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chrislh said:
i noticed that pretty much every pro on TV wears bib shorts. what's the great advantage or why do they?
It's a comfort thing. I started wearing bibs about a year ago (found some on a killer sale). Ever since then, I hate not wearing them. The elastic waist (on most shorts) can be uncomfortable on longer rides. The elastic starts to cut in a little too much. With bibs, as long as they are cut to fit your torso correctly, fit more comfortably. I now have 3 pairs (one are knickers), and 2 more on the way (new team kit, Hincapie bibs).

Bibs only have one downside... peeing. I've heard some people pull the bibs down in front and lift over, that's a crock of sh*t unless you're John Holmes... most (as the pro riders do) lift the leg and pull out from there.

I suggest finding a good sale on some bibs (Salini's can be found reasonably priced) and try them out. The only time I wear regular shorts now is if I'm just out running errands and throw them on under regular shorts (going to the market and need pockets) or if I'm just doing a short spin on the rollers.
 

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thanks konaman, if i wear a med. in shorts then a med. in bibs should be ok? i am slender build, if that matters. yea i heard peeing was a pain. no porn star here, so i guess i'll try the roll up method. thanks for the reply
 

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Height is the most important factor in bibs sizing, I wear Medium shorts but am 6'2" so I need atleast a Large in Bibs to get the right length in the suspenders.

In both pairs of my bibs (Voler for the RBR kit and Giordana for the CTS kit) I could easily pull the front down to pee when going normally. trying to go while riding would be a different story but really unless you are a pro then you really don't need to do that and would be at risk of getting a ticket or worse if you do.
 

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alienator said:
But isn't it important to you where the shorts are made?
Chinese slave laborers are doing wonders with Lycra these days! But to add my $.02, I got on the bib bandwagon this year and will never go back to regular shorts. I'm 6'0" with a 38" waist, and wear a Voler XL.
 

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KonaMan said:
Bibs only have one downside... peeing. I've heard some people pull the bibs down in front and lift over, that's a crock of sh*t unless you're John Holmes...
I pee over-the-top, so

A) I missed my calling in life
B) My wife doesn't lie to me when she wants something
C) It's a little about cut, and a little about technique. Bend at the waist, pull down, tug up, pee.

:D

Roll up and tug down takes far more johnson than over the top, unless you don't mind pee running down your leg.
 

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Bibs are better...

Actually just wore my new bibs for the first ride today! Can now say that hands down, bibs are much more comfortable, and offer a better fit than shorts. Not that much more expensive either.
 
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