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Help me out....Bib shorts vs regular shorts....(26 posts)

Help me out....Bib shorts vs regular shorts....tronracer
Jun 25, 2002 11:32 AM
What's the deal? Looking to buy another pair, maybe bib. Can someone explain it to me so I don't have to wash my shorts every other day any more.
what i want to know is...gregario
Jun 25, 2002 11:40 AM
I've never tried bibs but how do you pee without pratically getting totally undressed?
what i want to know is...gs6769
Jun 25, 2002 11:44 AM put it semi delicately.......pull the jersey up, the front of the bib down.....and proceed. This is one reason it's good to get a pair that are big enough for your height :-).
what i want to know is...Pecos
Jun 25, 2002 11:52 AM
it is much easier to pull the leg up and go out the bottom. Some subject eh?
pull the leg up,but be careful..............STEELYeyed
Jun 25, 2002 11:47 AM
and focus on what you are attempting to do,as disaster awaits carelessness.
hang it out the pant leg or over the top of the bib (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 25, 2002 12:06 PM
re: Help me out....Bib shorts vs regular shorts....gs6769
Jun 25, 2002 11:41 AM
Simply put, I think if you try a pair of bibs you'll never want to wear anything else. Nothing grabbing your waist, they never slip, very 'secure' sort of feeling. Let's you get on with the business of riding your bike. I think they're pretty overpriced most of the time though. Look around.
Plug: Santini CX bibs, 45.00 at One of the better values I've found, and they ship FAST.

Please note: The above is not spam.
re: Help me out....Bib shorts vs regular shorts....STEELYeyed
Jun 25, 2002 11:42 AM
Castelli bibs are pretty good for racing as they stay in place well,but I just got a pair of Cannondale Chrono 10 panel regular shorts that are the best I have ever worn.
re: Help me out....Bib shorts vs regular shorts....NeedSpeed
Jun 25, 2002 1:55 PM
Amen to the 10-paneled Chronos. Those shorts are awesome. I was pretty happy with my Nike ProRace shorts and wanted to get another pair because I was wearing them almost exclusively and didn't want them to fall apart from too many washings. I checked about four shops and got tired of looking and found the Chronos at Bicycle Pro Shop in Georgetown, D.C. I wanted to try a pair of bibs and bought the Nike ProRace bibs online from Nike (tired of looking for a L in those too). They are thinner than the shorts, but I must say, once my shorts all wear out, I'll buy nothing but bibs. No worries about them ever sliding down or catching at the top. And the peeing thing is pretty easy (as already described). Bibs feel a lot less constricting and more natural. That's the best way I can put it. Shop around for the bibs. You should be able to find something decent for $90, but they go up to about $130 (my limit).
re: Help me out....Bib shorts vs regular shorts....MVN
Jun 25, 2002 11:42 AM
For me, there's no question. Bibs are WAY more comfortable than shorts. There's no chafing around your waistline. I buy Performance's Elite bibs for anywhere from $39.99-$44.98. Just got a pair of the new ones (with the new Multi-Layer chamois) on sale. I've only worn them once, but the new chamois was really comfortable. I've bought 4 pair over the last two years and they've held up great. I won't ever wear shorts again, that's for sure. Finding them on sale requires patience (Performance, Voler,, etc.) but it's worth the wait if you don't want to spend a lot for them. Hope this helps.
re: Help me out....Bib shorts vs regular shorts....raboboy
Jun 25, 2002 12:14 PM
If you sign up for's email list you recieve monthly specials. This month is their Team Bibs for $44.95, just got me a new pair.
Me tooMel Erickson
Jun 26, 2002 6:10 AM
just ordered mine last night. Otherwise have been very pleased with Performance Elite.
Note for those not in the "normal" body typebrider
Jun 25, 2002 11:46 AM
If you're tall and rail thin, you'll have trouble finding bibs (or skinsuits) that fit properly. You're either going to be comfy height-wise but feel like you're wearing baggies, or your nether regions are going to succumb to the "divide and conquer" of the center seam. For the tall person, my recommendation is to steer clear of bibs.
likewise, if you're...._rt_
Jun 25, 2002 12:02 PM
short, rail thin, & female you can skip the idea of bibs and stick to shorts........if you can find 'em in your size.

r(xs is too big)t
rt, you might want to try Voler's female bibs...JBurton
Jun 25, 2002 12:44 PM
I'm a smaller guy and Voler's bibs are the only ones that fit my inseam right and ride my thigh at the right hieght. Maybe Voler's extra-small ladies bibs will work for you...

