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What's good about bib shorts?

Old 04-06-20, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
This was one of my thoughts, too. Maybe I'm fortunate, maybe I'm relatively young with a strong constitution, or maybe it's my diet, but it's exceptionally rare for a **** sneak up on me. Morning coffee, morning dump - good to go.
I was like that before I got hit by a truck, and needed a few surgeries to repair intestinal tears. Now it's at least 2 hours (2-3 dumps) before I can go for a ride. It really sucks in the summer because I want to ride at dawn.
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Originally Posted by dorkypants View Post
On the plus side, there's no waistband constricting my abdomen/diaphragm or to roll down when you don't want it to—not that I have a large gut, and the chamois/pad doesn't shift around. .
As someone who does have a larger gut, not having the shorts slide down is an issue. bibs also prevent plumber's crack and help keep the bad right where it needs to be.
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Old 04-06-20, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Oh yeah. When my wife saw me in them for the first time, she said I look like a weight lifter from 1915.
yeah, mine had a good laugh as well when she saw me trying them on for the first time.
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Old 04-06-20, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I was like that before I got hit by a truck, and needed a few surgeries to repair intestinal tears. Now it's at least 2 hours (2-3 dumps) before I can go for a ride. It really sucks in the summer because I want to ride at dawn.
I guess that getting hit by a truck is a reasonable excuse.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
And how often are you going #2 while kitted out for a ride?
For some reason for me, it's always before I start a trainer session and have everything set up, zwift and the fan on and am ready to go. So shorts for me on the trainer, bibs on the road is a compromise that works well most of the time.
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I much prefer bibs for the fit of bibs for compression and staying in place while riding. I never touch my bibs to adjust, once I have them on.

The tough thing has been finding bibs that fit well and are a coat that I like for quality I like.
I'm tall and most bibs are short on the straps.
And bibs, like saddles, must be tried multiple times over long periods so the cost caj add up quickly.

I currently have sets of the Black Bibs Plus because I like the let compression design. They come in a tall version that fits well.

There is absolutely no benefit to shorts for me when cmi compare them to those specific bibs.
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Old 04-06-20, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
I guess that getting hit by a truck is a reasonable excuse.
I still wear bibs. It's not like I'm gonna drop a deuce on the side of the road.
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I wore shorts, including Asos and Descente, for about 2 decades and then switched to bibs last year. I prefer them much better now as there's no longer slippage around the waist area, especially my backside. This helps in cold weather riding. And this year I switched to winter bib tights as well.
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Old 04-06-20, 10:48 AM
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Bibs are like cleats. I wish I tried them sooner.
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Old 04-06-20, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
This was one of my thoughts, too. Maybe I'm fortunate, maybe I'm relatively young with a strong constitution, or maybe it's my diet, but it's exceptionally rare for a **** sneak up on me. Morning coffee, morning dump - good to go.
Marathon training will teach you really quickly which foods are ok for the day before a long training session.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
Morning coffee, morning dump - good to go.
Funny, that's exactly my daily routine as well. I always thought that's unusual... but maybe not? Consequently, like you, I never have to go while on the bike - or generally during the day at all for that matter.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I still wear bibs. It's not like I'm gonna drop a deuce on the side of the road.
I volunteered to marshall the NYC Century ride, so I had to get up much earlier than normal. I missed my morning constitutional. I ended up going to a port-a-john in a remote neighborhood I didn't know. I ended up bringing half my bike into the little stall with me to deter theft. Then I had to get undressed and dressed with very little space. And I had to do it all with that physical uncomfortable feeling. But I'm not complaining, no.
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Old 04-06-20, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by sfrider View Post
Funny, that's exactly my daily routine as well. I always thought that's unusual... but maybe not? Consequently, like you, I never have to go while on the bike - or generally during the day at all for that matter.
It's common enough that it's the basis of a great deal of off-color comedy. It's also one of the reasons I just shrug it off when people tell me to give up coffee for no particularly good reason.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
It's common enough that it's the basis of a great deal of off-color comedy. It's also one of the reasons I just shrug it off when people tell me to give up coffee for no particularly good reason.
Give it up? I'm only as regular as my morning cup.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
And how often are you going #2 while kitted out for a ride?
And with that, I think my question is answered. Bib shorts have their place. I guess I can wait a while before trying them; I don't have many of the problems that are associated with regular shorts, so I guess it comes down to, If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Thanks to all for your thoughts.
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I still wear bibs. It's not like I'm gonna drop a deuce on the side of the road.
In the bushes. You saw the Borat movie.
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Marathon training will teach you really quickly which foods are ok for the day before a long training session.
Life wouldn't be the same without surprises. I drank an Odwalla protein shake before a ride once, it must have gone bad, or something. Ten miles from home, on the bike. I didn't know I could ride that fast!

No bibs were harmed.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
In the bushes. You saw the Borat movie.
I'll see if I can find a photo of the desert roads around here.

I couldn't find one of the 15 mile stretch of road that's about 5 miles from my house. Maybe tomorrow.

Lots of bushes, but not really much cover. Anyway, what would I wipe with?
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug View Post
Marathon training will teach you really quickly which foods are ok for the day before a long training session.
Been there, done that. it's the same for double centuries.
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
I'll see if I can find a photo of the desert roads around here.

I couldn't find one of the 15 mile stretch of road that's about 5 miles from my house. Maybe tomorrow.

Lots of bushes, but not really much cover. Anyway, what would I wipe with?
​​​​​​Like that's not a problem at home...
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Indoor trainer = shorts (So I can wear them out sometime this decade!)
Outside = bibs.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
​​​​​​Like that's not a problem at home...
I picked up a 24pack a few weeks before this all started, and got home to find i already had an unopened 12pack.
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Obviously this is a matter of personal preference.

I would make a couple of arguments for trying bibs if you haven't: 1) from observing BF threads over the years, and talking to other cyclists, it appears a very significant majority of people try bibs after using only shorts, stick with bibs; 2) it also appears the vast majority of professional cyclists, people who spend a lot of time in the saddle, wear bibs.

It only costs the price of one good pair of bibs to see if they are for you.

I wore shorts for decades, until I tried bibs about 10 years ago. I would never go back.
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I wear both depending on which pair I pull out for the day when commuting, but on long rides always bib shorts.

in reading comments it seems going to the loo for #2 is an issue, but this seems off. Even on centuries I’ve not had to go #2 more than once, if at all, if I properly train for it (go before I leave the house). #1 is easy by pulling down the front. In winter more of an issue with multiple layers but then again I’m not doing winter centuries. So yes a little more pain in having to take off that partially-loaded summer jersey and strip down partially naked for #2 for 5 minutes but well worth it the rest of the 5+ hours.
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In the bushes. You saw the Borat movie.
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