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Old 08-08-19, 10:12 PM
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Bibs with pockets, less $$$ than Rapha?

I keep getting an ad for Rapha cargo bibs.

All I really need to carry on most rides is a key and my society card. Sometimes a phone. No orange. I can enjoy that when I get home.

Are there any less expensive choices than Rapha? I know my jerseys have pockets and that's an option too. But I prefer to carry small stuff on my legs vs my back.
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Old 08-08-19, 10:27 PM
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I'm interested in this too. I know The Black Bibs makes a bib with pockets, but the they're on the back.
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
I'm interested in this too. I know The Black Bibs makes a bib with pockets, but the they're on the back.
Many high end bibs have pockets, but most are "radio pockets" on the back.

LG Optimum bibs have a little thigh pocket, but the bibs leave much to be desired.
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These Spexcell Cargo Bibs on AliExpress are well reviewed, and so cheap I'm thinking about ordering a pair right now.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Are there any less expensive choices than Rapha?
your post made me curious.. found these:
https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/atd-...ib-shorts.html

and.. an article right up your alley!
https://thebidon.com/cycling/inexpen...cargo-pockets/

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https://www.competitivecyclist.com/l...NDYXQxMDAyMTQ=

Not sure how big of a pocket you want. These have a pocket on the side of the right leg. Tried these as a first set of bibs and I'm pretty happy with them. I'm sure it could stow a key and a card as it held a couple of gels easily.
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A thread was started about this back in May.

Cargo Bibs and a Technical Tee?

Some very good suggestions came out of it.


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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I keep getting an ad for Rapha cargo bibs.

All I really need to carry on most rides is a key and my society card. Sometimes a phone. No orange. I can enjoy that when I get home.

Are there any less expensive choices than Rapha? I know my jerseys have pockets and that's an option too. But I prefer to carry small stuff on my legs vs my back.
I'll sell you my cannondale brand ones. Theyre great!! Super comfy, and the spandex mesh pockets are perfect for keys and a couple cards.

They ARE circa 2002 though. And come with a very flattering hole in the frontal crotch area

I wish more brands made bibs with pockets. I do get a kick out of rapha acting like pockets are some new technological marvel though.
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Old 08-09-19, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by noodle soup View Post
Many high end bibs have pockets, but most are "radio pockets" on the back.

LG Optimum bibs have a little thigh pocket, but the bibs leave much to be desired.
I googled LG Optimum, and the first result was a Verizon store. I need to go get some coffee, I'm embarrassed how long it took me to figure that one out.

They're $40 at the house if anybody wants a pair. I bought skis from that site, it's legit. Based on "leaves much to be desired" I'm going to pass though.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
I googled LG Optimum, and the first result was a Verizon store. I need to go get some coffee, I'm embarrassed how long it took me to figure that one out.

They're $40 at the house if anybody wants a pair. I bought skis from that site, it's legit. Based on "leaves much to be desired" I'm going to pass though.
They are $40 bibs. The pad is thin and soft, but they were comfortable for rides under 50 miles.
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All the links below worked back in May. They are all cargo bibs in one form or another.

Yeti Enduro: https://www.backcountry.com/yeti-cyc...bib-shorts-men

Aerotech (gel pad though): https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/atd-...ib-shorts.html

Eliel: https://www.elielcycling.com/collect...go-bibs-shorts

The Black Bibs: https://www.theblackbibs.com/shop/adventure

Spexcel: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32978579508.html

Specialized: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/me...=247779-161849

Di Marchi: https://www.demarchi.com/en/product.php?ID=373
These were on sale recently at Chain Reaction/Wiggle

Rapha Core ($150): https://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/shop/c...uct/CCB01XXBLK


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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
All I really need to carry on most rides is a key and my society card.
What's a society card?
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
A thread was started about this back in May.

Cargo Bibs and a Technical Tee?

Some very good suggestions came out of it.


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Thanks for this. The suggestion to bring the ones I already own and like to an alterations place might be the winner.
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Old 08-09-19, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by tomato coupe View Post
What's a society card?
Debit card. It unlocks everything! My bank doesn't support Google or Samsung pay.
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman View Post
I'll sell you my cannondale brand ones. Theyre great!! Super comfy, and the spandex mesh pockets are perfect for keys and a couple cards.

They ARE circa 2002 though. And come with a very flattering hole in the frontal crotch area
How much are you asking?
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Originally Posted by teejaywhy View Post
How much are you asking?
$100. Seeing what Rapha charges, I think this is still quite a bargain.

If lucky, the new owner will also be the recipient of a couple old granola bar wrappers in the pockets. And perhaps a slightly off, vague smell or two.
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This is sounding like a fantastic deal. Do those granola wrappers have any sugar left on them by any chance?

How can you tell what type of hiker somebody is? Drop an M&M on the ground. A day hiker will walk by it, a backpacker will pick it up and eat it, a thu-hiker will eat it and then start scratching the ground looking for more.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
Thanks for this. The suggestion to bring the ones I already own and like to an alterations place might be the winner.
Rainy Pass Repair ballparked it at $60 and a week. Said they're not really the best people for stretchy fabrics and recommended another place that's not answering the phone at the moment.

Makes the $40-50 ones sound like a better deal.
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May have to give those Spexcel ones a try at that price.
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Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
This is sounding like a fantastic deal. Do those granola wrappers have any sugar left on them by any chance?

How can you tell what type of hiker somebody is? Drop an M&M on the ground. A day hiker will walk by it, a backpacker will pick it up and eat it, a thu-hiker will eat it and then start scratching the ground looking for more.
No, unfortunately. My dog actually chewed through the pocket on the right side to get the granola wrapper out. That one must have had the sugar in it

Sorry. I neglected to mention one of the pockets IS slightly porous...

Christ these things really have seen better days. They're generally indoor trainer only apparel. One of my great pleasures at home is walking into the kitchen when my wife is in there and doing hip thrusts with the large, conspicuous hole.
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Why do you need pockets for a key and a card? Just tuck them up a leg.
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Why do you need pockets for a key and a card? Just tuck them up a leg.
How uncouth
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Why do you need pockets for a key and a card? Just tuck them up a leg.
What if they fall out?

I lost my debit card a few months ago while riding. Had it in the same (jersey) pocket as my phone. Garmin said I had an important text so I stopped to check and didn't notice my card come out with the phone and fall to the ground. I only noticed when I got home. Took most of a week to get a replacement, and was a big hassle. My fault, of course, and I'm not repeating that error. But I'm also looking for ways to make my stupidity less likely to bite me in the ass.
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Originally Posted by Abe_Froman View Post
One of my great pleasures at home is walking into the kitchen when my wife is in there and doing hip thrusts with the large, conspicuous hole.
I ask people in the gym to spot me for sit ups and planks.
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What if they fall out?

I lost my debit card a few months ago while riding. Had it in the same (jersey) pocket as my phone. Garmin said I had an important text so I stopped to check and didn't notice my card come out with the phone and fall to the ground. I only noticed when I got home. Took most of a week to get a replacement, and was a big hassle. My fault, of course, and I'm not repeating that error. But I'm also looking for ways to make my stupidity less likely to bite me in the ass.
Not the same solution, but here's what i use for all the above in a jersey pocket along with some cash and mini first aid kit
https://www.rapha.cc/us/en_US/shop/r...uct/LEC05XXFUD

Key and card can go in the zippered inner pocket.
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