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In defense of great bibs(10 posts)

In defense of great bibsPaulCL
Oct 2, 2001 5:23 AM
Just a painful lesson.

On sale, I purchased a pair of long bibs for winter riding from overseas. The material is great, the pad so so. Sunday early AM, I went out on my usual 50-60 miler but had to cut it short at 30miles. Why?? The cheap pad had rubbed my tush raw. Walking hurt for the next day. Of course, my wife decided the family should spend four hours walking around the zoo that afternoon. I was walking like a baboon with a butt to match.

Don't skimp on your shorts/bibs. It isn't worth it - you'll pay in the end! (pun intended)

I have three pairs of Voler bibs and one Garneau (sp?). Boy do I appreciate quality pads. From now on, I will wear one of my quality bibs under that pair of long bibs.
Performance Gel BibsEmpirion75
Oct 2, 2001 7:54 AM
These are cheap and the gel pad works great with no rubbing.
Performance Gel BibsLone Gunman
Oct 2, 2001 8:13 AM
Cheap as in quality is right. Have 2 pair and both have released the gel pad and it rolls up underneath you and feels like you are sitting on a golf ball. If you have a cutout seat the goo pools in the cutout, otherwise the goo pushes out to the side and creates pressure points. Great lycra, nice pad covering, won't stay up on shoulders.
The Perf ELITE bibs work thoMiniMe
Oct 2, 2001 9:12 AM
Have a coiuple pairs and they work as well as myAssos
Performance Gel BibsScott B
Oct 2, 2001 9:32 AM
Lone Gunman, sounds to me like you might have bought them one size too large. I have both a large, in which the shoulder straps keep falling and the padding is like sitting on two down pillows, (plus it squishes all over the place) and a medium which I love. If I would go by their sizing chart I should wear the large, but the medium works great.
Performance Gel BibsLone Gunman
Oct 2, 2001 11:03 AM
They are the correct size. Both pair, the gel pad released from the front of the chamois and rolled back to the center of the chamois. Some goo even squeezed out of the short onto the saddle. The straps are not a Y back and barely stay put with a wicking t shirt underneath. Great heavy lycra and chamois covering though.
Performance Gel BibsScott B
Oct 2, 2001 12:08 PM
I guess I got lucky then - as I said, the large size feels like I've got a pillow strapped to my butt, and the straps keep falling off my shoulders, but I've never had a problem on either the large or the medium with the gel pads actually breaking or oozing. One other poster mentioned the Performance elite bibs, which I also have (and like), and they have the Y straps and a different pad. I like the straps of the elite much better than the gel bibs, but not the padding. By the way, I just recently switched to an ergonomic seat - do I have bunching/shifting gel problems to look forward to? Anyway, I know from personal experience that not everybody has good luck with Performance products - among other things, I've been through 3 axiom computers that seem to either conk out for no reason, or show me going uphill at about about 150 mph. Sorry the bibs don't seem to work for you!
Performance Gel BibsLone Gunman
Oct 2, 2001 4:31 PM
Why thank you, Scott. I recently switched seats to a Brooks Pro. The gel pad appears to be staying in place and not pooling or shifting. I buy bibs in a euro size 5 (XL) and my Performance bibs are mediums. The Santini and Nalini are my current favorites.
Here here! Lowest price isn't always the best deal. (nm)RhodyRider
Oct 2, 2001 7:55 AM
I feel your pain.Bro
Oct 2, 2001 8:51 AM
I bought a pair of inexpensive SuperGo brand cycling shorts-what a mistake. They are by far the worst shorts I've ever owned. The pad is poor and moves to the front, so after a short time your not sitting on pad. Makes long rides painful unless you want to be constantly pulling on your shorts.