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Old 07-06-18, 09:46 PM
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Bib fit

Looking to get a set of cycling bibs. Have only used shorts in the past. Ok 511 and 140 lbs. Im a 30 waist so normally size small however Im wondering if the shoulder straps will be too short on a small so torn between having too loose a fit with having the right height.

My shoulders tend to get tight on extended rides so dont want to add to it with really bibs that pull too much on the shoulders.
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Old 07-06-18, 10:10 PM
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Could cut & extend the straps .

Maybe look for a big & tall bib sizes ? Not
sure where , but am guessing somewhere out there
is your size.
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Old 07-07-18, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by mnsam View Post
Looking to get a set of cycling bibs. Have only used shorts in the past. Ok 511 and 140 lbs. Im a 30 waist so normally size small however Im wondering if the shoulder straps will be too short on a small so torn between having too loose a fit with having the right height.

My shoulders tend to get tight on extended rides so dont want to add to it with really bibs that pull too much on the shoulders.
I'm about your same size, and the few bibs I've tried (Pearl, Dhb) fit pretty well in a medium. Could use a little extra height, but they're pretty good overall.
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Old 07-07-18, 05:40 AM
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These are professional quality, US made bibs, and I find their sizing charts to be accurate. You can usually find something on sale for $60-70. Quality is excellent, accept no substitutes:

https://www.voler.com/browse/cat3/?c...ms,bibs&ecat=z
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Old 07-07-18, 05:54 AM
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Rapha. Anything else is a step down.
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Old 07-07-18, 06:10 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Rapha. Anything else is a step down.
Probably, but Voler is a nice and easy step that is very comfortable.
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Five eleven, 140 = wish I had your problem.

Sorry, i'm no help with bib suggestions in size small or medium.

Do any of the sites have 'online chat'? - that might help.

I recently saw a post about Black Bibs - at least a trial purchase there would cost less.
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Old 07-07-18, 11:47 AM
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Keep in mind straps should feel comfortable when you're in cycling position, not standing up.
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Old 07-07-18, 11:59 AM
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Many bib size charts show height/length.

Originally Posted by bogydave View Post
Could cut & extend the straps .
I did this with a pair of DeMarchi bibs. Took them to a seamstress.
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I'm 5’11” and 160 lbs, DHB medium fits excellent both height and width, bibs and jerseys. They do quality apparel at very reasonable price and for all of their bibs and shorts use CyTech Elastic Interface chamois which are considered one of the best (if not THE best) on the market (for example, Assos and Rapha also use only CyTech Elastic Interface chamois). Different series of DHB apparel have different fit: the more race oriented is the series, the tighter the fit. E.g. Aeron Speed is noticeably tighter than regular Aeron. I've didn't tried their Aeron LAB, it is supposed to be even tighter. With your 5’11” and 140 lbs you should probably be good in medium size with Aeron Speed or Aeron LAB (or whatever else they mark as their "professional" series fit). Regular Aeron, Classic series etc. will be probably too loose for you.
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I never think about strap fit. I have several brands of bib, mostly Voler, but also Pearl Izumi, Cannondale and Nashbar. The straps are all stretchy, so they fit all about the same. If you can't go to a shop to try them, buy the ones that match your normal short size, but check the return policy first. I've lost 40 lbs., and bought an XL Jersey on sale, my usual size. Happily I had to return it for a "Large". No big deal. If you're not sure buy your size plus the next size up or down, whichever you think, and just return the "wrong" one.
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Old 07-08-18, 06:58 PM
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No such thing as one size/style fits all. If your physique can fit style A you have to settle for style B. Bibs aren't for everyone.
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5'9" 145lb, small works better for me because bib straps are stretchy. Maybe an aero-fitting medium would work for you -- I have one medium-sized bib that feels uncomfortable because the chamois is too large and the thighs are slightly too loose.
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