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Old 07-13-20, 03:02 PM
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Why do you like BIBS?

I thought I asked this earlier, but can't find the thread. Maybe too personal?
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Old 07-13-20, 03:24 PM
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I haven't worn anything but bibs for several years . . . support on my lower back, straps keep the shorts in position, no fussing at all about where the waistband sits as I ride, no changes to the position of my shorts after getting off the saddle for a hard effort, etc etc
once or twice per ride I'll adjust / reset my straps under the jersey to accommodate better ventilation (riding in Miami) but there's nothing to it, I barely even slow down to do it
assos chamois are the best I've found thus far and most of their shorts are bibs so I really don't give much thought to needing anything else
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Old 07-13-20, 03:28 PM
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They are more comfortable than shorts.
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Old 07-13-20, 03:31 PM
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I don't
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Old 07-13-20, 04:05 PM
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Fit, feel, comfort, support, endurance and look are superior to shorts alone. Moreover, because the garment seat is held in place better, my bibs chafe less and last longer since there is less friction on the garment. Pay a little more, get a lot more.
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Old 07-13-20, 04:15 PM
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They stop the muiffn top.
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Old 07-13-20, 04:35 PM
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I forgot to mention that I finally tried a pair yesterday, and loved them. My buddy had an unclaimed order from our club. The shorts fit great, and the top wasn't a problem. I think they would be better around the waist at reducing sweat and heat. I know they won't slip down either, but I don't have that problem.
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Old 07-13-20, 04:59 PM
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when I want to save other's retinas from seeing what cant be unseen; they serve the purpose of hiding muh buttcrack.
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Old 07-13-20, 05:06 PM
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Because they’re NOT SHORTS.
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Old 07-13-20, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
They are more comfortable than shorts.
That says it all, really.
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Old 07-13-20, 06:05 PM
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I dont.. hard to pee by the roadside..
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Old 07-13-20, 06:10 PM
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I dont.. hard to pee by the roadside..
Operator error. I did a three-day tour recently. Stopped to pee a couple of times without while still astride the bike. No problemo.
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Old 07-14-20, 06:33 AM
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If you are going to wear shorts, bibs are (for me) the way to go simply for one reason - the straps. They keep the shorts in place for a consistent feel. With that said, I found some brand’s straps are more comfortable than others. i love my Assos bib shorts and the Pearl Izumi I have are almost as good. I bought a pair of Castelli and they did not feel good to me, and I returned them.
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Old 07-14-20, 06:49 AM
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As others have said the straps provide lots of improvement in comfort.

Often, shorts without straps require a pretty tight waist to "stay up" or to not move around when riding. Instead of the constant feeling of shorts moving around, being squeezed at the waist, or having the waist elastic wear out and then feel loose...............bibs.

Peeing roadside is a sorry excuse to own shorts instead of bibs. I've never owned a bib I couldn't pee in by just bending over and pulling it down.

Runners don't wear bibs because you're constantly moving your upper body with your stride and bibs would chafe the nipples. Cyclists aren't. Your upper should be pretty darn stable.

Bibs.

Off road cyclists often like to pretend they aren't cyclists but instead survivalists happening to be seen on a bike, hence all the cargo short style shorts. But guess what.......all the UCI cross country and mtb world cup racers wear....................gasp....bibs and jerseys and not camouflage cargo shorts.
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Old 07-14-20, 07:50 AM
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I got a big belly and am afraid bibs will act like a girdle....
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Old 07-14-20, 07:52 AM
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A very helpful salesperson at the quite high end LBS tried hard to get me to switch. After 30 years of shorts I will stick with them. I did drop $150 on a very nice pair of PearlIzumi's though. I am kind of cheap but that was money well spent. They feel fantastic!
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Old 07-14-20, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by GlennR View Post
They stop the muiffn top.
When you have an areobelly the waist band of shorts tend to roll, bibs prevent that and are much more comfortable.

Originally Posted by Toadmeister View Post
I got a big belly and am afraid bibs will act like a girdle....
That's kind of the point, see above.
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Old 07-14-20, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Toadmeister View Post
I got a big belly and am afraid bibs will act like a girdle....
Will, or WON'T?

Not a problem. Trust me, I know.
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Old 07-14-20, 10:12 AM
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I wear them because they're more comfortable on my body.

I don't care what other people wear, as long as they're not worn to the see-through stage.
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They stay in place - no moving waistband. They also have more coverage, so no need to worry if the jersey slips around a bit.
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Originally Posted by pdlamb View Post

I don't care what other people wear, as long as they're not worn to the see-through stage.
Guilty of that once. First day of Cycle Oregon 2002. Woman passes me. As she does, she says something like "You must have had those shorts for a long time." I thought to myself "She's right. I have. But how could she know that?" After about 30 seconds it dawned on me. At the end of the day, after I had showered and changed, I inspected the back of the shorts. Into the trash they went. I applauded her for her tact.
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Old 07-14-20, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Guilty of that once. First day of Cycle Oregon 2002. Woman passes me. As she does, she says something like "You must have had those shorts for a long time." I thought to myself "She's right. I have. But how could she know that?" After about 30 seconds it dawned on me. At the end of the day, after I had showered and changed, I inspected the back of the shorts. Into the trash they went. I applauded her for her tact.
Been on both ends (bad-da-boom!) of those conversations. The most embarrassing was a pair that I checked when I got home, after it and I had dried. Opaque. Checked with my wife before I headed out in them: opaque. When I got home, all sweaty, she took one look and told me, "I can see RIGHT THROUGH THOSE!" Oops. Trashed immediately.
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Old 07-14-20, 09:21 PM
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They are certainly more comfortable for me. Shorts tend to move around a bunch, bibs don't.
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Old 07-14-20, 09:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Toadmeister View Post
I got a big belly and am afraid bibs will act like a girdle....
I think that it is the exact opposite, for the big of belly, bibs hold the bottoms up without being tight. Shorts need to be snug to keep them up.
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Old 07-15-20, 04:21 AM
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The dreaded moving waistband that is oddly more diabolical and uncomfortable than the taboo to discuss moving shoulder straps
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