For years I’ve avoided cycling bib shorts because they seemed like too much of a hassle but when I finally decided to bite the bullet and give them a try, I was pleasantly surprised! I’m talking basics here – the main issue with wearing a pair of bibs is dealing with the bathroom breaks. Unzipping and removing a sweat-soaked jersey just to lower straps seemed like 1) an incredible waste of time, 2) a major inconvenience, and 3) a port-a-potty or backwoods-behind-a-tree dressing feat requiring the skills of Harry Houdini.
Two bibs changed my mind and my cycling life – here’s what I found…
Shebeest’s Petunia Bib Short has an ingenious halter collar that easily slips over your head WITHOUT having to remove your jersey. Simply unzip your jersey top halfway, then slide the halter over your head and down the inside of your jersey. Proceed with your regular rest stop activities and reverse the process when finished. This bib short has a comfortable wide waist band and wide leg bands. The halter is the same soft fabric as the short and is attached to the short with a mesh piece (the mesh can be a little stiff and itchy at first but softens after a couple washes). The Petunia Bib Short fits true to size and comes in cute prints, one for every ride of the week. Shebeest predicts, ‘once you go bib, you won’t go back!’ and I have to agree! (Retails for $120).
Pearl Izumi’s P.R.O. Pursuit Bib Short will change your life! While the design is the more traditional strap-style, the fabric is so luscious, smooth, and soft you’ll forget you’re wearing anything at all. This bib takes minimalism to new heights – few seams, raw edge leg openings (but with well thought out grip strips to hold them in place), and the tiniest of claps in front to keep the straps from sliding around. Don’t be fooled by that whisper soft fabric, it’s Pearl’s patented P.R.O. Transfer In-R-Cool that has just enough compression to hold everything in place while also looking fabulous. This bib also comes with Pearl’s renowned P.R.O. Pursuit 1:1 Chamois which has 360 degree support, anatomic power plates, and seamless body-contouring fit; you can spend days in the saddle and still be comfortable. Ride in this bib short and you’ll feel like a pro! (Retails for $180).
If you’ve ever thought about trying a bib short, I would highly encourage you to give one a try. The comfort of a no pinch waist is well worth the change time!