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Bibs in the heat?

Old 03-25-07, 01:59 PM
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Bibs in the heat?

I'm shopping around for a nice pair of either shorts or bibs. My primary concern is heat dissipation- I live in arizona and the weather is going to start climbing up to 120 degrees.

So my question is- how do bibs perform in the heat? Do you get two huge sweaty lines up your back or are they fine?
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Shorts are for freds.
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I ride bibs in the heat.

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The performance advantages of bibs far outweigh the very minor increase in heat. In fact, I don't even know if the temperature difference would even be measurable. Go for the bibs, you'll love 'em.
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If they're good bibs, they shouldn't feel hotter than shorts.
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Originally Posted by EdZ
Shorts are for freds.
I thought Floyd Landis wore shorts last year in the Tour de France. Is he a fred? I doubt it.
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Bibs rock....all times of the year. I don't own shorts anymore. My current bibs have mesh all over the top.....I don't notice them being hotter at ALL....even if it was true it would be worth it to have bibs...
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At least sweating actually works like it's supposed to in AZ. Florida's so damn humid that sweat just sticks. Anyway, bibs don't make it any hotter. Our team bibs are made of mesh, and I have no problems from them. While the rest of the country had the first day of spring this week, we just started our summer and the bibs are fine.
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In my experience, sleeveless vs. short-sleeve jerseys gives you way more cooling than non-bib vs. bib shorts.
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Alright. But what is this "performance advantage" you speak of???
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They don't shift, they don't gap, they don't require tight drawstrings, they provide seamless coverage, and they're more supportive across the lower back and abdomen.
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For me they stay put...no moving around...they stay up high, no pulling or adjusting...shorts were all moving around and needed adjustment...

BUT If shorts are working for you then please don't get bibs. I don't want to talk you in to anything that you don't really want.....

For me it was one of those "Oh my God, what have I been missing moments" when I first tried bibs....I will never go back...NEVER..
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is a fred a overly geeky cyclist am I correct on that
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Originally Posted by ryanparrish
is a fred a overly geeky cyclist am I correct on that
Yessir.
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so what is this thing you speak of...."heat". Is it a good thing? I am unfamiliar with this concept.
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I've owned both. I don't like bibs because of the heat, and because, for me, they are a solution to a non-existent problem. My shorts stay up.
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Originally Posted by Strong Bad
I've owned both. I don't like bibs because of the heat, and because, for me, they are a solution to a non-existent problem. My shorts stay up.
Interesting. The reason I was asking is because I've seen very few cyclists riding around in bibs during the summer- i guess that should be a decent indication.
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Originally Posted by cedricbosch
Yessir.
Okay then I will wear my Fred badge with pride then I purchased a brooks saddle crew socks baggy pi shorts and preformance jersey
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I was a bib holdout for a long time but finally bought a pair of cheapo bibs and tried them. I havent worn a pair of shorts on a ride since.
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Originally Posted by cedricbosch
Interesting. The reason I was asking is because I've seen very few cyclists riding around in bibs during the summer- i guess that should be a decent indication.
i am moving to az in the summer and i am going to wear only bibs. (i lived there before so i know what it is like)
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BlackBottoms!

Every cycling garment designed to cover my legs is a bib. Whether it's full-length tights, shorts, or mid-shin length. My preference is for a virtually unknown company called BlackBottoms that produces top-of-the-line garments. Don't let their horrible website trick you, they're the Mercedes-Benz of riding shorts. I hear the owner of the company built their page...that's why they keep it around (including spelling errors) instead of getting one professionally made.
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Originally Posted by query
I thought Floyd Landis wore shorts last year in the Tour de France. Is he a fred? I doubt it.
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Originally Posted by Blue Jays
My preference is for a virtually unknown company called BlackBottoms that produces top-of-the-line garments. Don't let their horrible website trick you... I hear the owner of the company built their page...that's why they keep it around (including spelling errors) instead of getting one professionally made.
Wow, that's just a horrible decision. A decent website costs a pittance (and that one is rife with poor design). And things like spell check are free -- as is the decision to not use a super buff bodybuilder, obviously not-a-cyclist as your bib model.

Back on topic: I only wear bibs up to 125 degrees.

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Originally Posted by Blue Jays
The performance advantages of bibs far outweigh the very minor increase in heat. In fact, I don't even know if the temperature difference would even be measurable. Go for the bibs, you'll love 'em.
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So I guess a base layer is out of the question?
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