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    Best Value for Bib shorts

    Hi all, I am one that likes to do long climbs and long rides and for hat I am long hours on the bike. So far I haven't really found a good pair of Bibs that are comfortable pass the, 70 mile or 4 hour mark.

    What Bibs have you found to give you the best performance for your money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankuota View Post
    Hi all, I am one that likes to do long climbs and long rides and for hat I am long hours on the bike. So far I haven't really found a good pair of Bibs that are comfortable pass the, 70 mile or 4 hour mark.

    What Bibs have you found to give you the best performance for your money?
    Bibs are a very personal thing. My current favorite bibs for longer rides are the Sportful Total Comfort bibs. Value doesn't mean much if you are uncomfortable. One way to save some money is to use less expensive bibs for shorter rides where the difference won't be noticed

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    As far as 'value' goes, ignore retail and find sales.

    Personally I've found any Capo shorts with their D4 Evo EIT pad, which I usually can find marked way down, to be the best value.
    Who knows what will work for you though.

    What kind of discomfort are you getting now? It's not necessarily the bib shorts. But it very well could be that different bibs will fix it.

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    It would help if you listed the ones you have tried.
    And explain the discomfort area.

    Are you sure it's the bibs, and not the fit? For me, I need them to be skin tight. Even the best bibs, if they're not tight give me issues. Whereas I see other people wearing bibs that look 10yrs old, baggy and loose around the legs, and they'll wear them for 70-100mi like it's noting.
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    Thank you Dave, after reading reviews on the Bibs you recommend I like what I see.
    How about sizing? do they fit small, compared to others you've had?

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    Thanks Jay, I'll research more on Capo. Generally an almost skin rush pain after long miles, and lasts for a couple of days after.

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    I tried Specialized RBX comp, and were good for the first 15 rides or so, after that the padding does not feel the same.
    Also L Garneau Fit sensor 2, and same deal. Better than the Specialized in the beginning, but also lost it's comfort after 2,00o or so miles.

    Skin tight, on both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankuota View Post
    Thank you Dave, after reading reviews on the Bibs you recommend I like what I see.
    How about sizing? do they fit small, compared to others you've had?
    Typical Italian sizing - go one size larger than US brands. Their sizing chart was accurate for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Typical Italian sizing - go one size larger than US brands. Their sizing chart was accurate for me
    Thanks.

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    I was using Funkier and one set of Assos bibs. But then I took a flyer on some Aliexpress bibs from a chinese vendor. They were actually a better fit, good chamois. Been riding them exclusively ever since. Price was around $15 each, I bought 3. (also a pile of jerseys, even 3 custom printed jerseys for about 15-20 ea. these are made by the makers who actually make the brand name stuff sold for 4x as much in the West)
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    None. I'm tall and thin (6'3", 170 lbs), and 'long in the trunk'. Every bib short I've ever tried felt like it was strangling my cojones. I've given up on ever finding one that fits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    None. I'm tall and thin (6'3", 170 lbs), and 'long in the trunk'. Every bib short I've ever tried felt like it was strangling my cojones. I've given up on ever finding one that fits.
    Try Boure. They will make custom clothes for a 50% up charge. I can't imagine wearing any shorts other than bibs. Once I bought my first pair, I never wore regular shorts again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Bibs are a very personal thing. My current favorite bibs for longer rides are the Sportful Total Comfort bibs. Value doesn't mean much if you are uncomfortable. One way to save some money is to use less expensive bibs for shorter rides where the difference won't be noticed
    I ended up ordering the Sportful total comfort bibs. Thanks for the lead.

    https://www.probikekit.com/sports-cl...SABEgL7lfD_BwE

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    I have and use or have used the following premium bibs from the makers listed:

    Castelli

    Cuore of Switzerland

    Pearl Izumi

    The Cuore (Silver line) is for me definitely the best of the three. They are also the most accurately sized. The non-sale price that includes shipping is about $180.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankuota View Post
    I ended up ordering the Sportful total comfort bibs. Thanks for the lead.

    https://www.probikekit.com/sports-cl...SABEgL7lfD_BwE
    I hope you like these as much as I do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    Typical Italian sizing - go one size larger than US brands.
    With regards to Italian Castelli: Amen, brother, amen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveG View Post
    I hope you like these as much as I do.
    I'll put then straight to the test, I am going to do a Century June 23rd.

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    If price is your main factor and your butt is not too picky, keep an eye out at Sierra Trading Post, their prices can be ridiculously good for closeout stuff and usually there are 25% coupons available. Good place for cycling gear IMO.

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    I only wear Sportful Total Comfort. Well, not true. I wear their Super Total and the Sportful Tour Max bibs too.
    They are hands down, the BEST.
    Their jerseys are excellent too.

    Let us know how you like them

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankuota View Post
    I'll put then straight to the test, I am going to do a Century June 23rd.
    Can you update later regarding fit of the Sportfuls? I have an older set of Giro DíItalias that are one of my favorites. Last year ordered another set (probably 3 year later version) in same size and it wasnít even close to right size; way small, so returned and got next size up, XL, and they still fit pretty small.

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    check out https://www.theblackbibs.com/
    nice fabric, good construction, simple, black, not cheap chamois.
    They have a cut similar to my team race bibs, not relaxed fit or baggy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thalo View Post
    check out https://www.theblackbibs.com/
    nice fabric, good construction, simple, black, not cheap chamois.
    They have a cut similar to my team race bibs, not relaxed fit or baggy.
    Tried these and they didnít work for me. Fit was good but I chafed on both cheeks. Padding was thick and created a pinch point.
    Also a pain in the ass to return them

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    Quote Originally Posted by hfc View Post
    Can you update later regarding fit of the Sportfuls? I have an older set of Giro DíItalias that are one of my favorites. Last year ordered another set (probably 3 year later version) in same size and it wasnít even close to right size; way small, so returned and got next size up, XL, and they still fit pretty small.
    I received the Bibs, the padding looks and feels good to the hand touch. but I couldn't try them on, they are just way too small and was afraid the rip them apart trying to bring them up my legs. I normally wear L and fits very comfortable, with the Sportuful I am not even confident an XL would do.

    I am returning and hopefully if they have a larger size, exchange.

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    That is the problem I'm having with Castelli. I wear xl. I'm currently 6 foot 4 200 pounds. Even the XXL are a joke trying to get them over my quads. I don't think I have real big legs. Frustrating. Because their jerseys fit great. Very nice quality. So much for having a matching kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Try Boure. They will make custom clothes for a 50% up charge. I can't imagine wearing any shorts other than bibs. Once I bought my first pair, I never wore regular shorts again.
    YMMV, indeed. I found Boure to be not very accommodating in the front. Assos and aerotech have been the best for me.
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