A good option for riding in cooler conditions and a replacement for bib tights if worn with leg warmers
Good leg grippers
Seams not flatlocked
I’m a fan of fleece-lined bibshorts for winter riding: pair them with leg warmers for an equivalent to winter tights or with knee warmers for three-quarter tights. And there’s the advantage of a double layer of fabric where the warmers and shorts overlap to keep your thigh muscles warmer. Or I just wear them on their own when it’s a bit cool for thin lycra shorts – which is most of the year in the UK.
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The ASV shorts are made of no less than four different fleecy fabrics to provide insulation with stretch and good wear resistance around the saddle area where this is most likely to occur. The fabric of the legs, meanwhile, is designed to be more stretchy and there’s a light single layer thigh gripper with an all-over pattern of small silicone gripers, which keeps the legs in place well whether worn on their own or over warmers. There are also reflective tabs built into the seams here, as well as reflective dhb logos on the back and sides.
The bibs too are wide and fleecy, although the fabric used is a bit lighter than in the main part of the shorts. And the straps are joined by a mesh panel at the back, to make the shorts comfortable if you’re working up a sweat.
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These shorts have a quality CyTech Endurance seatpad – as used in the ASV summer shorts – which is a good size and density and will cushion you through the longest winter ride.
The multi-panel construction means that there are quite a few seams. Although these are not flatlocked, I did not find that they were uncomfortable. Overall, these shorts are a great option for riding in cooler weather.
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Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.
He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.
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