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    Bib short recommendation (long ride) + sore foot

    Hello,

    I've been looking at some reviews and it is kinda hard to decide which one to buy. I am looking for multiple choice as I will be shopping around my house. Preferably under 100-120$, already ditched 600$ just in part this spring... This hobby is getting out of control.

    The current bib short I got is from ebay. Got the jersey + bib short for around 50-60$ and after 30km I feel VERY sore on the cleft.

    Also, I feel sore on my left foot particularly. It's the same sensation when you don't have blood in a part. It doesn't go away but it doesn't stop me from pedaling. I tried to adjust the clamp position but it didn't help very much. I think I am pretty close to the 145-155 angle suggested by the holmes method although it's possible it didn't set it correctly as I used the cosine law (c^2 = a^2 + b^2 - 2*a*b*cos(gamma)) with a rule alone. I don't know if it is really caused by a bad posture or simply it's how my feet is oriented.
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    I'm not an expert in this, but to share my experience with Ebay no-name bibs, the padding is ok for shorter rides <50km, but kinda fades out after that. If you're feeling sore (by cleft I assume your perinium?) at 30km I would hazard a guess that it's your saddle type or positioning.
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    When I first saw the title, my first thought was, "If your bibs are causing a sore foot, then you're probably wearing them wrong."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColaJacket View Post
    When I first saw the title, my first thought was, "If your bibs are causing a sore foot, then you're probably wearing them wrong."

    GH

    Yea maybe I should have asked the questions in two different threads... I changed my clamp position (the small metal spd thingy under the shoe).
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    Performance Ultra bib shorts, less than a $100, usually $70-80 depending if they're on sale. Really nice bibs.

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    You can sometimes find Pearl Izumi PRO level bibs on Amazon for less than $120. The quality is much, much better than the budget bibs that I have worn. I really do think that the difference between Elite and PRO is worth it.

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    For me its LG all the way. I have tried several different brands but LG has always been my go to for 20-100mi rides. As far as the foot goes, the only time I get that sensation is when my shoes are too tight and usually only my left foot, try loosening up your shoe a bit and see how that does.

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    I love the DeMarchi and Santini bibs. Nashbar has them for 70.00 to 84.99 and often there is a 20% off sale on top of that. I really like them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragriz View Post
    You can sometimes find Pearl Izumi PRO level bibs on Amazon for less than $120. The quality is much, much better than the budget bibs that I have worn. I really do think that the difference between Elite and PRO is worth it.
    +1: I am hooked on the PI PROs, but I doubt your shorts are causing your discomfort. That's usually a saddle thing or it could be just a time in the saddle thing. My butt hurts a lot more in the Spring than it does in the Fall. I have found that I can usually eliminate pain or discomfort of any kind by making a controlled series of micro-adjustments to find the sweet spot. It's always amazing to me how much difference a few mm or degrees can make. Also sounds like your shoes are either too small or too tight.

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    The best chamois in a bib award goes to Castelli's Progetto X2 Air chamois (in their higher end bibs, like Free Race Aero.)

    Overall bib comfort goes to Assos FI.Mille bibs.

    I've heard good things about the Performance brand shorts if you want to try something good at a reasonable price.

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    +1 on the Performance Ultra bibs. I have been riding them for several years. Watch for them to go on sale, you can usually get them for about $70-80 when they are on sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragriz View Post
    You can sometimes find Pearl Izumi PRO level bibs on Amazon for less than $120. The quality is much, much better than the budget bibs that I have worn. I really do think that the difference between Elite and PRO is worth it.
    I'm on a pair of Elites right now and they're the best I've had, love em. Haven't taken them farther than 50 miles yet, but compared to all my other shorts they feel like I've got a pillow on my saddle. A couple of friends have the Pro and love em. I might push for the upgrade on my next pair.

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    Just got Castelli aero race bibs M& L and pearl izumi. I have to say pearl izumi feels more comfy even though they are cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragriz View Post
    You can sometimes find Pearl Izumi PRO level bibs on Amazon for less than $120. The quality is much, much better than the budget bibs that I have worn. I really do think that the difference between Elite and PRO is worth it.
    I just got the PRO Leader, mostly because it's on sale. It surprised me and is as good as Assos. It's still expensive at $175 sale price.
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    The Performance Elite bibs are pretty nice for the price, but for longer rides, I prefer my Assos bibs. Prices aren't that bad if you order from the factory outlet site.

    Men's Padded Cycling Bib Shorts Sale - Cheapest Prices Online | ASSOS Official Factory Outlet

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric1971 View Post
    The Performance Elite bibs are pretty nice for the price, but for longer rides, I prefer my Assos bibs. Prices aren't that bad if you order from the factory outlet site.

    Men's Padded Cycling Bib Shorts Sale - Cheapest Prices Online | ASSOS Official Factory Outlet
    I've tried that so many times I gave up. All they seem to have are small and extra extra large in black but lots of white and red bibs. The European suppliers used to be excellent until Assos cracked down on their lower pricing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txags92 View Post
    +1 on the Performance Ultra bibs. I have been riding them for several years. Watch for them to go on sale, you can usually get them for about $70-80 when they are on sale.
    The Performance Ultra Bibs are on sale through Memorial Day for $60.

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    It's been my experience that shorts/bibs are the wrong place to try and save money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    The best chamois in a bib award goes to Castelli's Progetto X2 Air chamois (in their higher end bibs, like Free Race Aero.)
    Agreed, followed by their KISS3 chamois in their lower priced shorts. You can find Castelli bibs on sale with the KISS3 chamois often as low as $67 when their's a sale on. Right now there is a good sale on (not best, but pretty good). You can get the low end Castelli bib at Bike Tires Direct for $76.

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