Hello Bike Commuters and welcome back to your weekly dose of The Bike Geek. As y’all know, here at BikeCommuters.com headquarters we love cyclocross bicycles. We have deemed them as our ultimate commuter bikes because not only can you ride them on pavement but you can also take them off-road.
You may also have heard of “Gravel Grinder Bikes”, they look a lot like cyclocross bikes, but the geometry of the gravel bikes is different. Although not technically a “gravel bike”, I can certainly ride my Spicer Cycles Cx on gravel roads so Showers Pass sent us their Men’s Gravel shorts to feature on this site.
I took the Spicer Cycles Cx on its first dirt ride so this was a good chance for me to try out the Showers Pass Gravel shorts. I received a large size which fit snug for my new-to-me 34″ waist. I also noticed that the shorts were shorter and not as baggy as your typical mountain biking shorts.
The material felt soft, stretchy and durable. The adjustable waist cinch allows for the belt to stay home
The two side pockets feature a velcro enclosure which would not let your wallet and keys fly off.
Another “cool” feature is the zippered thigh vents and four reflective accents.
I really like these shorts, the fit is great, the material is great, the features are great BUT… yes, there is a BUT; the shorts do not come with a liner with a chamois like most mountain bike shorts do. Not a big deal for me since I have plenty of chamois liners, but if you don’t own a liner make sure you order one, your balls and ass will thank you.