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    bibs or shorts

    I may sound like a noob, but, which are better for riding and racing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jef leppard
    I may sound like a noob, but, which are better for riding and racing?
    Bibs if you have a gut.

    But this is probably the wrong forum for guys with a gut. No?

    I'd wear bibs even with a 6-pack.
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    I use both. Bibs are more comfortable as you don't have elastic around your stomach. However when it's really hot I'll go the standard knicks as they are a bit cooler.
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    no gut

    Thanks, I don't have a gut to speak of and the cold doesn't bother me, so I think I'm going to go with just the shorts. I'm switching from baggy shorts to tights so hopefully I won't get hung up anymore .

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    I don't have a gut either, but I find bibs more comfortable just the same.
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    nothing but bibs. they should outlaw shorts. I don't want to see your hairy ass while I'm trying my hardest to pass you...

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    Gut? I race/ride in bibs 99% of the time. Far superior imo.
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    I recently got a pair of bibs. Definitely more comfy than shorts.
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    I use both...the thing I don't like about bibs is they are a little hotter than just shorts and they seem to be a little restrictive. I'm somewhat tall and skinny and to have the shorts part of the bib fit me, I have to buy a smaller size than a size that would fit my height. I hope that makes sense.

    Most of the time, I'm wearing shorts but on cold mornings its nice to have the bibs.

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    bibs- comfort rules

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    +1 for bibs. On hot days I will wear shorts. And if I'm doing more trail/all mountain stuff where I'm more likely to fall off my bike, it's baggies. Mostly so that I'm don't shred up the lycra when I hit the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamandy
    nothing but bibs. they should outlaw shorts. I don't want to see your hairy ass while I'm trying my hardest to pass you...
    sorry


    I prefer bibs over shorts, especially on cooler days...the one thing i dont like is its a pain to pee

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    bibs, I'll add to the gut thing but from the opposite end of the spectrum. If you are a skinny guy with no ass they stay in place without squishin yo stomach to the nth degree of uncomfortable. I have some shorts but rarely wear them anymore, oh yeah if you buy Giordana bibs they have an ipod holster on the back suspender thing which is about the neatest thing in the world (pretty sure it was put there for pro-teams radios but iPods are hipper than radios).

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    Have both, and I actually prefer (lycra) shorts instead of bibs, but I'll admit I'm way into the minority. Any time you poll a group of people who train and race regularly you can expect to hear that bibs are preferred.

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    bibs all the way. i feel more supported in bibs too, my ass never hangs out and they never fall down.

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    hmmm, i have never used a bib before, i might buy one to try out!!

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    Bibs!

    I dig the bibs. Never have to worry about plumber butt. I teammate of mine likes regular shorts 'cause he say bibs chaffe his nips in long races.
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    BIBS
    I never wear shorts anymore, Bibs are way more comfortable
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    Hum, seems like you're buying shorts to big for you Can't say as in the little time I've been wearing lycra shorts that I've ever had any of those feelings - the damn things almost fit me up to my chest.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jersey
    bibs all the way. i feel more supported in bibs too, my ass never hangs out and they never fall down.
    What I'd like is a couple recommendations for brands of shorts with padding that doesn't move around and doesn't feel like a diaper. SO far I've only got 2 pairs - 1 TREK and 1 fropm Saftey Co. - the ones from TREK have a skinny liner, but don't move about and are pretty comfy even on long rides, and the ones from Saftey have a thick a$$ pad and move about a lot - both Large.
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    Bibs all the way!

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    Bib shorts, bib knickers, bib tights. No shorts on me since 1987. I hate shorts because the drawstrings never hold the shorts in place. As said before, I don't need to moon anyone or have someone think I'm a plumber.
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    Bibs all the way!

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    bibs, and if you do have a gut, it's like a suspension hammock for it.

