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Old 02-08-16, 03:25 PM
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Bib Shorts Question

I am wanting to purchase some bib shorts. I want nice quality at an affordable price. I am overwhelmed by all the choices. Any suggestions?
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Old 02-08-16, 04:06 PM
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How about personal experience ..
Try cheap ones then you have a background of what you dont Like about that one to see what is better in others .

I didntt like how hard it was to take a Pee , wearing Bib shorts, Myself.
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
How about personal experience ..
Try cheap ones then you have a background of what you dont Like about that one to see what is better in others .

I didntt like how hard it was to take a Pee , wearing Bib shorts, Myself.
I hear ya on the taking a leak. I have read that on several of the reviews of the different shorts. I thought about getting some of the Nashbar ones that are inexpensive and trying them. I have some Aerotech Pro shorts and they are Okay, but I am not terribly impressed.
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Originally Posted by Wildrat View Post
I am wanting to purchase some bib shorts. I want nice quality at an affordable price. I am overwhelmed by all the choices. Any suggestions?
Louis Garneau on sale at Performance will get you into some decent bibs so you can see if you like them.


I don't know why some people cant' take a leak. They're stretchy. You pull the front down and hang it over the top if you don't want to take off your jersey.
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Old 02-08-16, 04:15 PM
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Louis Garneau on sale at Performance will get you into some decent bibs so you can see if you like them.


I don't know why some people cant' take a leak. They're stretchy. You pull the front down and hang it over the top if you don't want to take off your jersey.

I'll check out Performance. I have bib tights and don't have an issue going. I think it likely depends on how low cut they are.
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Old 02-08-16, 04:16 PM
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I started with Voler bibs in 2004. If you sign up for their email newsletter you get $XX or XX% off each order.
I've since graduated to Exte Ondo, De Marchi, and Endura bibs. I can usually find them on sale for $120-$150 each.
BTW: good bibs are sized by height, not waist or chest size.
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Originally Posted by Wildrat View Post
I hear ya on the taking a leak. I have read that on several of the reviews of the different shorts. I thought about getting some of the Nashbar ones that are inexpensive and trying them. I have some Aerotech Pro shorts and they are Okay, but I am not terribly impressed.
It's nonsense. Taking a leak while wearing bibs is no problem at all. Lycra/spandex is stretchy, that's largely the point of it.

As far as recommendations are concerned, if you want cheap you'll have to experiment. Some of the less expensive bibs work pretty well for me, most don't, and what works for one person doesn't necessarily work for another. The more you pay, the more reliable things get. I like Assos, personally, they're superb. Calling them "affordable" would be euphemistic, though.
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Have to stay crouched over to have enough slack in the Lycra.
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Old 02-08-16, 04:25 PM
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I think I've opened a hornets nest. LOL
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Old 02-08-16, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Wildrat View Post
I hear ya on the taking a leak. I have read that on several of the reviews of the different shorts. I thought about getting some of the Nashbar ones that are inexpensive and trying them. I have some Aerotech Pro shorts and they are Okay, but I am not terribly impressed.
Shorts are easy.. tights and knickers are harder. If you haven't discovered the secret yet, the idea is to pull up and out on one of the legs; not down from the front.
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I'm a fan of the Performance Ultra shorts on rides 3 hours and longer
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Tuck the shoulder straps into the waistband and turn your bibs into more comfortable shorts, better butt coverage, easier to pee, no annoying straps ....... win-win.
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Originally Posted by Wittyname View Post
I'm a fan of the Performance Ultra shorts on rides 3 hours and longer

Another vote for the Performance Ultra Bib shorts.

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+2 on the Performance Ultra Bib Shorts. Great value, the CoolBlack fabric works well in warmer weather.
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+3 on the performance Ultra bibs.
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Depends on what "affordable" means to you. After many years of many different shorts and bibs I tried Assos and am sold on them. I do not have unlimited resources so I only buy them on sale. So far, I have bought 3 pair at $135 each and am very satisfied.
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there are suspenders (braces) ends, that work with lycra, so you can hold up regular shorts like they Were bibs..
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Voler is well made, fits well, and reasonably priced, although their pad is on the thick side for my taste. YMMV.
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I will take a look at all the suggestions and try to make a decision on a pair.
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Originally Posted by Wildrat View Post
I am wanting to purchase some bib shorts. I want nice quality at an affordable price. I am overwhelmed by all the choices. Any suggestions?
Don't over-think it. Just buy a pair (in a local shop where you can try them on if possible) and wear them long enough to form an opinion about what you like and don't like about them. People spend ridiculous amounts of time worrying about brand X vs brand Y when they could spend a few $$, buy a pair and form an opinion based on experience. You're choosing bibs, not a spouse!
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Originally Posted by bbbean View Post
Don't over-think it. Just buy a pair (in a local shop where you can try them on if possible) and wear them long enough to form an opinion about what you like and don't like about them. People spend ridiculous amounts of time worrying about brand X vs brand Y when they could spend a few $$, buy a pair and form an opinion based on experience. You're choosing bibs, not a spouse!
Thank You! I did exactly that. Not from the LBS. I ordered a pair og the Performance Ultra bibs. I will see how it goes from there. To be honest I think it would be easier to choose a spouse. LOL
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If you want to try more different brands, you can save a lot of money by buying excess inventory and season's leftovers on eBay. A lot of stores clear out their old stuff, and a lot of sponsored racers sell off their old clothing. Sometimes these are used, but there are lot of new old stock items available too. Just make sure you limit the search to North American sellers to avoid all the junky Chinese counterfeit stuff.

ProCycleGear has a $29 bibshort closeout going on right now: Sale - Closeouts - $29 Nalini Bib Short Closeout - procyclegear.com and I've been tempted to buy some but the truth is that I already have plenty of bibshorts.
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If you want to try more different brands, you can save a lot of money by buying excess inventory and season's leftovers on eBay. A lot of stores clear out their old stuff, and a lot of sponsored racers sell off their old clothing. Sometimes these are used, but there are lot of new old stock items available too. Just make sure you limit the search to North American sellers to avoid all the junky Chinese counterfeit stuff.

ProCycleGear has a $29 bibshort closeout going on right now: Sale - Closeouts - $29 Nalini Bib Short Closeout - procyclegear.com and I've been tempted to buy some but the truth is that I already have plenty of bibshorts.
I've got the performance on order now, but I did check the site out and added it to favorites. Thanks for the link!
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Originally Posted by bbbean View Post
Don't over-think it. Just buy a pair (in a local shop where you can try them on if possible) and wear them long enough to form an opinion about what you like and don't like about them. People spend ridiculous amounts of time worrying about brand X vs brand Y when they could spend a few $$, buy a pair and form an opinion based on experience. You're choosing bibs, not a spouse!
Is it just me, or does anyone else have an aversion to buying bibs from a store where people have tried them on?
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+4 for Performance Ultra bibs.
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