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    bibs or shorts? and numbness

    i ride with bibs but are shorts a advantage for any reason but pit stops? also does anyone make bibs/shorts with extra room in the bits area (may be my stomach pulling up on bibs making them tighter and also chamois seams to high in front and to low in back) or should i get a bigger pair and if there baggy deal with it. normal shorts i don't have as much problem but my sit bones don't like it. since i got my bike fit and new saddle i havent made any saddle adjustment been waiting to get it off the trainer thanks jason

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    I had a similar issue with the back of the pad with a few pairs of shorts and bibs, the rear seam sat right under my sit bones... not good for long rides...

    I ended up emailing bck and forth with Home Page - Bouré Bicycle Clothing asking about his thoughts on fit (I was borderline on the 3x classic bibs fitting) and chamois placement... we went with the plan of me trying out the 3x and if I had fit issues or chamois placement issues I would send them back and spend the extra $25 or $30 for him to custom build a pair... they ended up being perfect and I'll be ordering a second pair before my tour in a few months... might not work for you but you never know until you talk to him... and they have a great return policy as I recall...
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    I have both bibs and shorts and don't have a huge preference of one over the other. I've found that Primal and Aerotech shorts are a bit more generous in fit without being baggy (at least at my current weight and build). Both are mid-quality and mid-price range.
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    frankly, bibs are more comfy for me because regular shorts tend to bunch up below my belly... really sucks But I own more shorts and hence tend to wear them much more often.
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    I prefer bibs for the belly bunching reason and I have probably 12 pair of bibs & shorts combined and they all fit differently.

    This is one area where trying them on first *or* a liberal return policy is key. I like 'em damn snug though.

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    I do were bibs cause of the bunching or rolling down. I have aerotech bib insulated tights and like them but there for cold and bike is still on trainer. My aerotech is xl got 2 l and we're way to big. It's true every brand is different. My gf got 3 pair men's 4 xl since female stopped at 3xl. They are cheap junkers and every pair fits different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jla1974 View Post
    i ride with bibs but are shorts a advantage for any reason but pit stops? also does anyone make bibs/shorts with extra room in the bits area (may be my stomach pulling up on bibs making them tighter and also chamois seams to high in front and to low in back) or should i get a bigger pair and if there baggy deal with it. normal shorts i don't have as much problem but my sit bones don't like it. since i got my bike fit and new saddle i havent made any saddle adjustment been waiting to get it off the trainer thanks jason
    Could it be that the straps are too short for your height, and that's why you feel that they're too tight in the crotch? Just throwing that out there. Several manufacturers make bibs in "big/tall" versions.

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    I'd rather prefer to Bibs because it has a straps that help keeps the chamois pad and short in place while riding. I swear that bib shorts, which have shoulder straps like overalls, are more comfortable than regular shorts.

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    I also prefer bibs. Unless you are doing number 2 going the to the restroom isn't a big deal. Mine will pull down far enough that I don't have to disrobe. I have a pair of the Falconi bibs that Love2Pedal sells and several pairs of Performance bike bibs and the Falconi's are my favorites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob45 View Post
    I'd rather prefer to Bibs because it has a straps that help keeps the chamois pad and short in place while riding. I swear that bib shorts, which have shoulder straps like overalls, are more comfortable than regular shorts.
    +1. Once you go bib, you never go back. I can't remember the last time I wore a pair of half shorts, but I know it was over a decade ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
    +1. Once you go bib, you never go back. I can't remember the last time I wore a pair of half shorts, but I know it was over a decade ago.

    OP: Are you sure you don't have them on backwards?
    I was thinking this too ... there's no way there should be more pad in front than in back

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    Quote Originally Posted by ill.clyde View Post
    I was thinking this too ... there's no way there should be more pad in front than in back
    while I won't say that there is more pad in front than back... I can say that i've now had 3 different makes with the chamoios being too short for me... that list includes blackbottoms, falconi and a pair of aerotech designs bibshorts

    I just bought the aerotech in hopes that they would fit properly... I wish they worked for me, the chamois is very nice and the quality of fabric feels great... but still the chamois sits about an inch forward from the back of the saddle.

    thankfully the Boure Men's CLASSIC Bibs fit me well (I prob have a good 3 or 4 inches above the saddle)... I wanted a second good pair of bibs and was hoping the aerotech would work out for me (slightly cheaper and like I said very nice quality)
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    In my earlier days of cycling I just wore shorts. I thought the bib's made you look like a wrestler. I guess getting older and returning as a Clyde I tried the Bibs and I have to say I will never go back to shorts.
    They are snug, keep everything in place and I don't have to worry about the back of my shorts rolling down and getting a cold back.
    I have a performance bib and 2 Panache Cycle bibs. Love the Panache ones and got them for a great deal of Fleabay.
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    Bibs don't fit me well while shorts expose the plumber's crack.

    What is a tall Clyde to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weatherby View Post
    Bibs don't fit me well while shorts expose the plumber's crack.

    What is a tall Clyde to do.
    You must be really tall.

    I'm 6'-3" and have bibs that fit fine, I can see that if you are taller than me then the bibs would feel tight but I also have shorts and don't show a plumbers crack, this on I just don't understand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclist2000 View Post
    You must be really tall.

    I'm 6'-3" and have bibs that fit fine, I can see that if you are taller than me then the bibs would feel tight but I also have shorts and don't show a plumbers crack, this on I just don't understand.
    I must have a long torso. I know my head hits the roof on all the cars from asia.

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    Or you have a really high plumbers crack.
    I don't do vintage, I bought them new, rode them, kept them. Now they are just old bikes
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    I have quite a few different types of bibs and won't ever go back to shorts. My favorites are the Performance Ultra and Scattante bibs(another Performance brand). I am only 6' tall, but apparently have a very long torso, as many of the brands fit my legs and hips just fine in Size XL or XXL, but the straps are too short and cut into my shoulders.

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