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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-18-11, 04:28 PM   #1
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Another "I finally discovered how awesome bib shorts are" thread.

Ever since I started lurking here, I've read about how great bibs are. Like many, modesty kept me from trying them out. I'm 5'10, 240.

I've always had problems with chafing, even before I started riding. Tree trunk thighs... friction... etc... Sweating and walking would bring the pain. I tried mountain bike shorts. They helped some, but the chamois wouldn't stay put. I had to pull them up really far, then roll the waist down. Maybe I'm just shaped weird or something, because they fit around the waist, but sag too low. Anyway, with the chamois moving around, I still got friction which led to chafing. I was doing group rides between 15-25 miles, lubing up, and still chafing.

I still couldn't get past the modesty/embarrassment thing. I did notice that I was basically the only one on the group rides wearing baggies. So I finally got tired of the pain, and ordered some Falconi Deluxe bibs.

HUGE difference. Last weekend, I did my first 50 mile ride. Between the bibs, lubing up, and my Brooks Swallow Select, I had ZERO chafing, saddle sores, not even the slightest hint of rawness.

Today they passed the wet weather test. I did a 25 mile group ride through pretty much a constant light rain... enough to be soaked from head to toe. Again, not even the slightest hint of discomfort.

So basically yeah... these things work. The thought that my butt probably looks something like a ziploc bag full of mayonnaise doesn't even matter. I'm comfortable.
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Old 09-18-11, 05:38 PM   #2
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My bike shorts "work" ok, but I keep having to pull the top of them up when they fold down over my gut. I rode for two hours yesterday and didn't adjust my bibs once that I can remember. I understand the vanity concerns, but the functionality is great.
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Old 09-18-11, 06:12 PM   #3
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Welcome to the club. Glad to have your testimony.

Oh, and enjoy many more miles.
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Old 09-20-11, 09:00 AM   #4
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The biggest problem with getting new people to try bibs (or even road bike shorts) is getting them past the Feynman question: "Why do you care what other people think?" Once someone gets past that question, 99% of the time they'll start singing the "It's appropriate gear for this activity" tune.

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Old 09-20-11, 11:14 PM   #5
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I too recently tried Bib shorts after using regular bicycling shorts. I have found the bib shorts to be MUCH more comfortable. Especially since the bib shorts keep the front part from rolling down under my stomach.
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I started riding with bibs because it just made more sense to me.
I crashed once, and tore a pair of bibs, and bought a pair of shorts to tide me over...bad idea.
I parked my bike for two weeks for the next paycheck to come in, so i could buy another set of bibs. I will ride with nothing else.
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"Why do you care what other people think?" Have fun on your bike!
Gotta agree with this cat...If you really think about it..Have you ever REALLY stopped to take 2 seconds to think about how a cyclist looks in his or her attire? Probably not. Sometimes it feels like we are the center of the universe on our bikes and that everyone is looking but I think most people are just wanting to get around us and get us in their rearviews as quickly as possible!
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I started riding with bibs because it just made more sense to me.
I crashed once, and tore a pair of bibs, and bought a pair of shorts to tide me over...bad idea.
I parked my bike for two weeks for the next paycheck to come in, so i could buy another set of bibs. I will ride with nothing else.
You actually stopped riding for two weeks? Just because you couldn't suspend your manly bits from your shoulders? Seems drastic.
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You actually stopped riding for two weeks? Just because you couldn't suspend your manly bits from your shoulders? Seems drastic.
A: I have no ass to hold the shorts up.
B: I have nuts the size of chicken eggs.

I will let you figure out how anatomically that does not necessarily work well with a pair of shorts.
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A: I have no ass to hold the shorts up.
B: I have nuts the size of chicken eggs.

I will let you figure out how anatomically that does not necessarily work well with a pair of shorts.
A: OK...
B: How long have they been shrunken like that?

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jeezus TMI LOL
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A: OK...
B: How long have they been shrunken like that?
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