Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Why Bibs or why shorts? Why????

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Why Bibs or why shorts? Why????

Old 06-20-22, 08:00 AM
  #1  
seedsbelize2
Used to be Seedsbelize
Thread Starter
 
seedsbelize2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Tixkokob, Yucatán. México
Posts: 2,384

Bikes: , 80 Trek 414, 84 Schwinn Letour Luxe,87 Schwinn Prelude, 92 Schwinn Paramount PDG 5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1174 Post(s)
Liked 574 Times in 360 Posts
Why Bibs or why shorts? Why????

I rarely am out for more than 4 hours.
seedsbelize2 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 08:03 AM
  #2  
Mojo31
-------
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Tejas
Posts: 8,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6132 Post(s)
Liked 3,797 Times in 2,076 Posts
Gym shorts and whitey tighties. Just ask Larry.
Mojo31 is offline  
Likes For Mojo31:
Old 06-20-22, 08:11 AM
  #3  
phrantic09
Fat n slow
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Saratoga, NY
Posts: 3,101

Bikes: Cervelo R3, Giant Revolt

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2315 Post(s)
Liked 1,396 Times in 661 Posts
Always bibs
phrantic09 is offline  
Likes For phrantic09:
Old 06-20-22, 08:19 AM
  #4  
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
indyfabz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 35,107
Mentioned: 203 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16040 Post(s)
Liked 10,466 Times in 5,086 Posts
NOT shorts.
indyfabz is online now  
Old 06-20-22, 08:19 AM
  #5  
seedsbelize2
Used to be Seedsbelize
Thread Starter
 
seedsbelize2's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Tixkokob, Yucatán. México
Posts: 2,384

Bikes: , 80 Trek 414, 84 Schwinn Letour Luxe,87 Schwinn Prelude, 92 Schwinn Paramount PDG 5

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1174 Post(s)
Liked 574 Times in 360 Posts
Originally Posted by phrantic09 View Post
Always bibs
Why?
seedsbelize2 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 08:27 AM
  #6  
phrantic09
Fat n slow
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Saratoga, NY
Posts: 3,101

Bikes: Cervelo R3, Giant Revolt

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2315 Post(s)
Liked 1,396 Times in 661 Posts
Originally Posted by seedsbelize2 View Post
Why?
They stay in place and are far more comfortable.
phrantic09 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 08:39 AM
  #7  
Mojo31
-------
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Tejas
Posts: 8,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6132 Post(s)
Liked 3,797 Times in 2,076 Posts
I'll be the contrarian. I have both. I'll wear the shorts for rides of up to 25 miles, and the bibs for anything longer. But, that's more a matter of the chamois as the pads in the shorts is not as good as the pads in my bibs.

In hot weather, I actually find the shorts are cooler as I can often feel the radiant heat through the black strap fabric. If you go with bibs, I'd get some with the white straps since you live in the tropics.
Mojo31 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 08:42 AM
  #8  
seypat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 7,371
Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2517 Post(s)
Liked 1,571 Times in 1,015 Posts
Shorts for me. I don't need any straps to hold them in place. Sizing is also an issue. I've heard of riders that use shorts and suspenders. That's a cheaper option and the best of both worlds, I guess.
seypat is online now  
Old 06-20-22, 08:49 AM
  #9  
Velo Vol 
VFL For Life
 
Velo Vol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Knoxville, TN
Posts: 46,496

Bikes: Velo Volmobile

Mentioned: 765 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23611 Post(s)
Liked 1,216 Times in 857 Posts
I'm pretty sure there's been already been a thread on this topic.

