Let’s Talk Cycling Shorts vs Bibs


Here’s a real basic topic for you…..cycling shorts or bibs?  As with all our “Let’s Talk” posts, we ask you to create the content by leaving your comments, opinions, and tips on anything to do with this topic.

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21 Responses to “ Let’s Talk Cycling Shorts vs Bibs ”

  1. John on April 23, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I much prefer Bibs. I am a big dude. Waist band roll is a real problem for me with shorts. Problem gone with bibs. They stay in place so you aren’t always adjusting your chamois. Plus the lack of a waist band makes the comfortable as all get out. I will never go back to shorts.

  2. Keira B on March 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Definitely bibs, although they pose more problems as a girl than they do to guys. Badly positioned straps (partly dependent on asset size) can cause havoc and toilet stops are a nightmare. For all the potential downsides though, they are so much better. Better comfort and support when riding always wins out for me.

  3. BanTshirts on March 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I have one pair of shorts and one pair of bib shorts. In winter, I wear the shorts under bibtights (if it’s cold enough). In winter I wear the bib shorts. It”s nicer having an all in one garment. Just feels better. I think it looks better too. By the way thanks for wearing one of my shirts in the video!

  4. Ken Walker on March 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Switched to bibs when I got a roadbike and now will never go back. Still easy to pee, not sure how easy for women.

  5. I Cycle on March 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Shorts for me, after cycling in bibs some years ago. I always make sure to wear the right shirts though! Not for the people riding behind me, but to be sure not to get my back exposed to much to the elements.

  6. Jessy on March 14, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    I wear bibs, never actually tried shorts.

  7. Jim on March 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    when I started cycling I started in shorts. I have recently purchased a bib set. The shorts do not seem to fit as well as they used to (maybe I am loosing weight) so right now the bib fits better, however I feel like the pad is not as supportive as my shorts are. I will say the bibs were on sale and less expensive than most of the shorts that I have bought. Jury is still out with me.

  8. Tom Zaccario on March 14, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Shorts for me.. Haven’t tried bibs yet, but at the same time I don’t see a need since my shorts fit perfect.

  9. Bob Burpee on March 13, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Like most everyone else I started with shorts but after about two years I tried bibs and won’t wear shorts again. One point re: bibs however is that you don’t want to wait too long for that nature break (a close call on my first ride).

  10. Richard on March 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    shorts? Are you serious? It’s only bibs for this big bellied guy.

  11. Scanachi on March 13, 2013 at 6:27 pm


  12. David on March 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

    I wear mostly shorts. For long rides with bathroom stops, it is tedious to get out of the jersey/shorts especially with loaded pockets. Most of my jerseys are not full zippers, that does make it a little easier.

  13. Dustin Quigley on March 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

    As it was said before, I cycle in bibs!! Comfort!! Only time I wear ( tri ) shorts is on the trainer with no top, or if I’m doing a triathlon ( or a bike->run training session i might do tri shorts )

  14. Marc on March 13, 2013 at 10:31 am

    BIB’s no question about it…I have two pair of shorts left and I used them only when doing off the bike workouts

  15. thebeez61 on March 13, 2013 at 10:11 am

    If I’m on the road I wear bibs. On the trainer I’ll wear shorts. Overall I’m more comfortable in bibs.

  16. Race G© on March 13, 2013 at 9:28 am

    I am a Bib’s girl..that’s it! Hate the feeling of something pressing into my stomach so haven’t worn shorts since 2006. And I don’t care if it takes ‘longer’ to go to the bathroom. Bibs! Bibs! Bibs!

    Hi Darryl!!

  17. Ben on March 13, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Bibs all the way. I like the feel and fit. I haven’t worn shorts for over 8 years.

  18. Paul Kirby on March 13, 2013 at 8:47 am

    Just like Kevin w and Daryl, I started with shorts because they were cheaper and less intimidating. At some point, probably after a year or so, I got a great deal on a pair of high-end Descente bibs and have never worn shorts again. I like the bibs better because they have have a higher end pad, but also because they give my mid-section support where shorts do not. They’re a bit warmer in the summer just due to more material, but that minor downside is outweighed by the comfort and support I get from them. Yay bibs!

  19. Jeremy on March 13, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I sort of prefer bibs but wear shorts quite often as well. It all comes down to what’s clean and available for me.

  20. Kevin w on March 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I started in shorts because they were cheaper, more familiar and less intimidating. Now I ride exclusively in bibs. They are more comfortable and no one wants to see my backside while I’m riding down the street.

    • G Marks on March 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I also started with shorts because they were cheaper. My wife bought a pair of bibs for me a couple years ago and that is all I will buy now. I like them for comfort and how they fit in my biking position.


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