I new to road biking. Have ridden mountain bikes for 30+ years (although put more of a road bike tire on it as the "skinny" always freaked me out). I am still getting used to how the bikes handle differently. When I started riding the best piece of advice was to not "pinch pennies" on the shorts. Out of the store I purchased some Specialized that were in the $75 range. They were okay. After speaking with a customer rep here about my concerns regarding having shorts with enough support in the seat area, he suggested these. I have a permanently fractured, displaced pelvis and a bone graft to fuse the pubic symphysis together to keep the pelvic bones more stable. The "sits" bones, or bones of the right side (ischial tuberosity) are displaced/fractured into about 4 pieces and there is nothing the surgeons could really do as the hardware has already broken twice due to movement of the pelvic bones (and I don't want to deal with a 3rd recovery of months in a hospital bed). In comparison with the Specialized shorts, which are nice, these absolutely set the bar at a whole new level. I actually have 2 other pairs of different brands (one being a bib that zips around the middle for easy restroom use) but these and the Chamois Butt'r cream have been more than sufficient in keeping me pain free. So any shorts that allow me to ride for about 25 miles before I get a bit achy are winners in my book! I am 5'3," 145 (hoping the cycling and weight training can help me lose those last 20 lbs) and the large fit beautifully. And as the glutes get stronger and that area becomes less sensitive to the pressure I can enjoy longer rides!