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    Bibs for a tall clyde?

    So...

    I'm 6'7, with relatively short legs, longer torso. According to the scales after my ride today, 184.5lbs, but some of that is probably just water sweated off.

    I've been riding in (and constantly washing) a couple of pairs of decade old Pearl Izumi shorts I bought when I was mountain biking a lot back then. So far, I haven't felt the compelling reason to replace/supplement them but I keep reading 'once you go bibs you'll never go back'. Honestly, the shorts have never really bothered me, but they're starting to lose their elasticity now that I'm riding significantly more and it might be nice to have more than two pairs.

    Bibs seem much more problematic to fit. I've a few LBS around, as well as a PB so I could go try stuff on, but I was wondering if anyone in the Clyde height/near clyde weight class has comments, brands they'd recommend, or observations on bibs. Cycling is one of the few things where I can get stuff that nearly fits, as long as I go with short sleeves -- and that's obviously NOT a problem with bibs.

    So, inmates:

    1) Shorts of bibs?
    2) Preferred brand of either, and why?

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    in summary- you're screwed.

    Your best bet is to get a tailer to add an extension to the straps. I'm only 6'2" and I have issues with one of my XL bibs... I can't imagine squeezing another 5 inches on top of the shoulders. or 2.5, or whatever.

    If you want good bibs though, get Castelli - the progretto Air chamois (or whaver they call it, not the KISS one... I have no experience with that one) is fabulous. I have a set of free race aero and a set of body paint (that brings up bad imagery for clydes, I know) and the free race set fits a little taller. The straps also seem to lend themselves to extensions if you're so inclined.

    Maybe some of the super stretchy guys around here can give you more pointed advice, I'm only operating on theory.

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    I saw banner somewhere on this forum. Google Zinn , Zinn bicycles, Zinn big and tall

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    I've had some issues finding shorts that fit me well... when I went with bibs I tried out the cheapo falconi bibs, the addtional part of the bibs was great but my typical fit issue wasn't any better (chamios location) I ended up talking with Home Page - Bouré Bicycle Clothing and bought an off the rack pair of bibs that was a questionable fit... that was with the understanding that I could return them and have him custom tailor a pair for me if needed... worth at least talking to him and checking it out
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    I've been contemplating ordering from aerotechdesigns.com. I'm 6'6 and I've tried a pearl izumi long leg bib. It was basically cutting into my shoulders. I'm a 35.5 inseam so the bottom was fine it was the torso that was too short. They have two levels of bibs Aero Tech Tall Man Cycling Bib Shorts - Extra length and Long Inseam and the http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/aetemeelency.html. The reviews on them look really good.
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    6'8", fan of the Aerotech standard bibs. Great value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    in summary- you're screwed.

    Your best bet is to get a tailer to add an extension to the straps. I'm only 6'2" and I have issues with one of my XL bibs... I can't imagine squeezing another 5 inches on top of the shoulders. or 2.5, or whatever.

    If you want good bibs though, get Castelli - the progretto Air chamois (or whaver they call it, not the KISS one... I have no experience with that one) is fabulous. I have a set of free race aero and a set of body paint (that brings up bad imagery for clydes, I know) and the free race set fits a little taller. The straps also seem to lend themselves to extensions if you're so inclined.

    Maybe some of the super stretchy guys around here can give you more pointed advice, I'm only operating on theory.
    LOL!

    That's what I thought. Shorts seem easy. The Aerotech stuff looks solid, though I fear stuff for 'big and tall', usually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laxpatrick View Post
    6'8", fan of the Aerotech standard bibs. Great value.
    How's the chamois?

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    I have Assos winter kit that would be a good fit length wise, but may be too loose in the body judging by your weight. I also have some Chinese bibs that would definitely suit length wise, they're too long for me and are uncomfortable to wear on a longer ride as a result. Shorts or material extension of the shoulder straps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brawlo View Post
    I have Assos winter kit that would be a good fit length wise, but may be too loose in the body judging by your weight. I also have some Chinese bibs that would definitely suit length wise, they're too long for me and are uncomfortable to wear on a longer ride as a result. Shorts or material extension of the shoulder straps!
    Heh. Yeah. Sounds like a plan.

    I don't find shorts remotely uncomfy for the rides I do, but everyone (well. most people) rave about bibs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by expatbrit View Post
    Heh. Yeah. Sounds like a plan.

