I've biked a fair bit in the past, been away from it for a few years, and am going to resume soon. I ride a Trek "Hybrid". I have never worn bike shorts, and frankly, I have no idea how to select a pair. I'm sure this is a dumb question to most here, but if anyone can come up with any pointers, I'd appreciate it. I have a Performance Bike shop nearby (Seattle area), and since $$$ is a bit tight at the moment, I'd prefer to spend no more than necessary. Here's a link to the Performance Bike page with men's lycra shorts, if that helps: http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._400000_400020 Again, any suggestions appreciated.
Also, can you generally try these things on in the stores?
I should add that what I'm finding I need that "regular" shorts don't give me is padding of my backside (one reason I haven't ridden in a year is I injured my butt riding last year on a rail-to-trails section where you could feel where each tie USED to be), and support for the gonads.