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The Cotton Summer Shorts are designed for commutes or casual rides in the sunshine, made with a lightweight 170gsm cotton fabric that keeps your legs cooler in warm to hot weather. Rapha City products are all designed to be worn both on and off the bike, and the clean style of these shorts dovetails with its technical features: the zipped side pockets have a new zip garage to stop things falling out; the fabric offers a slight stretch to move comfortably with pedalling legs; and hi-vis pink piping runs up the seam of each leg. Simply fold up your hem while riding to keep you more visible on the roads. Other features include two rear pockets (one zip and one button), a smart fold-over waistband, and bonded belt loops which help stop your belt sticking out or digging in as you pedal.

“It’s often difficult to find a pair of shorts that fit properly, let alone a pair of cycling shorts that fit as advertised. The Cotton Summer Shorts do that and more. The size 32 shorts I tested fit perfectly and did not require a belt to stay secure while at work or while riding.”

“I folded the hem of the shorts about an inch and a half to reveal the hi-vis pink along the inseam before I went on my first ride in them, which is what Rapha suggests. I liked the look, but I loved the unrestrictive ride feel of these shorts. On several occasions, I commuted to work in them and then wore them all day, and I’d be hard-pressed to answer the question, “Are these shorts better for riding or wearing?” I truthfully think the answer is 'Both.'”

Gabriel Lodge, »

Details and Materials

  • Lightweight 170gsm cotton fabric
  • Fit and leg length is similar to the Randonée shorts
  • Hi-vis piping up inside seam of each leg (only visible when hem is folded up)
  • Two zipped side pockets with new ‘garage’ to prevent belongings falling out
  • Two rear pockets (one zipped, one buttoned)
  • Pink Rapha City tab on rear pocket button
  • Embroidered Rapha logo above rear right pocket
  • Fold-over waistband for a clean finish
  • Bonded belt loops for low profile waistband
  • Rapha-branded rubber buttons
  • 98% cotton
  • 2% elastane


Chest 85 91 97 103 108 114
Waist 70 75 81 87 93 99
Hips 87 92 98 104 110 115
Chest 33.5 36 38 40.5 42.5 45
Waist 27.5 29.5 32 34.5 36.5 39
Hips 34.5 36 38.5 41 43.5 45.5




Using a tape measure, take the total measurement around the fullest part of your chest, holding the tape horizontally.


Run the tape around the narrowest part of your waist holding the tape horizontally.


Stand with your feet together and measure around the fullest point of the hip, keeping the tape measure horizontal.


4.5 / 5

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Care instructions

  • Machine wash 30°C
  • Do not bleach
  • Do not tumble dry
  • Warm iron
  • Do not dry clean
  • Extra Care Instructions
  • Wash similar colours together

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