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Cycling short versus Bib question....

Old 04-19-08, 06:11 AM
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Cycling short versus Bib question....

It has been said before that Bib's are more comfortable for many compared to cycling shorts. For those that own both bibs and shorts in the same size from the same mfr., is the waistband of bibs generally more relaxed with the design intent that the straps of the bibs hold up the bottom section versus relying on the elastic waistband for retention? I am OK with shorts but do feel a bit of cutting in with the waistband and therefore am considering bibs.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
It has been said before that Bib's are more comfortable for many compared to cycling shorts. For those that own both bibs and shorts in the same size from the same mfr., is the waistband of bibs generally more relaxed with the design intent that the straps of the bibs hold up the bottom section versus relying on the elastic waistband for retention? I am OK with shorts but do feel a bit of cutting in with the waistband and therefore am considering bibs.
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Don't consider. Buy bibs. End of thread.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
It has been said before that Bib's are more comfortable for many compared to cycling shorts. For those that own both bibs and shorts in the same size from the same mfr., is the waistband of bibs generally more relaxed with the design intent that the straps of the bibs hold up the bottom section versus relying on the elastic waistband for retention? I am OK with shorts but do feel a bit of cutting in with the waistband and therefore am considering bibs.
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Bibs don't have a waistband - thus the straps. duh

As they say about bibs -- Once you try them you'll never go back. I have 13 pairs.
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There is no pressure cutting you in half with bibs
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Originally Posted by Jynx View Post
There is no pressure cutting you in half with bibs
And they don't slide down to let the pad catch on the nose of the saddle.

I've got three pairs of cycling shorts, and recently got one pair of bibs. I don't know what I'm going to do with the shorts now.
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Bibs are the answer.
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Thanks a lot guys. Sounds like a no brainer.
Will order some bibs.
I appreciate all the advice.
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Buy bibs.
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Bibs for life, I have 2.
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The elastic waist band on shorts never bothered me. The main advantage of bibs is that they will never slide down or twist around as you ride. Skinny people who have no hips often have a hard time keeping their shorts in place; bibs prevent that problem.
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Note to the guy wearing the powder-blue bibs on the trail this afternoon: wear a jersey over the top. You looked like a fat Borat...
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Originally Posted by johnny99 View Post
The elastic waist band on shorts never bothered me. The main advantage of bibs is that they will never slide down or twist around as you ride. Skinny people who have no hips often have a hard time keeping their shorts in place; bibs prevent that problem.
Same problem for us guys with a beer gut...and bibs prevent that problem too
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Make sure you spend the $$ to get bibs with a good chamois- thats most important. Always fork over $$ for a good chamois
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Originally Posted by jacobsdad View Post
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Make sure you spend the $$ to get bibs with a good chamois- thats most important. Always fork over $$ for a good chamois
What's the difference between good & bad? That is, what can I look for when poking through bibs on the rack at the store? A particular shape to the pad, or type of stitching, etc?
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I wear my shorts in the gym or on the trainer only.
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Originally Posted by Dubbayoo View Post
I wear my shorts in the gym or on the trainer only.
Yup me too. I only wear my shorts on the trainer now (saving the bibs for the 'real' rides).

Bought my first pair of bibs last summer (2006) and a week later I went out and got myself a second pair.

It's bibs from now on for me!

To answer the original OP, yes, there is more room in the waist as the straps are used to keep them up.
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Originally Posted by Campag4life View Post
It has been said before that Bib's are more comfortable for many compared to cycling shorts. For those that own both bibs and shorts in the same size from the same mfr., is the waistband of bibs generally more relaxed with the design intent that the straps of the bibs hold up the bottom section versus relying on the elastic waistband for retention? I am OK with shorts but do feel a bit of cutting in with the waistband and therefore am considering bibs.
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I recently brought some bib's from PBK and they fit fine, except that the straps over the sholders tend slip off and I have to occasionally re-adjust the straps(Now I know what some women go through to adjust there bra's) I am contemplating making a strap to go across the chest to help keep the strap's in place? I take it from this thread that no one else has this problem?
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Bibs only! End of discussion!

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What's the difference between good & bad? That is, what can I look for when poking through bibs on the rack at the store? A particular shape to the pad, or type of stitching, etc?
As far as chamois goes, I can't tell the difference. I have 5 different chamois (10 shorts/bib total), and I can't tell the difference.

If you can tell the difference, you'll have already spent your money. Shops don't take returns/exchanges for bibs, the only store that does I know so far is MEC (they have Descente, Castelli, and the good ol MEC shorts/bibs).
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Bib's are the bomb. Will never own short again.
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Old 04-19-08, 08:42 PM
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I actually don't mind shorts...

It's a pain in the butt to have to take off jersey, etc in order to pee when wearing bibs...
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Bibs! In mine I can pee by pulling down the front. #2 is a different story and requires stripping down.
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