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Shorts Vs. Bibs(26 posts)

Shorts Vs. BibsTopGun8614
May 15, 2002 1:45 PM
I was just wondering what peoples views are on which is better, shorts bibs, or skinsuits?
bibs all the way (nm)ColnagoFE
May 15, 2002 2:43 PM
umm, better for what? My wife gets a huge kick out of bibs, butbill
May 15, 2002 2:50 PM
I shudder to think of how I ever would peel her off the floor or the ceiling or wherever her hysterics would leave her if I donned a skinsuit. Some things the wife just isn't going to understand. She thinks there is a little too much homoeroticism in this sport as it is.
Bibs are generally considered more comfortable than shorts. The difference is subtle, but profound. You definitely feel more put together, and bibs do not bind at the waist. You also feel less like a wannabe, because everyone who is anyone on the ride is wearing bibs. However pathetic this is, I'll take my edge where I can find it.
Also, while this last thought is less a problem with shorts than with tights, bibtights don't feel as if you'll pull them down when you move back in your saddle, as sometimes I feel with tights.
bibs, and I'm a girllonefrontranger
May 16, 2002 6:48 AM
so you gotta know the pee issue isn't what drives my preference! Most of the gals on my team wear 'em too. So what if we have to strip in the middle of the outback to go :-P

Bibs for road racing, training, long days, etc..

Short sleeved skinsuit for crits, MTB races, under-layer on chilly days

Long sleeved skinsuit for TTs, cool crits or MTB races (with knee warmers), cyclocross races and as under-layer on cold days.
Skinsuit vs. Bib dependant on event???biknben
May 16, 2002 7:06 AM
Why is it that you prefer bibs in a RR and a skinsuit for a crit.

Just wondering.
May 16, 2002 8:08 AM
road races are typically 2 hours or more, run through some of the more desolate outback in Colorado. I wear bibs then because I need my jersey to carry food, spares, extra clothing, etc... in my pockets. The weather can vary as much as 20 degrees from one part of the course to another in a mountain road race, and there's no guarantee the wheel truck will show up in time (or that I'll be in the front group to take advantage of it).

Crits (and cyclocross races) are generally 30-45 minutes max, in confined, civilized spaces. I stick a gel in the thigh of my skinsuit as a hedge against late-race fatigue, and I'm set. If anything worse happens, the wheel pit and/or my car are both close by :) In MTB races, the skinsuit doesn't snag on things, and I've plenty of storage in my Camelbak. Plus if you've ever crashed on your back in brush and/or stickers, and had your jersey pull up, you'd instantly see the advantage of a skinsuit in MTB races.
If I ever put on a skinsuit, I think that the problem withbill
May 16, 2002 7:18 AM
peeing would be my wife's. She would wet the floor she would. And then she would float up to the ceiling just like in Mary Poppins.
Nope, she doesn't get Lycra. Particularly now that I'm down to my college weight (twenty years later, thank you very much), I look in the mirror and think, hey, that's not so bad; my woman, she should be proud. Here's looking at you, kid. She's thinking, well, I'm not sure what she's thinking, but I get the idea that she's glad for two things -- that I always wear dark glasses on the road, and that pretty much the only people who see me in Lycra look just as ridiculous.
Dunno what she's thinking either, Bill, butdjg
May 16, 2002 7:25 AM
we both know what she says.

My guess is that it's all a defense mechanism--she's scared that if she begins to share even a bit of her true admiration and gratitude she'll just lose control. You know, like my wife.
Serious question.bill
May 16, 2002 7:23 AM
I thought that girls had problems wearing bibs because of their, umm, dirty pillows. Where do the straps go?
Don't hate me. I had to ask.
depends who you arelonefrontranger
May 16, 2002 8:16 AM
Some girls aren't that 'sensitive' to these issues, and since my chest seems to have been designed from Olive Oyl's blueprints, I don't really pay much attention to it.

