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Old 02-29-08, 09:37 PM   #1
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bib question

This might be a dumb question, but I bought a pair of Performance bikes bibs tonight & I was wondering, do the straps go over your shirt or under your shirt??

Has anyone else bought there brand bibs & are they any good? I have never worn bibs so this will be my first pair but they seem really comfortable.

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Old 02-29-08, 09:46 PM   #2
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Not familiar with that particular brand but, the straps go over your under layer (if you wear one) and under your jersey.
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This might be a dumb question, but I bought a pair of Performance bikes bibs tonight & I was wondering, do the straps go over your shirt or under your shirt??

Has anyone else bought there brand bibs & are they any good? I have never worn bibs so this will be my first pair but they seem really comfortable.
Performance makes a number of styles. I have two, one with a gel chamois and one with more conventional padding. Sizing doesn't seem to be consistent from style to style; the gel chamois fits me at my (sigh) winter weight, and the other doesn't, even though they are both XXL.

Bibs go underneath your jersey, and over any base layer you wear. (I always wear a compression shirt under my jersey and bibs to cope with the loose skin from my 140 pound weight loss.)
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This might be a dumb question, but I bought a pair of Performance bikes bibs tonight & I was wondering, do the straps go over your shirt or under your shirt??

Has anyone else bought there brand bibs & are they any good? I have never worn bibs so this will be my first pair but they seem really comfortable.

Not a dumb question. I wondered about that, too!
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And when the weather warms up, you can just wear the bibs, no jersey. Babe magnet you will be.
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I always buy a few under shirts a couple sizes smaller just for under the bib straps. feels more comfy and they don't bunch up.
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If you're at Red Lobster the bib goes over your jersey so you don't get food on it.
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Don't cross the straps like I do on my bib tuck overalls! It just rubs the tender parts badly. My Bib Tucks don't have padding either!
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Bibs under Jersey unless your from West Virginia.
For Californians, the bibs should be carefully color coordinated light/dark to avoid that annoying show through.
Since Jersey's are not required in the deep south, you may hang your fishing implements from the bib straps.
Here in the North East we are not allowed to wear bib shorts but rather bib knickers for modesty reasons.
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BTW- hard to P** when you wear one. But I like them better than shorts. Seem to give extra support and not 'bunch up'.
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Is it possible to make your own bib shorts by attaching suspenders to the pants?
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Is it possible to make your own bib shorts by attaching suspenders to the pants?
I tried. It's difficult at best, and I found I kept coming unfastened.
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Is it possible to make your own bib shorts by attaching suspenders to the pants?
I remember now........I was going to have a line about Maine in my post above.
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I prefer bibs to shorts. Bibs keep the chamois from moving around and therefore are more comfortable. I always wear a base layer. In the summer it is just a sleeveless mesh while this time of year it may be something more substantial. Without a base layer it is possible for the bib straps to chafe.
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Bibs are made in different weight materials for seasonal riding. My favorite pair in the winter are lined with a thin warm brushed fleece. They are almost windproof too. Craft makes them. They are awesome. Add some leg warmers and I'm good to go to about 35F.
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Is it possible to make your own bib shorts by attaching suspenders to the pants?
You mean you can buy them already attached?
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Thanks for all the help & suggestions.
Today me & my buddy are going for a 30 mile ride & since the temperature supposes to only be in the high 50's I'll wear one of my wicking workout shirts under & then a long sleeve jersey shirt over & then maybe my wind breaker.

Might even need tights but I haven't been outside to see what it is like just yet.

Just wearing the bibs around the house I think I'll like them better then shorts. I'm a little on the big size 6'2" 210 pounds so it helps hold the tummy in just a little.

As for having to take a pea, I don't think they will be that much harder then shorts, just drop the straps & your ready.
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Actually peeing for men is dependent of the bib. Some have higher front panels than others. I prefer bibs with lower front panels because I find the higher ones to be too warm. I don't really have a belly so that isn't a concern. The lower bibs are easy to pull down in front for a nature break without lowering the straps. Just try it to see if that will work.
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Have seen them used both ways. Inside and outside shirt. Prefer to wear bib under the jersey. Most bibs are uncomfortable in an upright walking positon and are formed to a riding position. Enjoy, most who try bib shorts never go back to regular bike shorts.
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I just put some short ribs into the crock pot for dinner tonight. Should I wear my bibs or just use napkins?
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Have seen them used both ways. Inside and outside shirt. Prefer to wear bib under the jersey. Most bibs are uncomfortable in an upright walking positon and are formed to a riding position. Enjoy, most who try bib shorts never go back to regular bike shorts.
I will have to see how they feel when the weather gets a little warmer, but after riding with them today I don't know if I'll go back, they are so comfortable not having that tightness around your waste. They might not be the most expensive ones out there, but I really liked them.

I have never been a fan of the tight shorts in fact the only other pair of riding shorts I have are baggies, but after today I'm not sure if I'll wear them that often, I really like the tight fit feel, like you aren't wearing anything.

The only thing I'll miss from the baggie shorts is the pockets. On a road bike there isn't much extra places to carry your stuff.
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Now you need the jersey with the pockets in the back...............................feel the pull of the darkside............full kit in bright colors and there you go...........another convert.
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Now you need the jersey with the pockets in the back...............................feel the pull of the darkside............full kit in bright colors and there you go...........another convert.
I love the bright colors, in fact I have one jersey I wear now that has the pockets in the back, just need to get used to having junk back there.
In fact today I had my energy bars in those pockets, but I'm not comfortable putting my cell phone back there.
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I love the bright colors, in fact I have one jersey I wear now that has the pockets in the back, just need to get used to having junk back there.
In fact today I had my energy bars in those pockets, but I'm not comfortable putting my cell phone back there.
Lately when I've been riding I've brought the cell phone - from some odd paranoid whim, I guess. I put it in one of those pockets back there and forgot about it. Someone called me (which almost never happens) and I spent the first 30 seconds looking around, wondering who the &%$ brought their %$#$%@ cell phone way out out here.... Oh, never mind... its me.
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Is it possible to make your own bib shorts by attaching suspenders to the pants?
Yes.

I get by w/regular bike shorts just fine.

But I have a couple of pairs of full-length tights that are a little too loose (esp. since I've been losing weight) and I got a cheap pair of suspenders to hold them up. They work just fine (I wear the suspenders over a very thin base layer shirt, and throw a jersey over the top).
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