Bib Shorts Guide

One of the most important factors in ensuring you enjoy your riding experience is a good pair of bib shorts. You know this, we know this, and everyone except the okes still riding with gel saddle covers knows this. But here’s a look at some of the best bib short options available to you right now.

Anatomic Ladies Ergonomic bib
Anatomic Ladies Ergonomic bib

Anatomic Ladies Ergonomic Bib

Kicking it off here’s one for the ladies. Local producers Anatomic don’t just do custom kit, you can also buy single items from their online store www.weardirect.co.za. One of the niftier design features they’ve come up with in recent times is the ladies bib with a zip in the lower back, making road side pit stops a breeze. In fact with these on it’ll probably be easier for girls to answer the call of nature than it would be for their male riding partners. The Ladies Ergonomic Bib also has all the features you’d expect from a top class bib short like the lightweight, ultra-absorbent, high density and ventilated ergonomically padded chamois. RRP R949.

Nalini Lambro Compression bib
Nalini Lambro Compression bib

Nalini Lambro Compression Bib Shorts

The Italian company MOA Sport, better known as Nalini, has been manufacturing cycling sportswear for over 40 years and even pioneered a revolutionary new chamois 30 odd years ago. Since then they’ve continued to offer leading cycling gear to pro teams and amateur riders alike. Their Lambro Compression Bib Shorts offer an anatomical fit, superbly comfortable chamois and as the name suggests compression for your leg muscles to improve venous return and the oxygenation of your working muscles. Buy them online from www.evobikes.co.za for R1 495.

Craft Elite Bike Bib Shorts
Craft Elite Bike Bib Shorts

Craft Elite Bike Bib Short

Wonderfully comfortable and superbly designed. Full Sus went with the Craft Elite range for our gear and we’d recommend you do too. Like Anatomic you can order custom kit or buy individual pairs from your local bike shop. The Elite bib shorts feature a chamois designed to move with your body, making you effectively one with the shorts and ensuring that any movement is between the shorts and the saddle rather than between your sensitive bits and the shorts. The Elite Bike Bib Short is available from most good bike shops or from CWCycles.co.za for R999. You can also order custom kit directly from The Bicycle Company. Go to www.thebicyclecompany.co.za and click on the custom kit tab.

Specialized Racing Bib Short
Specialized Racing Bib Short

Specialized Racing Bib Short

If you’re looking for gear from a company who spends on R&D then look towards Specialized and their Body Geometry range of products. You can kit yourself out from head to toe in Specialized kit and rest assured that your money was well spent. Their racing shorts are good enough for the reigning UCI XCM World Champion, Christoph Sauser, so they will quite probably be good enough for you. But if you’re concerned they feature 50+ UV/UPF protection, anatomical construction and the Specialized Men’s Three Padding which provides varying densities of padding for across the chamois  where you need it most. Get yourself kitted out at your local Specialized dealer or go in for a total Body Geometry fitment session at a Specialized Concept Store.

Assos T FI.Mille_SS Bib short
Assos T FI.Mille Bib shorts

Assos T FI.Mille_S5 Bib Short

The long-distance comfort bib short the sign says. Well, with Assos being the Epic’s brand of choice and if the price tag doesn’t scare you off, you should give the Assos T FI.Mille bib shorts a try. You’ll probably never try anything else again. They feature a four panel construction, optimal muscle compression, and the chamois is designed to provide built-in stability during your long rides. They’ve also got all the other bells and whistles you’d expect from Assos gear and you can buy them online from CWCycles.co.za so you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home before you comfortably swaddle yourself in the T FI.Mille_S5 and go for a ride. RRP R1 899.

bontrager-evoke-short

Bontrager Evoke Shorts

Even baggies can have bib shorts. In fact it makes sense that they do, because a waist band just doesn’t do as good a job of keeping the chamois in place as the shoulder straps of bibs. The Bontrager Evoke Shorts are trail riding shorts with a drop-in bib liner, featuring Bontrager’s inform chamois. The baggie outers are ruggedly tough giving your delicate skin a bit of extra protection from the harsh terrain should you take a fall, or if you just prefer the look of yourself in baggies rather than tight fitting Lycra, they’re cool looking and well-made shorts. So if baggies are your thing keep an eye out for them at your local Trek dealer.

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