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Why bibs?(15 posts)

Why bibs?Squishy
May 21, 2003 6:01 AM
Do they keep you in the "hunched" cycling posture more comfortably? I'm starting to ride more (fast) centuries and am looking for a comfort advantage. Is this the way to go?
dunlap syndrometarwheel
May 21, 2003 6:11 AM
bibs are the solution to dunlap syndrome -- my belly's dun lapped over my belt. in other words, they are much more comfortable if shorts tend to dig into your gut or roll over. once I tried bibs, I'll never go back to regular shorts
or notfiltersweep
May 21, 2003 7:26 AM
Most pros are built like sticks and they use bibs as well... even for a skinny guy, regular shorts can feel like there is a rubber band around your waist.
I say "Why Not?". Agreed - bibs only (nm)94Nole
May 21, 2003 6:41 AM
re: Helps with the drool.JL
May 21, 2003 6:48 AM
On serious note though, if the bibs you're wearing "keeps you in a hunched posture", I think they're a bit small. Like Tarwheel said, they just seem more comfortable for me and they tend to not "bunch up" around the belly. It's a personal preference, but seems like more people like them once they try them than not. YMMV, but don't expect to them keep you in proper form.

Happy riding.

re: tried and still don't like themcyclopathic
May 21, 2003 11:00 AM
they might be more comfotable around waist 'till you have to stop for bathroom break
re: tried and still don't like themJL
May 21, 2003 12:42 PM
That's the only time they may be a problem. #1 is easy, just lift the leg. For the other, I try to buy full zipper jerseys. No problems then :) Luckily, this tends to be rarety.

Like I said though, your mileage may vary.

Happy riding.

Performance Elite Bibs on sale - 2 pair for $99 (nm)GeoCyclist
May 21, 2003 7:12 AM
Because I like them much better.dzrider
May 21, 2003 7:54 AM
Mostly they stay in place. They do nothing to enhance riding position, but do make me feel like it's a little easier to suck up my gut. I've been looking for "control top" bibs, but haven't found any. I have a pair of shorts in case I want to wear cycling clothes under real clothes before a ride. Bibs drive me nuts doing this because the straps slip down and adjusting them in public is not the manliest gesture. It's troubling to think people might be speculating about my undergarments.
they don't bind into your gutColnagoFE
May 21, 2003 8:16 AM
even if you don't have a gut they seem to cut right into your stomach unless you wear em really low. Never noticed this until I wore my first pair of bibs. Now I won't wear anything else. Bibs are just way more comfortable.
Try a pairpmf1
May 21, 2003 9:02 AM
I did a few years ago and immediately went out and bought 5 more pairs. Its all I use now.

For a first try, I'd recommend something moderately priced such as Voler or Performance. Both have good pads, are well made and cost around $50 per pair. Later, if you decide you really need $230 bibs, you can get some Assos. Personally, Voler and Performance have always been fine for me. I've tried Pearl Izumi and a couple of Italian brands as well.
Factors not yet mentioned: temperature, height, & build.BergMann
May 21, 2003 9:36 AM
For starters, I like bibs in the winter because they provide that extra degree of coverage for your stomach and lower back. Also, I don't have problems with shorts "binding" at the waist on their own, but putting on a set of tights with an elastic waistband on top of regular shorts is definitely too much.

Conversely, I really despise bibs on hot, humid days. I don't sweat nearly as much in regular shorts. Recently I saw a pair of Giordana bibs with a super-lightweight mesh upper, and have thought of giving those a try for temps above the mid 70s.

Finally, the real problem with bibs for me is that most of them don't fit me. I'm 6'2", 167lbs -- in other words tall and skinny. I normally wear Medium (Euro 3) shorts, but medium bibs just aren't long enough for my torso. Size Large is typically long enough, but cut too loose.

Unless you've got one of those perfectly average body types, I'd _strongly_ recommend trying something on before you buy. Mail order / the net is a bad way to buy your first set of bibs because you can easily burn $10 -$20 shipping just sending the things back and forth until you find the right brand & size.
Can return Voler at no cost, they even send return label.nmMatt Britter
May 21, 2003 11:17 AM
And Candy ! NMPhatMatt
May 21, 2003 1:33 PM
How do they fit / feel under "street clothes"? NM.crestlinefarm
May 21, 2003 9:53 AM