Shorts or shorts with bibs?

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  1. Almost Famous

    Almost Famous New Member

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    Which should I get? What are the advantages and disadvantages? Which do you prefer? Thanks!
     
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  2. Mike10

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    once you've gone bibs, you never go back! They fit better, way more comfortable.
     
  3. Iron Man

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    Got to be the bib's they are more expensive but the comfort level is worth the extra cash. There is also no elastic in around the waist line squashing your guts in.
     
  4. TrekDedicated

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    Second.

    No annoying waist band. You feel as if nothing is there.
     
  5. Aussie Steve

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    Speaking with a guy that I have done many many kms (miles) with, is a former South African national road and track champion when he was younger...

    he says Bibs are no good at all for him.
    "...my legs are very short compared to my torso, so if I get bibs that fit my torso, I look funny (funnier?) because the ends of the knicks are around my knees...if I get ones that fit my legs, the braces are too tight, the wedding tackle is squeezed up tight...hate them..."

    he is happy with normal knicks.
    But bib & brace knicks, for me, are great, comfortable, perfect...
     
  6. 531Aussie

    531Aussie Well-Known Member

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    I didn't find my bibs to be magically more comfortable, but I like the way they smooth out my gut into one flat lump, instead of 2 sticky-outy lumps caused by the waist elastic on normal knicks :)

    I have longish legs for my height, so I had to shorten the shoulder straps.
     
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    Bibs? Mind if I ask what exactly shorts with bibs are? I do tri suits because I'm a triathlete before I am a cyclist.

    Thanks guys
     
  8. Waitforme

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    Bibs - try them and you'll not go back to shorts.
     
  9. Almost Famous

    Almost Famous New Member

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    Thanks guys, I'll go with the bibs.

    Do you guys know of any online stores where I can get a decent pair for cheap? Possibly a used? 30-60$?

    Thanks!
     
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    BIBS!!!!!!!

    Although I believe girls are generally happier with shorts. Something about not being able to stand up while they piss, requiring a full undress to go to the toilet if wearing bibs.

    Poor souls!
     
  12. cucamelsmd15

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    Amen to that.
     
  13. cali-largeguy

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    Bibs are great. I just got 2 pair and love them. Performance Bike online has the century gel bib for $39.99. A great bib imo
     
  14. Kehard

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    Bibs......definitely! I'm not exactly lean around the middle and shorts roll down. Bibs obviously stay up and the lack of elastic around the middle make them much more comfortable. Got to try them on though if possible. No two brands are the same. I have one pair that have a comfortable pad and leg openings, but the torso is shorter and pulls on my shoulders some. Not usually a problem for me, not all that tall, so it's especially annoying. Also, you get what you pay for, buy good! :D
     
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    Seems like the consensus here is for bibs. I'm relatively new to cycling (1 year), but the one pair of bibs I have I've never enjoyed wearing. I agree about the no waistband comfort, but the length of the bibs doesn't fit me comfortably and I've gone back to shorts. It just depends upon how they fit you, I suppose.
     
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    Me too - bibs are much better. no bum crack issues.
     
  17. TommyGunn

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    bibs. bibs. bibs.

    once tried, you can never go back....
     
  18. netscriber

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    hey but when I go out the peepee times are awkward :eek: bibs cant be pulled down easily and being cycling shorts they cant be pulled up....

    so how do the other guys peepee?
     
  19. gclark8

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    Most just pee in the nappy, that's what its for. :D
     
  20. BomoSammo

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    Bibs, even with the extra time it takes on toilet stops.
     
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