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    Most comfortable bibs for heavy rider

    It's that time of year again and I'm bib shopping. I'm 5'10'', 205 (but i always pull down to 190-195 by spring/summer) and strength training is my primary discipline -- which means big glutes, hams, and quads.

    I like to log 40-60 miles on weekend rides with a few metric centuries a year and am looking to do my first century this year.

    I've got some neck and lower back issues that require me to ride a bit more upright (only 1 10mm spacer on top of my stem and the stem at +7), so I sit a bit heavier on the saddle too.

    All that said, I still like to push myself (averaging 16-18mph on solo rides).

    Ok, now you know how i'm built and how i ride. What are the most comfortable bib shorts you would recommend for numerous hours in the saddle. I'm looking for something around $150+/-.

    So far on my list I have:

    Gore Ozon bibtights short+
    Louis Garneau Carbon Lazer Bib Shorts
    Castelli Endurance Bib Shorts

    Any other suggestions or feedback on those listed? BTW, I like for the belly of the shorts to come up to just above my belly button.

    Thanks a ton!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSDavis82 View Post
    It's that time of year again and I'm bib shopping. I'm 5'10'', 205 (but i always pull down to 190-195 by spring/summer) and strength training is my primary discipline -- which means big glutes, hams, and quads.

    I like to log 40-60 miles on weekend rides with a few metric centuries a year and am looking to do my first century this year.

    I've got some neck and lower back issues that require me to ride a bit more upright (only 1 10mm spacer on top of my stem and the stem at +7), so I sit a bit heavier on the saddle too.

    All that said, I still like to push myself (averaging 16-18mph on solo rides).

    Ok, now you know how i'm built and how i ride. What are the most comfortable bib shorts you would recommend for numerous hours in the saddle. I'm looking for something around $150+/-.

    So far on my list I have:

    Gore Ozon bibtights short+
    Louis Garneau Carbon Lazer Bib Shorts
    Castelli Endurance Bib Shorts

    Any other suggestions or feedback on those listed? BTW, I like for the belly of the shorts to come up to just above my belly button.

    Thanks a ton!
    I'm 6'4", 220 lbs., at least until riding season gets underway. I've been pretty happy with Pearl Izumi shorts. They have a pretty thick pad, not to everyone's taste, fwiw.

    Many here have liked the Performance house brand (I've never used them, myself.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by xxl View Post
    I'm 6'4", 220 lbs., at least until riding season gets underway. I've been pretty happy with Pearl Izumi shorts. They have a pretty thick pad, not to everyone's taste, fwiw.

    Many here have liked the Performance house brand (I've never used them, myself.)
    I've got a pair of the Pearl Elite In-R-Cool but I swear to god their pre-formed chamois' make you look like you've got lady parts. Their comfortable on the bike, but I wouldn't wear them if I was at a CX race or event where I'll be walking around off the bike. Ha.

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    6'2" 240. Ridden Pearl, Cannondale, Nike etc. Assos F1Mille or comparable in their lineup are the only bib shorts I will ever ride again. Yes very expensive but my last pair was good for >10 years. I have broken my back 3 times and have a similar riding position as you describe and they are just the best in every aspect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripper View Post
    Assos F1Mille or comparable in their lineup are the only bib shorts I will ever ride again. Yes very expensive but my last pair was good for >10 years. I have broken my back 3 times and have a similar riding position as you describe and they are just the best in every aspect.
    Geez bummer about your back man. Yikes! The F1 Milles are just way outta my price range, regardless of longevity. Any other suggestions?

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    Castelli are cut for skinny Italian riders. Garneau have a more "American" cut. At 5'7" - 180lbs, I'm in a Garneau medium - GREAT for the ego.

    I have a few sets of Garneau bibs. I use the Mondo Evo for longer rides and the Fit Sensor for shorter rides. I am also a fan of Garneau's jerseys. Currently wearing their Equipe on hot days. (Large fits me snugly)
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    Hincapie shorts are awesome and they're on sale at Competitive Cyclist.
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    Try the Performance Elite. I have the shorts and am happy with them. The bibs are likley very similar. About $60 or so on the usual 'sale'.

