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· Lizzie will ride free
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Yeah, I know you guys all buy the expensive stuff, but I have good luck with Performance Elite bibs. I think they normally sell for about 60 bucks a pair. They are on sale for somethig like $34, so they are a good deal.

They are the ones with the thin fake chamois -- not the diaper.

Thought you would like to know.
 

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I am not a velo-duds snob, but...

Performance-branded stuff usually gives you about what you pay for, and sometimes a bit less. For similar $ you can get basic bibs from Voler (USA made) that fit and wear better, and you don't have to deal with "Performance" lethargic order processing.
Velowear.com I think.


jplatzner said:
Yeah, I know you guys all buy the expensive stuff, but I have good luck with Performance Elite bibs. I think they normally sell for about 60 bucks a pair. They are on sale for somethig like $34, so they are a good deal.

They are the ones with the thin fake chamois -- not the diaper.

Thought you would like to know.
 

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elvisVerde said:
Performance-branded stuff usually gives you about what you pay for, and sometimes a bit less. For similar $ you can get basic bibs from Voler (USA made) that fit and wear better, and you don't have to deal with "Performance" lethargic order processing.
Velowear.com I think.

Actually, a few years ago, performance sold a pretty decent bib- their top end model. It had the blue pad.
 

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I like mine as well....

I've got 2 pairs of the 2005 ultra bibs- they're 2nd only to my assos shorts. Only issue w/ them is how they're wearing out from contact w/ the saddle. But- the joy of performance- save the receipt and send them back when they get too threadbare w/ a letter complaining about quality compared to other bibs I own and they'll replace them.
 

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Mdeth1313 said:
I've got 2 pairs of the 2005 ultra bibs- they're 2nd only to my assos shorts. Only issue w/ them is how they're wearing out from contact w/ the saddle. But- the joy of performance- save the receipt and send them back when they get too threadbare w/ a letter complaining about quality compared to other bibs I own and they'll replace them.

Tacky, dude.
 

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not really--

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Tacky, dude.

not really tacky at all- DUDE- if they were of the quality performance loves to claim they are, they wouldnt wear so quickly! FYI- I've never had ANY bibshorts I've owned start wearing like this after wearing them only a few times.

But hey- I'll be tacky, but I'll get my money's worth.
 

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The ultra bibs are on sale right now for 2 for $94.
love these things ... wish assos or castelli fit me better (tried them both - no go). Apparently the performance ultra's fit best. Hate the logo, love the shorts. (wonder if I could scam some little scorpoin stickers? grin). Didn't notice the killer deal on bibs - performance trip for me tomorrow...
 

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For those with ASSoS bibs et al

For those of you who have the more expensive bibs (i.e. Assos) how often do you use them? I rotate 3 bibs and one pair of shorts for all my cycling needs. I ride 4 to 5 times a week. Most of it is commuting. Club racing on Saturdays and, hopefully, when I have the day off, a long ride on Sundays. I like Performance Elite bibs (with the blue chamois) and for 34 bucks and some change I think they are an exceptional value. They usually last until the next 34 dollar bib short sale comes around!
 

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I love my ASSos bibs because they keep my ASSos comfy

say what you want- I finally had the extra money and went w/ 2 pairs of f1 uno bibs by assos. They're all I've been using on rides over 50 miles. Performance ultras are pretty good (compare the chamois to demarchi bibs) - I just got a pair of descente aero x pros- havent tried them out yet.
bottom line- my butt never gave me any trouble- I ride between 5000 and 6500 miles a year- last year I started having trouble- the better the shorts fit, the less trouble I had. So far I've learned you do get what you pay for, if you do the research.
 

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How long do they last?

Mdeth1313 said:
- I ride between 5000 and 6500 miles a year- last year I started having trouble- the better the shorts fit, the less trouble I had. So far I've learned you do get what you pay for, if you do the research.
How long do your Assos last? I usually get a my Performance Elite bibs to last about a year (ususally I get them to last longer if I hand wash them but lately I've been lazy). How long should good quality cycling shorts/bibs last?
 

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depends....

on which ones. I've only had the assos shorts since feb, but the guys I know who own pairs have had them for years. I just sold a bunch of used team kits on ebay from 2000-2001. Giordana, biemme bibs were still in great shape.
The performance ultra bibs seem to wear a lot quicker than anything else I've owned.
 

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A pair of Performance elite bib shorts (purchased in September) were my favorite shorts for fit until a seam chafed enough to cut me on a six hour ride. Not long afterward a different seam unravelled. I'll probably send them back, debating for credit or replacement.

Voler shorts last forever, though the chamois is a bit thick. They've changed the chamois recently so I'm not sure I like them as much, but they still appear long lasting. Pearl Izumi also wear great.

I had a pair of (very expensive) Assos shorts several years ago that lasted about two months, won't waste money on them again.

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