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How Do I Choose Bib shorts?

Most bicycle racers and recreational riders prefer to choose cycling bib shorts to achieve a perfect fit. Shoulder straps hold up the bib shorts while eliminating the hair pulling, pinching, and slip off the shorts from your back as happened in the case of stand alone cycling shorts. Read this guide and learn how to choose the best cycling bibs to meet your cycling needs;

The types

There are two main types of cycling bibs, the low cut waist, and the high cut waist. It comes down to personal preference and comfort. Shimano, Specialized, Gore wear, Castelli, and Alé offer an excellent range of cycling bibs for men.

The materials

One of the most preferred base materials for bibs shorts is spandex that is often called Lycra. Spandex being the stretchy and form fitting material doesn’t breathe well. Hence, the manufacturers have been using other materials to create more effective and breathable bib shorts. Many high end bib shorts provide compression to improve circulation, increase breathability and moisture wicking properties. A lighter fabric will be cooler and better for summer, while a thicker cycling bib will be more durable and good for winters.

The fit

The key to finding the perfect fit is in the straps. The shoulder straps keep the cycling bibs shorts from sagging, while leg grippers keep them in place while riding up. Pick the close fitting cycling bib without causing discomfort to your ride.

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