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    Before I go out and buy a set of bibs, how do you pee on the trail with those? I stop at least once on my rides and, with shorts, I don't even have to get off the bike to take a leak if I don't want to. Do you have to basically undress to take a leak?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toybox
    Before I go out and buy a set of bibs, how do you pee on the trail with those? I stop at least once on my rides and, with shorts, I don't even have to get off the bike to take a leak if I don't want to. Do you have to basically undress to take a leak?
    Procedure as follows ; pull front of jersey up, yank front edge of bibs down, yank thing (gently ) over top of bibs, expel bodily fluids as required.

    Really though, it just works. Pro roadies actually to do this while they're still actually rolling along on their bikes sometimes, so you'll have to trust that it can be done fairly easily standing at the side of a trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Procedure as follows ; pull front of jersey up, yank front edge of bibs down, yank thing (gently ) over top of bibs, expel bodily fluids as required.

    Really though, it just works. Pro roadies actually to do this while they're still actually rolling along on their bikes sometimes, so you'll have to trust that it can be done fairly easily standing at the side of a trail.
    i thought the pro guys pulled up the leg of their shorts etc...

    'course then you risk peeing down the inside of your leg and into your sock/shoe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Circlip
    Procedure as follows ; pull front of jersey up, yank front edge of bibs down, yank thing (gently ) over top of bibs, expel bodily fluids as required.

    Really though, it just works. Pro roadies actually to do this while they're still actually rolling along on their bikes sometimes, so you'll have to trust that it can be done fairly easily standing at the side of a trail.

    really?? well either my bibs go up higher, or maybe I have a smaller....err nevermind

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    Bib Baggies?

    Here's an idea, Bib-Baggies. The fit and feel of bibs but the not-so-dorky look of bibs. Does anyone make 'em? Where can I get some?

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    bibs. Unless, like Some Guy said, it's really hot. Then I'll wear shorts. Living in Florida I wear shorts a lot in july and august.

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    how about normal bibs, and you put on baggies over them (obviously ones w/o a chamois)

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    "Here's an idea, Bib-Baggies. The fit and feel of bibs but the not-so-dorky look of bibs. Does anyone make 'em? Where can I get some?"

    how about normal bibs, and you put on baggies over them (obviously ones w/o a chamois)

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    Peeing is easy. Do you dress left or right? Pull up corresponding leg of shorts high enough to expose necessary equipment, expel fluids, lower leg of shorts.

    Some pro roadies can actually do this while riding. Just make sure you're not behind them.

    It's the solid waste expulsion that is a little more complicated...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OCscs
    Here's an idea, Bib-Baggies. The fit and feel of bibs but the not-so-dorky look of bibs. Does anyone make 'em? Where can I get some?

    I don't know why they don't make bib baggies. It would cure the ever present plumber's crack issue once and for all. However, I don't think it's dorky to wear bike shorts/bib while biking. It's only dorky if you wear bike shorts while not biking. Like at the grocery, "Yeah, I was just riding my bike...check out my glutes."
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    i thought the pro guys pulled up the leg of their shorts etc...

    'course then you risk peeing down the inside of your leg and into your sock/shoe.

    rt (just ordered my 1st pr of bibs)
    Shows how much I (don't) know. It obviously takes a woman to tell a man how to pee properly. As the counter-culture guy who actually prefers shorts, I suppose I should have left that question to one of our more experienced bib users.

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    Yup. Hunch over while pulling the top of the bib down..easy as pie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    i thought the pro guys pulled up the leg of their shorts etc...

    'course then you risk peeing down the inside of your leg and into your sock/shoe.

    rt (just ordered my 1st pr of bibs)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew
    It's only dorky if you wear bike shorts while not biking.
    Ahh... exactly what lightweight, black nylon basketball shorts were made for! The perfect coverup.
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    bibs all the time, unless its a short mtb ride and i just dont care... but for road... bibs 24/7

    http://castelli-us.com/pm-626-1-ypro-bib-short.aspx

    i have 2 pair of those, i love them

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    Bibs help keep your business put but shorts are cooler. I wish someone would come out with shorts that keep ur stuff where it belongs rather than sitting on it.
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