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Why bibs?

Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
edited March 2009 in Commuting chat
I'm going to need some new shorts very soon and am wondering what to get... after seeing DDDs article on kit to buy he says bibs but not shorts... so why?
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  • gtvlussogtvlusso Posts: 5,112
    edited March 2009
    So that you don't show off your censored crack when you get on the drops and floor it.....!

    Also means that they don't work down your legs when you're doing distance......
  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    For me, no uncomfortable waist band. Also, the bib covers the kidneys with another layer, which is good for those with less insulation...
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  • Christophe3967Christophe3967 Posts: 1,200
    jonginge wrote:
    For me, no uncomfortable waist band. Also, the bib covers the kidneys with another layer, which is good for those with less insulation...

    +1.

    OK - I can't comment on the insulation aspect. :(
  • Rich158Rich158 Posts: 2,348
    +1 to no waist band. I don't feel like I'm being cut in half with bibs, which I do with shorts. The only downside is lack of access when you need a pee :? Not an problem with commuting but may be an issue with longer rides.
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  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,146
    Bibs hold the Chamois in place more securely, less chance of slippage = comfier! Plus all the reasons listed above.
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    okay - so is there a HEIGHT specification for bibs?

    I don't want to look like Sasha in his mankini!!! :shock:

    I'm 6' and weigh in at 14st 10 with associated chunkiness.... :oops:
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  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    jonginge wrote:
    For me, no uncomfortable waist band. Also, the bib covers the kidneys with another layer, which is good for those with less insulation...

    +1

    Plus they feel sexy.... Oh come on they do... If it's not called a mankini its not ghey to admit they're sexy... :roll: :roll: :roll:
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  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    I have only ordinary shorts and tbh I've never found them uncomfortable, though one pair (polaris brand) do slip a little bit. The DHB ones I have, on the other hand, do a perfect job.
  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    okay - so is there a HEIGHT specification for bibs?

    I don't want to look like Sasha in his mankini!!! :shock:

    I'm 6' and weigh in at 14st 10 with associated chunkiness.... :oops:
    Unfortunately, sizing is very variable between brands. That said bibs are a bit more forgiving to the chunky than waist shorts. Try before you buy (or some merchants have good returns policies). The shoulder loops, or braces if you will, should feel slightly tight when stood upright but ok when normal cycling position is adopted.
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  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,146
    biondino wrote:
    I have only ordinary shorts and tbh I've never found them uncomfortable, though one pair (polaris brand) do slip a little bit. The DHB ones I have, on the other hand, do a perfect job.

    Try upping the mileage in them and you'll soon see why Bibs are the common choice - well that's how I found out anyway.
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  • edhornbyedhornby Posts: 1,780
    if you're out riding and need to stop to 'adjust your hydration levels' - roll up one leg to relieve oneself
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  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Jash, apart from the IOW ride I think all the 50+ mile rides I've done have been in shorts! (never done over 70 miles, though). Maybe I'm just the right shape for shorts, I dunno. Even so, I don't know if the budget conscious, shorts-owning cyclist should feel obliged to buy bib versions if he/she is happy with what they've already got.
  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,146
    biondino wrote:
    Jash, apart from the IOW ride I think all the 50+ mile rides I've done have been in shorts! (never done over 70 miles, though). Maybe I'm just the right shape for shorts, I dunno. Even so, I don't know if the budget conscious, shorts-owning cyclist should feel obliged to buy bib versions if he/she is happy with what they've already got.

    Horses for courses of course. I was wary of bibs at first - mainly due to the lovely mankini look they provide, but got fed up with shorts on my first 50+ mile ride when the chamois started to move about (perhaps a nasty sweat meets saddle issue) and having to make constant adjustments was annoying to say the least. Never had that issue with bibs, but then the shorts were from Spesh and none of my bibs are Spesh - so no direct comparison to be made there. IME bibs all the way though.
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Well people are recommending the DHB earnley at the moment, but I can't work out whether i should be medium or large as the jump seems quite big between them
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  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    Well people are recommending the DHB earnley at the moment, but I can't work out whether i should be medium or large as the jump seems quite big between them
    Got some dhb bibs last year. Medium fitted me well and I'm 5'10" and svelte...
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    Large then! :D

    Actually I've read some more and the recommendation is to go for: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/dhb_M ... 360038993/
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  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    Large then! :D

    Actually I've read some more and the recommendation is to go for: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/dhb_M ... 360038993/
    Yep. They're good, too. Too warm for me just now. I wore mine for the commute from last Dec to mid Feb. In standard bibs and leg warmers now.
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  • CheshleyCheshley Posts: 1,448
    okay - so is there a HEIGHT specification for bibs?

    I don't want to look like Sasha in his mankini!!! :shock:

    I'm 6' and weigh in at 14st 10 with associated chunkiness.... :oops:

    At 6ft 5 I had trouble finding long bibs to fit as when I pulled the shoulder straps up my voice got rather squeaky. The only ones I found that were long enough in the body were an XXXXL pair and while the length was good they were made for someone about 5 stone heavier than me, and I aint what you might call streamlined!!!!!
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  • AndyMancAndyManc Posts: 1,393
    Anyone used these ..........

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/dhb_Finchdean_Bib_Shorts/5360035435/

    I'm after my first bib shorts, never really got on with padded shorts before, maybe because they were cheap ones . :?




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  • AguilaAguila Posts: 622
    Rapha bib shorts:

    http://www.rapha.cc/index.php?page=646

    Yes they are expensive but I own some dhb ones too which are very good. But.... I never wear them now because the rapha ones are so amazing.

    If you are going to do any kind of long distances I promise you they are worth it.
  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    jonginge wrote:
    Large then! :D

    Actually I've read some more and the recommendation is to go for: http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/dhb_M ... 360038993/
    Yep. They're good, too. Too warm for me just now. I wore mine for the commute from last Dec to mid Feb. In standard bibs and leg warmers now.

    So earnley for warm weather and merston for cooler.... hokay & thanks :)
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 19,717
    I have both pairs I think one have zipped ankles and front with warm fleece lining the other is alarmingly tight and smooth to touch which seems to attract the attention of non cyclists.

    For example the woman driver asking directions last week without making eye contact once :shock:
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  • Kieran_BurnsKieran_Burns Posts: 10,052
    itboffin wrote:
    I have both pairs I think one have zipped ankles and front with warm fleece lining the other is alarmingly tight and smooth to touch which seems to attract the attention of non cyclists.

    For example the woman driver asking directions last week without making eye contact once :shock:

    You git! :P

    That was a coffee keyboard moment!!! :lol:

    "Excuse me? Are you talking to my penis?"

    Right I'm buying both :D
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  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    Cheshley wrote:
    okay - so is there a HEIGHT specification for bibs?

    I don't want to look like Sasha in his mankini!!! :shock:

    I'm 6' and weigh in at 14st 10 with associated chunkiness.... :oops:

    At 6ft 5 I had trouble finding long bibs to fit as when I pulled the shoulder straps up my voice got rather squeaky. The only ones I found that were long enough in the body were an XXXXL pair and while the length was good they were made for someone about 5 stone heavier than me, and I aint what you might call streamlined!!!!!

    Same height as me.. try Pearl Izumi or Campagnolo



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  • DomProDomPro Posts: 321
    I just ordered some bibshorts from Ribble: Lusso coolmax 10 Panel progel. They have good reviews and are within my budget. Anyone got Lusso bibshorts?
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