If they don't, you can send them back at no charge, by the way. Plus, you can keep the tootsie rolls they send with their clothes.
How small a guy are you?nmtronracer
Jun 25, 2002 12:46 PM
too big!_rt_
Jun 26, 2002 9:28 AM
.i wear the voler xs shorts because they are the closest to fitting for a reasonable price....and i like the chamois. pearl izumi makes xs shorts that actually fit me but they are outrageously expensive (for the 8 panel)......

with reference to bibs, in addition to being 5'1" and 100lbs, i'm also short-waisted so finding bibs with proportions that fit mine is more struggle than it's worth! ;-)

rt <-----body quirks make me a shorts wearer!
Skinsuits are where it's at!RadicalRonPruittTheRealDeal
Jun 25, 2002 11:47 AM
re: Help me out....Bib shorts vs regular shorts....Pecos
Jun 25, 2002 11:50 AM
I use to only buy bibs for some of the same reasons mentioned already. However, my preference has changedto regular shorts primarily because of two basic reasons. 1.ease of visiting the nearby tree 2.they are cooler on hot summer days - which is when most of us get to do the bulk of our riding. I find that bibs just make me feel much warmes when the temps reach above 85F. Unless you really have a gut, regular shorts shouldn't bind at the waist if they have a good elastic band.
re Another bib guydzrider
Jun 25, 2002 12:07 PM
Much better fit for me. I pee out the leg not over the top and on hot days I ride with bibs and no shirt. I have bought Santini and Nalini bibs recently and like both. The Santinis come up quite a bit higher in front than the Nalinis and both are comfortable. I'd get which ever brand is cheaper if I were replacing a pair. I'm much too cheap to pay for Assos, Castelli or PI bibs and get along fine.
Bibs here, 99.9% exclusively.No_sprint
Jun 25, 2002 12:35 PM
Some joy ride days are shorts and no shirt, for that San Tropez back tan!
$25 for bib, are they worth it?tronracer
Jun 25, 2002 12:40 PM
They all have the same description?!?!?!? Do these bib shorts suck or what? Only $25 or so Not spam....
$25 for bib, are they worth it?No_sprint
Jun 25, 2002 12:47 PM
Basically, you'll be able to feel the difference between cheap and real expensive, quality shorts. You'll see multi layer pads that are nice and soft and pliable in more expensive shorts, you'll see more panels, better stitching and you'll find the material to be thicker and softer. The seems will be less apt to bother you in finer shorts/bibs. Some cheap shorts have pads that resemble a plastic diaper in them.

Basically, I'd say no, they're not worth it.
'Cause, they say.....tronracer
Jun 25, 2002 12:56 PM
"Best choice for any rider interested in comfort." These could be a no name brand that really are comfortable... Anyone know for sure??
I Know For Surejromack
Jun 25, 2002 1:47 PM
I just saw a pair at Gearlink on Friday. I was always curious about them. He opened a pack and let me look at some. They look like a good value. They are made in Poland by a friend of the owner. He makes clothing for several European teams. (BTW the owner of Gearlink is a former rider in Poland, great guy)

It's a basic chamois, quality looks okay to me.

For my next pair, I will definitely buy a set. They are not as fancy as a Castelli or an Assos, but compare more to a Voler or Nalini.
shorts for me...Shad
Jun 25, 2002 12:49 PM
I purchased a couple pairs of bibs due to the overwhelming enthusiasm of the people here. For me they are just too hot above 50 degrees. I have to tuck the straps in. Winter tights are okay in bib format, but I'll stick with shorts. Plus, I'm tall and thin so bibs never fit all that well anyway.

Can't hurt to try a pair though. Lots of people sure swear by them.