Exceeding her $25,000 Kickstarter funding goal in just 5 days, Christiana Guzman of Urbanist Cycling has obviously hit on a need with her padded cycling underwear. Urbanist is not the first to create this type of product for those women who shun lycra in favor of regular clothes when commuting around by bike. My Alibi has offered women’s cycling Bloomers for years, even sold through REI. But Christiana seems to have succeeded with the winning combination of style and function.
The Urbanist Chamois Panties (not a fan of the name) feature a foam insert sewn into the base for added comfort while riding. Unlike traditional bike shorts, the padded cycling underwear fits discreetly under your regular clothing, whether they be pants, shorts, or even skirts.
The cycling underwear comes in two different styles – The Brigitte and The Betty. The Brigitte is a full coverage type with a higher waist in the back. To avoid the dreaded muffin top syndrome that regular bike shorts can inflict, Urbanist did away with the elastic waistband in favor of feminine stretch lace instead. The chamois insert is just thick enough to keep you riding pain free on those longer urban commutes while dropping bulk and remaining discreet.
The Bettie is more on the sexy side with sheer mesh side panels and rusching at the back. The cycling underwear is low rise in front to accommodate your low rise jeans or shorts and offers a little less coverage in the back in all the right areas. The chamois insert is thinner than The Brigitte, a triathlon style pad that provides just enough protection for shorter rides around the city.