    I don't find shorts remotely uncomfy for the rides I do, but everyone (well. most people) rave about bibs.
    If you don't find shorts uncomfortable then by all means, stick with them. Bibs are EXACTLY light shorts but they stay put. if you have a gut and shorts tend to roll under, bibs are a great fix. if the waistline on your shorts stays where you want it then i don't think bibs will offer you much. Obviously plenty of skinny people prefer bibs too so maybe there's something else I'm not aware of.

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    For a tall rider, aerotech designs is a great choice (even though they are my competitor)!

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    I'm a big fan of Aerotech's stuff. The chamois is very good. I certainly wouldn't put it on the level of Assos, but it's been good enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by expatbrit View Post
    How's the chamois?
    I'm a fan - fair bit of cush, I've got 4 pairs of 'em and rides up to 120mi

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    Quote Originally Posted by expatbrit View Post
    How's the chamois?
    Mediocre. Its probably on par with most inexpensive bibs from a place like Performance Bike. Its better than what you find in the cheapest shorts/bibs. The Aerotech pad tends to compress too much without doing a very good job spreading the weight. The fit is fairly basic as well. I've got a pair of Descente bibs and Assos F1.13 S5 and both are notably better than the Aerotech. The Assos are definitely the best bibs, by a mile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsa103 View Post
    Mediocre. Its probably on par with most inexpensive bibs from a place like Performance Bike. Its better than what you find in the cheapest shorts/bibs. The Aerotech pad tends to compress too much without doing a very good job spreading the weight. The fit is fairly basic as well. I've got a pair of Descente bibs and Assos F1.13 S5 and both are notably better than the Aerotech. The Assos are definitely the best bibs, by a mile.
    Aerotech now sells bibs w/o a chamois, so you can use chamois underwear, (I use Andiamo undershorts).

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    me being big and tall (down to 368 from 390+ and 6'3"-6'4") I have Aerotech designs bibs (4x) as my belly doesn't try to push them down and they work well. I also have the aerotech shorts with chamois that I wear under regular cargo shorts with a belt so I can cinch everything down. I have a Jersey purchased from Love2Pedal and it is a good fit too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    If you want good bibs though, get Castelli - the progretto Air chamois (or whaver they call it, not the KISS one... I have no experience with that one) is fabulous. I have a set of free race aero and a set of body paint (that brings up bad imagery for clydes, I know) and the free race set fits a little taller. The straps also seem to lend themselves to extensions if you're so inclined.
    i had the RBX Pro from specialized and they were quite good especially in the shoulders. unfortunately they are now too big for me. I bought the castelli velocissimo with the kiss2 chamois, big mistake. I could only bear to ride for a little more than a hour. I took them back and got the bodypaint 2.0, they are the best feeling bibs i have ever wore. IMO the straps on these could EASILY be lengthened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddavieboy View Post
    i had the RBX Pro from specialized and they were quite good especially in the shoulders. unfortunately they are now too big for me. I bought the castelli velocissimo with the kiss2 chamois, big mistake. I could only bear to ride for a little more than a hour. I took them back and got the bodypaint 2.0, they are the best feeling bibs i have ever wore. IMO the straps on these could EASILY be lengthened.
    You mean they're too short or it would be an easy task to lengthen them? They're made out of some rubbery feeling cloth that always bunches up into a tight little string. Not my favorite. (the body paint shoulder straps, that is) The rest of it is great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    You mean they're too short or it would be an easy task to lengthen them
    What i mean is that for a bloke of this height it would be a easy job to have the straps let out. For my size (6') the straps are a bit tight and yes they do roll a but I can live with that. I was out tonight for a couple of hours with quite alot of out-of-the saddle climbing and not once did the chamois move out of place.

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    Heres i a pattern to work from to hire someone to make something right where you live/

    its for shorts but the addition of bib straps should be fairly simple for your sewing person..

    http://www.thegreenpepper.com/downloads/409web.pdf

    Or do you need brand names to be happy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Heres i a pattern to work from to hire someone to make something right where you live/

    its for shorts but the addition of bib straps should be fairly simple for your sewing person..

    http://www.thegreenpepper.com/downloads/409web.pdf

    Or do you need brand names to be happy?
    Interesting - roll your own shorts. Any idea how much the fabric costs and where to find a good chamois? I'm sure it's cheaper.

    Oh, and I need a scorpion decal too.

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    Aero Tech Designs sews outstanding big man big wear . . . Looks this is what you are looking for in tall man bike wear!

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    I'm searching for tall bibs too, and it looks like the Aero Tech stuff is cheapest on ebay. $61.70 and free shipping.

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