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Old 07-05-11, 06:48 AM
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Bib Shorts Sizing

I'm ordering my first pair of bib shorts and Im not sure what size to get.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

I've read the sizing chart, but still, that is a std chart for amazon and I dont know if the Peal iZUMi's run big or small or what. I'm 5'11", 175lbs, 32-33 inch waist. I was going to get a medium, but then i worry they might be too short, but I dont want to get a large and have a baggy pair of bibs, thats just silly. Also, does any of this stuff shrink when washed? Same question applies for a jersey. I know some people might say to go to LBS and try on stuff and get a pair there, but I have a gift certificate to amazon, so that is where I am going to purchase. Thanks for the input.
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Old 07-05-11, 06:52 AM
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Pearl Izumi's run huge. I wear a small and they could still be snugger, but they don't make a smaller size.
Sportful, Gore, Castelli, I wear a medium and they are proper compression fit.
Cotton shrinks, technical fibers do not.

It's always a bad idea to buy things online that directly interface your body (saddle, shoes, clothing, gloves) if you are not very familiar with fit. I only ordered shorts/jerseys online after several local purchases to have a good idea of sizing.

My recommendation? find something else to use your amazon gift certificate on.
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+1 To trying it on first if you can, but you generally choose bibs by waist size unless you have some wacky proportions.
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This recent thread may be of some help.
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I'm 6'-4", 175 pounds with a 34 inch waist and the PI larges fit me just right. I would recommend trying them on and then ordering online. You'll have plenty of reasons to buy from the LBS in the future.
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Bike clothing is a world of its own. One brand's M might be another brand's L or S. It really is trial and error to find your correct size. I would never mail-order a piece of bike clothing that I wasn't already familiar with.
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