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Old 11-06-20, 11:50 PM
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Help with cycling bibs

Hello hello apologies if this is the wrong section,

New to cycling and I have been having a lot of trouble finding a cycling bib, full length, to fit. I am a shorter man, 164~cm/5'3-4" with slightly shorter leg proportions. Aside from stock (I'm in Toronto and seems like everything is cleaned out in stores, at least in my size, to try on) being limited the ones that I have tried on all seem too big in the leg length department.

The closest ones I have gotten to work are these: mec.ca/en/product/6010-425/thermal-cycling-bib-tights (tbh this was over my budget for my first bibs but MEC has been excellent to me with online returns that do not fit) but even at S the opening of the pant leg can hook over my heel instead of comfortably cuffing my ankle. However everything is fitting quite snug aside from that. I weight train as well so am bulkier at a 72.5kg/160~lbs, though I do plan on lowering my overall weight a bit.

Should I just wait and patiently try to find XS? Then I'm worried that everything will be too tight. Or is the leg length not really a big deal once you start riding and I should just stick with these. Also when putting on the bib you're supposed to pull it up all the way until the chamois comfortably touches your skin even before riding right? Another option that was brought up is to try getting a 3/4s bib and that will end up being a full for me, is there any downsides to this?

Thanks for any help!
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Old 11-07-20, 12:14 AM
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Check the Aero Tech catalog. They offer a wider range of sizes than most cycling apparel makers.
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Old 11-07-20, 06:17 AM
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I like 3/4 bib tights. Sounds as if those plus some tall socks might work well for you. Otherwise it should be easy to roll up the legs if full tights are too long. Yes, get your bibs snugly situated before you get on the bike. Some wiggling and adjustment is usually needed.
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Old 11-07-20, 08:53 PM
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3/4 tights sounds like a good option. I’d want something that fits well in the torso, leg length issues can be dealt with socks, rolling cuffs, etc.
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Old 11-07-20, 11:40 PM
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So leg length issues aren't a big deal and you can just cuff it under the heel or fold it up? I just had issues with it bunching up around the knee so it was kinda uncomfortable when I first tried.

Also with the 3/4 length ones do they have larger openings or will they fit snug around the ankles still if I went that route?

Thanks so much for the help so far!
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Old 11-08-20, 01:12 AM
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Would recommend rolling or cuffing the bottom. If you get ones that have no zippers on the ends a good tailor can also hem them easily.

While others have said to get 3/4 bib tights, I suspect they may fall somewhere mid-calf and be awkward fit-wise so wouldn’t recommend gojng this route.
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Old 11-13-20, 10:49 PM
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what is the actual issue amazon has castelli for 99 bucks , i would always just go for bib shorts and buy thermal layers and leg warmers so can wear them year round and get the most out of them !
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