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Bibshorts - who uses them and why?(9 posts)

Bibshorts - who uses them and why?Sprockets
Feb 25, 2003 3:28 PM
Can anybody comment on the advantages/disadvantages of bibshorts? I've always used traditional cycling shorts and I'm considering giving bibshorts a try.

I know this isn't exactly a component discussion topic, but I didn't see one for clothing. Any thoughts on this would be great. Thanks.
re: Bibshorts - who uses them and why?carpe_podium
Feb 25, 2003 3:37 PM
I use bibs. Switched several years ago. I like not having elastic around my waist, you'd be suprised at how much more comfortable this is. The bibs can be hotter in the summer, some manufacturers now make the tops out of coolmax (or similar) and this pretty much negates this disadvantage (IMO). Also, the bibs stay in place better, no more pulling up shorts, adjusting chamois, etc. Try 'em and I bet you'll like them.
I dolonefrontranger
Feb 25, 2003 3:57 PM
Advantages of bibs:

- keep your naughty bits held in place securely (more comfy)
- don't bind at the waist
- keep your lower back / kidney area warm in winter
- keep the chamois from bunching, sagging and generally moving around (meaning it chafes less)
- fit well on most body types and defeat the dreaded "plumber's crack" scenario

Disadvantages of bibs

- aprons can get too warm on hot rides
- to quote a gem from another poster: for big / tall (long waisted) fellows they are like a cheap hotel - no ballroom
- they, how shall we say it... complexify the piddle factor; most women (not I) dismiss them on the basis of this alone. Tip for persons of the external plumbing persuasion: roll up the leg :)
- the apron straps may rub / tickle the unmentionables; my advice is to add a base layer: mesh in summer (cooler anyhow), polypro in winter (warmer anyhow), and wearing an undershirt all weathers looks so hip and Euro besides.

I will add at this point that I am unabashedly female and have not bought a pair of standard (elastic) waist shorts in well over ten years. A simple mistake on a bibs-dominated team order (my first racing team: 52 fellows plus yours truly) forced me to take my first steps on the road to enlightenment :)
re: Bibshorts - who uses them and why?rogue_CT1
Feb 25, 2003 7:10 PM
I use them. After years of regular shorts, I finally tried a good set of bibs and I will never go back. They are far more comfy and they never sag in the back. Mine have a mesh area in the back to aid in cooling so temp is never a factor in the summer. Try them, you'll be hooked. Just make sure to get a pair with a good chamois.
Have to wear bibs.MR_GRUMPY
Feb 25, 2003 7:23 PM
Once you loose your flat stomach, regular shorts will roll at the waistband. Bibs can't do that.
Also on that subject.dzrider
Feb 26, 2003 5:25 AM
On hot days bibs with no shirt keep your belly off the top tube.
I don't know a pro rider who doesn't use them so there you go...VO2_max
Feb 26, 2003 5:14 AM
thanks everybody!Sprockets
Feb 26, 2003 12:43 PM
Wow, I didn't expect to get so many positive and entertaining responses. The one from "lonefrontranger" almost had me LOL at the office.

Makes me want to run out and buy a pair right now, so on that note... I'LL DO IT!!!
coupla reasonsColnagoFE
Feb 27, 2003 10:27 AM
they are more comfortable--less restrictive on the gut. They also stay in place better than tradtional shorts. Once you use 'em I doubt you'll go back to regular shorts.