- Recommend darkside padded lycra shorts
Halfway round tonights ride. I pulled up by a bin, stuffed my innertube and tyre levers into my water bottle… and binned my cargo shorts. I continued on in my Decathlon lycra shorts- the pad snags on the nose of the saddle when you stand up to pedal…so not great.
So…cheap but good with unobtrusive man pad in the gusset recommendations?
Yes I was wrong. You who told me that I was wrong..were..right.Posted 3 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
Bibs. You want bibs. Removes the pressure around the waistband which is worse on a road bike as youre leaning into it.
Sadly like saddles there is an element of subjective fit. Pearl Izumis fit me (well, their cheaper range, bought a more expensive version in the same size and couldnt even get them over my knees 🙄 ).
Got a pair of DHBs cheap and quickly consigned them to the duff drawer. Got a pair of Sportful Giro and very impressed with fit, finish and materials for the money. Giordana also fit me and their higher end stuff has a pad that is thin but very effective. Their Giordana FRC is expensive but like wearing nothing, in a good way.Posted 3 years agoflippinhecklerMember
Since buying my Howies Bibs they are by far the comfiest over my Sportful and Assos bibs by a country mile. Wore my Sportful ones on this evenings ride and needed to ajust myself achem 😳 I am going to buy a second pair of Howies as I forget I’m wearing them. Buy some you wont be disappointed.Posted 3 years agodavosaurusrexSubscriber
Just got another road bike myself. Got some Howies bibs too after reading the last couple of threads on here Went out at 9pm for a quick spin, got in at 10pm, still wearing them now. Bloody hell they’re lovely. Leg grippers are particularly good as they don’t have any silicone to grab your leg hairs if you’re a pretend roadie like me who doesn’t shave. Paid £56 from Wiggle with some reward thing. Going to struggle to wear any of my other undershorts now to be honest, road or mtb. PS – missus says I look “hot” but she may be biased.Posted 3 years agoBadlyWiredDogSubscriber
The DHB Aeron Pro bibs – not the standard ones, the Pro – are good. The pad’s not ridiculously bulky, but still works well. Construction isn’t as good as the posh Rapha/Assos/top-end Gore Bikewear, but mine have done okay. Not used the Howies ones. My only experience with gel pads suggests that they get horribly sweaty in hot weather, they were Lusso ones too I think.Posted 3 years agodazhSubscriber
Got some Howies bibs too after reading the last couple of threads on here
Where from? Last I looked Howies bib-short were out of stock everywhere. +1 on the funkier bibshorts. I have two pairs and they’re very good for sub-50 quid.
edit: ignore that. Must learn to read a whole post before replying…Posted 3 years ago
How much better are the Howies over the Funkier? I wasn’t anticipating on spending lots of money but I don’t want half the performance over another bib short either. If its mainly visual and slightly better look/seamless I’d be more than happy with the Funkier shorts.
At 35.99 or pay abit 25 more for Howies?Posted 3 years agotimb34Member
Make sure they fit – everyone is a slightly different shape and the pad needs to be in the right place under your sit bones when in a cycling position. Sizing varies a lot between brands. Either go to a shop and try on different sizes and makes (then buy there, to be fair) or order different sizes form t’internet and return the wrong ones.Posted 3 years agothetallpaulSubscriber
Sorry to slightly hijack hora, but those with Howies bibs, how are they in warm/hot weather? Do they hold on to sweat or sag when wet? Does the fact that they are knitted have any detrimental effect?Posted 3 years ago
So many are recommending them, but I’m a bit dubious for summer riding. Reassure me please before I press a ‘Buy Now’ button.lungeSubscriber
My default answer to this kind of question is simple. Decathlon bibs. The 500 series are pretty good, great if you’re on a budget, the 700 and 900 series (same pad on both) stuff is really very good, very comfortable, don’t look to hideous and you can pick a pair up for £40 even before you get sale items.Posted 3 years agoYakSubscriber
v subjective, but in order of preference for me:
dhb aeron standards – cheap and do the job for me
Endura something or other. Good, but leg grippers a bit tight
Gores – pretty good and durable. Pad not as good for me as the dhb.
Probably go for one of the posher dhbs next.
Sizing. dhbs are right at about 3″ above knee. Gores – a bit short – almost mid thigh. Enduras – long and close to my knee.Posted 3 years agograhamgMember
Don’t scrimp on these – get one really good quality pair and just wash/dry/ride/repeat. Prendas has a range of good value Santini bibs, all decent. Once a decent material and pad has been sorted, it’s the leg grippers that seem to make most difference to me comfort-wise and I find that the old style elastic band sewn in with a big long gripper hideously uncomfortable and yet they still seem to be the standard for anything under £70 odd.Posted 3 years agomudsharkMember
My only experience with gel pads suggests that they get horribly sweaty in hot weather, they were Lusso ones too I think.
I used Lusso gel pads, comfortable to start with but after a few years the pad became very flat. Also used the one with a normal Lusso pad but that gets abbrassive when sweaty so no good for long rides.
So, I don’t like Lusso shorts much.Posted 3 years agounovoloMember
Currently have a selection of DHB Roubaix Long bibs,Lusso Roubaix 3/4 length Bibs and a pair of regular length Btwin bibs, all supremely comfortable.
I have used Sportful,cheap decathlon,Cannondale and Altura in the past which have been OK but not as good as the above.
Best ones ever had were some Santini bibs which got destroyed thanks to the dreadful metrolink tracks in Clayton.Posted 3 years agomrblobbyMember
Yes I was wrong. You who told me that I was wrong..were..right.
As has been said… bibs.
I’ve had quite a few pairs, Castelli, Santini, Sportful, Endura, Gore, DHB, Rapha. Current favourites are the Endura ones. Pads are all different, fits are all different. Go to a decent shop, try a few on, get the right size, spend a decent amount.
Edit… and get some of this while you’re there…
Posted 3 years agoPhilbyMember
I’ve got Gore, Giordana and dhb bib shorts. dhb’s are beginning to fall apart, Gore’s are excellent and have been used by far the most often, but Giordana (Tenax I think the style is) are probably marginally the best.
I do think that there’s so much choice out there that whatever brand / style you buy its a bit of a lottery – some people prefer cheaper brands to more expensive brands such as Assos and Castelli (same as bikes really – how do you define ‘best’?)
+1 on getting a tub of arse lard!Posted 3 years ago
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