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Putting On Bib Shorts

Old 09-20-21, 03:21 PM
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Putting On Bib Shorts

Just got some new bib shorts , Campy sold by Nalini , and haven't worn bibs in a few years - feels like I'm pulling and tugging the lycra over my thighs and hips as if I got 2 sizes too small - the XXL is the right size once I get them on but does it normally take this much effort & also the shoulder straps are very thin , is this typical ?? What say you all ??

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I find them kind of awkward to put on, but once they're in place and I'm riding, I like them better than shorts. I have two bibs, both from Pearl Izumi, but different product lines. The straps on both are pretty thin/flimsy feeling. I have to just pull them into place all twisted and bunched up initially, then flatten them out. Again, once I'm riding they never seem to get messed up, and they give good comfort and performance.
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Originally Posted by blinky View Post
Just got some new bib shorts , Campy sold by Nalini , and haven't worn bibs in a few years - feels like I'm pulling and tugging the lycra over my thighs and hips as if I got 2 sizes too small - the XXL is the right size once I get them on but does it normally takes this much effort & also the shoulder straps are very thin , is this typical ?? What say you all ??
Does sound as if they are too small, but if you are happy with the fit....
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Nalini must be sized like Castelli bibs. I normally wear large, but I struggle to fit into XL Castelli. Once they’re on they feel great, but a real pain to get into.I don’t think it’s you. It's probably the bibs.
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Yeah, they're a fairly tight fit. But that's the general idea. As long as they are comfortable once in place, all is good.
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wait till you have both straps on one side and have to get one over your head what fun.
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Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
wait till you have both straps on one side and have to get one over your head what fun.
Operator error. Take them off.
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Italian kit always seems to be sized at least one size smaller than what might be expected from an 'American' fit. For some it might be 1+ sizing up, heavier thighs, etc...
When I was more 'M' shorts/bibs I always needed to get 'L' in Italian brands... Castelli, Assos, Giordana, etc. Pearl Izumi fit more to 'size'.
Can't say what how the 'fit' of these brands might change in the larger sizes.
Other thing I found, was 'torso proportion'. Some brands tend to fit better for normal to longer torso, and others normal to short torso...
That has an effect on how the lower parts fit also, even though most better spandex fabrics stretch equally in all directions, if you stretch the fabric more in one plane, the fabric will then be more difficult to stretch in the other plane...
Currently I find the 'Garneau' fit works best for me... and I like their construction and fabrics and a reasonable chamois.
When you say 'thin strap', you don;t mean fabric weight, you mean strap Width as in narrower??? That becomes a decision point between brands and models.
I prefer straps with min. 2 inch width... narrower tends to bunch up at the ends of my clavicles...
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Originally Posted by blinky View Post
Just got some new bib shorts , Campy sold by Nalini , and haven't worn bibs in a few years - feels like I'm pulling and tugging the lycra over my thighs and hips as if I got 2 sizes too small - the XXL is the right size once I get them on but does it normally take this much effort & also the shoulder straps are very thin , is this typical ?? What say you all ??
One leg per hole, right?
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Old 09-20-21, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by sbxx1985 View Post
Operator error. Take them off.
thats too much like admitting you messed up.
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Originally Posted by blinky View Post
Just got some new bib shorts , Campy sold by Nalini , and haven't worn bibs in a few years - feels like I'm pulling and tugging the lycra over my thighs and hips as if I got 2 sizes too small - the XXL is the right size once I get them on but does it normally take this much effort & also the shoulder straps are very thin , is this typical ?? What say you all ??
If Nalini is anything like Castelli - you need to go up one size from the normal fit.

I have been riding bib shorts for years - much more 'secure' than normal shorts and have never had an issue with them being too tight - just 'snug'.

