This is more like a thicker rayon feel and doesn't have the stretch a cotton/lycra bike short should have. If you ever wore the thicker spandex type workout leggings, the material is like that. If that is what you are looking for they are good, but if you want the thinner feel of a regular bike short, this is not that. I wear these under my dresses in the summer. I work outside in the heat a lot and the short prevent chaffing and excessive sweating. This short is too thick for that.