts sitting on a saddle
(Image credit: Future)

If you've already had a bike fit, searched high and low for a bike saddle that suits you, but are still uncomfortable when riding, the chances are that the answer to your problem is directly beneath you. 

We don’t talk nearly enough about the very point of contact between you and the bike; the padding in your cycling shorts.

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Hannah Bussey

Hannah is Cycling Weekly’s longest-serving tech writer, having started with the magazine back in 2011. She has covered all things technical for both print and digital over multiple seasons representing CW at spring Classics, and Grand Tours and all races in between.

Hannah was a successful road and track racer herself, competing in UCI races all over Europe as well as in China, Pakistan and New Zealand.

For fun, she's ridden LEJOG unaided, a lap of Majorca in a day, won a 24-hour mountain bike race and tackled famous mountain passes in the French Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites and Himalayas. 

She lives just outside the Peak District National Park near Manchester UK with her partner, daughter and a small but beautifully formed bike collection.