Bib vs. Shorts

  • gwuinsf

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    Dec 14, 2009 11:39 PM GMT
    Could someone explain the advantage of bib vs. shorts to me?
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    Dec 15, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    The guys I know who like bibs like them because they stay in place. I assume shorts tend to walk off their ass as they ride. May have something to do with the size of their glutes....

    I prefer shorts the best and have only found one pair of bibs that I ever really liked how they fit me. Plus bib's are a real pain if you need to hit the can.

    Cycling shorts/bibs must feel good if you plan to ride much and they all fit a bit different. Try some and see what you like.
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    Dec 17, 2009 8:29 PM GMT
    i love bibs. THe only reason i don't have any now is their price. They're way more expensive than their short counterpart.
    They stay up which in mtbiking is a big plus. So often on a steep downhill you need to slide off the saddle with your butt practically touching your rear tire.
    Thing is when you get back on saddle and your shorts get stuck at the back of the saddle. Especially happens when it;s really hot and the shorts are wet and more stretchy. Hate that!

    As for taking a leak when yo got them on, you can pull up one of the legs and
    and squeeze your dick out. Otherwise , yeah, you got to take everything off.

    One piece suits are great too, they have a full frontal zip , but no rear pockets.
    Most suited for racing. But you can carry a camelback and stuff it with all you need.


  • tas_515

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    Dec 17, 2009 8:52 PM GMT
    winstonguy saidI dont like bibs at all, especially in the summer because they are hot and they chafe my nipples! Never had any problem with regular shorts staying in place.


    For your sore nips:

    Vaseline-Petroleum-Jelly-LSS_i_LBM89580.
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    Dec 18, 2009 3:25 AM GMT
    i always always always put some massage oil or a cream between my legs before wearing shorts.
    currently using a good quality lavender oil. It's adds such a nice little gay touch.
  • gwuinsf

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    Dec 18, 2009 9:49 PM GMT
    I've never had a problem with my shorts sliding. Yeah and the price.

    But they look hot when a guy pulls them down icon_wink.gif
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    Dec 20, 2009 11:31 PM GMT
    sliding is a typical mtbiking issue.
    roadies don't experience such things really, they live such a mundane existence. teehee.
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    Dec 20, 2009 11:38 PM GMT
    What the fuck is a bib? I thought those were for babies or on overalls.
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    Dec 24, 2009 5:43 AM GMT
    picture a wife beater stitched to a lycra short , result: bib short.
    they prevent the short from going down ever, it keeps it tight .

    wow, i want this:
    http://www.pearlizumi.com/product.php?mode=view&product_id=758231
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    Jan 23, 2010 9:27 AM GMT
    Or as a fellow realjock member called mine a wrestling singlet. Also, when I was in Paris, cycling clothes were way cheaper there then they are here.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jan 27, 2010 10:46 PM GMT
    Bibs are for farmers, not for cycling athletes. No I don't own a bib and I see no legitimate reason to wear one. Tight fitting cycling shorts are more than adequate enough. As for these cyclists with the big glutes causing their cycling shorts to bunch up or fall off, that is because their tight fitting cycling shorts are not properly fitted in the first place so what do they expect?
  • kryvj

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    Mar 22, 2010 4:15 AM GMT
    Some people also say they like bibs because they aren't as tight at the waist. I have both, and personally, the difficulty of taking a piss with bibs outweighs their advantages, in my opinion. If it weren't for that, it would be a tossup.
  • shortGymCA

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    Mar 22, 2010 4:39 AM GMT
    On the pissing issue,. I have bibs with a low cut front like below my navel so I can just pull my junk out and take a piss just fine.
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    Mar 23, 2010 9:51 PM GMT
    Bibs are all I wear. Haven't worn shorts for 15+ years and would never go back. Hearing a lot of negative things from guys who have never worn them.

    Anyway, they are certainly more comfortable with no elastic band around the waist. The straps are wide and comfortable. If they are eating your nips, then try another manufacturer, or use some vaseline, or a bandaid.

    They don't ride up or ride down. Yeah you have to learn to relieve yourself in them, but hey that is the only thing.

