Not to be cheeky, but those tempted to consider cycling panties for women a mere trifle should try this on for size: Urbanist, a new company that designed two vintage-inspired styles with sewn-in chamois to improve cycling comfort, just attracted almost $65,000 in a Kickstarter campaign that set out to raise $25,000.
Urbanist founder Christina Guzman of Austin, TX says she was “surprised and excited to see such a positive response.”
Inspired by a women’s social ride and developed with a product design team, the Brigitte (above) incorporates a breathable, moisture-wicking chamois into a boy-cut panty edged with lace, and the Bettie (below) features ruching, sheer panels and a lighter-weight pad. They more closely resemble sexy lingerie than cycling shorts, and that’s the point: comfort with style.
The panties fit discretely under ordinary clothing – shorts, slacks, skirts and dresses — for shorter commutes and rides around town. They are also a good choice to wear under loose shorts or skorts for indoor cycling. A high-cut back offers full coverage when leaning over the handlebars.
Of this, and all the innovative products being introduced into the city cycling market by women entrepreneurs, we say: More please!
Place pre-orders here: Urbanist Chamois Panties, $50. (For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org)