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the best newbie bibs: aerotechdesigns.com

Old 05-14-07, 12:16 AM
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the best newbie bibs: aerotechdesigns.com

I figure most of you all are unhappy with paying over $100 for consummables like bibs, so I think you guys would like a heads up when a maker has something of value to offer for a reasonable price.

My current rotation of bibs include Etxeono golden chamois team edition, Assos F.Mille and aerotechdesigns.com bib, and over the last 30 days of rotation with these 3 models, I must say I am impressed with the aerotechdesigns. Mostly because they cost only $60, made in the U.S.A. (no funky Euro size adjustments like Assos) and easily 90% of the other 2. I'm going to reserve the other 2 for my centuries and use the aerotechdesigns.com bibs as my daily trainer.

Easily, the BEST $60 bibs (unless Assos/Etxe is on sale or something) off the shelf I have ever had. Highly recommended for newbies looking for affordable bibs to start off or for everyone else looking for affordable training bibs(although I like the cut of the Assos/Etxe better). The chamois is basic foamy coolmax, nothing exotic or cutting edge, but for my training rides, I don't have a complaint.

The website kinda sucks and is very "mom and pop" like, but as long as you are ordering the color black with a credit card, it was pretty easy. These bibs would be "perfect" if they were 2 inches shorter (i am only 5'6 and traditional long bibs look goofy on me, that's why I love the Assos F.mille half-shorts), nevertheless, I have to share the $60 price with everybody.

For me at least, they fit better than Izumi, Cannondale, Descente and Castelli.
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$44.95

Best bibs I've ever owned. Ever.
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Hey, these look promising too. I'll give them a shot as well, thanks.
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Based on reports here I bought a pair. I'm not thrilled. They are OK, maybe, but not great.
I bought a medium, as I do with other brands. I'm amazed how short the straps are. I'm only 5'6" and these straps are TIGHT height-wise. Weird.

My favs of semi-cheap bibs: Performance Elite. Get 'em on sale and they are a VERY good value. They fit really well, and they don't move on my body. Straps are comfortable, almost soft feeling.

My least fav of the looking-for-a-deal bibs: eCycling. Hate the straps -- really thin. They are lower cut than other bibs as well. Like their jerseys though.
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Originally Posted by Cypress
$44.95

Best bibs I've ever owned. Ever.
Great price, even if it does say "HAMMER" on the side.
What bibs are you comparing them to? Give me some context.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
Great price, even if it does say "HAMMER" on the side.
What bibs are you comparing them to? Give me some context.
Compared to Descente Strata Aero-X, Castelli Ergo, and Nike Discos.
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Originally Posted by Cypress
Compared to Descente Strata Aero-X, Castelli Ergo, and Nike Discos.
I just ordered a pair. They're on backorder. Thanks Cypress.
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I'll lay it out as a noob, but what's the deal with bibs? I've done lots of long rides, including a century, in good ol' bike shorts. What am I missing?
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Originally Posted by Cypress
Compared to Descente Strata Aero-X, Castelli Ergo, and Nike Discos.
Yeah, the Voler bibs are great (I just posted about this in the "what brand is your team kit" thread). Really fantastic. You can get their whole line at velowear.com.
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Originally Posted by Thomas4321
I'll lay it out as a noob, but what's the deal with bibs? I've done lots of long rides, including a century, in good ol' bike shorts. What am I missing?
Oh man. Everyone goes through this, and then they try bibs and say "WHOA. THAT's what I've been missing." Seriously. Now that I have bibs, I'll never go back. They're just a hell of a lot more comfortable. They're more supportive all over the body, never ride down, and don't cut into your midsection at all like shorts are wont to do. You will be a convert if you try them.
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Originally Posted by Thomas4321
I'll lay it out as a noob, but what's the deal with bibs? I've done lots of long rides, including a century, in good ol' bike shorts. What am I missing?
Once you go bibs you'll never want to ride shorts again! They are like wearing nothing while you ride, they are that comfortable. I have Sugoi's and Descente and they both are very good.
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righty-o. It's getting close to time for some new bike threads, anyway. I'll give some bibs a shot.
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Originally Posted by cbip
Once you go bibs you'll never want to ride shorts again!
Unless it's hot where you ride.
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Originally Posted by Cypress
$44.95

Best bibs I've ever owned. Ever.
+1 on the Voler bibs. And you usually have to pay a premium to get the Ion pad. Good deal.
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Excellent... I just need to figure out my size. I'm a short stocky guy, are their any brands that fit particularly well for the direct opposite of an ideal cyclist frame? I don't think the local shop is going to appreciate me trying on the bibs =P.
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Originally Posted by cccorlew
Great price, even if it does say "HAMMER" on the side.
What bibs are you comparing them to? Give me some context.
Darn I thought they were going to be like the ones MC Hammer uses. For $44 who cares if your a moving billboard.
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which measurement should I accommodate for the most? I have the height of the xlarge, the chest of a large and the waist of a medium
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Anyone try the Kucharik bibs?
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Originally Posted by oilman_15106
Darn I thought they were going to be like the ones MC Hammer uses. For $44 who cares if your a moving billboard.
Can't touch this
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Originally Posted by Cypress
$44.95

Best bibs I've ever owned. Ever.
I just ordered a pair, but I'm worried now.

Cypress, you posted several times in the past that Voler was crap. Were they just an older version of their bibs with a different chamois?

This is the thread where you raged against them:
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ght=voler+bibs
I found several more too.
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Originally Posted by Cypress
$44.95

Best bibs I've ever owned. Ever.
Okay, you have convinced me. I talked to a racer Tuesday night that swears by them. They are currently backordered so I am going to call them today and determine when they may be available.
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Originally Posted by oilman_15106
Darn I thought they were going to be like the ones MC Hammer uses. For $44 who cares if your a moving billboard.

Dye them black
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Originally Posted by Cypress
$44.95

Best bibs I've ever owned. Ever.
White is side panels only and still black in the rear, or am I wrong?
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