bib or shorts

nutter772
nutter772 Posts: 5
edited January 2011 in Road beginners
i have recently started cycling and looking for padded shorts but is it worth paying the extra for a bib or is there no difference from shorts?

thanks

lewis

Comments

  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    Always bib - otherwise they need to be tight around your Tum to stayup.
  • meanredspider
    meanredspider Posts: 12,337
    I use both &, I've just realised, have no preference.

    My non-bibs stay up just fine (and they look less like a Freddie Mercury lookalike) and are fractionally more comfortable off the bike and fractionally cooler.
    ROAD < Scott Foil HMX Di2, Volagi Liscio Di2, Jamis Renegade Elite Di2, Cube Reaction Race > ROUGH
  • Lagavulin
    Lagavulin Posts: 1,688
    I'm a convert. Always bib shorts/longs now.
  • +1 for bibs
  • Either for me. No real preference. Though I tend to buy bibs more, it's not because of preference.
  • hugo15
    hugo15 Posts: 1,101
    Bibs all the way. Much better than shorts.
  • lemoncurd
    lemoncurd Posts: 1,428
    Bibs are so much better than shorts, they keep the love handles warm when it's a bit chilly.

    Used to wear shorts but never again.
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    always bibs for me ...
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    Bibs. Always. Nuff said. :)
  • northpole
    northpole Posts: 1,499
    Definitely bibs for me - much more comfortable, particularly around the waist and with breathing - no elasticated waistband.

    Peter
  • don't want to make a new thread, yet don't want to thread jack, although I do have a related question...

    I'm a pretty big dude...5'11", 260 lbs, and I read somewhere that bibs are better for those of us with "protruding stomachs", than shorts. Can someone confirm/deny this, hopefully by experience?
  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Posts: 79,667
    1stGenRex wrote:
    don't want to make a new thread, yet don't want to thread jack, although I do have a related question...

    I'm a pretty big dude...5'11", 260 lbs, and I read somewhere that bibs are better for those of us with "protruding stomachs", than shorts. Can someone confirm/deny this, hopefully by experience?

    I think you may need a man-girdle.....sorry, bib shorts ain't holdin' you in matey. :wink:
  • smithy21
    smithy21 Posts: 2,204
    I have both and can't say I notice any difference once I am on a ride. Overall I would probably go with a decent pair of shorts. Less hassle when you need a pee too.
  • bibs are always better on a bike, better round the front and doesnt "ride" down on the back.
    more hassle when it comes to toilet breaks :D
    skin suits are the way to go though
  • bibs, bibs, and more bibs -- OP surely the most conclusive thread of the year so far?
  • oooh.. I think i might vote for....... BIBS! yes thats right, i remember now..:)
  • milleman
    milleman Posts: 181
    Started with shorts then tried Bib shorts-will never go back to shorts. Bibs are just so much more comfy.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 42,267
    tri-sexual wrote:
    bibs are always better on a bike, better round the front and doesnt "ride" down on the back.
    more hassle when it comes to toilet breaks :D
    skin suits are the way to go though

    Skin suits are not good for general riding unless on a short distance, no pockets to keep bits and pieces and a real hassle going to the toilet. I can't see any advantage in using one for training rides. Another for bibs here, they stay where they should be.
  • edhornby
    edhornby Posts: 1,780
    yep, bibs

    with shorts you get a gap occuring between the top of the short and the bottom of your jersey, cold and unsightly

    also the bibs help keep the padding in the same place when you stand up and sit down again
    "I get paid to make other people suffer on my wheel, how good is that"
    --Jens Voight
  • MattC59
    MattC59 Posts: 5,408
    bibs
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    Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved
  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,470
    Definitely bibshorts. Superior in every way. Once you've tried them, the question will be a non-issue. The very idea of wearing shorts that aren't connected to my shoulders, so that everything isn't nicely stretched out when crouching down into the drops, actually makes me slightly uncomfortable, like the idea of nails being dragged down a blackboard....
  • dmclite wrote:
    1stGenRex wrote:
    don't want to make a new thread, yet don't want to thread jack, although I do have a related question...

    I'm a pretty big dude...5'11", 260 lbs, and I read somewhere that bibs are better for those of us with "protruding stomachs", than shorts. Can someone confirm/deny this, hopefully by experience?

    I think you may need a man-girdle.....sorry, bib shorts ain't holdin' you in matey. :wink:

    :lol: not really asking for that purpose, but I would imagine the bib would move around less...