womens bib/shorts

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womens bib/shorts

Postby nomm » 31 Jan 2018, 9:19pm

My partner is keen to upping her milage for some long day rides in preparation for a cycle tour on the East Coast of Canada. Previously she has got away with 10-40 mile rides with regular breaks with no need for padded shorts - she would like to increase this to 60-100 in a day with fewer breaks.

She has been trying a selection of bibs and padded shorts in size 8-10 priced between £30-£50 from a range of manufactures (DHB, Altura, Endura, Howies etc...) - size 10 is generally on the larger size for her.

My partner insists she is not an unusual shape or size with normal clothing, she is an average weight for her size (5ft 3) and is very fit and healthy, doing 5+ hours of exercise a week... but has found the following problems -

to tight to get on at all - at times not even able to get the item past her calfs
padded section is too high at the rear and does not protect enough of the important bits - this has been common on all items tried
cuffs are much to tight on her thighs and therefore uncomfortable

I am aware that trial and error is the way to go, but she is getting frustrated after going through 10+ items already...

Any thoughts or advice?

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Re: womens bib/shorts

Postby Paulatic » 31 Jan 2018, 9:56pm

I’d be inclined to advise "just forget them". Carry on without padded, watch out for seams and keep the air flowing.
I’ve ridden for over 2years now without padded shorts. Shortly I’ll be ramping my miles up for LEJOG so will see if I stick to that advise. :D
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Re: womens bib/shorts

Postby nomm » 1 Feb 2018, 8:18am

Paulatic wrote:I’d be inclined to advise "just forget them". Carry on without padded, watch out for seams and keep the air flowing.
I’ve ridden for over 2years now without padded shorts. Shortly I’ll be ramping my miles up for LEJOG so will see if I stick to that advise. :D



This isn't a needless purchase, the reasoning being discomfort over longer stints of riding... but well done on you for getting away with long rides for your own lady parts

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Re: womens bib/shorts

Postby Paulatic » 1 Feb 2018, 8:50am

nomm wrote:
Paulatic wrote:I’d be inclined to advise "just forget them". Carry on without padded, watch out for seams and keep the air flowing.
I’ve ridden for over 2years now without padded shorts. Shortly I’ll be ramping my miles up for LEJOG so will see if I stick to that advise. :D



This isn't a needless purchase, the reasoning being discomfort over longer stints of riding... but well done on you for getting away with long rides for your own lady parts


I’d assumed she was comfy at 40 ml rides, I’d have thought it possible to build on that.
Now you mention its lady parts that are the problem. Do padded shorts help with that department , as you are keen to point out , I’ve no idea. My guess though would be it’s probably more to do with type of saddle and position.

I’ll watch with interest to discover how filling that particular gap with some type of foam helps.
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Re: womens bib/shorts

Postby LollyKat » 1 Feb 2018, 11:51am

Try Corinne Dennis, who specialises in ladies' cycling wear. I have some of the cotton/lycra,shorts and find them very good for day rides, though they dry too slowly for multi-day touring. Does your partner really want bibs - they're a bit inconvenient for loo stops.

Paulatic is right, though, that a change of saddle position or even saddle might help more. One with a cut-out not only relieves pressure but also allows ventilation, keeping everything nice and cool.

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Re: womens bib/shorts

Postby eileithyia » 2 Feb 2018, 6:30pm

Has she tried on some Rapha or Assos, yes I know they are top end.. but quality lasts..... she could try on in the store then (esp for Assos) sign up online for the Assos clearance shop.... I also look out for stuff on ebay... If it is of any help I have had some (or at least attempted ) to try on some that do not pull up.... and I am a similar size to your friend... 5'2 and size 10/ small
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Re: womens bib/shorts

Postby pal » 5 Feb 2018, 10:32am

I've found the Evans own brand ('FWE') bib shorts quite good: realistic proportions, and an ok pad (esp. for the price). Perhaps worth looking at Kalf stuff too (also sold in Evans; a little bit pricier): I've found the pad on those a bit less comfortable, but these things are of course very subjective. (Loo breaks with both are a pain, mind you -- neither have any handy bib-release gizmos...)

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Re: womens bib/shorts

Postby Vorpal » 5 Feb 2018, 12:06pm

I might suggest that if her lady parts are giving her discomfort, the solution may be a change in set-up or saddle, rather than shorts. I'd never like to see someone spend a bunch of money on shorts and find it doesn't help, so...

-Has she tried building up gradually (i.e. increasing by 10 miles or so at a time)?
-Is she completely comfortable up to 40 miles, or is 40 miles where it currently becomes too uncomfortable to continue?
-Is the problem due to chaffing or buising? because the solution may be different for the two
-Is all of her weight currently on her sit bones? Or is some of it on soft tissue? If so, that is the culprit, rather than the shorts
-Does she slide on the saddle, or push her self back at all?

Depending on the answers to the above, having a look at 531Colin's DIY bike fitting guide might do more good than new shorts.
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Re: womens bib/shorts

Postby Paulatic » 10 Feb 2018, 11:37am

Just came across this/these https://www.ridewithasmile.com/home/ thought I’d share if it hasn’t before.
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Re: womens bib/shorts

Postby Flite » 13 Feb 2018, 8:07pm

I found padded shorts awkward as the pad shifted around. for that reason bib-shorts are mush better as they keep the pad in the right place.
I like the Gore bikewear garments with the pit zips for loo stops. I've got the Gore bib-shorts, and three-quarters and long tights.