Bib shorts– two little words where the benefits far outweigh any shortcomings in the syllable department! So when you’re getting your cycling wardrobe together, why should you consider bib shorts?
First up, bib shorts don’t have a waist band. This makes perfect sense when you’re cycling because they won’t dig into you. And no matter how much you end up jolting and jostling, particularly if you get into mountain biking, there is never going to be any danger of your shorts riding up or becoming dislodged.
Bib shorts are far more effective at keeping the chamois securely in place than shorts. This is so much more practical when you are frequently clambering on and jumping off the saddle, whether that’s during your leisurely jaunts in the city, or more serious cross-country activities. If you have concerns about extra layers of fabric, the straps on bib shorts are fashioned from lightweight material. This breathes well, allowing air to circulate over the shorts, while also actively wicking sweat from the inside.
Because bib shorts are designed to fit snugly to contours, it’s best to get an idea of the combination of shorts and straps. If you haven’t tried them before, they might seem a bit unusual for a while. But the key thing to remember if that these are not fashion items. Bib shorts are designed to make your cycling experience as comfortable as possible. It might feel strange to pull on those straps but you’ll feel the benefit straight away.
Practically all bib shorts are made of Lycra. Wonderfully stretchy, when blended with carbon fibre it might not necessarily look the most flattering of garments – but the moment you climb into your cycling saddle you’ll see why they’re so ideal. Although some of even the most top-range bib shorts might make you feel ‘hunched’ over the bike, you’ll get used to this. Bib straps are designed to push you into a back racing position. This is particularly important for longer jaunts, where you will be spending a lot of time in the saddle. Bib shorts are designed to fit smoothly to your anatomy.
The chamois can be manufactured from various material layers to create a smooth cushion for your ride. There is an inner silicon strip at the bottom of the shorts, essential for keeping the material tightly to the leg for maximum efficiency.