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Bib shorts fit (PI)

Old 07-13-12, 05:30 PM
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Bib shorts fit (PI)

So I've just recently decided to try moving onto bib shorts from regular shorts. I've been using Pearl Izumi Quests in Large, and they work well most of the time, apart from the fact that they will sometimes ride down on me.

Then I ordered some Elites in Medium to see if I could fit them. I do fit them, but they might be a bit more snug than I'd like. I was wondering if switching to Large would be a better idea. The Mediums aren't painfully tight, but I just worry that my legs will expand and the bibs might potentially cut off circulation.

Is there a rule of thumb on how to tell whether bib shorts are too tight?
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Old 07-13-12, 06:22 PM
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I doubt you would actually cut off circulation....however, if they are simply uncomfortable, why wear them like that? I'd go with the large if they're nice and comfy!
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My pactimo bibs are very snug and it actually seems to get less noticeable throughout the ride
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Old 07-13-12, 07:21 PM
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Thanks guys! I've gone ahead and ordered a set of Large to see how they fair for me. I'm guessing I would have the fit of my shorts, without the problem of riding down, being that they're bibs.
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Originally Posted by trdsupragt View Post
So I've just recently decided to try moving onto bib shorts from regular shorts. I've been using Pearl Izumi Quests in Large, and they work well most of the time, apart from the fact that they will sometimes ride down on me.

Then I ordered some Elites in Medium to see if I could fit them. I do fit them, but they might be a bit more snug than I'd like. I was wondering if switching to Large would be a better idea. The Mediums aren't painfully tight, but I just worry that my legs will expand and the bibs might potentially cut off circulation.

Is there a rule of thumb on how to tell whether bib shorts are too tight?
I buy some things online, but bike clothing is not one of them. If you try bibs on in a store, you can at least sit on a bike and see how they feel. Try different brands. Personally, I like the Performance bibs. Swiss fabric, padding, well constructed and fairly priced.
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Old 07-15-12, 01:47 PM
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I learned how to read the manufacturer size guides. I always order my bibs online and have not had an issue.
I have ordered Giordana, Sugoi, Voler, and Panache using their guides and based off of reviews from friends. No issue whatsoever.
Order of preference Panache, Giordana, Sugoi, and Voler.
The only shorts I have been underwhelmed by have been the Performance brand.
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Old 07-15-12, 03:36 PM
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Agree with DataJunkie...also an on line guy. If they don't fit, send 'em back for another size.
I too ride PI bibs. I like them overall...have elite and P.R.O. bibs...but the straps seem a bit short for me...not too bad in the bike crouch but a bit tight when walking around. They do seem to loosen up a bit over time which is a good thing. I place the straps over my flat bar bike handlebars to stretch them out a bit over time.
I too made the mistake of ordering Performance bibs one time...no exchange...wanted my money back.
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