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Old 04-19-07, 04:47 PM
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Descente Aero X bib shorts, Campagnolo winter bib tights.
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I have many but the Assos Mille Bibs are what I wear for anything over 50 miles.. Super comfortable for long distance riding.. I have bought assos from "euromike" on ebay and he sells all new product for a little bit of a discount.. Good person to deal with for Assos clothing..
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My NEW favorite:
Cannondale Domestique
I always liked Performance Ulta and Elite, and I also have a pair of PI MicroSensors, but the Cannondales are my favorite.
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Old 04-19-07, 07:44 PM
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I have not tried alot of the fancy expensive shorts but my nicest shorts are Canari and I must say that they are pretty sweet. I will buy more. As for Assos, I would like to try them but I would look silly wearing them everywhere when I have to pawn the rest of my wardrobe to buy one pair.
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Originally Posted by cacatfish
I have been really happy with my Specialized BG bibs. This year I got a pair of the Assos Uno bibs from the Ebay guy ("only" $120). The Assos have a second-skin type fit and a nice pad that stays put in all cases. I notice with a bit of sweat and on and off the saddle, I get a little pad movement with the BGs. I like em both though.
Just pulled the trigger on the Assos bibs myself yesterday, after years of 'what's-available-for-under-$50?' type bibs.


You guys better be right, or I'm going to take your Zipp wheels in retribution.
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I think one piece of advice I'm going to take to heart is to get decent shorts, even if it means just one pair.
I bought two pairs of pricepoint 6 panel shorts, one had a really crappy chamois (I think they sent me the wrong one) and was stiched funny, the other had the chamois start coming apart after not even one ride (the threads started coming apart).

I'm returning them to get one pair of shorts and a pair of gloves from the lbs. Think I can do it for sub $50? I really hope so...
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FYI, I just paid $120 + shipping.

In the sub-$50 range, my Cannondale and Bellweather bibs are both definitely holding together. I won't claim the chamois' are great until I try the Assos, but they're definitely better than the $20-$30 shorts I'd tried before them.
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Originally Posted by Tri JP
Bibs are the freakin' SWEETEST. I've never met anyone who tried a bib after being a long time "regular short" wearer that didn't dig 'em like crazy. They're just BETTER, man.
But why? Can someone give a better reason that "just BETTER"?

BTW +1 on Pearl Izumi Shorts, I have many shorts, those are my fav.
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I recently bought a pair of the Santini CX bibs from bicyclinghub.com and love 'em. I don't have the experience that others may have with brands such as Assos and such but I know comfy and these are comfy
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Originally Posted by tivo_willieb
But why? Can someone give a better reason that "just BETTER"?

BTW +1 on Pearl Izumi Shorts, I have many shorts, those are my fav.
I want to know also! Is it compression, support, comfort, etc? Personally I always assumed they would be less comfortable with the straps going over the shoulders and all...I guess I'll just have to try a pair on.

However, I don't really want to just go buy a bib and ride to find out why they're better as my shorts work just fine for me at the moment.

That also means I still have that $120 in my account
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
FYI, I just paid $120 + shipping.

In the sub-$50 range, my Cannondale and Bellweather bibs are both definitely holding together. I won't claim the chamois' are great until I try the Assos, but they're definitely better than the $20-$30 shorts I'd tried before them.

YOU are in big trouble. Now you will want at least (2) more pairs of Assos to go with the ones you just purchased
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Pace cycling shorts when I lived near their company discount store.
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
Just pulled the trigger on the Assos bibs myself yesterday, after years of 'what's-available-for-under-$50?' type bibs.


You guys better be right, or I'm going to take your Zipp wheels in retribution.
I think you will be a happy camper with the Assos. I wasnt prepared for just how nice the fit was and the pad is great.
As youve probably read, the fit is a little different. Usually I wear a medium (5'11") but def a large in Assos. PS: Zipp wheels? I wish.......
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Originally Posted by phoenity
I want to know also! Is it compression, support, comfort, etc? Personally I always assumed they would be less comfortable with the straps going over the shoulders and all...I guess I'll just have to try a pair on,
I'm guessing the Assos lovers are a shy bunch? They seem to be timid about saying that the product relieves chaffing and irritation due to heavy crotch sweating and/or ill fitting clothing in the groin region? There's also a heavy fashion factor involved.

I just don't think I fit that market. I hardly sweat at all, never chaffe, don't get rashes and I don't even know what a hemmorhoid is exactly. I simply have no need for therapeutic shorts. I'll save the bib money to buy another TT suit or jersey. The benefits there are clear, quantifiable and demonstrable.
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Originally Posted by ratebeer
I just don't think I fit that market. I hardly sweat at all
I sweat more than anyone I know.

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, never chaffe, don't get rashes
Chafe at the beginning of the season (first two months or so) and then still do whenever I'm on the 60+ mile rides.

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and I don't even know what a hemmorhoid is exactly.
I didn't either, until I was curious enough to look it up on wikipedia a few months ago. A little hint: DO NOT INDULGE YOUR CURIOUSITY. It isn't worth it. Trust me.
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Originally Posted by ratebeer
They seem to be timid about saying that the product relieves chaffing and irritation due to heavy crotch sweating and/or ill fitting clothing in the groin region? There's also a heavy fashion factor involved. I just don't think I fit that market. I hardly sweat at all, never chaffe, don't get rashes and I don't even know what a hemmorhoid is exactly. I simply have no need for therapeutic shorts.
You don't need a bleeding, sweat soaked ass to appreciate a good pair of shorts.
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Originally Posted by tivo_willieb
But why? Can someone give a better reason that "just BETTER"?

BTW +1 on Pearl Izumi Shorts, I have many shorts, those are my fav.

Bibs don't move; they stay put. No pulling them up, no adjusting. More comfortable, even you are not suffering from abdominus majorus, bibs fit better. I tried four different shorts before I bought some bibs and now I only wear bibs.
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Originally Posted by Alonso22
i like wearing my leather assless chaps...
Chaps are by definition open assed. They do come in several varieties. I am thinking that a pair of brown suede chaps with fringe would look quite nice (from the side anyway).

These are black and feature a little "modesty" fringe.

https://www.rods.com/p/2768,359_All-A...ock-Chaps.html

Or perhaps something like this?

https://www.showtimeshowclothing.com/...316163213.html

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Originally Posted by ratebeer
I'm guessing the Assos lovers are a shy bunch? They seem to be timid about saying that the product relieves chaffing and irritation due to heavy crotch sweating and/or ill fitting clothing in the groin region? There's also a heavy fashion factor involved.
I'm not shy. I was dealing with chafing, occasional saddle sores and sit bone pain on my longer events, the centuries and doubles. It's just not a comfortable thing to deal with when you're in the saddle for that many hours!
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Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
I sweat more than anyone I know.
At the end of a long ride, I usually have salt stains on my cap and jersey and salt packed into my eyebrows. The shower afterwards tastes like the ocean.

And I may be wrong here, but I think if you're not sweating, you're not working hard enough.
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Originally Posted by littledjahn
And I may be wrong here, but I think if you're not sweating, you're not working hard enough.
It's probably true but I like to think I'm just very efficient -- not giving up more precious water than is necessary to keep me cool. And I am very cool at a base level so I don't have far to go.
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