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Bibs vs. Shorts(20 posts)

Bibs vs. Shortsfun_run
Aug 7, 2002 1:14 PM
Which is preferable? I tried bibs, which were very comfortable, except that my shoulders are narrow and slope, so the straps slid off. I am considering the Performance Elites. Comments?
re: Bibs vs. Shortsgwendolynofthemountain
Aug 7, 2002 1:19 PM
shorts.
re: Bibs vs. Shortsfiltersweep
Aug 7, 2002 1:26 PM
Bibs- the only complains I have are they can bit a bit trickier to fit (height and waist), nature runs are a bit more inconvenient depending on the style of bibs, and they are hotter in the summer... also I don't like them for mtn biking.

Are you sure your bibs aren't just too tall for you?
Bibs - nmms
Aug 7, 2002 1:32 PM
It sounds as if the bibs you tried were too big.velocity
Aug 7, 2002 1:35 PM
I prefer bibs for serious road riding. Shorts have their place but head to head, bibs win.
BibsNo_sprint
Aug 7, 2002 2:05 PM
Different manufacturers have little subtleties that I look for. PI for my size are too short. They are a no go for me. Volers are perfect for me. Also, I look for a low front and good stretchability, otherwise, you've got to lose the jersey and unstrap to *go*. I like Voler, Sugoi, Castelli. Best bang for your buck is Voler.

Bibs always for me.
Girdle EffectJaeP
Aug 7, 2002 2:21 PM
I like bibs only because, now this is embarrassing, of the "girdle" aspect. Whenever hot chicks ride by wearing bibs sort of helps me flatten my stomach-if you know what I mean.

Serioulsy, they are troublesome when you have to make a "nature call". Performance Elite bibs are very well made. I just picked up one on sale for $35.00! I think they are still on sale.
I like the fit of bibs, but they are much ...Pecos
Aug 7, 2002 2:36 PM
warmer/hotter to wear on a warm day. The obvious inconvenience they present make them less desirable too. JMO I wear both, however.
BIBSFrenchPress
Aug 7, 2002 3:27 PM
Bib's are it. Way more comfortable on long rides. I won't wear anything but now. And if you're going to do it, get the good stuff. THe cheapest bib you should ever buy (any company) should be at least $75. I'm not rying to sound elitist or anything, it's just the cheaper ones are that - cheap. They don't work well and last only a few rides. Spend $100 on a good pair and it will last 3x longer than the pair you spent $50 on. Makes more economic sense.

Yes, some can be hot, but to fix that, get them with mesh uppers. That fixes that problem.

As for going pee, pull up your short leg. It's easier than crouching and trying not to pee on your face.

Finally, how many top level pro's do you see using shorts? They all use bibs, even when it's 100degree out. THere's a reason.
BIBSgwendolynofthemountain
Aug 7, 2002 3:48 PM
at issue is this guy's shoulders being too narrow. he should probably use what works for him instead of what EVERY pro should have. Is he a pro? if he's posting here, i would speculate not.
Oh come off it Gendolyn!filtersweep
Aug 7, 2002 4:43 PM
Half the pros have the upper body of nine year old girls (so I've been told)... the idea is that perhaps bibs would work for him if he found the right size... seriously, his reason for not liking bibs is the oddest reason I've ever seen- although there are plenty of other reasons not to like them
Oh come off it Gendolyn!gwendolynofthemountain
Aug 7, 2002 4:57 PM
that's why i figured shorts would be better for him. seems like he's more interested in the experience of shopping for 'stuff' over the experience of cycling. Not that i don't love shopping.
re: Bibs vs. Shortspmf1
Aug 8, 2002 3:49 AM
I think the Performance Elites are a very good deal. I've tried lots of brands and find either Performance or Voler to be really good values. They're well made and cost around $55/pair.

Voler are sized a bit smaller than Performance -- you might want to consider them instead. They both use the same pad.
I hate 'emDougSloan
Aug 8, 2002 5:44 AM
I realize that tons of riders, particularly racers, use bibs, and that's the "cool" thing to do. I can't stand them, for these reasons:

1. The straps annoy me, both just being there and having to readjust them.

2. They are hotter. The extra layer of material feels much hotter to me.

3. On longer rides, I need to do #1 or #2, and having to remove my jersey and straps is a real pain, taking longer, particularly for #2.

4. Bibs are usually more expensive, albeit not much. But why pay for extra for something that is worse?

5. Regular shorts work perfectly fine. That being the case, why mess with it?

Doug
I use Elite Bib Knickers and they are great.Quack
Aug 8, 2002 6:07 AM
My shoulders aren't super sloped and I have never had the straps slide off. Then again, I wear size small and the fabric across the back goes fairly high up the back which should help to prevent the straps from sliding. They are the most comfortable bibs for the $$ I've ever tried.
get emColnagoFE
Aug 8, 2002 8:15 AM
Love the Performance Elites for the $ though I am asking for a pair of Assos Evos for my b-day!
Bib's are for fat people...Matno
Aug 8, 2002 10:07 AM
...or so I've always thought. I can't think of a single reason to wear them unless you have a problem with shorts slipping down. This is usually only the case when your belly is larger than your waist. I know some people wear overalls because they don't like something tight around their waist. Since bike shorts/bibs are tight everywhere, this is a non-issue.

I don't see how bibs would have any benefit over shorts, not that I'm saying there's anything wrong with them, it just seems like they are designed to fit a certain type of rider. As to the pros, how can you tell what they are wearing under their jerseys? Does Lance wear bibs? Just curious.
Bib's are for fat people...filtersweep
Aug 8, 2002 10:48 AM
You can tell what they are wearing under their jerseys when their shirts are open.

Show me how they are for fat people when an XL is designed for a 34" waist, a 32" would be a large, etc...

It isn't about shorts slipping down- it is about not having something constricting around your waist (like anything with a waistband)- which is a lot "tighter" than the simple fabric of bibs.

Bib overalls are generally not related to having something tight over your waist, but rather to keep dust, dirt, whatever you are working on OUT OF YOUR PANTS.
Most pros wear them and none could be considered fat (nm)ColnagoFE
Aug 8, 2002 12:43 PM
All right, Please explain.Matno
Aug 9, 2002 3:42 AM
Does anyone actually know of a real benefit? I just posted what I THOUGHT, which certainly could be wrong. Any real reason to use bib shorts? (Not too worried about getting dirt in my shorts). My shorts don't even have a "waistband" so that can't really be the reason, or could it?