Tip - before pulling the straps over your shoulders, slowly (inch-by-inch) pull the lower part of each leg material over your knees and up the thigh. NEVER pull the bibs up by pulling from the top of the mesh material that sits mid-chest - you'll only prematurely stretch the fabric resulting in a poor fit over time.
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I fold back the cuffs at the bottom so I donít have to fight their grippers pulling them on, once on I fold the cuffs back down.
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Originally Posted by djwatt View Post
Tip - before pulling the straps over your shoulders, slowly (inch-by-inch) pull the lower part of each leg material over your knees and up the thigh. NEVER pull the bibs up by pulling from the top of the mesh material that sits mid-chest - you'll only prematurely stretch the fabric resulting in a poor fit over time.
I donít know whatís more depressing: that weíre now giving each other advice on how to put on shorts, or that I read this one and thought, ďThatís a good tip, I should remember it.Ē
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Adults struggling daily with their spandex overalls is pure gold!
And all because they canít handle the pain of an ounce of spandex bunching up on their waste
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Adults struggling daily with their spandex overalls is pure gold!
I'll take that over rolling up on some guy whose jersey is riding while his shorts are riding down. Bleah.
And all because they canít handle the pain of an ounce of spandex bunching up on their waste
What, you mean in back?
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Originally Posted by djwatt View Post
If Nalini is anything like Castelli - you need to go up one size from the normal fit.

I have been riding bib shorts for years - much more 'secure' than normal shorts and have never had an issue with them being too tight - just 'snug'.

Tip - before pulling the straps over your shoulders, slowly (inch-by-inch) pull the lower part of each leg material over your knees and up the thigh. NEVER pull the bibs up by pulling from the top of the mesh material that sits mid-chest - you'll only prematurely stretch the fabric resulting in a poor fit over time.
Not only that, but you'll smear your chamois cream all up your back.
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It might help to lie on your back with your legs up in the air, like a dying bug, kicking around whilst rocking back and forth.
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Come on, people, I am a noob and even I can do this. Simply put bibs on as if they are shorts, do not touch any part of the bibs that you would not find on shorts until everything below your waist is set, like this:

Once bibs are on, do sumo squat, set leg grippers, then tuck bibs up (solely by the waist) to seat chamois, then put on shoulder straps, adjust junk (if any and if necessary), then tuck bibs up again to seat chamois.

Then take a running jump onto your bike (held in place at arm's length by your significant other), making contact with seat, pedals, and handlebars simultaneously (with the appropriate corresponding body parts), and off you go.
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Originally Posted by jolathe View Post
I fold back the cuffs at the bottom so I donít have to fight their grippers pulling them on, once on I fold the cuffs back down.
You must have the quads and hamstrings of Mark Cavendish; fortunately I do not have the same issue.
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Jorts are definitely the easier choice!
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Originally Posted by jolathe View Post
I fold back the cuffs at the bottom so I donít have to fight their grippers pulling them on, once on I fold the cuffs back down.
Same thing I do. Some I've had to slice a vertical relief & resew them. The body fits great but I always have issues with the legs being tight.
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Originally Posted by djwatt View Post
NEVER pull the bibs up by pulling from the top of the mesh material that sits mid-chest - you'll only prematurely stretch the fabric resulting in a poor fit over time.
What kind of bibs do you have that arrive to the middle of your chest?!?
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Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
wait till you have both straps on one side and have to get one over your head what fun.
That was yesterday. I run a size small because tight is much better to avoid sores.
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Originally Posted by Tycho Brahe View Post
What kind of bibs do you have that arrive to the middle of your chest?!?
Not sure if this is a real question but winter bibs do tend to have a higher cut on the front. For instance ..

https://ashmei.com/products/mens-win...RoCfbcQAvD_BwE
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Originally Posted by Racing Dan View Post
Not sure if this is a real question but winter bibs do tend to have a higher cut on the front. For instance ..

https://ashmei.com/products/mens-win...RoCfbcQAvD_BwE
Wow, did not know. In my defense, I live in Southern California, so winter clothing means knee warmers.
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