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Shorts >> bibs for me

Old 07-28-12, 06:00 PM
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Shorts >> bibs for me

Gotta admit, I'm loving my shorts. I used to be an all-bib user (Assos, PI, Performance, still in my rotation) but after using the Performance Ultra shorts, I'm probably not going to go bibs anymore.

I actually don't notice a difference between bibs or shorts on the ride. None whatsoever.

But before and after the ride, shorts are definitely more convenient for me, and they cost less. Easier to go the bathroom before/after, less messing with the HRM strap over/under bibs, takes up a lot less hanging space both in my closet as well as when I rinse them in the shower (I do this and then hangdry them before they go in the laundry - avoiding mold and bacteria buildup), and if I feel like doing a 'brick' type bike->run workout, it's eminently doable with the shorts, where with bibs, it doesn't work quite right due to the looser waist.

Just sayin.
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I like bibs, but bibs don't fit scrawny *****es like me very well

Therefore I prefer shorts.
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So I am not the only one that prefers shorts. I have eight pair of shorts and one pair of bibs and have only used the bibs once in the past four years.
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Okay shorts may be more convenient, but if bibs feel more comfortable on the bike I suggest you choose comfort over convenience.
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Okay shorts may be more convenient, but if bibs feel more comfortable on the bike I suggest you choose comfort over convenience.
Agree. Too bad that the shorts are every bit as comfy as the bibs. Not a single moment of sliding down on a 3hr30min brisk ride today, and no problems whatsoever with the waist strap. I think I actually like the feel of the waist strap better as well since it feels more like normal clothes than bibs.
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I'm with ya, I only wear bibs because I have some due to the overwhelming support for bibs on this board. Shorts seem just as comfortable to me, and with less hassle. It usually ends up that I alternate each ride between bibs and shorts depending on the wash cycle.
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What a brilliant yet classy response
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Not this debate again. Wasn't it just a topic 2 weeks ago?
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Not trying to be a dick but how much more space can bibs take up than shorts? That would have nothing to do with which one I would prefer.
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Old 07-28-12, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by jesspal View Post
Not this debate again. Wasn't it just a topic 2 weeks ago?
This comes around quite often as does the which pedals are best argument.
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Not this debate again. Wasn't it just a topic 2 weeks ago?
Yes.
We need something to fill in the gap between chain lube threads.

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Originally Posted by Carbon Unit View Post
This comes around quite often as does the which pedals are best argument.
I liked shorts when I used speedplays but now that I switched to SPD-SLs I think the bibs work better.
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For me:

Shorts > Bibs

PI Pros > Assos

Of course I took the BF party-line and spent lots of money on Assos Bibs before I learned this lesson.
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This comes around quite often as does the which pedals are best argument.
I'd agree except that ALL the bibs vs shorts threads start off as "why my bibs are so much better than shorts...."
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Originally Posted by jc650 View Post
Not trying to be a dick but how much more space can bibs take up than shorts? That would have nothing to do with which one I would prefer.
I hang 'em in my shower after a quick rinse immediately after use to get as much stuff off of 'em as possible before I let them dry. (I do this because they often go into the laundry 3-4 days later so I want to stop the buildup of bacteria.) It's a lot more compact to have a pair of shorts hanging than bibs. My wife thanks me.
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I liked shorts when I used speedplays but now that I switched to SPD-SLs I think the bibs work better.
Maybe that is why I like my shorts better because I am a Speedplay use.
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1 View Post
I'd agree except that ALL the bibs vs shorts threads start off as "why my bibs are so much better than shorts...."
Yes, you are correct. I am just glad to see someone sticking up for shorts. I can't take the shoulder straps on bibs and have no problem with the waist band on shorts. I will probably never own another pair of bibs again.
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Yes, you are correct. I am just glad to see someone sticking up for shorts. I can't take the shoulder straps on bibs and have no problem with the waist band on shorts. I will probably never own another pair of bibs again.
On shorter rides my legs and lungs are complaining so much the shorts vs bibs hassles don't get a look in.
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At this point in time I prefer the bibs that I own to the shorts that I own. The main difference is that my bibs have thicker padding and better compression than my shorts. On shorter rides, < 30 miles, either configuration will do. Longer rides I want more padding. My next purchase will probably be a better quality shorts configuration.
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Depends on saddle. Which saddle is most comfortable??
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Maybe you guys can help me. My pretty Campy pedals broke, and cash was kinda short that week. So I got a set of super cheap nashbar Look knockoffs to tide me over til I could get something nicer. Long story short, the cheap Nashbar pedals are working great so far. Given all that, do you all think I would prefer bibs or shorts?
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Maybe you guys can help me. My pretty Campy pedals broke, and cash was kinda short that week. So I got a set of super cheap nashbar Look knockoffs to tide me over til I could get something nicer. Long story short, the cheap Nashbar pedals are working great so far. Given all that, do you all think I would prefer bibs or shorts?
I would vote for PI bibs or Assos shorts.

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