I am wrapping up my seventh decade by getting back into bikes. I have always been of the opinion that it is easier to get started in an activity with the right, and best, gear. It is harder to learn and discouraging on cheap poorly performing gear. It is easier to learn to play a guitar with a Martin than with a Harmony. So I bought a Cannondale Adventure with an IGH, and determined to buy just as little as I could get away with in terms of accessories. It turned out that my butt was the limiting factor. I bought some liner shorts, but the shorts I wore over them twisted my boys, so I went to shorts with no over shorts(you understand that we older, fuller figured gentlemen think twice about tights, etc.) Somebody recently told me I really needed to get into bibs because they were somehow better. My question is why are they better? Should I really try them, or are shorts adequate? Pearl's shorts are in the $30 +/- range but bibs get up into $115 and better. I don't mind spending the money if I understand why they are a step forward.
Looking for your wisdom.