Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling - advice on bibs
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05-31-11, 09:49 PM
Hi more than likely this is a dumb question. I am rideing in a charity event very soon 250km over two days. I have a set of gore bibs 6 out 10 for comfort and a set of cannodale bibs 9 out of 10 which ones would be better on day one.
05-31-11, 09:53 PM
05-31-11, 10:05 PM
06-01-11, 06:26 AM
have you ridden either set on a 100km ride? Minor irritations that you don't even notice on shorter rides can cause big problems on a longer ride. OTOH, I find I can ride through almost anything with enough ointment.
06-01-11, 06:45 AM
Why wear 6 of 10 comfort when 9 of 10 is at hand and available?
I suggest that the answer is ... wear the 9 of 10 bibs BOTH days.
Chamois lube from the first day will help that applied for the second day.
06-01-11, 07:30 AM
my experience is that cleanliness trumps comfort most every time.
I'll be a bit of a contrarian and suggest wearing the more comfortable bibs on day-2 when any leftover soreness will be more noticeable.
I'm assuming similar distances on both days, yes? If so 125km on 2 successive days shouldn't be all that bad if you're prepared. Btw, why not get another set of the Canondales if you're comfortable in them?
06-01-11, 08:08 AM
If you can't wear the 'dales both days, I'd wear them the first day. Comfortable bibs on already-chafed skin doesn't feel good. Avoid skin damage as long as possible, hence Cannondale the first day.
06-01-11, 09:44 AM
Well folks, the nasty truth is you can wear the same pair of shorts, even unwashed, for several days in a row. What do you think bike tourers do? Take them off as soon as you get in. Best is to wash them as in the video above. Next best is to wash them, wring them out, and hang them in your tent. They'll still be damp in the morning, but they'll dry on your body and you're just going to sweat in them again, so what. If you can't wash them at all, pretty common really, just take them off when you get in, hang them up, and put them back on the next morning. As long as your butt in broken in and the shorts don't chafe you, it's simply not an issue. Touring, I don't even use chamois cream, for obvious reasons. There's really no reason to wear uncomfortable shorts.
06-01-11, 05:14 PM
Well folks, the ... truth is you can wear the same pair of shorts, even unwashed, for several days in a row. ... .thank - you
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