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Readers Respond: Bib Shorts vs. Regular Shorts: Which are More Comfortable for Riding?

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From the article: Bike Shorts Reviews
Some cyclists swear that bib shorts, which have shoulder straps like overalls, are more comfortable than regular shorts. Others riders don't like to feel confined, and prefer the plain and simple cycling shorts, which don't go any higher than your waist. Still others wear full tights, or baggy mountain bike shorts, or even knickers. In which group are you?

John

Since I started doing long distance cycling a lot, I invested in both shorts and a pair of bib shorts. Bibs are better -- more comfortable -- but not flattering with a bit of weight. If you cover up with a jacket they look okay. They are great in cold weather also.
—Guest Greybiker

Remove Your Jersey for Nature's Call

On a remote mountain bike trail (or wherever) if I wear my bib bike shorts, then I'll need to take my jersey off in order to pee. Can't say I like the thought of being discovered in the all-together by some stranger. I bike on remote trails, still it's just a matter of time.
—Guest Kevin

bibs

I'm 6 ft and weight 155lbs, so no pot belly. Bibs are the best. Once you wear them you don' t notice the shoulder straps and the comfort makes you give up on shorts. As with shorts, the chamois makes or breaks the pant. Don't go cheap unless you are an iron butt. Specialized bibs get my vote for the best.
—Guest tim

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