Frequently Asked Questions - Samsara Cycle Gear For Women

Samsara cycling gear is thoughtfully created for women’s bodies using the highest-quality fabrics and trims. Whether on the trails, on the road, or indoors, our designs provide you with beautiful self-expression and maximum performance on every adventure.

Do you offer in-person shopping and fitting? 

Yes, we have a shop in Vancouver where you can see and feel our gear, try it on and get fit and style advice. Visit our Contact page for hours and location.

Can I pick up my order?

Yes, you can pick up your order from our Vancouver shop at 2170 Fir Street. Simply select the pick-up option when you check out online, and we'll email you when your order is ready.

Do you offer Afterpay?

Yes! You can select this payment option at checkout. 

How do I care for my Samsara cycling gear?

Our cycling clothes are made from high-performance fabrics that will last a long time if properly cared for. We recommend washing your cycling clothes in cold water and then hanging them to dry. Also take care to avoid washing them with anything that might catch, such as Velcro or open zippers. Do not bleach or iron our garments. 

Should I wear underwear under my cycling shorts?

No, unless you're trying them on in our shop. A quality chamois, like the ones in our shorts, bibs and tights, is designed to be in contact with your delicate skin. 

We only use Elastic Interface® chamois, which are designed specifically for women's anatomy. They use a patented bacteriostatic fabric that inhibits the growth of bacteria while simultaneously maintaining your skin's bacterial balance, preventing irritations and rashes. 

Underwear will interfere with the fit and performance of your cycling shorts.

How do I choose the best cycling shorts or tights for me?

It's simple. Choose shorts that make you feel good and look your best. Our chamois come in different densities. The low-profile, single-density ones are preferable for shorter rides, indoor riding, and multi-sport events like triathlons. Our double and triple-density chamois are better for longer rides. But, ultimately, it's a personal choice, so go with what works best for you.  

Need help finding the perfect pair of cycling shorts? Try our Samsara Shorts Finder quiz!

How do I figure out what size I need? 

Check our fit guide. If you still have questions, please email us at info@samsara-cycle.com, and our customer team will be happy to help figure out the best size for you. 

If you are in the Vancouver area, you can also set up an appointment at our shop to try on our gear. To schedule an appointment, please email us at info@samsara-cycle.com

How can I avoid a sore bum when cycling? 

Cycling shorts with a chamois (pronounced shammy) reduce soreness and chafing in the pelvic area during and after cycling. 

All of our chamois are made by Elastic Interface® and are scientifically designed for a woman's body. They are made with a patented bacteriostatic fabric that inhibits the growth of bacteria while simultaneously maintaining your skin's bacterial balance, preventing irritations and rashes. 

Moving moisture away from the skin's surface is essential to being comfortable on a bike.  

Why do I need cycling shorts?

Padded cycling shorts are the second most important piece of a cycling outfit after a helmet. Padded cycling shorts provide protection against soreness and chafing in the pelvic area, so you can focus on enjoying your ride. 

Are your prints original?

Yes! Every Samsara print is artist designed in-house exclusively for our collections. We are inspired by fashion and colour trends, natural elements, and the views on our local rides in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. We test new prints multiple times to ensure perfect tones, scale, and feel, so every garment is made to love.

Is your fabric sustainable?

Taking steps towards a circular fashion model and being more environmentally friendly is high on our list of priorities. We search high and low to source suitable fabric that delivers the Samsara fit and feel while utilizing available tech to create recycled blend fabric.

We also strive to eliminate fabric waste by manufacturing accessories like neck gaiters and scrunchies out of fabric ends from our shorts and jerseys.