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Potentially stupid question of the day...(13 posts)

Potentially stupid question of the day...funknuggets
Jan 12, 2004 2:27 PM
What are the freaking point of bibs? One guy on the team... its all that he wears and says they are more comfortable? Is that the real and only reason? Im just curious as comfort doesnt seem to be a huge issue in lycra... you know? I have all shorts and one bib... all it seems to do is make it more difficult to pee. Please help educate me as to all of the benefits of bib shorts. This is not a rant, it is an actual question. I dont think it is going to make me ride any faster, I just wanted to know if there is an actual functional reason for them. Team is taking orders and wants to know if I need shorts and/or bibs. It just got me thinking... Is it because so many cyclists are so thin that their shorts would fall down (haha... just kidding, kinda)

So ponders the funk...
Chris
<rant>DougSloan
Jan 12, 2004 2:31 PM
You forgot your ... tags....

I have used both, and from what I can tell, bibs are hotter, put pressure on your shoulders, and make it harder to pee (much less, poop). I see no advantage, except the hotter part, if it's winter.

They do make you look a bit slimmer. Maybe that's a good reason?

Oh, don't forget, pros wear them. Maybe that has something to do with it?

Doug
ok, a subject line you can click on...DougSloan
Jan 12, 2004 2:32 PM
You forgot your ... tags....

I have used both, and from what I can tell, bibs are hotter, put pressure on your shoulders, and make it harder to pee (much less, poop). I see no advantage, except the hotter part, if it's winter.

They do make you look a bit slimmer. Maybe that's a good reason?

Oh, don't forget, pros wear them. Maybe that has something to do with it?

Doug
...but it WASNT a rant....funknuggets
Jan 12, 2004 2:58 PM
Im glad you have about the same findings... I thought I was missing something. Maybe someone will drop some mean science on us, but for right now, Im sticking with shorts.

Gracias,
Chris
re: Potentially stupid question of the day...scopestuff2
Jan 12, 2004 3:19 PM
I'm a relative newbie to cycling and have tried tights, shorts and bib-tights (winter). I kind of like the bibs for a few reasons:
1)Shorts make me feel like I'm riding with a belt around my waist.
2) Depending upon the saddle, some shorts actually get a bit of 'stiction' and ride down a bit, unless I tighten the drawstring (back to feeling like I'm wearing a belt). Shorts ride down, jersey rides up .... it's a distracting feeling.
3) Bibs that fit well don't put pressure on the shoulder at all. They fit like a glove and you pretty much have no pressure points or sensation that you are wearing anything at all.

Two other points:
1) They do make it a real pain to piss so they are not great for epic rides.
2) I'm pretty thin. 5'8" at 129lbs ...so perhaps body type does come into play.
I have a friend who swears by themTNRyder
Jan 12, 2004 3:59 PM
He is a bit of a big guy, and complains that shorts are binding and ride down on his physique. The bibs fit him more comfortably, and he has no worries of plumbers crack in the middle of a ride. Something that we all appreciate!
I like Bibstorquecal
Jan 12, 2004 4:15 PM
Obviously, everyone is different, but for me I prefer bibs to shorts. I think some of it is ride distance. On anything shorter than about 20 miles, it really doesn't make much difference to me, but past that it's bibs all the way! It's mostly waist constriction that eventually gets to me with shorts, the bibs just feel so MUCH more comfortable over a long time.

BTW: properly fitted Bibs will never feel like they're pulling on your shoulders.

BTW(2): some of us really don't have too much of a problem peeing in them, either pull a leg up or hunch over slightly and pull the front down.

BTW(3): bibs aren't all necessarily hotter. I like the giordana mesh shoulder bibs. I live in hot southern NM and these feel just as cool as shorts on 110 degree days.
Columbus, NMCrankist
Jan 13, 2004 7:25 AM
From Albq., I was down your way with my son for a touristy look at SW NM last weekend. Started at Socorro, past the VLA, then a SW arc into Silver City where we spent the night at the Palace Hotel. Then on to Deming and Columbus with their damn palm trees. Some great roads, amazingly warm, but no bike. State route 10 west from Columbus to Texas/Las Cruces sure felt like the desert in January. Anyway, what a great area, and what a total cartoon to forget the camera.

Mike
Alamogordo, NMtorquecal
Jan 13, 2004 2:35 PM
I've ridden that route... but I live a little further east, in Alamogordo.
just a matter of preferencegrandemamou
Jan 12, 2004 7:06 PM
I prefer bibs. I just find them more comfortable than shorts especialy on longer rides. I have a couple of pairs of shorts but hardly ever wear them. I don't like the way they bind up in the waist. I don't find them any hotter than shorts. I live in south LA and when it's 98 with 98% humidity it's just plain hot no matter what you wear.

Peeing is no problem just pull down the front, taking care of the other bodily function is a different story. Thats the one downside you have to pretty much undress to take a dump.
re: Potentially stupid question of the day...Esau
Jan 12, 2004 7:28 PM
For me, wearing bibs gives me the same feeling as clipping into my pedals - everything is all locked in.
re: Potentially stupid question of the day...al0
Jan 13, 2004 10:53 AM
I guess it may depend on your rifding style. If you move back and forth on the saddle a lot (like me) that shorts may go slightly down which is not very comfortable. Bibs are not prone to this.

The only bib drawback (if weather is not extremly hot) is that it not so easy to pee. But if you lean forward a lot you can do it over the top edge of bibs.
For me its a comfort issue.MikeBiker
Jan 13, 2004 4:39 PM
Today it was 55 and sunny. I decided to leave my legs bare to get for Vitamin D generated. It was a no brainer to put the bibs on instead of the shorts as for me the bibs are much more comfortable. Others of course will feel differently. If it matters I am 5'11" and 173 lbs.