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    I also like Hincapie. But, like Castelli, they are cut small. Take your Garneau or Bellwether size and go up one.
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    You can also try izumi pro or elite bibs, i really like them.

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    Agree with the Pearl Izumi Elite bibs...very comfortable and durable ..... Have ridden two double centuries (206 miles / 11-12 hours) in them with zero issues. In your price range as well.....

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    Most comfortable bibs for heavy rider

    Assos Mille.
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    I really like the Garneau bibs, but the torso seems to run short on them. at 6'2" and about 240 I wear an XL in most bibs and the Garneau I could not wear comfortably, too much pressure on my shoulders. I really like the Performance Elite bibs, plenty of shoulder room, well made and very comfy. I can actually get away with a large but prefer the XL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fireform View Post
    Assos Mille.
    Yeah. I'm not a heavy rider but have used these bibs and it seems that they are designed with bigger guys/guys not shaped like a stereotypical thin cyclist in mind. They are not so good, imo, for thin guys (even if they size down) or people looking for max compression but I think they would be great for bigger guys who need a little extra room/stretch in the areas that are causing them to be called big guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davcruz View Post
    I really like the Garneau bibs, but the torso seems to run short on them.
    Which ones? all of them or the one's I mentioned in the original post?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSDavis82 View Post
    Which ones? all of them or the one's I mentioned in the original post?
    You know, I am not sure which models I had purchased. I think I had 2 different models, but neither of them had the silcon leg bands in them, they relied on compression. I think I paid around $110 per pair...my buddy has them now and they fit his torso great, but he is 5'10" and around 180 lbs.

    I will go look and see if I can find them.

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    Looking at the Garneau site I think the pair I had issue with was the Neo Power Bib and I was thinking I had 2 different models but I guess I just had the same bib one in black and one in white/black. They are really nice and well made, just had torso sizing that did not agree with me. The Performance Ultra II bibs are just as nice IMO and less money. Performance Ultra II Bib Shorts - Lycra Cycling Shorts

    I also bought a pair of the Ultra Max bibs las t fall, wore them on a metric century and they are nice as well, but I like the Ultra II a bit better only because I prefer the texture of the material.

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    I'd get some Castelli Free Aero Race bibs. They come in larger sizes. Bombproof and very comfortable.

    I don't recommend Sugoi because the material is just too thin - they're almost like women's panty hose. This is not good because 1) your asscrack shows and 2) the stitching will rip holes where the chamois is sewn in much faster. I had 2 pairs and they didn't even last me one season.
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    I was 5'-10" 215 and wore PI Pro's for a few years.
    Beer belly. Wore XL. Still fit, sort of losely, down to 190.
    They fit great everywhere except the straps. They were too long, chamois became rough over time. The chamois finally gave way.

    How do DeSoto bibs fit? I really want to try some 400mi bibs this year.

    I have thin legs for my weight. Performance house brand sucked as the legs were way too big.

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    For the money, I'm leaning heavily towards the Gore OZON Bibtights short+. Any thoughts? I've read that they source the same chamois the Assos does and have a great mix of compression and all day comfort.

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    Re: Most comfortable bibs for heavy rider

    Quote Originally Posted by ripper View Post
    6'2" 240. Ridden Pearl, Cannondale, Nike etc. Assos F1Mille or comparable in their lineup are the only bib shorts I will ever ride again. Yes very expensive but my last pair was good for >10 years. I have broken my back 3 times and have a similar riding position as you describe and they are just the best in every aspect.
    I second the Assos. I'm bigger than all of you - 300ish. Aside from Assos, Campy shorts are my favourite.
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    5' 10", 225. I've been wearing Santini Gel Twist bibs for years. The bib part comes up a little higher and I love the chamois, it's very comfy.

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