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I suppose I'm the only cyclist on the planet who prefers shorts over bibs.

Old 12-25-13, 04:12 PM
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I suppose I'm the only cyclist on the planet who prefers shorts over bibs.

The pad on my shorts was completely worn out after three years of riding 2-4 times a week, and everyone advised (both in person and online) to go with bibs. "Once you try bibs, you'll wonder why you didn't switch years ago" was a common comment. Well, today was my first ride in my brand-new bibs, 40 miles, and I'm thinking of returning them and going back to shorts.

I've heard that one of the advantages of bibs is eliminating the gap between the bottom of the jersey and the top of the shorts. Also, with bibs you don't have the issue of the waistline of shorts sagging.

I'm long and lean (6'02", 160 lbs), and I have a flat stomach, so I never had a problem with the waistline sagging. Also, the gap between jersey and shorts was a non-issue with me...never happened. On the flip side, I don't like how tight the straps on the bibs felt on my chest. I felt constrained during the ride, instead of loose and free with the shorts.

So, call me a contrarian...I'll give it a few more rides with the bibs, but for now, no advantages for me.
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No, but you are the first person to ever start a thread about the merits of bibs versus shorts. Thanks.
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Old 12-25-13, 04:19 PM
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I have both bibs and shorts. On really hot days, I prefer wearing the shorts simply because it is one less layer.
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Wrong bibs. Good bibs wouldn't constrict you with the straps.
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Old 12-25-13, 04:25 PM
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Wrong bibs. Good bibs wouldn't constrict you with the straps.
This.
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Old 12-25-13, 04:27 PM
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Both equally comfortable to me.

But in the winter, it royally sucks ot put the bibs on, put on like 4 layers of whatever on top, then realize you've got to get that pre-ride #2 out before you go out the door. Gotta take off literally everything.
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Old 12-25-13, 04:47 PM
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Hhnngg1 is right about that,,but I tried bibs and that's probably all I'll wear from now on(based on recommendations I received here)and I have a flat stomach too ,not sure what OP meant by that.
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Originally Posted by fstshrk View Post
I have both bibs and shorts. On really hot days, I prefer wearing the shorts simply because it is one less layer.
Yeah, I noticed that today. It was 82 here in Southern California, and the bibs were warmer then the shorts I'm used to because of the extra material in the lower back area, and the straps in front.

I have 30 days to return for refund/or exchange, so I'm going to give them a fair trial.
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Old 12-25-13, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by gc3 View Post
No, but you are the first person to ever start a thread about the merits of bibs versus shorts. Thanks.
Perhaps you should re-read my post. I was pointing out that I seem to be in the minority in preferring shorts over bibs, not starting a debate.
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I don't wear bibs either. I have a pair of Carhartt bibs I bought for work and they get no use, no sense in getting some for cycling and store them unused in the same drawer.

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Originally Posted by RIRview View Post
Yeah, I noticed that today. It was 82 here in Southern California, and the bibs were warmer then the shorts I'm used to because of the extra material in the lower back area, and the straps in front.

I have 30 days to return for refund/or exchange, so I'm going to give them a fair trial.
You're going to wear bibs for 30 days and return them? Nice...
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Old 12-25-13, 05:39 PM
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I prefer shorts
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Shorts for me.
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I prefer shorts as well. don't like the feel of Bibs.
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I don't even like bike shorts. I had to get shorts with chamois with the new bike but am sticking with MTB shorts...I like pockets.

And I wore a bike jersey for the first time today since my wife got me one on sale with long sleeves...its ok but not any better than a Tshirt other than making you waste money getting something you can only wear on a bike.

Not sure I'm up for joining the hip bike crowd
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Originally Posted by nuke_diver View Post
I don't even like bike shorts. I had to get shorts with chamois with the new bike but am sticking with MTB shorts...I like pockets.

And I wore a bike jersey for the first time today since my wife got me one on sale with long sleeves...its ok but not any better than a Tshirt other than making you waste money getting something you can only wear on a bike.

Not sure I'm up for joining the hip bike crowd
Speaking of the minority...
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I am neutral, I actually like both about the same.

One observation, though. Generally the higher end products are bibs only, while the middle of the line you can get both, and bottom of the line you get shorts. I think this fuels the "bibs are better than shorts" fire. Best comparision for bibs vs shorts is to try the SAME manufacturer and same model.
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No, but you are the first person to ever start a thread about the merits of bibs versus shorts. Thanks.
Maybe it depends on whether or not you shave your legs?
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Maybe it depends on whether or not you shave your legs?
Or wave?
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Been riding LG shorts for years and not a problem. Might help since I'm 5'8" and 135lbs. My NIKE Triathlon shorts have taken over from the LG's and preferred them over the LG's. After completing Ironman Florida last month my wife bought me some Sugoi Ironman shorts which are fantastic. Just got a pair of Sugoi Triathlon shorts from Santa, far superior to Nike.
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I started with bibs and transitioned to shorts. Now I will only use shorts.
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP View Post
Wrong bibs. Good bibs wouldn't constrict you with the straps.
I just love the "I know better than you" attitude you get around here sometimes. Good bibs don't constrict *you* with the straps . . . you have no idea how they affect *him*.
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