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    Tougher bibs

    I have road bibs that are all fairly lightweight. I'm looking for some tougher more heavy duty bibs. Any suggestions?
    Do the math.

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    I wanted tougher bibs too, but wasn't able to find anything acceptable. I experimented with tougher spandex fabrics, but tougher fabrics don't stretch and fit in the same way as soft fabrics. This is basically why, off the bike, we wear soft underwear with pants, and that's basically how DirtBaggies got started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim-ti View Post
    ...off the bike, we wear soft underwear with pants...
    Yeah, sure. Who doesn't like to wear panties, but that a different issue. I'm looking for bibs that won't snag and will fend off thorns better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    Yeah, sure. Who doesn't like to wear panties, but that a different issue. I'm looking for bibs that won't snag and will fend off thorns better.
    Never heard of such a thing.

    That really is what baggies are for.

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    The Giant-alpecin team has been wearing bibs made with dyneema, which is gruesomely tough. I've seen them turn up on eBay.

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    Over the years I've had some bibs/shorts that were made of thicker tougher material than what seems to the norm nowadays with the premium roadies put on lightweight and breathable. I'll have to check out those Endura bibs. There's and LBS that carries the Endura stuff. Yeah, I've heard of the bibs with Dyneema. I understand the idea was to provide a modicum of road rash protection.

    I have a couple of baggies but much prefer lycra bibs. I don't like the baggies' extra fabric, bulk and looseness on my legs as I pedal, and I have no use for the pockets.
    Do the math.

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    You can try the Pearl Izumi PRO Thermal Bib. I have been riding a pair of them for about 6 years. They just finally got a hole on the inner thigh. (PI sent me some patch material so I'm going to try to fix them). They too suffered from the mighty moose-knuckle that the Endura's above had, but it wasn't too bad. I'd ride with them paired with leg warmers into some pretty cold weather, and oddly enough they wouldn't be too bad if I wore them in summer as well.

    I'm now looking for something new, so this thread is pretty well timed.

    Looks like pretty much every company puts something out from Rapha to Craft and all in between.

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