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Old 08-13-11, 01:33 PM
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Bibs vs Shorts

I currently only ride with shorts, but I'm thinking about switching to bibs. I've heard that bibs are much more comfortable, and ride better because they don't ride up or fall down. I've also heard that bibs are much too expensive for the benefits. Please give me your opinion on which I should use.
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Old 08-13-11, 01:34 PM
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Bibs that are on sale.
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Old 08-13-11, 01:39 PM
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Bibs are so much more comfortable. I wouldn't even use free shorts.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Bibs are so much more comfortable. I wouldn't even use free shorts.
I concur.
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Old 08-13-11, 02:18 PM
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I used to use shorts, then I got a castelli kit for $40(usually it is about $180) from a guy on this forum. A lot more comfortable, and no pain at all.
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I use both. Bibs are more comfy though. But not a huge difference, unless you have a big gut..
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Old 08-13-11, 02:30 PM
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I use both. Some like them, some don't. You need to try them out for yourself to make the proper decision, and always watch out for sales.
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What's so comfy about bibs? I don't have a gut, I have a long torso and I'm thin. If the bibs fit me in the waist and legs, the straps are too short, giving me the dreaded wedgie.
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Old 08-13-11, 02:43 PM
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bibs are just better. i like sugoi.
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I ride w/ both. Descent upper end quality are very nice fitting, excellent materials and great compression. I even walk the dogs in them after a ride of 25-30 miles.
Don't buy cheap s*&t quality though.................. you won't be pleased. Spend at least $70.00.
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Old 08-13-11, 03:20 PM
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Here. Well, we've had a waving thread so I guess it's time for this one.
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I use both. And I was just about to send Caloso a bunch of free shorts, but now I have to reconsider.
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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
I use both. And I was just about to send Caloso a bunch of free shorts, but now I have to reconsider.
If you want, you could send them to me...
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Old 08-13-11, 03:35 PM
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I have both and I prefer shorts. I don't like the shoulder straps on bibs so I never wear my bibs.
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Originally Posted by soma5 View Post
What's so comfy about bibs? I don't have a gut, I have a long torso and I'm thin. If the bibs fit me in the waist and legs, the straps are too short, giving me the dreaded wedgie.
Some bibs are cut for exactly this body type. I'm 1.88m @ 63kg - tall and very skinny - and often had troubles finding even regular clothing. The popularity of the Skinny Fit in recent years has been a blessing for me.

You might want to try Castelli (I wear their Presta entry-level bib - more expensive models are similarly cut), or 2XU's Compression stuff (have one of their skinsuits that fits me great).
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Old 08-13-11, 05:52 PM
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Once I started wearing bibs I never went back to my shorts. I think they are more comfortable, especially on long outings.
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Old 08-13-11, 11:49 PM
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Bibs, I like Giordana's myself.
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Bibs for long rides, shorts if you can't be bothered with the palaver of bibs for a 10 mile ride or commute.

Bibs are a bit more comfortable but the difference is not as much as people make out (if you compare the same brand, e.g. Sugoi RS bibs with Sugoi RS shorts). Good quality shorts can be perfectly fine.
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I'm tall and thin and use castelli bibs fine. The straps really aren't a bother.
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Bibs, I like Giordana's myself.
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Old 08-14-11, 06:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Ionpro View Post
Bibs, I like Giordana's myself.
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Old 08-14-11, 07:06 AM
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After my first pair of bibs I never bought another set of shorts.
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I use shorts mostly. Bibs are fine but for me they're hotter in the Tampa summer weather. Going to use them a little more in the winter but I really don't think they're that much better than shorts. It's all personal preference.
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Old 08-14-11, 09:21 AM
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Bibs are a little better. But honestly, having good fit is much more important than whether or not you have straps over your shoulders.
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Old 08-14-11, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by wlaxer View Post
Bibs are a little better. But honestly, having good fit is much more important than whether or not you have straps over your shoulders.
I agree with this.

For heavens sake, OP, please just try bibs and see if you prefer them.

Maybe the next upgrade could include a filter that says this to anyone who posts this query....
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