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Old 02-12-10, 09:14 AM   #1
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Bibs for a 'Theena?

Hey all,

It's too cold and snow-covered for me to ride, which means I'm stuck just thinking about riding and getting my gear ready for spring.

I've read a whole lot of comments about how great bibs can be. I'd like to try them out. The catch is, I can find tights and shorts that fit me for about a third the cost of a pair of bib shorts -- and the bib shorts I find aren't in the, ahem, ample size I'd need.

Suggestions for women's big bib shorts?
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Hey all,

It's too cold and snow-covered for me to ride, which means I'm stuck just thinking about riding and getting my gear ready for spring.

I've read a whole lot of comments about how great bibs can be. I'd like to try them out. The catch is, I can find tights and shorts that fit me for about a third the cost of a pair of bib shorts -- and the bib shorts I find aren't in the, ahem, ample size I'd need.

Suggestions for women's big bib shorts?
Do women even wear bib shorts?
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Do women even wear bib shorts?
Such things exist (http://www.teamestrogen.com/product/...-c117-c15.html), but they seem to be much less popular with the ladies. I've never tried them as it seems like they'd be more than I'd want do deal with, especially if I needed to go to the restroom at some point on a ride.

Jen - perhaps get a pair of men's?
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Assos makes bib shorts for ladies they are really pricy. But assos bibs are the best shorts I have ever used.
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I rode with a gal that wore bibs. Potty stops were a hassle, nothing but complaints having to remove the jersey for access on long rides!
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I rode with a gal that wore bibs. Potty stops were a hassle, nothing but complaints having to remove the jersey for access on long rides!
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But don't guys have the same hassle?

Here's the deal: above the waist, I'm medium-to-large. Below the waist, XL-XXL. (Smile when you say "callipygian".) The mismatch gives me the same "plumber's crack" problems that bib shorts help with. Last year, I just wore really long T-shirts. This year, I'd like to move to jerseys -- but I think that could leave me a bit exposed.

Gotls1, I'd think about trying a pair of men's -- but won't the different shape of the chamois be a problem?
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Uhhh I'm not sure if you've noticed but us guys are built a little different from the gurls.. So down and out one side of the leg is alot easier! Jersey removal not required!

If you've seen pics of my wife (Gina), she's on the "lots of junk in the trunk" side. Always worried about the low rise style of most female models of shorts. She did find shorts made by TERRY that are great. Nice thick fabric, no see thru peep shows. Beautiful comfy chamois! and most important of all, "very high" waisted in the back, no worries about creeping or rolling down on the backside.

As we all know, Terry is made by a woman for the woman.

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Here's the deal: above the waist, I'm medium-to-large. Below the waist, XL-XXL. (Smile when you say "callipygian".) The mismatch gives me the same "plumber's crack" problems that bib shorts help with. Last year, I just wore really long T-shirts. This year, I'd like to move to jerseys -- but I think that could leave me a bit exposed.

Gotls1, I'd think about trying a pair of men's -- but won't the different shape of the chamois be a problem?
Have you tried any jerseys yet? The jerseys that I have are cut a 2-3 inches longer in the back than in the front. I just tried a few on when I read this and it seems that the ones I tried on end about 5-6 inches below my belly button and the back covers most of my butt, when I bent over they didn't ride up because of the stretchy material. With your classic shape, it sounds like you have hips and I thought that the biking shorts waistband would keep the shorts from pulling down past the hips. I think that with the proper sized jersey you would be fine. Go try some out some jerseys at the bike shop and make sure you bend around to make sure it won't ride up.

As for having the same problem, only with number 2.
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I'm used to the rest-break hassle: before I started riding a bicycle, my "summer tours" were on a motorcycle -- with a one-piece protective jumpsuit over the jeans and whatnot. Still, hearing that it's possible to find a decent combination of shorts and jersey is good news. Thanks, Mr (and Mrs) Beanz, and Cyclist2000!

(Here's a photo of me in more recent, two-piece riding gear, from a 2006 ride.)
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Jeneralist - do you know about the Women's forum? There is a thread on bib shorts in there.

You need permission to get into the Women's forum so if you'd like to get access, send a PM to Siu Blue Wind (administrator for the forum).
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But don't guys have the same hassle?
We urinate differently than women do. Hence our bibs are designed differently.

That said, I'm going stir-crazy because of the weather, and so I wrote a little spoof on your question. I hope you don't mind.

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"But don't guys have the same hassle, Milord?"

The Baron de Bontrager smiled as Cosette asked her question. Such innocence, he thought. He must thank the nuns for their work in the convent school. Would every woman who found herself in my castle possess such ignorance, the Baron thought as he poured wine from a crystal decanter. The gathering storm outside the window thundered in the distance. The air grew still as the Baron walked towards Cosette with a glass of wine.

"I'm frightened, Milord", said Cosette as she looked out the window. She saw the convent in the distance. She had been a foundling, a baby left on the church doorstep with nothing but a change of linen and a crankarm. The convent was all she knew. And now she found herself, thanks to a mismarked cue sheet, at the castle of the notorious adventurer Baron de Bontrager instead of the kindly Canon de Dale.

"Drink, my fair one" the Baron said, his voice sounding very deep and soothing. "Drink, and accompany me to my chambers." He extended his arm to her. She, trembling, hesitated. The Baron drew her close to him. Cosette's breath quickened as she felt her body against his. She had never been this close to a man before. "Come with me to my chambers, fair one, and I will teach you the difference. I will teach you why guys don't have the same hassle....."
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^^^ Too funny, Historian. Keep 'em coming!
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good price for the close out XL and XXL if you wanna try men's... I don't do the leg thing so I remove jersey anyway, but i don't pee that much. (I have never peed during a ride up to and including 100+)

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