Are bib shorts really more comfortable than normal shorts?

boydj

Guru
Location
Paisley
I keep reading that bibs are more comfortable and can understand how they could be. The trouble is I have no problems at all with waist shorts, even on long rides (or 40 miles which is very long for me) so I have no incentive to wear them.

Pro cyclists are normally as thin as rakes, how many of them wear bibs? When they unzip their jerseys on hot days I cannot recall seeing them wearing bibs.
The pros are all wearing bibs or skin suits.
 

sheddy

Guru
Location
Suffolk
Wrong forum. Best to ask a policeman.
 

MntnMan62

Senior Member
Location
Northern NJ
I've never even considered bib shorts. I find regular padded bike shorts to be just fine. Some offer a better pad than others but I assume that is the case with any short or bib short. Frankly I'd probably find the shoulder straps sort of "confining" or restricting. I tend to be a less is more person. On occassion I will have the issue of a smaller shirt riding up and showing parts that I'd rather keep hidden. But if I keep riding and watch my diet, I hope that will be come less and less of a problem. Sticking with regular shorts.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
I wear bib shorts.
I used to wear shorts, with braces and tights over them in winter.... with braces .....
2 pairs of braces .............
Bib shorts and tights are the best .....
My bib shorts and tights come from the Planet X Clubman range .... £24.99 and £29.99 .....
Top Quality Kit !!^_^
All sold out however. Sounds like the OP is shopping now
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLPXCLBS/planet-x-clubman-light-bib-shorts

they do have these though (add postage / return costs)
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLPXP3BS/planet-x-pro-line-365x-bib-shorts
or with 30pc off but no small
https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/CLPXUNBS/planet-x-union-bib-short
 
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Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
I keep reading that bibs are more comfortable and can understand how they could be. The trouble is I have no problems at all with waist shorts, even on long rides (or 40 miles which is very long for me) so I have no incentive to wear them.
Same here. My shorts are perfectly comfortable and give me no problems, so I've never tried bibs.

Other people do prefer them tho.

Find what works and stick with it.
 

Binka

Über Member
Location
Lincoln, uk
I’ve got Endura non bib Xtract shorts which I think are the 400 pad and they’re ok for rides of about 2 hours but then I’m feeling the saddle more.

have just bought some Assos shorts and also 3/4 assos bib “knickers“ and the pad on these seems better than the Endura ones. I wore the bib knickers for the first time the other day, felt ok. I’ve never had an issue with non bib shorts though. However these bib knickers are more of an autumn/spring item and I’m thinking the warmer lower back in colder weather will be good.
 

Teamfixed

Tim Lewis
I used to wear the old style (not lycra) waist shorts with braces and a chamois leather 'pad'
How did we do without gel back then?
 
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