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Old 09-16-13, 09:03 AM   #1
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Ladies bibs...are they comfortable

Need a bit of input from the ladies here. I am doing my Christmas shopping and for my daughter, who rides with me,... I am looking to get here some fleece cold weather bibs and jersey. My wife has the long tights,... but not bibs. She surmises that the bibs would be uncomfortable for a lady because of the ...ahhhh.... how to put this diplomatically.... the upper body rub. Ladies,... I just need a ,... or a thumbs-down.....

Edit: I just found a video that explains it all......thankfully. It had a couple of links to tights that will work.

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Old 09-16-13, 10:37 AM   #2
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Suspenders will help hold up what tights you can find.

there are clips with plastic insets that are easier on fabrics like Lycra than the typical metal gripper .
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Old 09-16-13, 02:46 PM   #3
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Google will usually provide the answers you seek. Here are some photos that might help explain things: https://www.google.com/search?q=wome...&bih=988&dpr=1
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I don't know about buying a woman cloths, aside from the fitting questions you have, you have to consider their personal choice, which is not easy it's like second guessing! I think the most practical gift these days is the gift card! now you can specify and tell them what you want your gift to be, but let them pick it out to their specsifications that way you know they got what they really wanted !and needed, and the right color, the right size , the right material, the right zippers, the right thread, the right collar, the right store, the right????????????????
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Old 09-17-13, 05:27 PM   #5
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Bibs are a personal decision. I don't like them, but I know plenty of riders who do.
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Old 09-17-13, 06:05 PM   #6
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Speaking as a female cyclist ... I just can't embrace the idea of bibs. For me it is a question of convenience, particularly in regard to using the toilet.
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Need a bit of input from the ladies here. I am doing my Christmas shopping and for my daughter, who rides with me,... I am looking to get here some fleece cold weather bibs and jersey. My wife has the long tights,... but not bibs. She surmises that the bibs would be uncomfortable for a lady because of the ...ahhhh.... how to put this diplomatically.... the upper body rub. Ladies,... I just need a ,... or a thumbs-down.....

Edit: I just found a video that explains it all......thankfully. It had a couple of links to f tights that will work.
If you're still in doubt, get her a gift certificate from a LBS or online retailer for the value of the bibs. Nothing beats trying stuff on herself.
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My wife won't wear them. Specifically because of reasons Machka states above. My wife tends to need to go to the bathroom about every mile it seems. I'm exaggerating but it's a lot more than me.
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How tall is your daughter? If she's 5'-5" or less she might like bibs designed specifically for women. If she's taller she may find they aren't quite long enough. I'm 5'-8" and find that most women's cycling clothes are too short on me. Bibs that are too short end up digging into the shoulders.
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My wife won't wear them. Specifically because of reasons Machka states above. My wife tends to need to go to the bathroom about every mile it seems. I'm exaggerating but it's a lot more than me.
You know, there are such things as full zipper jerseys, and most public rest room stalls have clothes hooks on the inside part of the door. Just sayin'.

Guys have the same issue with #2 , after all, and it's never been a problem for me. And my chest isn't even covered by a bra when my bibs are down.
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Speaking as a female cyclist ... I just can't embrace the idea of bibs. For me it is a question of convenience, particularly in regard to using the toilet.
+1

although I do find them quite comfy. No bunching around mid-section. There are some drop-tail bibs out there to make nature calls easier but, I haven't tried any yet.....Also, I think Assos makes some where the suspender potion goes through the middle of the chest, if chafing may be an issue--it may be one to check into.
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You know, there are such things as full zipper jerseys, and most public rest room stalls have clothes hooks on the inside part of the door. Just sayin'.
We're not talking about public toilets ... we're talking about ducking in behind a tree.
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I am shopping for Christmas gifts (albeit she will get them early....in time to ride this fall and early winter). I did look around and read up on opinions and found pretty much what the ladies chimed in here to say. I had one lady contact me with some good insight AND she gave me a website to a place that sold a great pair of tights (no bibs). They came from the west coast and got here today and I think she will be very happy with what I got her. On the last ride, she was telling me her feet were cold,... so I picked up a pair of those shoe covers that look like spats. Long fingered gloves and a helmet liner that covers her ears. We should be good until the snow flies! BTW,... she is 5'8",... so the tights were the right choice me thinks.....

Thanx to all that responded.
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