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  1. #1
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    Bibs versus not bibs

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    I've heard once I put on a good pair of bib shorts, I will never go back. Interested to know what you all think.
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    I find this to be the case. I even went so far as to get a skinsuit for doing duathlons, but then I gained weight and was too self-conscious. And the bike portions of those races is relatively short, anyhow. I've not done anything longer than olympic distance. Not having that waistband is so much comfier and the chamois doesn't seem as prone to slide around and chafe, either.

    Now my favorite chamois needs to put in a short that is truly easy to pull down for bathroom breaks.
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  3. #3
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    I really enjoyed wearing bibs myself. I was careful to purchase drop-tail bibs which I loved. I rode in the country for longer rides (30-75 miles at a time) and found them more comfortable than regular shorts.

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    I've tried on a couple of pairs of bib shorts but the bib part was too short for me. So I'm still wearing regular shorts.

    If I did find bibs that fit comfortably, they would have to be very easy to take off for bathroom breaks, without having to take off my jersey, jacket, vest , base layers, whatever I'm wearing on top.

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  5. #5
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    Thanks all! I've found two pee-friendly options - Specialized ($180) and Velocio ($229) - so expensive, but probably worth it? if you've found easy to use options with a lower price point, let me know.
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  6. #6
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    I don't know what they're offering currently, but in the past Pearl Izumi made bibs that were highly praised by a local LBS owner for being easy on/off.

    Also I should add one more thing, per zoom-zoom's last comment -- in addition to pee-friendliness, the chamois has to be comfortable.

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    - Red Trek 6000 mountain bike, Bontrager Evoke WSD saddle

    Gone but not forgotten:
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    - Two awesome and worn out Juliana saddles

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    I love the PI drop tail bibs I have, but I gained a few pounds and they're just bit tight right now. Other bibs are comfortable but sometimes inconvenient, especially when you're wearing a lot of layers.
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    I loved my PI drop-tail bibs as well, but it's good to know that they have, or at least had, different versions of them. I loved the PI Elite bibs, don't go for the less expensive version if you choose the PI as there is a big difference in both material and leg grippers. At least there was at one time, that may have changed since then.

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    I noticed that the Pearl Izumi website has both the Elite and the PRO drop tail bibs discounted right now.
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  10. #10
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    Great advice. Thanks!
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