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Old 02-28-16, 01:32 PM
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Bib Shorts For Short Legs/Long Torso

Could you guys please provide some recommendations for bib shorts for people with short legs and a long torso? I need something that stays cool, as I get hot really easily. I also need something that can keep me comfortable on a century. I'm also open to bib shorts that are comfortable up to 50 miles, but I would like to know which ones handle a century fine. Thanks a lot.

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Old 02-28-16, 04:27 PM
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I don't think you can ever go too far wrong with Santini bibs.


The design, quality and value for money has always been very good in my opinion. I'd assume the mens versions are just as good.
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Old 02-28-16, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by workingthrewit View Post
Could you guys please provide some recommendations for bib shorts for people with short legs and a long torso?
Boure does custom sizing for 20% more. I'm going to get my next set made with an extra 1.5" of rise in front so my abs don't show when I wear jerseys that fit. Might get bibs too because custom can include longer suspenders sized for my height (5'9.5", 30" pants leg) on shorts which fit the rest of me (26" waist, 34" glutes).

I need something that stays cool, as I get hot really easily. I also need something that can keep me comfortable on a century. I'm also open to bib shorts that are comfortable up to 50 miles, but I would like to know which ones handle a century fine. Thanks a lot.
I like the Boure PRO short (also available as a bib) with a flat synthetic leather chamois for at least 200 km / 133 miles. I'll find out in 3/2016 whether they also work for 300 km / 200 mile rides. $100 short / $120 bib. Made in Colorado, 100% guaranteed.

Voler's Black Label might work too. They use an Elastic Interface Technology pad with 120kg/m^3 foam beneath the sit bones I don't sink too far into (although I weigh under 140 pounds, so YMMV) which stays comfortable for more than two hours, and compression fabric so you can probably get away with a size that's too big circumferentially but has correct length suspenders. $120 short / $140 bib. Made in California, 100% guaranteed.

Soft pads are not comfortable after a few hours. Excess where the pad meets your thighs also becomes intolerable.

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Thanks for the replies.

I'm trying to stay around 100 or less.

Which bib shorts would be the coolest (temperature wise), and could handle a century? Anything 100 or less, or will I need to spend more?
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Originally Posted by workingthrewit View Post
Could you guys please provide some recommendations for bib shorts for people with short legs and a long torso? I need something that stays cool, as I get hot really easily. I also need something that can keep me comfortable on a century. I'm also open to bib shorts that are comfortable up to 50 miles, but I would like to know which ones handle a century fine. Thanks a lot.
I didn't know bibs were manufactured to be rated for specific mileage rides.
They have specific comfort levels?
All this time I thought they were just a style accessory. Sort of a way to get more spandex into your wardrobe
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I didn't know bibs were manufactured to be rated for specific mileage rides.
They have specific comfort levels?
Often. Elastic Interface Technology (who make pads for Assos, Rapha, Voler, and others) rates various models at 7+ hours, 5-6 hours, and 3-4 hours.

My Louis Garneau Air Zone, Performance, and Pearl Izumi Attack shorts aren't really good for more than a couple of hours although they felt nicely padded when I tried them on in the store.

You can also use synthetic and genuine leather which maintain the same comfort level from the shortest commutes through all-day rides, although few companies still offer those options. Until I found Boure's PRO shorts I clung to my worn-out Pearl Izumis made 20 years ago with stretched out elastics, no leg grippers left, a few holes, and nearly transparent fabric because they worked great for all ride distances.

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Originally Posted by workingthrewit View Post
Thanks for the replies.

I'm trying to stay around 100 or less.

Which bib shorts would be the coolest (temperature wise), and could handle a century? Anything 100 or less, or will I need to spend more?
I think you'll need to spend more if you don't get last season's close-outs or custom program sizing samples.

It's a natural side effect of making products for specific markets with different expectations and willingness to part with their money.

Soft pads are more attractive to more casual riders who intuitively believe that will make them more comfortable atop a hard bicycle seat, don't ride far enough non-cycling shorts become too uncomfortable, and aren't willing to spend a lot for clothing with benefits they perceive as largely aesthetic.

Ride for enough hours, you'll find the differences between shorts much more significant (intolerable in some cases), and be willing to pay a lot more to stay comfortable.

Many experienced riders won't wear anything but Assos with a $190 entry-level model.

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