Cafe du Cycliste Adeline Fade Women's Bib Shorts review

Unique styling, a superior pad and super soft fabrics suited to more leisurely riding.

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Adeline Fade Women's Bib Shorts are more about styling and comfort than performance… reaching out to those women who don’t want squeeze into conventional black lycra, but don't want to compromise on a supportive, well-made chamois. The leg grippers are certainly not as effective as they could be and the price is not as inclusive as the design.

Reasons to buy
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    Unique design

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    Quality chamois

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    Soft fabrics

Reasons to avoid
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    Ineffective leg grippers

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    Mesh upper not so breathable

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    Potential fit issues with full bib

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Hats off to Cafe du Cycliste for daring to break black cycling shorts mould. The Adeline Shorts are a refreshing change to the norm - a unique design that doesn’t scream ‘lycra-clad-cyclist’. Styling and a lack of compression don’t inspire speed, performance or segment chasing, rather a casual ride to a cafe for coffee, cake and a good natter… Maybe the cycling world needs more shorts like these, they may still need a few refinements though.


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Emma’s first encounters with a bike were in between swimming and running. Soon after competing for GB in the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in Edmonton in 2001 she saw the light and decided to focus on cycling. 

With a couple of half decent UK road seasons under her belt, she went out to Belgium to sample the racing there, spending two years with Lotto-Belisol Ladies team, racing alongside the likes of Sara Carrigan, Grace Verbeke, Rochelle Gilmore and Lizzie Deignan. Emma moved from Lotto-Belisol to Dutch team Redsun, working primarily as a domestique for Emma Johansson. When Redsun folded, Emma was offered the opportunity to ride with a newly formed Belgian team and home to the first year senior and budding rider Anna Van Der Breggen.

After retiring, Emma returned to teaching, setting up her own tutoring business. When not coercing kids to do maths, she is invariably out on two wheels. While the road bike remains her true passion, she has also developed an addiction to touring, with destinations including Iceland, Georgia and Albania, to mention just a few. There have also been sightings of Emma off-road, on mountain and gravel bikes… As if all of this isn't enough, she's been working as a freelancer since 2005, testing and reviewing the latest kit and sharing her insight into the sport.