Any cyclists who don't prefer bibs?

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  1. jojoma

    jojoma New Member

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    I just recently got my first pair of bibs. Nice Italian pair. I had to have a pair because everyone says how great bibs are. But I'm not sure if bibs are for me. I can hardly breathe with those straps wrapped around my lungs. Should I just give it some time? I mean, there must be a reason most avid cyclists wear them. :cool:
     
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  2. tonyzackery

    tonyzackery Well-Known Member

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    Give it some time. Bibs are the only way to go, IMO. May need a size check as they should never be so tight as to impede airflow...
     
  3. artemidorus

    artemidorus New Member

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    They must be too tight. Sometimes it's hard to get the right length, especially with internet buying.
     
  4. 64Paramount

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    Back to jojoma's question: Why do you prefer bibs over shorts?


    Or shorts over bib's?
     
  5. Lister Farrar

    Lister Farrar New Member

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    I prefer shorts with clip-on suspenders. Never really tried bibs, but the idea doesn't make sense to me; one size fits all? The guys is our club have to add material from the straps or cut it out. Shorts are cheaper, suspenders move from pair to pair, and adjust. Plus they're a pain to get 'em down for the toilet. It's like that Flashdance scene, but without the fantasy...;)
     
  6. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Bibs:
    1. Stay in place
    2. Don't need a waistband
    3. Don't need suspenders
    4. Are just so damned comfortable
    Simple. As for going to the bathroom, if you can't figure it out, then cycling might be too complicated for you.

    Oddly enough, bibs come in multiple sizes! On top of that, there are multiple manufacturers, all who grade their sizing a bit differently! Who knew?!
     
  7. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Like saddles, shoes, and underwear, not every brand works for everyone. It could be you bought the wrong size or that the manufacturer from whom you bought doesn't work for you.
     
  8. vspa

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    i use shorts for indoor trainer
    bibs for all the rest
     
  9. Chavez

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    I actually just took a ride with some shorts (I've been a bib man for the past 3 yrs) and they weren't as bad as I expected.

    Still, bibs ARE more comfortable and stay in place better. The shorts I had to keep adjusting....of course I have bit of a beer gut, which most cyclists don't have...at least most cyclists outside Wisconsin.
     
  10. 64Paramount

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    I've been wearing shorts for the last several years and find them very comfortable, and they are usually less expensive than bibs. I don't have any issues with them staying in place, so I've never had to use suspenders. That sounds like it would be a hassle.

    But, I have been thinking about getting a set of bibs again if I found some good ones discounted enough.

    Seems like someone on here recently had mentioned how much they like Cavalo's.

    Nashbar has this pair for sale at what seems to be a very good price and there are a lot of favorable reviews.

    Cavalo Corsa Bib Short - Shorts

    I normally wear small size shorts and one of the Cavalo's reviewers mentioned that they are 5'10" 150lbs and the medium bibs fit them almost perfectly.

    I'm 5'10" 155lbs, so I would've thought I needed the small size if not for that review.
     
  11. Yojimbo_

    Yojimbo_ Active Member

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    I assume we're talking bib shorts here - I confess that I've never tried them.

    I don't see the point. My shorts are comfortable, they don't slip, and they cost less. I gather that bib shorts are also comfortable and don't slip, but one poster here has said he feel constricted in his breathing and I also wonder about how they'd be in hot weather. Wouldn't it be like riding with an extra layer on?

    I've also never heard of suspenders with shorts - why would anyone need suspenders unless their gut is so big the shorts can't stay up?
     
  12. Ag2rcycling

    Ag2rcycling New Member

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    SOZ BUT WHEN U TALK ABOUT BIBS ARE U TALKING ABOUT ALL IN 1 LYCRA
     
  13. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    A simple google search will answer your question.
     
  14. Chavez

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    No. The suspenders are lycra, back is open and so is the front. Might be more comfortable than shorts because you don't have that concentration of material around your beltline.
     
  15. alienator

    alienator Well-Known Member

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    Well, it really depends on the manufacturer and the model. The bibs in the link provided by 64 Paramount appear to cover, with solid lycra, a lot of the back.....and maybe the front. Some bibs are solid lycra all the way to the shoulders in back. Others are quite open. Assos bibs have a mesh between the shoulder straps. Giordana FormaRed bibs have a single strap, at the top, between the bibs. There are many variations on that theme. As I mentioned earlier, bibs/bib knickers/bib tights designed for cooler weather tend to cover more skin on the torso.

    Also keep in mind that not all lycra performs the same as far as heat retention goes. Wear a pair of bibs made with a Roubaix lycra compared to a standard weight or light weight lycra, on hot summer day, and you'll see a big difference.

    As with most things, spending more can get you better design/features (to an extent, of course). Assos, Giordana, Castelli, and a few others have some well thought out designs, as far as keeping the rider cool goes. I'd wager to say that the Castelli Paint bibs are anything but hot:

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  16. Thewrightguy

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    I wear bib shorts and they are the most comfortable as compared to just shorts. Reason being is the pressure is applied at the shoulders rather than waist. This is mostly alleviated and not noticed when in position on the bike. When riding with shorts I feel an uncomfortable tension on my waist line. It really is something that different people like different things and there is no right answer. My bibs are all mesh above the normal shorts line and very minimal amount just to form "suspenders". Very comfortable and forgiving.
     
  17. gman0482

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    Bib's are it. Once you go bib you'll never go back... or something like that.
     
  18. Chavez

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    Well, they look pretty hot on that dude. NTTAWT.
     
  19. vspa

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    a bit too much muscle on upper body for a road cyclist
     
  20. maanderx

    maanderx New Member

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    What a load of rubbish! What if you want to have a dump mid ride? Shorts are a
    lot easier to slip down to your ankles. ;)
     
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