having trouble with sore seat bones. Thinking of buying the padded shorts. Do these actually help?!
One word, three syllables: recumbent. All of your comfort issues disappear like magic and touring becomes a heads-up, 180 degree, high definition experience.
I strongly disaggree with the statement that bike shorts padding is for wicking but provides no cushion. I remember my first pair of real bike shorts. Instantly I could ride for many more hours. Wicking helps but the pad is far more important.
The discussion about the variables in quality and features can be found on any racing or cyclocross or even some mTB sites. Research the reviews carefully. If you look at any of the major retailers' sites you will see there are dozens of shorts that run from $20 to $200. How does one choose from a price range of 10 to 1? I don't know. I don't need padded shorts on my recumbent; the seat is thrree inches thick!