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Old 04-02-18, 08:42 AM
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Bib shorts suggestions for the over 60s

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Any suggestions for bib shorts for over 60s. I am a cyclist with thick legs. Are there shorts that don't make me look strange?
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Old 04-02-18, 09:22 AM
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Strange to whom? Another cyclist or your non-cycling friends?
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If you're not comfortable with the looks of bibs, you can do a base layer with a chamois and wear regular shorts over them.
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All skintight shorts look a lot alike, for a given set of gams.


If you look people in the eye, smile and them, and converse pleasantly, 19 out of 20 people will return the favor, regardless of your attire.
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Over 60 years of age? Or over 60 degrees of temperature?
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post
All skintight shorts look a lot alike, for a given set of gams.
If you look people in the eye, smile and them, and converse pleasantly, 19 out of 20 people will return the favor, regardless of your attire.
Very true, although I suspect you can't substantiate your statistic. I throw out a lot of unsubstantiated stats too. Such as......

When I talk with ridiculously dressed people that look me in the eye and converse pleasantly with me, 1 out of 20 times I can't keep a straight face.
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Get thee to an LBS and try on some bibs. Forget how they look, find the brand/model that fits your body the way you want it to and has a pad you like.

People look at you funny when you wear your kit, but its just because they can see all your awesomeness. Don't deny them that thrill.
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Some thoughts:

Look for some with longer than average legs.
Stick to basic black, no colored panels or designs or graphics.
Look for thicker lycra.
Get an over-sized jersey to detract attention from your shorts.

There's also a lot of variability in how high above your waist the front part comes - lower is better for access to the plumbing - higher might fit your shape better.
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Are there any bibs that fit a tall - 6'6" - 60+ thin person without pulling down on the shoulders or jamming the crotch?
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Originally Posted by Mainiac View Post
Are there any bibs that fit a tall - 6'6" - 60+ thin person without pulling down on the shoulders or jamming the crotch?
Many inexpensive bibs have shoulder straps that are made of thinner and thus stretchier lycra.

Otherwise, you could always use (adjustable) suspenders with non-bib shorts.
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Big legs? As suggested, longer bib legs help a lot.
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Over 60 years of age? Or over 60 degrees of temperature?
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that. Age makes a lot less difference in bib selection than temperature does.
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All these responses and not a single Depends joke? Am I on BF?
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Originally Posted by Spearmin View Post
Are there shorts that don't make me look strange?
No.

You're a cyclist; embrace the strange.
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All these responses and not a single Depends joke? Am I on BF?

I thought that too, but here on the 50+ page "over 60" might be a little too close to home.
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Originally Posted by Spearmin View Post
Hi,

Any suggestions for bib shorts for over 60s. I am a cyclist with thick legs. Are there shorts that don't make me look strange?
All your non-cycling friends will think you look strange in any type of cycling apparel.
I'm 73 and love Sugoi and De Marchi bibs.
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Are there any bibs that fit a tall - 6'6" - 60+ thin person without pulling down on the shoulders or jamming the crotch?
I'm not particularly tall, but I find Aero Tech bibs to be a bit 'jammy' when off the bike, but feel fine while riding. My PI bibs feel looser off the bike walking around, and very comfortable on the bike.
You have to find a manufacturer that make what fits you. And one that makes tall sizes.
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Are there any bibs that fit a tall - 6'6" - 60+ thin person without pulling down on the shoulders or jamming the crotch?
Boure will customize any of their products. Send them your measurements and they will send you a pair of shorts that fits you. I'm tall and thin and I do quite a bit of cool-weather riding. Every pair of cycling knickers I tried were too short to provide good protection for my knees. Boure now supplies me with knickers that actually fit.
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Since bibs don't have a tight waistband, there's more leeway in finding the correct size for your particular build. I had Garneau and Sugoi bibs in L, and some really nice Giordanas in the same size that all fit just fine. But a pair of Castellis I had fit great except the straps were just too tight to the point that the seam between uppers and lowers was pulling apart. Fortunately, REI considered it a defect and refunded my money, and I was able to purchase XLs that are OK in the straps but are just a little big in the legs (skinny legs).

The point here is that height/strap length might be more the thing to size by than the typical waist size parameter.
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I've always thought that wool shorts look better. They're less "shiny" and thin I guess is the best way to explain it. They don't look like something a girl doing aerobics would be wearing.

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I would like to thank you all for taking the time to reply to my query.
With reference to the comments of the previous poster, I have for many years been a fan of merino wool clothing. In particular, I have been a loyal customer of the now defunct company Ibex. I fully agree that wool shorts don't look like something a teenager would use to the gym. Now that Ibex is no more, I guess I am going to have something else.

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I would like to thank you all for taking the time to reply to my query.
With reference to the comments of the previous poster, I have for many years been a fan of merino wool clothing. In particular, I have been a loyal customer of the now defunct company Ibex. I fully agree that wool shorts don't look like something a teenager would use to the gym. Now that Ibex is no more, I guess I am going to have something else.

Thanks again.
There are some other brands on ebay.


https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fro...&_sacat=158990
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Sugoi RS. I'm 62, 5'10", 205# and wear a XL size.

https://us-store.sugoi.com/products/...-pro-bib-short

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I'm 6'2" tall, was 290 pounds (now 260). I've had really good luck with Voler. Great quality, made in the USA, free returns, etc. Second choice is Aero Tech Designs. Most of theirs is USA made, too. Good service, big sizes, etc.
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Perhaps try Pearl Izumi mid-range bib shorts. Generally, their constructed to be a little accommodating then restrictive. I've also had good luck with bibs by Endura and Voler.


The Sugoi (RS) and Castelli bib shorts I have are more restrictive in material, sizing and strap lengths. Not really a bother for me as I'm 5'8".


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