Bring back a zombie.
__________________
Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
People here don't get it.
Velo Vol is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 08:49 AM
  #10  
big john
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 20,327
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5108 Post(s)
Liked 4,556 Times in 2,437 Posts
Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Shorts for me. I don't need any straps to hold them in place. Sizing is also an issue. I've heard of riders that use shorts and suspenders. That's a cheaper option and the best of both worlds, I guess.
Shorts. My aerobelly holds them in place, no suspenders needed.
big john is online now  
Likes For big john:
Old 06-20-22, 08:54 AM
  #11  
seypat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 7,371
Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2517 Post(s)
Liked 1,571 Times in 1,015 Posts
Originally Posted by big john View Post
Shorts. My aerobelly holds them in place, no suspenders needed.
Same for me.
seypat is online now  
Old 06-20-22, 08:58 AM
  #12  
genejockey 
Klaatu..Verata..Necktie?
 
genejockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 11,814

Bikes: Litespeed Ultimate, Ultegra; Canyon Endurace, 105; Battaglin MAX, Chorus; Bianchi 928 Veloce; Ritchey Road Logic, Dura Ace; Cannondale R500 RX100; Schwinn Circuit, Sante; Lotus Supreme, Dura Ace

Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6541 Post(s)
Liked 6,883 Times in 3,524 Posts
Bibs. You only have to see one or two "plumbers" out on the road to know why.
__________________
"Don't take life so serious-it ain't nohow permanent."

"Everybody's gotta be somewhere." - Eccles
genejockey is offline  
Likes For genejockey:
Old 06-20-22, 09:05 AM
  #13  
Mojo31
-------
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Tejas
Posts: 8,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6132 Post(s)
Liked 3,797 Times in 2,076 Posts
Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
Bibs. You only have to see one or two "plumbers" out on the road to know why.
But those guys would be wearing the see through bibs. Plumber's butt is more a matter of upbringing and self-awareness than it is a matter of shorts or bibs.
Mojo31 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 09:09 AM
  #14  
datlas 
Should Be More Popular
 
datlas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Malvern, PA (20 miles West of Philly)
Posts: 38,886

Bikes: 1986 Alpine (steel road bike), 2009 Ti Habenero, 2013 Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 530 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 18615 Post(s)
Liked 5,494 Times in 2,700 Posts
Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
I'm pretty sure there's been already been a thread on this topic.

Bring back a zombie.
Happy to help:

__________________
Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Addiction is all about class.
datlas is offline  
Likes For datlas:
Old 06-20-22, 09:09 AM
  #15  
Bearhawker
Full Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Prince Edward Island, Canada
Posts: 252

Bikes: '19 Norco Bigfoot 6.1 (primary ride),'12 Motobecane Turino (killed by dog crash), '12 Trek 3700 Disc

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 130 Post(s)
Liked 107 Times in 64 Posts
Originally Posted by seypat View Post
Shorts for me. I don't need any straps to hold them in place. Sizing is also an issue. I've heard of riders that use shorts and suspenders. That's a cheaper option and the best of both worlds, I guess.
Except the bibs don't have the waistband issue that plagues many.

In that case shorts with suspenders could be the worst of both worlds.
Bearhawker is offline  
Likes For Bearhawker:
Old 06-20-22, 09:09 AM
  #16  
genejockey 
Klaatu..Verata..Necktie?
 
genejockey's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: SF Bay Area
Posts: 11,814

Bikes: Litespeed Ultimate, Ultegra; Canyon Endurace, 105; Battaglin MAX, Chorus; Bianchi 928 Veloce; Ritchey Road Logic, Dura Ace; Cannondale R500 RX100; Schwinn Circuit, Sante; Lotus Supreme, Dura Ace

Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6541 Post(s)
Liked 6,883 Times in 3,524 Posts
Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
But those guys would be wearing the see through bibs. Plumber's butt is more a matter of upbringing and self-awareness than it is a matter of shorts or bibs.
Plumbers butt is worse than see through bibs. Plus, you know, sunburn...
__________________
"Don't take life so serious-it ain't nohow permanent."