The girls that are more, shall we say, well-endowed just push the straps to the outside and don't seem to mind. Most bib shorts are designed with men in mind, so the straps / aprons are long enough that they won't "bind" there, and one of my former teammates actually used to sew a tuck in hers to keep them from slipping off her shoulders. Well-designed bibs have wide, stretchy straps that actually tend to provide an extra layer of "support" to some, according to my teammates that like them and are more naturally gifted in this feature.
re: Shorts Vs. Bibsfiltersweep
May 15, 2002 2:52 PM
It's a matter of taste. I like bibs, but they sometimes are hotter than shorts. Skin suits? Good luck finding one that fits... and not many people have the "body" to pull them off.
May 15, 2002 3:07 PM
Agreed, bibs are so much better..
They cover your back too when your top goes up riding.. parts which shorts may give away.
Could have used a can of spackling and a putty knifeLone Gunman
May 15, 2002 3:39 PM
this past weekend on the ride. Saw alot of cracks that needed spackling. Go Bibs, don't look back.
I vote for....BIBS (nm)mwood
May 15, 2002 3:09 PM
Bibs. Don't even "waist" your time on shorts.unchained
May 15, 2002 3:55 PM
A skinsuit might be alright on a really warm day/shortish ride but most have very limited pocket space. As well a proper fitting skinsuit is quite snug compared to a jersey.
What Brand Model Bibs Do You Likejromack
May 15, 2002 5:42 PM
I use the ones from Performance that cost around $50, but I am curious how much better the high end ones from Assos Castelli and Giordana really are.
What Brand Model Bibs Do You Likebnlkid
May 16, 2002 10:22 AM
I have tried both Castelli Y2K and Assos Bi Tread and EVO bibs. The Assos are much better than Castelli in my opinion. I think they fit me a little better and I like the Chamois. For the money the Bi Tread are the better value. You can get them at for $90($129 at most shops) and they are better than any $100 pair bibs found domestically. The EVO are $126($179 locally) and very good, but not a $36 difference in my mind. Having said that, I don't think I am going to try any other bibs. The Assos fit, feel, and ride terrific. The only downside to wearing bibs is the price tag. I cannot get by with a $60 pair of shorts anymore. I have to have bibs.
definitely shortsDuane Gran
May 15, 2002 6:18 PM
I'll be the voice of dissent. I can't stand bibs and wear only shorts. A few reasons:

1) Shorts stay put just fine on my body
2) They cost less (on average, exceptions abound)
3) Simple when taking a personal break

If you do purchase bibs, for the love of God, please don't wear the straps outside of your jersey. It looks rediculous.
re: Shorts Vs. Bibsda cyclist
May 15, 2002 7:48 PM
Here's something for you to think about: With bibs, nobody is going to ever come up behind you and pull the back of your shorts down and hook them under your seat. You get extra laughs if the victim gets startled/confused and tries to stand up.
Banjo Playin' . . .JaeP
May 15, 2002 8:55 PM
Personally, I like bibs but they are bothersome when I have to take a pee. I mean, you practically have to get "neck-ed" and that's not good when you find yourself taking a leak at a backwoods bar.
Out one leg works fine for me .nmdzrider
May 16, 2002 4:36 AM
May 15, 2002 10:38 PM
Another for Bibs (nm)JL
May 16, 2002 4:22 AM
re: Shorts Vs. BibsBikeViking at home
May 16, 2002 5:15 AM
I am a bib convert...Voler makes some great ones for $55 (plus shipping)
Bibs onlyPMC
May 16, 2002 6:02 AM
Another vote for Bibs.

Don't buy them if you already own lots of shorts as you won't want to wear them anymore.

Shorts are ok but with bibs you just don't need to think about them after they're on.

I like the Cannondale Vertex 2002 model bibs. They're not super cheap, but when on sale at the LBS are around the same price as Voler.
re: Shorts Vs. BibsShad
May 16, 2002 8:06 AM
Bibs are nice for all the reasons people mentioned, and based on past threads like this one, I purchased a couple pairs. It's just that over 50 degrees I get too darn hot wearing them. I always end up tucking the straps into the pants, and that's just weird. I'll stick with shorts, even if they don't look as nice.