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Bibs versus Shorts

Old 02-07-11, 09:34 PM
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Bibs versus Shorts

Ok I did a search and I can find all kinds of recommendations for shorts and Bibs. But I can't find why people say Bibs are better. Can some one explain to me the advantages of bibs over shorts or is bibs just a preference for some?
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Old 02-07-11, 09:41 PM
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Try them both and see which is more comfortable. It'll come to you.

And there is the whole stylish factor as well.
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Old 02-07-11, 10:00 PM
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I would get bibs in almost all situations except for winter riding when they will be worn underneath winter cycling tights lacking chamois.

But again - it really is a preference thing, and some people just prefer shorts. However, after going the shorts route at first, once I really got into cycling, I ended up wishing I had just forged ahead into bibs.

For one thing - they stay on you regarddless of effort and position on the saddle. Secondly, and this is more an issue for people with a little more heft in their mid-sections, but they are more comfortable, as shorts have to use the belly section of the shorts to hold the shorts up, while bibs have the braces.
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Old 02-07-11, 10:02 PM
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There is two reasons for me.

a) Bibs stay more in position over an extended period of time than shorts. Especially if you in in and out of the saddle frequently.

b) Bibs have no elastic around the waist. After a few hours I find bibs are more comfortable due to the lack of that elastic.
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Old 02-07-11, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by VT Biker View Post
I would get bibs in almost all situations except for winter riding when they will be worn underneath winter cycling tights lacking chamois.
Actually, I think bibs are great in that application. Only one waistband instead of two.
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Old 02-07-11, 10:15 PM
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I will probably be the odd man out here but I prefer shorts over bibs. The bibs I have are cheap performance brand but the shoulder straps annoy me and then when I need a bio break, it is more difficult. Shorts stay in place just fine for me but everyone is different.
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Old 02-07-11, 10:39 PM
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Bibs for longer rides, definitely, but not worth the bother for commuting or shorter ones. I've never had much of a problem with shorts slipping down or waistbands digging in, but there's no doubt bibs have the edge in the comfort factor. Plus, lycra loses its stretch as it gets older and shorts tend to lose their grip on you whereas bib straps still keep on working.

Some bibs rise up very high in front which is a nuisance when needing to pee, e.g. Sugoi RS. Others are not a problem (PI, Castelli).
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Old 02-07-11, 10:43 PM
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Well I have a pair of shorts that I used this last year. I guess the only way I will know is to try a pair of bibs.

I am going to give these a shot but will wait for opinions here before I order.

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Old 02-07-11, 10:48 PM
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Bibs work better at holding my balls up and out of the way of the saddle.

Bibs work better at holding my beer belly up and out of the way of my knees.
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I skipped shorts and went straight to bibs. I love them and don't regret starting with the more expensive of the two.
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Maybe it's because I haven't been on a ride over 15 miles yet, but I feel like shorts suffice. They're easy to take off and my hip bones keep them from slipping off. Still got a bit of a gut though.

I'm kind of used to the shorts feeling too. I wear Nike ProCombats whenever I play a game of soccer.
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Old 02-07-11, 11:00 PM
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Pro: No elastic at the waist.
Con: PITA when taking a bio-break.
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Giordana bibs not only make stylish clothing they also have very affordable and you can take a natural break very easily while wearing their bibs (summer & winter type). Even Giordana bib knickers will allow a rider to "take a break" without anything more than pulling down on the front of the bibs (even when you need to do so in a rush or even when you do so while still on the bike going down the road.
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to stay up, shorts have to narrow at your waist and this, for me, digs into my stomach while in riding position. so i prefer bibs

i've seen some pros in just shorts tho
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Bibs: Stay Up, No Waist Pressure, No A$$ crack for the unfortunate people behind you, Comfort, and they are PRO.
Shorts: Fine for quick jaunts to work or the market etc. That's it. Try them both if you must, but you are better off getting the bibs, and spending the money for shorts on a good jersey or some arm warmers or something.
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Having a bit of a belly bibs help support my abdomen during long rides without the elastic waistband of shorts binding into me. For short rides and commutes bibs dont make much sense but on longer rides they stay in place and are so much more comfortable. Bibs are all I own now.
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Originally Posted by max power View Post
to stay up, shorts have to narrow at your waist and this, for me, digs into my stomach while in riding position. so i prefer bibs

i've seen some pros in just shorts tho


Photos or it didn't happen.
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Old 02-08-11, 12:08 AM
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Here we go again. Best suggestion: Try them and you'll understand.
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Originally Posted by travkat View Post
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Old 02-08-11, 01:21 AM
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i can't tell you why bibs are better than shorts because it's been over 20 years since i've had a pair of cycling shorts, i just know that they are
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dude they are bibs. Ride shorts and bibs for a week and you should be able to tell the difference. Ebay has some cheap kits from China that IMO are surprisingly good.
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I am definitely in the minority but I like shorts better than bibs.

I have both Assos bibs and shorts and I almost always grab my shorts especially for longer rides. One problem I have with bibs is that they rub on the front of my chest on longer rides. I also just don't like having something on my shoulders. I remember when I was a kid and I had suspenders on my snow pants and hunting pants. I hated those things too and preferred a belt. I don't even understand the need for bibs - my damn pants don't fall down.

To each his own.
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Try them both and see which is more comfortable. It'll come to you.

And there is the whole stylish factor as well.
Yes. The first reply is the correct one.
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Originally Posted by Caymem View Post
Bibs work better at holding my balls up and out of the way of the saddle.

Bibs work better at holding my beer belly up and out of the way of my knees.
way too much info
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