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RYOUNG78RYOUNG78 Posts: 19
edited January 2010 in Road beginners
Am I right in thinking that unpadded Bib Tights with normal shorts underneath are more comfortable than Bib shorts with an integral pad?


  • curiumcurium Posts: 815
    Possibly, I've not tried. My DHB bib tights could definitely use more padding though
  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    Even if not as/more comfortable, unpadded bib tights plus a pair of normal padded bib shorts are a more versatile combination.
    ie. You can change your shorts daily as normal, while the 'over-tights' can go a few days between washes (if not wet/muddy). Also if you're out on a ride that starts cold, then later warms, you can remove your tights & ride in your shorts.
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  • BikerbaboonBikerbaboon Posts: 1,017
    for me bibs are great as i dont have a waist band that can dig in. So useing non bib shorts under unpadded bib longs sounds counter productive to me. ( I have never tried tbh and dont think i ever will )
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  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    I used to wear shorts with tights over them, and the two waistbands would nearly cut me in half. Bib everything for me now; v. comfy. DHB Merstons with pad for winter. Toasty
  • It might not be as comfortable. There's more material there so the chamois might not be able to fit into the places it used to fit into... If you see what I mean... Therefore you might loose some padding in certain areas where you would have had padding with a thinner material.

    Just a theory, might not be true at all!
  • bobtbuilderbobtbuilder Posts: 1,537
    I prefer a pair of bibtights with a pad. Much more comfy IMO.
  • InfamousInfamous Posts: 1,130
    I use padded bib shorts + padded bib tights, it's more comfortable than just one chamois.
  • morrisjemorrisje Posts: 507
    Shorts under bib tights may not as comfortable as padded bibtights but it adds another layer of warmth.
  • i wear dhb shorts and dhb bibs with padding, more the better for me :lol:
  • Stone GliderStone Glider Posts: 1,227
    A cheap(ish) pair of shorts plus a cheap(ish) pair of tights works for me. The more layers/padding the better for the overweight among us.
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  • manimalmanimal Posts: 434
    keef66 wrote:
    Bib everything for me now; v. comfy. DHB Merstons with pad for winter. Toasty

    +1 here for merstons,great value as well
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 9,675

    padded bib shorts ( / on their own;

    padded bib tights ( on their own; or

    padded waist shorts ( on their own.

    I haven't had any problems so far. The waist shorts are usually reserved for mountain biking where I tend to be hunched over the bars less. I've combined padded waist shorts with Nike running tights before when stuff's been in the wash and I've been desperate!


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  • Infamous wrote:
    I use padded bib shorts + padded bib tights, it's more comfortable than just one chamois.

    +1 there
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  • TommyEssTommyEss Posts: 1,855
    Recently it's been so cold I've been using padded bib shorts teamed up with knee warmers and ski socks, all underneath non-padded fleecey bib tights.

    When the weather's warmer, I tend to use just bib tights, possibly with knee warmers underneath.

    Then I've got bib 3/4s which are frankly a revelation in versatility - and then there's the trusty bib-shorts with knee warmers you can remove for chilly starts to summer mornings - when we get there, of course!

    FWIW - I haven't worn anything on my bottom half without the bib-part since about 2005.
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