Women’s padded cycling pants versus regular spandex leggings? When you are riding your bike in the city from home to the museum let’s say, would it be more convenient to slip on active wear leggings? Most cycling pants have padding in the crotch of the pants. How about putting a gel covering on the bicycle seat instead. This way, you can simply wear those spandex black leggings as pants, a pair of sneakers, a top to the museum.