    You should also be looking for a full zippered jersey too...makes getting in an out of lots easier.

    All that being said, not all bibs are the same, try different ones: Assos, Voler, Bergamo, Castelli, Capo, Nalini, Louis Garneau, PI, etc. the list goes on. I personally don't like the fit and feel of LG and PI stuff. And I am lucky that I like the Voler stuff, as it is relatively inexpensive. I also love Bergamo bibs, they are terrific.

    Another more important aspect of getting bibs, are that most of the top offerings in chamois, construction and fit are only offered in a bib format. The shorts are usually a lesser grade of stitching and chamois.

    Another thing to consider is sizing for bibs and full zip jerseys are usually euro "race-cut" sizing, so they generally run small. (eg if you are used to getting SM, get Med instead, if you are Med, get Large...etc.)

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    Mar 23, 2010 10:03 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidBibs are for farmers, not for cycling athletes. No I don't own a bib and I see no legitimate reason to wear one. Tight fitting cycling shorts are more than adequate enough. As for these cyclists with the big glutes causing their cycling shorts to bunch up or fall off, that is because their tight fitting cycling shorts are not properly fitted in the first place so what do they expect?


    Sorry roadbikeRob, but that is just plain wrong. I don't know of one serious cycling athlete, from Pro-tour on down to the local amateur levels that don't wear bibs. If they race for a team, they are wearing bibs or skinsuits, period. Even Tri-athletes, especially the serious ones, who value transition time like it is the second coming, wear bibs or skinsuits.
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    Mar 23, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    bikethere saidIf they are eating your nips, then try another manufacturer, or use some vaseline, or a bandaid.


    Or Bodyglide -- doesn't stain.
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    Mar 23, 2010 10:10 PM GMT
    LaxJock73 said
    bikethere saidIf they are eating your nips, then try another manufacturer, or use some vaseline, or a bandaid.


    Or Bodyglide -- doesn't stain.


    I was going to say HTFU, but that wouldn't be nice. icon_wink.gif
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    May 31, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    bibs all the way. Not only do they stay in place (it's very easy to accidentally tug on your shorts with the tip of your saddle in a sprint, or during on/off saddle transitions on a MTB), but they're much more comfortable on long rides, since you don't have an elastic seam digging into your gut when you're bent over the bars for several hours.
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    May 31, 2010 4:56 PM GMT
    i never liked bibs. and while we're on the subject, the most comfortable shorts i've found are pearl izumi tri shorts icon_smile.gif
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    May 31, 2010 4:57 PM GMT
    You should try pearl izumi bibs. ;)
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    Jun 01, 2010 2:43 AM GMT
    I will be the voice of dissent and say I hate Pear Izumi shorts. They always pinch my testicles (have owned three pair). I swear by three brands: Voler, Verge, and Champion Systems. All bibs, though. Will NOT wear shorts. They put awkward indentations in your skin and make you look like you have fat rolls when you don't.

    Patrick
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    Jun 02, 2010 5:06 AM GMT
    hey, i love my Pearl Izumi shorts..haha.

    but i still prefer Giordana.

  • Jun 02, 2010 5:28 AM GMT
    I think bibs are more comfortable for long rides. The biggest issue for me is when you have to pee in the middle of a ride--especially when it's cool outside. Make the quick pee on the side of the road a LOT more difficult and time-consuming, cause you generally have to take your top off, too.
  • hdbu

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    Jun 02, 2010 5:33 AM GMT
    sxydrkhair saidI am so confused... What is Bib?

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/images/dhb-knowle-bs-z-med.jpg
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    Jun 03, 2010 3:02 PM GMT
    multisportmansf saidI think bibs are more comfortable for long rides. The biggest issue for me is when you have to pee in the middle of a ride--especially when it's cool outside. Make the quick pee on the side of the road a LOT more difficult and time-consuming, cause you generally have to take your top off, too.


    Just stretch the front down, no problem. You certainly don't need to remove or even unzip your top. The bib straps have plenty of stretch, as does the lycra of the short.

    Alternatively, roll up one leg, a bit more advanced, but it works too.