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Old 04-29-13, 11:17 AM   #1
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How to stretch out your bibs

I purchased a new pair of bibs. They're pretty amazing but just a tad too tight. I wore them this Saturday on a ride from Brooklyn NY to Philly PA. After three hours I really begin to notice the pressure in my crotch. I am sure these will be great for shorter rides but was wondering if there is a technique to stretching out the bibs. I already plan on buying another pair a size up for these longer rides.

Thanks for the help
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Old 04-29-13, 11:25 AM   #2
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Unfortunately no. The synthetic materials (nylon, dacron, polypropylene, spandex) will not stretch or shrink any consequential amount.
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It's tight around your crotch? Weird. If that's the case, I would size up right away. My bibs have stretched only were the silicone grippers are.
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Let your dog wear them.
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My bibs always feel a bit tight when standing up. But it's when you're flexed over the bars that counts.
The strap tension reduces quite a bit.
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My bibs always feel a bit tight when standing up. But it's when you're flexed over the bars that counts.
The strap tension reduces quite a bit.
Same here. Not very comfortable standing. But great when riding. I'm also somewhat long-torsoed which doesn't help.

I have also found that the two pairs of Pearl Izumi's I have lengthened slightly in the top section over the few years I've had them. Not enough to count on it as a fit strategy though
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The rubber threads break down over time, then the fabric is less Opaque..

I suspect you need to buy the next size up..
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Don't ride for a month, then try to put them on. It'll stretch them...
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I purchased a new pair of bibs. They're pretty amazing but just a tad too tight. I wore them this Saturday on a ride from Brooklyn NY to Philly PA. After three hours I really begin to notice the pressure in my crotch. I am sure these will be great for shorter rides but was wondering if there is a technique to stretching out the bibs. I already plan on buying another pair a size up for these longer rides.

Thanks for the help
Buy the right size in the first place and you won't have to "stretch" them.
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Tuck the shoulder straps into the waistband and wear them like shorts. Shoulder straps are annoying even when they fit.
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