It’s said that once you make the change from traditional to bib shorts, you never look back. We’re inclined to agree, but we know that not everyone is sold on the idea of the all-in-one. Not sure what to expect or whether bibs are for you? Here are a few pointers to help you make the right choice for your ride.
Bib shorts are designed with straps over the shoulder to hold them in place. Although they might take a little longer to get on and off, this means there’s no waistband which, when you’re bent over your handlebars all day, is a welcome change from the discomfort of elastic digging into your middle. Wearing bib shorts prevents this and helps you feel as though your blood flow and breathing are less restricted. You’ll clock up more miles in the saddle, plus there’s no danger of sweat collecting at your waist and creating chafing, as with a traditional waistband.
If you find that your chamois slips out of place in regular cycling shorts, bibs could be the way to go. Throughout your ride, traditional shorts will inevitably slip down causing your chamois to move out of place; ultimately, this will cause you discomfort in the saddle (if you’ve had a few saddle sores, you’ll know what that feels like!) Because bib shorts are held in place by over-the-shoulder straps, your chamois will stay in place meaning less danger of chafing, so you can ride further, for longer.