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For the people still wearing shorts...(22 posts)

For the people still wearing shorts...eschelon
Jun 9, 2003 12:18 PM
You gotta go bibs...or skinsuits. I prefer skinsuits...but these are more expensive and not as practical. The reason why is because you feel like you are wearing nothing at all. It is so comfortable! I thought that the straps would bother my shoulders...but it didn't. The only problem I have now is that I have more shorts than I do bibs. And the bib I bought wasn't a Castelli or Assos; it's a Nailini and cost me around $109 at the LBS so I can't see myself owning 4 or 5 of them...but I will be sure to take care of these better I do with the other shorts...heck I probably won't race in them either...too great of chance of getting them damaged.

It's just like riding mtb to road...once you do it, you get hooked...and the same goes for the bib shorts, you will never go back to shorts!
I agreeMel Erickson
Jun 9, 2003 12:28 PM
and there are several very good bib shorts available at much less than $109. You can get Nalini on sale for around $60. Voler (my current favorite) are on sale now, through June, for $49.95. Performance Elites (or whatever their name for then is now) can be had 2 for $99. I've got some Assos and, although as comfortable and well made as those I mentioned, are MUCH higher priced. I can't say they're any better than the Voler but a bit heavier fabric than the Performance. Very good bibs can be had for reasonable prices if you look around.
Where are the Volers on sale? (nm)TNSquared
Jun 9, 2003 12:40 PM
Where are the Volers on sale? (nm)My Dog Wally
Jun 9, 2003 12:58 PM
Try A warning: I always wear a size medium in shorts. I had to return the first pair of Volers I bought because they were too small in a medium. You might want to order a size larger.
Thanks much! (nm)TNSquared
Jun 9, 2003 1:00 PM
This is true.Mel Erickson
Jun 9, 2003 1:02 PM
I normally wear a large and the Voler large is a little smaller. It's not too much smaller for me to bump up a size, though, just a snugger fit than the Performance Elites and Assos.
Opps, my mistakeMel Erickson
Jun 9, 2003 1:00 PM
Volers are only $44.95 on sale through June. Just sign up for their email newsletter and you'll get sale prices on various merchandise each month. This month it's bibs. Go to and scroll down to the bottom of the home page to sign up. No I'm not a Voler or Velowear employee. Just a satisfied customer.
re: For the people still wearing shorts...BikeViking
Jun 9, 2003 12:31 PM
I second the motion!!! I was a shorts wearer for years, until I finally sprung for some Voler bibs and I love them. Great quality at a great price.

It's the only way to ride.

The blue Catera pad is the bestMR_GRUMPY
Jun 9, 2003 1:12 PM
much better than the standard pad.
I don't even use padded shorts, just straight 'dex baby! [nm]niteschaos
Jun 9, 2003 12:32 PM
I nominate you: Mr. Ironballs of the Year! nmeschelon
Jun 9, 2003 12:46 PM
LOL! nmNo_sprint
Jun 9, 2003 12:47 PM
re: For the people still wearing shorts...geeker
Jun 9, 2003 1:04 PM
I agree. Bought my first bibs this spring, and definitely prefer them to shorts. There are plenty of deals if you look around. I paid $20 each for sale "pro team" bibs - 2 pair at (Santini), 2 pair at (Nalini). I wouldn't wear pro team jerseys, but don't mind team bibs if price is right and colors aren't too loud.
re: For the people still wearing shorts...LeadvilleBlues
Jun 9, 2003 1:12 PM
Gotta cast my vote for Voler ! I've been wearing bike shorts since the mid 70's, thats alot of wear and tear, and I've tried them all. Best bang for the buck, VOLER.
shorts rule, what's so good about bibs?climbo
Jun 9, 2003 1:14 PM
all you say is that you like them, that's no reason Some people do, some don't. Skinsuits? Only for TT's or short races. How do you go to the toilet? Shorts are the best solution.
#1...just pull the leg up, gotta get undressedColnagoFE
Jun 9, 2003 1:53 PM
the added comfort is worth the occasional need to strip my jersey off in a port a john IMO. Shorts bug the heck out of me now. They feel all contstrictive around my stomach.
shorts rule, what's so good about bibs?flying
Jun 9, 2003 2:37 PM
A good reason for bibs is as he said feeling like your wearing nothing at all. Having no pressure on your stomach or waist makes a big diff in your breathing. Why do all the pro's wear them? Also comfort I think
As for going to the bathroom if by that you mean taking a pee???
I have Castelli, Nalini, Santini & CC bibs & have never had a problem. They all pull down easily enough in front to take a leak ;-)
Now if you meant go to the toilet as in going to the toilet... well that is another story but should be the same as shorts eh? ;-) Unless some shorts have that flap in the back??
shorts rule, what's so good about bibs?climbo
Jun 9, 2003 3:17 PM
well if I need to crap I can have my shorts down in about 2 seconds to make way for the "business", this cannot happen with bibs. Why do pros wear them? I don't know (tradition?) but I don't think they are more comfortable. Shirts do not constrict my waistline and they are much cooler, the bibs come up so high on you they make more sweat and heat around my gut. Maybe I fit shorts better anyway, I'm pretty slim so no big gut getting in the way of the waistband on the shorts.
shorts rule, what's so good about bibs?flying
Jun 10, 2003 12:20 AM
Actually if it was due to tradition they would wear shorts....wool ones
What ever works for you is best.
Also the better bibs do not come up around your gut they are cut low in front & made of mesh in the back which is cool. But again what ever works for you is 4 you to decide
enjoy your shorts ;-)
not sure about skinsuits for everyday, but bibs are great (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 9, 2003 1:52 PM
No Way! Bibs are just too darn silly-lookin'!SpoiledBikeDaddy
Jun 10, 2003 10:04 AM
Not that shorts make the fashion statement of the year or anything... :)
to a non-cyclist all cycling attire is pretty silly (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 10, 2003 10:10 AM