New Bib Tights

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New Bib Tights

Postby Mick F » 21 Sep 2019, 10:00am

I bought a pair of bib tights from Evans Cycles in Plymouth yesterday.

I'd cycled to Plymouth and straight round to Evans specifically for tights. This lovely summery autumn won't last forever.
Saw what I wanted, found XL and whist looking at them, one of the assistants was scanning stuff with the bar-code gun. I aksed if he minded if I tried them on. He offered me the changing room, but instead I took off my sandals and put the tights on over my shorts and top. Fitted nicely, and the quality was good. Advertised at £59.99. I was happy, so took them off and went over to the counter to pay.

They gave me £6 off, which was nice. After paying, I put them in my saddle bag and made my way home. Busy for the rest of the day/evening so didn't give the tights another thought.

However ......................

I'd bought women's tights! :lol: :lol:

They fit nicely. There is nothing "women" about them that I can see, but the padding insert is a nice purply colour. I like colour, so I'm happy with that! There is a tiny logo on the inside of the back meshing with XL and a lady symbol as a giveaway, but you have to actively look for it .............. which I didn't when buying them.

Now, this begs a few questions.
1. Does it matter? They are comfortable and fit nicely.
2. Why didn't the staff - the bar-code zapper, or the assistant behind the counter - notice and query it?
3. Why isn't the area in the shop divided or labeled Men and Women?
4. What is the actual difference in bib tights men vs women?
5. Why is one of the woman's version advertised at £59.99 as well as at £55.00? What's the difference?
6. Why is the man's one £55.00?

https://www.evanscycles.com/fwe-women-s ... s-EV361670
https://www.evanscycles.com/fwe-women-s ... s-EV249028
https://www.evanscycles.com/fwe-coldhar ... s-EV332898

I think I'm going to go back on Monday, and ask those questions, and maybe swap them for a man's version ........... but I don't know, as I quite like them as they are!
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby pwa » 21 Sep 2019, 10:04am

Be an individual. If they work, keep em. Only you will know you are wearing women's clothes in public. Spirit of the age perhaps.

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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby Spinners » 21 Sep 2019, 10:08am

C'mon Mick F, be honest... you were always going that way. :wink:

If they fit, and don't look girlie just stick with them.
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby Mick F » 21 Sep 2019, 10:13am

I'm happy in my skin. I'm me and content, and not at all bothered by wearing these tights.

What I am bothered about though, is why didn't they notice? Do the shop assistants not know their products?
For that alone, I should go back.
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby pwa » 21 Sep 2019, 10:23am

Leave it Mick. They're not worth it. :lol:

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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby philvantwo » 21 Sep 2019, 11:34am

Mick F's got his new bibtights in a twist!
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby Mick F » 21 Sep 2019, 12:11pm

:lol: :lol:
Joking aside ................ and I expected them .................. what about my questions?
Especially Q4.

What is the actual difference in bib tights men vs women?
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby al_yrpal » 21 Sep 2019, 12:35pm

Never mind that, I bought this...

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I thought it was a step through frame and later on they labelled it as a ladies bike!

What with you cycling around Cornwall with Tits and me looking like one in Devon we are a right pair of Jessies! :lol:

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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby rjb » 21 Sep 2019, 2:00pm

Mrs RJB buys XL Mens bib tights. She tried them on in Sports Direct and said they fitted perfectly. We must meet up and exchange ideas, or something. :lol:
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby Paulatic » 21 Sep 2019, 2:03pm

Mick F wrote::lol: :lol:
Joking aside ................ and I expected them .................. what about my questions?
Especially Q4.

What is the actual difference in bib tights men vs women?


The legs are often shorter.
The pads are usually smaller, less bulky, and for this reason I’ve some.
Another benefit, IME with shorts , is if they are sized for hip width (Funkier do this) then the tummy band is nicely relaxed.
The staff are probably trained not to question the gender of your purchases as it may cause embarrassment.
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby Mick F » 21 Sep 2019, 2:22pm

Thanks.
Interesting.
The lady versions have smaller pads, and the legs tend to be shorter.

The leg length is fine though.

As for the pad size, it'd difficult to compare with my four pairs of (men's) shorts in XL. Two or three different makes. Just been looking.
The Women's sizing is different to the Men's sizing.
I bought XL, but XL for women has a 33-34 waist, whilst the men's XL has a 36-38 waist. This alone would make the pad smaller as pad size would be dictated by overall size no doubt.

https://static.evanscycles.com/producti ... _guide.pdf

One pair of bib tights I had, had no pad at all. Can't say I noticed at all until I bought a new pair with a pad. Even then, I would be wearing the old ones when the newer ones were in the wash. Can't say it bothered me either way.
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby Audax67 » 21 Sep 2019, 3:48pm

Don't worry unless you start singing soprano.
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby philvantwo » 21 Sep 2019, 5:07pm

Thought you only needed 3/4 bib tights in tropical Cornwall?
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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby SimonCelsa » 21 Sep 2019, 7:49pm

4. What is the actual difference in bib tights men vs women?


I would imagine you get a bit more space for your meat and 2 veg in the mens version.......and you haven't noticed :wink:

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Re: New Bib Tights

Postby mercalia » 21 Sep 2019, 9:41pm

I prefer leggings like these

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Cycling-Leg-Warmers-Winter-Running-Thermal-Roubix-Cycle-Knee-Black-S-M-L-XL/131348851968?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&var=430669699794&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

I bought apair of these a year ago still going strong

quite cheap and more than enough, can roll them down if too hot & treat them like long socks