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    Bibs or shorts for Clydesdales?

    I need some new riding shorts, and I was thinking about trying a bib-style short. I have some friends who swear by them, but they are not of Clydesdale dimensions. I am (6'3", 235 (small frame, donut gut). Has anyone tried bibs? I do have problems with the top of my shorts rolling over and sliding down, and it seems like bibs might work better. Any opinions, and if so, any brand recommendations? A big thanks. hhn

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    Try them

    Once you go bibs you wo't go back to shorts. I have Castelli and they are ver comfy but the stitching is only so so.
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    No question - go for the bibs. I just got my first set (DeFeet) after years of resisting. A little pricey at $120, but I will never buy another pair of regular shorts.

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    Bibs.

    I stopped using my shorts, and wound up with multiple sets of bibs. THe only drawback is re-training yourself to take a leak. Bib knickers are even worse (but I love them also)

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    DIY bibs ...

    Quote Originally Posted by y2kdad99
    I need some new riding shorts, and I was thinking about trying a bib-style short. I have some friends who swear by them, but they are not of Clydesdale dimensions. I am (6'3", 235 (small frame, donut gut). Has anyone tried bibs? I do have problems with the top of my shorts rolling over and sliding down, and it seems like bibs might work better. Any opinions, and if so, any brand recommendations? A big thanks. hhn
    Bibs are more expensive and they are a pain in the ass if you have to take a $||i+ in the woods. I approximate using normal lycra and dress suspenders.

    Hooking and unhooking for breaks is easy without having to undress your entire upper half. And that comes in handy in the winter.

    BTW, I really like riding shorts to "ride up" since it's important that the chamois fits tight and doesn't slide around. It's also nice if your overly large belly isn't hanging over the shorts or your ass crack hanging out the back ;-)

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    I switched to bibs about a year ago, and there's no going back.

    Check out the Performance bib shorts -- the Ultras are on par with the quality of Pearli, Castelli, etc, and sometimes on a great sale.

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    Another vote for bibs...

    Another vote for bibs here. They work very well for all types of riding. And they don't slide down exposing your inner plumber.

    Ken

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    Bibs 110%!! After wearing bibs, I haven't worn shorts again. I have 4 pairs of bibs in my rotation. Money well spent. Just make sure they work for taking a whiz... mine are cut low in the front so its no problem to stretch them down to do business.

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    There's

    something about loitering around the trailhead post ride, brew in hand and wearing nothing but bibs and flip flops.

    Very liberating.
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    http://www.longscycle.com/webstore/s...?categoryid=30


    longscycle web site bibs for 24.98 !!!! great deals name brands ....

    Bibs are the best !!

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    No to bibs!

    Just kidding, bibs are great. I like Voler. They're not real inexpensive but you get very good quality for the price.
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    in addition to being way more comfortable, bibs hold in the ponch (I'm only half-joking).

    Voler are my fav. They are about the best cost/quality ratio I've found. Any cheaper and you get into performace-quality (the ones that feel like the pad was sewn in with fishing line), any more expensive just seems like a waste - I can't tell a difference and I'd sure hate to crash and tear a $150 bib. I've found the pads on voler, PI and bellweather to be pretty similar.

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    I also vote for bibs, the one thing clydes and roadies have in common

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    yes to bibs

    I say yes to bibs, I have had good luck with performance bibs. they are cheap, U.S.A. made, and seem to last well.

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    Performance

    has become my source for bibs. As my old regular shorts and old bibs have been dying out, I've been replacing them with XXL bibs from Performance.com. Ofcourse, I did the mandatory fitting at the store.
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