It doesn’t matter if you ride on the street or the trails, the prospect of pulling on those skin-tight spandex bike shorts isn’t something that appeals to too many cyclists. We do it because what those form-fitting knickers lack in fashion, they more than make up for in function. It’s a safe bet, however, that the vast majority of us who have worn the standard cycling uniform have had that moment of stomach twisting when we step off the bike and walk into the coffee shop or grocery store or favorite après establishment and wish we were wearing something a little less…conspicuously snug.
Aside from carrying an extra pair of shorts in your pack, there haven’t been many options available to alleviate that all-too-familiar dilemma for cyclists. But ELEVENPINE, a new startup company based in Boulder, Colorado is changing all that with a new line of biking shorts that give riders the best of both worlds.
They might look like ordinary biking shorts, but when it comes to ELEVENPINE, looks definitely aren’t everything. Designed to be every bit as practical as they are stylish, ELEVENPINE’s shorts feature the patent-pending 11P system that allows you to zip up the legs and instantly transform the relaxed, baggy riding shorts into the kind of functional, form-fitting shorts that won’t get caught on your saddle or create unnecessary wind drag when you’re trying to bump up your Strava standing. Then, when the ride is over, all you have to do is unzip the sides of the shorts to create the relaxed, casual look that will make you feel as comfortable as you look.
ELEVENPINE is currently offering this brilliant little breakthrough in two different styles of shorts for men and women. While the men’s Crankitup shorts and the women’s Uprising shorts seem to have been made to meet the needs of mountain bikers and the men’s Uprising short and women’s Kitckitup skirt seem to be geared more toward road cycling, all of the shorts are designed to work equally well on the road or the trails. As if their ability to function as both technical and relaxed riding shorts wasn’t enough, ELEVENPINE’s shorts are also built with the kind of features every cyclist demands in a pair of legitimate biking britches – from the durable but breathable material to the deep pockets and zippered openings that help keep your essentials in place during the ride.
Consider the bar sufficiently raised.