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Basic Bib Question(6 posts)

Basic Bib QuestionHorace Greeley
Jul 13, 2001 12:26 PM
Sorry if the question is obvious. For a change of pace and possible increase in comfort, I'm considering going from shorts to bibs. In most catalog pictures it appears you wear something under the bib. Is this merely for presentation in the catalog. What do most bib wearing cyclist do? Thanks.
re: Basic Bib Questionmike mcmahon
Jul 13, 2001 12:31 PM
I wear a moisture-wicking undershirt under my bibshorts in all weather conditions. In cold weather, it helps keep me warm. In hot weather, it helps to pull sweat away from my skin. I've tried Pearl Izumi and DeFeet Un-D-Shirt and prefer the DeFeet shirt. I think you'll be happy with your decision to switch to bibs.
What Advantages Does a Bib Have Over Shorts?sidley
Jul 13, 2001 12:43 PM
btw - I saw some great deals on nice bibs on
Echo echo echo...RhodyRider
Jul 13, 2001 12:58 PM
I second Mike's statement. A lightweight Coolmax t-shirt (widely available) is good tucked in to the bib, under the shoulder straps. Then jersey (etc.) over that. But I have worn bibs sans t-shirt without any comfort or wicking penalty, too. Either way, you will NOT regret switching to bibs. Check out Santini bibs at and also Voler at Performance Elite isn't bad, but either Santini or Voler are better at a similar price IMHO. Or go high-zoot (read: $$$) like Assos. Enjoy.
re: Basic Bib QuestionLone Gunman
Jul 13, 2001 12:55 PM
I've done it both ways and I prefer the undershirt, synthetic of course. I bought some from on sale for around $13 each or so and if you shopped around you might do better, advertised as moisture control t-shirt of polypro or synthetic fiber of some type. Guaranteed if you buy the cycling specific undershirt the price will be jacked.
I go "natural" under the bibPaulCL
Jul 13, 2001 5:27 PM
I get too hot in the summer if I wear a t-shirt of any kind under the bibs then a jersey over the top. I just put on the bibs, slide on a cool jersey and hit the road.

When I get home, I always rinse out the sweaty bibs and jersey and let them air dry in the shower. My wife loves this part of my riding! Rinsing them out keeps away saddle sores and built in "stink". Just my $.02