Women's Cycling Shorts Maximize Your Comfort - Leave those spandex shorts for the gym. For cycling you need the comfort and protection of proper women's cycling shorts. These include wicking fabrics, 6- and 8-panel seamless construction for a custom, chafe-free fit, and even padding in the crotch (called a "chamois"). You'll also find leg grippers that keep the shorts in place, or can be flipped over if you prefer. And, keep in mind that there are great loose-fitting shorts for that casual look, too.