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Now I get the Lycra thing!

Old 03-09-13, 04:33 PM
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Now I get the Lycra thing!

I sucked it up and bought spandex shorts for cycling. I did 20 miles today and I was sooooo comfortable! It was alot easier to keep my pace. I was getting sore in basketball shorts. I want to get bibs but the shorts were cheaper. I'm a believer now.
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Originally Posted by VeloNewbie View Post
I sucked it up and bought spandex shorts for cycling. I did 20 miles today and I was sooooo comfortable! It was alot easier to keep my pace. I was getting sore in basketball shorts. I want to get bibs but the shorts were cheaper. I'm a believer now.
wait until you try bibs....and a cycling jersey....and cycling shoes...
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Attach some clip-on suspenders, loosen the waist drawstring, and you have budget bibs.
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Yup...turns out there's a reason we all look kinda strange out there. It's just better.

Welcome and congrats! You have a lot of awesome discoveries and times ahead of you. Kinda jealous.
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Originally Posted by oldbobcat View Post
Attach some clip-on suspenders, loosen the waist drawstring, and you have budget bibs.
Ha! That's awsome
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
Yup...turns out there's a reason we all look kinda strange out there. It's just better.

Welcome and congrats! You have a lot of awesome discoveries and times ahead of you. Kinda jealous.
I remember when I started road cycling like a year ago, there were alot of things I didn't understand about the things other roadies did. Now I'm starting to understand alot of it. Lol
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Save your cash, get some bibs. Some people swear by shorts, but the majority of cyclists that try bibs stick with bibs. I am but one of that majority.
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i do it just cuz im sexy
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Go get some bibs now, you will love them even more.
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i wear bibs because they make me look like Andre the Giant....that and they are so comfy.
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i wear bibs because they make me look like Andre the Giant....that and they are so comfy.
this Andre the Giant?



or THIS Andre the Giant?

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Unfortunately the first one.
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Unfortunately the first one.
well... they say black is slimming...
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I just got some shorts yesterday. The difference is astounding, I can't believe I wasn't riding with them the whole time.
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break out the razor and do the legs..silky smooth tanned legs =speed plus the ladies luv it
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
wait until you try bibs....and a cycling jersey....and cycling shoes...
Can someone explain the value of bibs? I've been "back on the bike" since '08 and have pretty much everything you need, and like most of us, I've bought some things I just wanted. Yet, I've always opted for traditional cycling shorts rather than bibs. Is there really a benefit or is it more of a preference thing?
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Can someone explain the value of bibs? I've been "back on the bike" since '08 and have pretty much everything you need, and like most of us, I've bought some things I just wanted. Yet, I've always opted for traditional cycling shorts rather than bibs. Is there really a benefit or is it more of a preference thing?
Just buy a set and report back.
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i do it just cuz im sexy
I am too sexy for my bike clothes...too sexy for my bike shoes...too sexy for my bike helmet.
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wait until you try bibs....and a cycling jersey....and cycling shoes...
Can someone explain the value of bibs? I've been "back on the bike" since '08 and have pretty much everything you need, and like most of us, I've bought some things I just wanted. Yet, I've always opted for traditional cycling shorts rather than bibs. Is there really a benefit or is it more of a preference thing?
It's a preference thing. I tried several bibs and didn't like any of them. I'm much more comfortable in my shorts.
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I admit that I"ve yet to try bibs and wonder what the advantage could be - I suppose they stay pulled "up" better.

But early on I did go through that sequence of discoveries - from cut-off sweat pants to shorts, from t-shirts to jerseys, from gardening gloves to padded cycling gloves, etc. With each step I became more of a mamil and more of an embarrassment to my teenage daughter, but the gear does what it is supposed to do in a way that the fred uniform does not.
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I ride with a buddy who's partially moons me while riding with his shorts. I've been trying to get him to convert to bibs. They keep the chamois in place better IME.

At least when I ride with him it makes me HTFU and pull
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