"Everybody's gotta be somewhere." - Eccles
genejockey is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 09:22 AM
  #17  
big john
Senior Member
 
big john's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
Posts: 20,327
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5108 Post(s)
Liked 4,556 Times in 2,437 Posts
Originally Posted by genejockey View Post
Plumbers butt is worse than see through bibs. Plus, you know, sunburn...
See through bibs or shorts are traumatizing.
big john is online now  
Old 06-20-22, 09:48 AM
  #18  
seypat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 7,371
Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2517 Post(s)
Liked 1,571 Times in 1,015 Posts
I wonder how many plumbers in the world are named Harry?
seypat is online now  
Old 06-20-22, 10:08 AM
  #19  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 40,771

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Canyon Exceed, Specialized Transition, Ellsworth Roots, Ridley Excalibur

Mentioned: 68 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2912 Post(s)
Liked 2,963 Times in 1,360 Posts
It's personal preference. I prefer bibs because they are more comfortable.
caloso is offline  
Likes For caloso:
Old 06-20-22, 10:25 AM
  #20  
aliasfox
Full Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2019
Posts: 340
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 163 Post(s)
Liked 74 Times in 63 Posts
Both have their upsides.

Shorts: less expensive, easier to pee, no elastic on shoulder
Bibs: stay in place far better, no need for a snug waistband

I usually grab the bibs for longer rides to avoid some pressure around my waist, but could go either way for me. If I expect to spend some time off the bike hanging out, I might prefer shorts to skip the straps.
aliasfox is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 10:43 AM
  #21  
Sy Reene
Advocatus Diaboli
 
Sy Reene's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Wherever I am
Posts: 7,957

Bikes: Merlin Cyrene, Nashbar steel CX

Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4277 Post(s)
Liked 1,242 Times in 817 Posts
I've never tried cycling shorts. I'm curious though, how high-waisted are these usually? Are they designed like yoga pant waists or similar? Otherwise, taking a generic picture from behind, would there typically be a gap between jersey and short in this situation? Or is the implication that a typical cycling jersey isn't the top that one would choose if riding with non-bib shorts?


Last edited by Sy Reene; 06-20-22 at 10:47 AM.
Sy Reene is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 10:53 AM
  #22  
Mojo31
-------
 
Join Date: Jul 2020
Location: Tejas
Posts: 8,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6132 Post(s)
Liked 3,797 Times in 2,076 Posts
Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I've never tried cycling shorts. I'm curious though, how high-waisted are these usually? Are they designed like yoga pant waists or similar? Otherwise, taking a generic picture from behind, would there typically be a gap between jersey and short in this situation? Or is the implication that a typical cycling jersey isn't the top that one would choose if riding with non-bib shorts?

No gap if worn correctly. The back rises higher than the front. Plus, the jersey is long enough in the back.
Mojo31 is offline  
Old 06-20-22, 11:26 AM
  #23  
seypat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 7,371
Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2517 Post(s)
Liked 1,571 Times in 1,015 Posts
Originally Posted by Sy Reene View Post
I've never tried cycling shorts. I'm curious though, how high-waisted are these usually? Are they designed like yoga pant waists or similar? Otherwise, taking a generic picture from behind, would there typically be a gap between jersey and short in this situation? Or is the implication that a typical cycling jersey isn't the top that one would choose if riding with non-bib shorts?

Not a bib/short to be worn on the local coffee ride.
seypat is online now  
Old 06-20-22, 11:51 AM
  #24  
cyclezen
OM boy
 
cyclezen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Goleta CA
Posts: 4,113

Bikes: a bunch

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 417 Post(s)
Liked 477 Times in 331 Posts
both, why limit yourself?
...no tattoos, other than prior scars from off-bike excursions..
cyclezen is offline  
Likes For cyclezen:
Old 06-20-22, 11:56 AM
  #25  
CAT7RDR
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Hacienda Hgts
Posts: 1,695

Bikes: 1999 Schwinn Peloton Ultegra 10, Kestrel RT-1000 Ultegra, Trek Marlin 6 Deore 29'er

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 672 Post(s)
Liked 1,487 Times in 743 Posts
Both.
Sometimes MTB shorts over road bibs.

I want to fit into cycling culture.
Should I be tucking my jersey under my tightie whities?
Is that more aero?
CAT7RDR is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.