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Old 03-01-2012, 12:26 PM   #23206
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I'm in the market for some new shorts. I have worn my Pearl Izumi shorts out but they've been very good to me so I know I want good quality shorts.

Any suggestions ?

What's the scoop with bib shorts - what do they give you ordinary shorts don't ?

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Keep an eye on Chainlove and bonktown, they both have some really good deals from time to time.

Capo is another brand to look for.

Once you go bibs, you will have a hard time going back to shorts.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:36 PM   #23207
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I'm pretty much sold on an FS. I've only gotten as far as test riding one in a parking lot, but it did feel amazingly compliant while going over speed bumps at a fairly brisk pace. My rigid road bike, by contrast, will shake your fillings loose just riding over a twig.

Awesome! You won't really see the difference until you round a corner at speed and get that "oh shit!" pucker. This time, though, that 10" rock doesn't shoot the seat up into your stones like your hard tail does-the bike willfully takes the impact and continues down the trail. Pretty sweet
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:37 PM   #23208
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Keep an eye on Chainlove and bonktown, they both have some really good deals from time to time.

Capo is another brand to look for.

Once you go bibs, you will have a hard time going back to shorts.


I think I'll give them a go.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:43 PM   #23209
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I think I'll give them a go.
Work great under moto pants, too!
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:24 PM   #23210
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Once you go bibs, you will have a hard time going back to shorts.
Didn't work out that way for me; I tried a couple of different pairs of bibs, and didn't find them to be a clear improvement over shorts. The waistband on regular shorts doesn't bother me that much (even on all-day rides), and meanwhile, the extra fabric coverage of the bibs makes it slightly tougher to keep cool on hot days.

But given how many people say they prefer bibs, they're definitely worth trying.
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Old 03-01-2012, 03:23 PM   #23211
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:23 PM   #23212
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Didn't work out that way for me; I tried a couple of different pairs of bibs, and didn't find them to be a clear improvement over shorts. The waistband on regular shorts doesn't bother me that much (even on all-day rides), and meanwhile, the extra fabric coverage of the bibs makes it slightly tougher to keep cool on hot days.

But given how many people say they prefer bibs, they're definitely worth trying.
AND, if you have a rather long torso, the straps can dig into your shoulders. I know of a few with that issue.
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Old 03-01-2012, 04:55 PM   #23213
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I'm in the market for some new shorts. I have worn my Pearl Izumi shorts out but they've been very good to me so I know I want good quality shorts.

Any suggestions ?

What's the scoop with bib shorts - what do they give you ordinary shorts don't ?

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Old 03-02-2012, 05:25 AM   #23214
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Since its supposed to rain tomorrow, I got talked into doing a longer ride today. 3+ hrs down to Criglersville from Culpeper is on tap. Lots of up and down and up and down and up and down...

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Old 03-02-2012, 07:09 AM   #23215
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Ahhh, the difference is clear, now. The Cruz has a straight-line of power transfer. It seems having one's butt in one place and one's hands and feet pivoting in another place would feel wonky. Probably something one would get used to, but, I think I'd rather have everything in line. Seems like less of a learning curve. I think the Bacchetta looks cleaner, too. Hell, just realized the drivetrain is in the front wheel of the Cruz.

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Let me give everyone a heads-up: This year's RAAM will be exciting.
They come through IL, just south of me. They always look beat, by the time they get here.

Just received my DVD copies of Race Across America and Bicycle Dreams, both are films by Stephen Auerbach. I'll get to them, this weekend.

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What's the scoop with bib shorts - what do they give you ordinary shorts don't ?
Different strokes for different folks.

I've got Pearl, Craft, Voler, and had Bellwether. For me, which seat I was riding made a huge difference in how the bibs felt. For me, thinner is better, as a whole. I hated my Bellwethers, when riding a padded saddle, but, loved them on my Brooks. I actually wore a hole through the chamois of them. They don't make those bibs anymore, so I started wearing my Voler bibs. In general, I find my Craft stuff to be much higher quality construction than any of the others. Although the media, shops, and forums would have one believe that Pearl is the end-all-be-all, I beg to differ. I think gear is so personal that you'll have to hit the local shops, REI, Scheel Sports, and whatnot to get a feel for them.

I prefer bibs over shorts for the fact that I don't have to fiddle with them during a ride. However, they do restrict airflow to the torso. My GF, on the other hand, prefers shorts, as they're easier for her to pull down for roadside relief.
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Old 03-02-2012, 07:10 AM   #23216
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:41 AM   #23217
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why it's a GRLLL cave, of course!













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Old 03-02-2012, 10:08 AM   #23218
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:01 PM   #23219
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So, I just got back from my first off-road excursion. Man, was that ever tiring. Not tiring like riding for hours on my road bike, but more like a hard workout at the gym, pushing my muscles to failure on every set. I thought I was gonna puke at one point. Maybe that Chinese fast food for lunch was a mistake.
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Old 03-02-2012, 02:37 PM   #23220
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The Brown Santa came, the Brown Santa came, a day earlier than estimated! (hey y'all, keep this PG rated )



This means all that is left is to get the pedals off the Epic (which is...hopefully...only going to require a new set of tools) and can proceed with the stem, bar, and grip replacement on the RFX. Riding conditions look to be super sucky this weekend, so hopefully the re-builds will be complete and conditions will cooperate to get out on the trails next weekend. Woot, woot, woot!
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