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Old 05-09-07, 06:21 AM   #1
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The Wimmen Folk Laughed

When I showed the ladies in my office some pictures of bib shorts in a cycling catalog, they laughed. And laughed. And laughed. One suggested bibs would be more fitting in a lycra fantasy porn film than on a bike ride. To put it bluntly, they couldn't believe a man would allow himself to wear such a thing.

I know the message board mantra is that bibs are fantastico, but I have to admit, I can't quite bring myself to taking a pair up to the cash register. I feel oddly self-conscious, like maybe I should be buying them by mail order and hoping they'll arrive in a plain brown wrapper.

And to make matters worse, the hair on my legs hasn't even started to grow back. Maybe it never will.
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We think a lot alike, except for the shaving thing. I mail ordered mine.... They came in a plain grey mailer envelope, very shady looking. Thank goodness I found them on the front porch before Lovey got home. I'll get back to you on how fantastico they really are.
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"The Wimmen Folk"? Do you work at a pioneer village? No wonder they don't understand.
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Old 05-09-07, 06:34 AM   #4
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When I showed the ladies in my office some pictures of bib shorts in a cycling catalog, they laughed. And laughed. And laughed. One suggested bibs would be more fitting in a lycra fantasy porn film than on a bike ride. To put it bluntly, they couldn't believe a man would allow himself to wear such a thing.

I know the message board mantra is that bibs are fantastico, but I have to admit, I can't quite bring myself to taking a pair up to the cash register. I feel oddly self-conscious, like maybe I should be buying them by mail order and hoping they'll arrive in a plain brown wrapper.

And to make matters worse, the hair on my legs hasn't even started to grow back. Maybe it never will.
Do those wimmen ride bikes? Many of the men I ride with wear the bibs and love them but I don't believe any of them shave their legs

I've been tempted to try a pair of the women's bibs. I hesitate because I've read bibs fit fine on the bike but have a tendency to fit rather snugly when standing For those who have worn the bibs - is this true?
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I have worn bibs for quite a while, A favorite pair has legs that go just below the knee and are great for the cool early morning rides. i have short leg ones for the warmer days. I usually won't bother with them for short rides, but when going out 40+ miles I put them on.

The pads are too thick, like normal riding shorts, to give you a wedgie, and the material does stretch.

The only issue I have is when you gotta go, it is much more of a problem.

Why do I use them? jerseys ride up, shorts ride down and sunburn results.
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Old 05-09-07, 07:15 AM   #6
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When I showed the ladies in my office some pictures of bib shorts in a cycling catalog, they laughed. And laughed. And laughed. One suggested bibs would be more fitting in a lycra fantasy porn film than on a bike ride. To put it bluntly, they couldn't believe a man would allow himself to wear such a thing.
I don't blame the ladies for laughing, bib shorts have got to be some of the stupidest looking garments ever made. That's why you wear your jersey over your bibshorts. There's a lady who posts to a lot of UK cycling forums who used to respond to any mention of bibshorts with threats of violence.

Having said that, they are the most comfortable cycling garments I have ever owned, I now have 6 pair, and I won't wear regular cycling shorts any more. And yes, I got most of them by mail order in a plain wrapper, and yes, I always wear my cycling jersey over my bib shorts.
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I love my bib shorts. I got them by mail.

Never let the straps be exposed. It makes you look like a skank. Even if you're a guy.

One rarely discussed benefit of bib shorts is that they allow a great deal of surrepitious package enhancement. You remember all those mismatched bike socks that you don't know what to do with but don't feel like throwing away?

That's right. Stuff 'em on down there. See if the office ladies laugh at that. Especially if they really think you're packing seven pounds of anaconda meat, if you know what I'm saying.
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When I showed the ladies in my office some pictures of bib shorts in a cycling catalog, they laughed. And laughed. And laughed. One suggested bibs would be more fitting in a lycra fantasy porn film than on a bike ride. To put it bluntly, they couldn't believe a man would allow himself to wear such a thing.

Maybe it was the color scheme you used Jet Travis. I'd do more of an earthtone.


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I'll bet they don't like overalls with bibs and built in suspenders either?!
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Bah! Bibs
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This is just me talking, so ignore if you want... It seems like bibs appeal mostly to guys with what we refer to in recumbent circles as 'aerobelly.' That is, a belly whose rounded shape negates the aerodynamic need for a front fairing.

