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    Why are bike shorts / bibs black?

    Seems like khaki color would be smarter for summer. And I've never seen a pair. Even that much black made a difference yesterday when it was 97.
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    After repairing a flat, putting the chain back on the small ring when it falls off, or many other "dirty" repairs, your hands are black and grimy. If you wipe the dirt/grime on your shorts it doesn't show.


    If you shop around you can get white or light gray shorts/bibs. Do you really want white??
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    After repairing a flat, putting the chain back on the small ring when it falls off, or many other "dirty" repairs, your hands are black and grimy. If you wipe the dirt/grime on your shorts it doesn't show.
    That's what handi wipes are for. And desert camo would solve that issue as well. Try harder.
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    I believe shorts are black so when you fix chain or change a tire you can wipe your hands on the shorts. Using the terry patch on the glove would be a good place to wipe the grease, but then when you wipe you wipe snot from your nose you get a "grease mustach" which is not cool.
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    Who carries handi wipes on the bike?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Who carries handi wipes on the bike?
    Me. I do. They're great. Weigh next to nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Who carries handi wipes on the bike?
    I do..
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Who carries handi wipes on the bike?
    I keep a pack of moist wipes in the roomy under-seat bag on my Salsa and in the Camelback I use on the MTB. No room for such niceties in the small wedge on my fast ride bike.
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    Primal makes a camo bib, but it has enough black that I'm not sure how cool they would be.
    http://www.primalwear.com/p-1832-us-...bib-short.aspx

    Not bibs, but Aerotech has camo shorts.
    http://www.aerotechdesigns.com/wildp...andex.htm#camo
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    IMHO, you are missing the biggest reason- black tends to hide parts of the male anatomy that would otherwise be more pronounced with a lighter color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post

    If you shop around you can get white or light gray shorts/bibs. Do you really want white??
    Have you ever followed a guy wearing white shorts? Especially threadbare shorts? Yuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    Who carries handi wipes on the bike?
    I do. Broke my derailler in 3 pieces on a ride 2 weeks ago. Just gathering up the pieces and the chain I was a greasy mess. Used the wipes to clean up, and even had a bag to keep the parts in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrierman View Post
    That's what handi wipes are for. And desert camo would solve that issue as well. Try harder.
    RonH/Allegheny Jet's responses are correct.

    It appears that you don't really want an answer to your question. Your initial post should have been a position statement on the reasons for wearing colors other than black. If you don't want black shorts, you can purchase shorts in a huge variety colors and patterns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terex View Post
    RonH/Allegheny Jet's responses are correct.

    It appears that you don't really want an answer to your question. Your initial post should have been a position statement on the reasons for wearing colors other than black. If you don't want black shorts, you can purchase shorts in a huge variety colors and patterns.
    Really? Where? I would totally buy a set of light colored bibs.
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    Black is most slimming and it matches any color jersey.

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    In addition to the above, back i the day the stain used on leather saddles tended to come off onto your shorts, runined a lot of jeans and shorts that way. No lomger a problem though, even my bBrooks doesn't blead. Ideale saddles from France were nortorius butt stainers
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    someone shared a link to a company that makes shorts in various other colors and patterns but I can't say I could find anything I would be caught dead in ... for ladies on the other hand ...

    http://www.runningfunky.com/store52/...nk=shorts.html
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    Just be glad they aren't still made of wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrierman View Post
    Really? Where? I would totally buy a set of light colored bibs.
    Colorado cyclist catalog. It would show many brands, good quality brands.

    http://www.coloradocyclist.com/

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    This images exposes a possible answer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by slyjackson View Post
    You sir, are the man. I googled already but without success, until you came along, just in time, to the rescue. I now have a pair of light gray Avanti Pro bib shorts ordered and on the way. Many thanks, I really was striking out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by big john View Post
    Have you ever followed a guy wearing white shorts? Especially threadbare shorts? Yuck.
    No but I did ride behind a guy in silver shorts once. It was like following the Hindenbutt.

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    Jeez, man, do we have to spell it out for you?

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