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Shorts or Bib?(11 posts)

Shorts or Bib?Steven
Apr 15, 2001 8:46 PM
I have never tried a bib instead of my shorts. Was wondering what you think of bibs. Can I wear my normal bike jersy over the bib?
Bibs all the way.boy nigel
Apr 15, 2001 9:30 PM
I cut-and-pasted my answer from another bib thread on the board:

I wore regular shorts years ago, then discovered bibs--no looking back. I find them much more comforable and supportive than "shorts."

1) No waist binding.
2) No riding down in the back (or front).
3) If you happen to have a little extra in the stomach (some folks do), bibs hold it in comfortably and de-emphasize it, unlike shorts.
4) They stay put.

You can wear any jersey on top of them (every pro roadie out there rides with bibs--all the time). You can also wear undershirts UNDER your jersey without a problem. Again, I (and many others) just find bibs to be a LOT more comfortable (no more fiddling with waistbands or hiking them up as needed). Actually, a much more bike-friendly (ergonomic) fit, since regular shorts will naturally want to dip or slide down in the riding position.

Try 'em; you'll almost definitely LOVE 'em.
Totally Agree!!!!!!!!!!sbw
Apr 15, 2001 9:45 PM
How about peeing?small kidney
Apr 16, 2001 4:33 AM
those of us who have to pee alot have a hard time removing the jersey just to pee. Any solutions to this one?
How about peeing?Hap
Apr 16, 2001 5:06 AM
Your post doesn't state whether your male or female and this will make a difference. First I must say that I tried bibs a couple of years ago and have not and will not buy regular shorts again. Bibs are much more comfortable. As a male, when nature calls, I pull up a leg and relieve myselfs that way. Jersey, bib straps, etc. all stay put.

Hmmm...small male kidney
Apr 16, 2001 6:48 AM
Wouldn't doing that to the bib ruin the band around the thigh area. I have 2 bibs and the material seems to be thin (Nalini). Haven't tried that but it seems that it would stretch the band to its limit. Thanks though.
Nah, that's what I dopmf
Apr 16, 2001 7:56 AM
And it works just fine. I have some Nalini bibs and they don't get stretched out. Besides, its either do that, or practically get undressed on the side of the road. Its about the only drawback of bibs I can think of. They're so much more comfortable.

FWIW, I find the Voler bibs to be the best ones I've tried (I've tried Nalini, Performance, Pearl and Voler). And they're only $55 -- what a bargain. If they don't fit, they come with a prepaid envelope. You put the shorts in and mail them back. Its hassle free.
Apr 16, 2001 8:20 AM
I've always used the "Hap Manuever" with my bibs. All of mine are Pearl Izumi, and I've never had any trouble with the gripper/elastic getting loose. I guess it depends on your thigh diameter though. If you have tree trunks you might have a problem.....
The Hap ManueverHap
Apr 16, 2001 8:49 AM
Step 1. Select leg, since I "wear left" I raise the left pant leg.
Grab pant leg with both hands.

Step 2. Pull entire pant leg up to crotch level.

Step 3. With one hand create space between shorts and inner thigh.
With the other hand extract self, aim, and pee.
Try to avoid shoes. Always stand uphill.

Step 4. Return self and restore pant leg to normal position.

Step 5. Re-adjust package.

I have not had above mentioned diameter issues or suffered from stretchage. I have encounter reach issues on extremely cold days.

SHORTS!!!Groucho Marx
Apr 16, 2001 7:15 PM
How else on earth are you going to moon the suckers behind you as you jump off the front?!
Apr 16, 2001 9:25 PM
Plus it's really fun to grab the back of someone else's shorts and pull them back over the back of their saddle.

He He He.