For those of us lacking such bodily enhancements, regular lycra shorts are perfectly comfortable.
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When I showed the ladies in my office some pictures of bib shorts in a cycling catalog, they laughed. And laughed. And laughed. One suggested bibs would be more fitting in a lycra fantasy porn film than on a bike ride. To put it bluntly, they couldn't believe a man would allow himself to wear such a thing.

I know the message board mantra is that bibs are fantastico, but I have to admit, I can't quite bring myself to taking a pair up to the cash register. I feel oddly self-conscious, like maybe I should be buying them by mail order and hoping they'll arrive in a plain brown wrapper.

And to make matters worse, the hair on my legs hasn't even started to grow back. Maybe it never will.
You got me on this one...I have never shown a group of ladies pictures of bib cycling shorts. But I have no trouble buying them in a bike shop, buying on-line (once I know the size) or taking them up to a cash register. My only complaint is bathroom stops. Bibs are inconvenient. However, compared to leg shaving, buying bibs is a walk in the park and along with leg shaving, the easiest part of bike racing.
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Old 05-09-07, 08:41 AM   #13
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This is just me talking, so ignore if you want... It seems like bibs appeal mostly to guys with what we refer to in recumbent circles as 'aerobelly.' That is, a belly whose rounded shape negates the aerodynamic need for a front fairing.

For those of us lacking such bodily enhancements, regular lycra shorts are perfectly comfortable.
I'll bet the starting field for the Tour day France would disagree with you.

No matter what your shape, If you ride, bend sit up streatch and ride and bend and stand and bend something made of spandex is going to creep or mover about. This is why farmers have learned what plumbers have obviously not
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This is just me talking, so ignore if you want... It seems like bibs appeal mostly to guys with what we refer to in recumbent circles as 'aerobelly.' That is, a belly whose rounded shape negates the aerodynamic need for a front fairing.

For those of us lacking such bodily enhancements, regular lycra shorts are perfectly comfortable.
Ah, this must be why George Hincapie was wearing bibs when he stepped down from the trailer to be interviewed, after winning a stage in the 2005 Tour de France. Bad George! No cupcake!

EDIT: Maddmaxx beat me by a minute...that's what I get for waffling between 'cupcake' and 'Snickers'...

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I'll bet the starting field for the Tour day France would disagree with you.

No matter what your shape, If you ride, bend sit up streatch and ride and bend and stand and bend something made of spandex is going to creep or mover about. This is why farmers have learned what plumbers have obviously not
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I love my bib shorts. I got them by mail.

Never let the straps be exposed. It makes you look like a skank. Even if you're a guy.

One rarely discussed benefit of bib shorts is that they allow a great deal of surrepitious package enhancement. You remember all those mismatched bike socks that you don't know what to do with but don't feel like throwing away?

That's right. Stuff 'em on down there. See if the office ladies laugh at that. Especially if they really think you're packing seven pounds of anaconda meat, if you know what I'm saying.
Finally, some meaningful 50-Plus wisdom. Should I wear a cape?
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Should I wear a cape?
Wouldn't that depend on how much package enhancement you wanted?
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Then there was Chipcom and his critical examination of the bib short. I still have a tic in my left eye.
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Did you show the women a picture of an empty bib, or something more like the pic below?

Their reaction might be different depending upon the image being shown
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We think a lot alike, except for the shaving thing. I mail ordered mine.... They came in a plain grey mailer envelope, very shady looking. Thank goodness I found them on the front porch before Lovey got home. I'll get back to you on how fantastico they really are.
Are you posting about bib shorts, or an order from an adult toy store?????
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In the catalog you see the bibs, but in the real world they might as well be shorts. You never see the bib part. Except for the poor dorks who think they should wear them OVER their shirts.
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In the catalog you see the bibs, but in the real world they might as well be shorts. You never see the bib part. Except for the poor dorks who think they should wear them OVER their shirts.
Or, the dorks that wear them with no shirt. Yes I actually saw this last summer.
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Or, the dorks that wear them with no shirt. Yes I actually saw this last summer.
There you are out on the hills wearing your bibs and a short sleeve shirt and the sun is shining. So when you take the shirt off-you can get a marvellous sun tan and have somewhere to put the shirt . Tried it once with ordinary shorts and that was uncomfortable.
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Or, the dorks that wear them with no shirt. Yes I actually saw this last summer.
And you thought regular bicyclist tans were bad! My brain's visual center just got that image in it and now it won't go away!
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Maybe it was the color scheme you used Jet Travis. I'd do more of an earthtone.
Or, something a little more daring...

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