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Non-black bibs/shorts?(7 posts)

Non-black bibs/shorts?ms
Aug 2, 2002 4:51 AM
It is in the 90s here in Baltimore (and the rest of the East Coast) and my black shorts feel like a heat magnet. Do non-black shorts make any difference in the heat? I have been thinking about buying a pair of Castelli bibs (I am an Assos fan, but I never have tried Castelli). I have seen red, blue and even white Castelli's in catalogues. What are the pros and cons people have experienced with non-black shorts? For example, the white Castelli's look like they would be a lot cooler, but I worry that they may not look too pristine after a few grease swipes from my hands. And, I also wonder how transparent they are.
re: Non-black bibs/shorts?JS Haiku Shop
Aug 2, 2002 4:56 AM
I use a couple pairs of blue volers...they're going on 1 year old, not too thin/wearing too bad. they don't offer a heat savings, imho, and yes--the worst problem (besides fashion police) is grease marks.
Aug 2, 2002 5:05 AM
I don't think the heat savings is "all that"- the light colors are definitely transparent, but it is spandex... they don't really hide anything anyway.

For heat savings, you might want to look at your fabric weight, rather than color.

As hard as you try, you will get grease on your shorts!

Never mind the fashion police.
re: Non-black bibs/shorts?grandemamou
Aug 2, 2002 5:54 AM
I live in S. Louisiana and it's just plain hot and humid all summer long. Lighter colored bibs are not any cooler or not enough that I have noticed. Mine have remained grease free. The only downside is that if you need to wipe your hands you can't just wipe them on your shorts. No big deal. The bottoms are stained black from my seat but no one can see it on the bike anyway.

I think the weight of the material is much more important. Of the bibs I own Castelli's and Santini's use the lightest weight material and Voler the heaviest.
re: Non-black bibs/shorts?Jekyll
Aug 2, 2002 6:06 AM
I have couple of sets of red voler shorts - just to be different. They have stayed clean and my only minor complaint is that when its really hot and you really sweat you tend to get visible sweat marks around the insert - kind of looks like you may have peed yourself..
Like all the others I don't think they feel any cooler on hot days then traditional black shorts.
I doubt it will help much.djg
Aug 2, 2002 6:33 AM
Most of your body's heat regulation happens through your head and your trunk--I wouldn't expect lighter colored material on your butt and thighs to make much of a difference as to how hot you are. Now jersey material and color does make a difference. As does helmet choice. For what it's worth, I've got both Assos Evo bibs and Castelli Progettos and I prefer the Castelli.

I'm down in the DC area. Much as I prefer bibs, I keep a couple of pairs of shorts around for those 96 degrees and humid days. And yeah, I know, the bib material "breathes." Like a chain-smoker in LA.
red vs black vs whitelnin0
Aug 2, 2002 8:19 AM