Men's Bib Shorts
Men's Bib Shorts
BibShorts - Elastic Free WaistsMen's Bib Shorts are designed for comfort and performance - No waist elastic means superior comfort on the bicycle. Aero Tech Designs Bib Shorts have superior fit and proven durability. Unconditionally Guaranteed - Tested and proven for performance.
Aero Tech Designs Bib Shorts are designed to match our cycling jerseys. Also available in Tall Bib Shorts. Once you ride in Aero Tech Designs bibs, you'll never go back! Read More
To Bib or Not To Bib - The Big Cycling Apparel Question
Making the switch to bibs comes with a certain hesitancy. Not just for new cyclists, but even riders with years of experience and thousands of miles behind them. Most cyclists start out with a pair of padded bike shorts, so making the switch to bibs is a big change. Why the resistance? The bib short has the stigma of a leotard or wrestling singlet look. For some, it's intimidating to imagine themselves wearing the skin-tight garment that that resembles shorts with suspenders. This is overcome quickly once a rider steps up to the plate on switching to a bib short.
Historically, men's bib shorts have been around since the beginning of cycling apparel. The first known bike shorts were made from knitted wool with a leather chamois sewn into the short to cover the seams and protect the legs from abrasion. The old wool shorts would stretch out and become baggy with use, so they were often held up with suspenders or elastic straps. The racers in United Kingdom called them braces and in the United States, they were called suspenders. Eventually, these old wool shorts would get heavy and hot in the summer weather. Annoyed with the waistband of their cycling shorts, riders would yank out the drawstrings and use old-fashioned clip-on suspenders to hold them in place.
Today, the suspenders are integrated into the short and are designed using Lycra or mesh to be lightweight, breathable and easy on your shoulders. Many of today's bib shorts have specific fabric specifications combined and placed in different areas for compression, wicking moisture, cooling and air flow or specially designed chamois pads that are focused on road, cyclo-cross, or Mountain biking. A well-fitting pair of men's bib shorts can keep you comfortable, and prevent soreness - however long you ride. Bibs may still appear goofy to some, but there are many advantages to wearing them.
MEN'S BIB SHORTS- KEY FEATURESNO WAISTBAND
Since there’s no waistband, there’s also no drawstring or uncomfortable elastic cutting into your abdomen. You’re less likely to feel as if your blood flow and oxygen intake is being restricted. Therefore, you’ll feel more productive in the saddle, especially over long distances. Another drawback to the traditional waistband is that they collect and retain moisture, which increases the potential for chafing and overall likelihood of discomfort. Bib shorts will leave you feeling completely free and comfortable in the torso. CHAMOIS PAD STAYS IN PLACE
Traditional cycling shorts can end up slipping down over time, and that means the chamois pad will shift as well. Keeping the chamois in place will ensure there is less potential for chafing, saddle sores, and generally unhappy rides. Bib shorts by nature are designed in a way that guarantees the chamois stays perfectly in place. BIB STRAPS INCREASE COMFORT
Bib shorts utilize lightweight, breathable mesh or Lycra straps over the shoulders. While there are a number of advantages to shoulder straps, the biggest benefit is how they comfortably hold the bib as a whole in place without creating pressure or binding points anywhere on the body. Properly fitting bib shorts should disappear when you are in your natural cycling position, like second skin. You shouldn't feel anything tugging, binding or chaffing. Our Advanced Carbon Elite and Urban Camouglage bibs are designed to contour to your body when you’re on your bike. This articulation means you experience total movement and complete comfort when on your bike because of a reduction in fabric bunching. LESS OPEN SKIN TO SHOW OFF
Most cycling jerseys are shorter in the front to reduce fabric bunching and provide a more aerodynamic fit. For riders, especially taller ones, that might mean they’ll be sporting the bare midriff when they’re not actually on their bike. Although we do offer Tall Man cycling jerseys, bib shorts are cut higher than a traditional short and offer a seamless transition between shorts and jersey is maintained at all times. To the onlooker, your bib short and cycling jersey will look just like a jersey and traditional short would. But to the wearer, the difference is as stark as night and day. The same goes for the rear of the cycling jersey. You won’t ever be tormenting those behind you with an unsightly “plumber’s crack.”
Most pro cyclists wear bib shorts, and many wear a base wicking shirt under the bibs even in hot weather. This is a personal preference you should give a try. Nevertheless, bib shorts without a top jersey is not a good look and best left for the dressing room.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING BIB SHORTSLook for a well-designed bib short that has a simple construction, well-judged chamois pad design, and a great fit that has no bunching or distracting edges. The legs should feel comfortable and the straps should not be binding in any way. The bib short should feel invisible like a second skin, especially while in the cycling position. You should be able to get unrestricted blood flow and oxygen intake through deep diaphragmatic breathing without elastic restriction. Most cyclists who have converted to bibs have also said they would never go back to regular bike shorts. WHY BIB SHORTS ARE MAINLY BLACK
The typical color of bib shorts is black because it can hide the black grease stains that originate in the bicycle chain. A cyclist can wipe their grease off their hands onto the black short after a dropped chain or flat repair.
To break up the monotony in the cycling apparel industry, we do add patterns and colors that surround the basic black bib short, like our Vertigo Bib Shorts and our Summer Shadow Bib Shorts. With Aero Tech Designs, you can get the best of both worlds: style and function!
Using a combination of quality fabrics and curved seams, Aero Tech Designs can get you a great fit without bunching or slack in the fabric. The bib short fits snug against the skin in the legs to prevent friction from the repetitive cycling motion against the bicycle saddle. Bib shorts are aerodynamic, meaning they do not flap in the wind and will increase efficiency for racers and time trial experts.
It is best to use the size chart to estimate your size for the best fit. A bib short that fits properly will have a second skin feel when in your natural cycling position. You should not feel any binding or restriction.PADDING - THE CHAMOIS
The chamois pad must be thick enough on the key bones, dense enough for long rides, the right size to protect from chafe, and sewn in the right position to maintain a level of comfort. When cycling, it can take as little as 15 minutes in the saddle to get that "pain in the butt" feeling from the ischium to the perineum, which isn't very good.
Get the most out of your bib shorts with a well designed chamois pad that prevents chafe between the legs and cushions the ischial bones. The chamois padding is specifically designed to protect the ischium (sit bones) and the perineum (soft tissue area) on your underside. These areas are gender specific, so you will see pads that are specific to men or women. Men's pads have a line through the center of the pad for the perineum area to sink into, as well as a modesty panel in the front. You will want to make sure your pad matches your anatomical needs and where you carry your weight on the bicycle saddle.
To improve comfort during long rides, chamois pads have highly engineered densities and layers with extra padding in the seat area. The chamois pad is one of the most important parts of a pair of shorts because it gives an extra layer of comfort between you and the bike saddle. A good pad is essential for long distance comfort. The ideal pad has an overall thickness with a very thin pad on the inside of the legs. The density and type of foam are a major factor in determining comfort and how well the pad will function for your intended use.
Additionally, pad placement matters. This is where the chamois sits within the garment and beneath the sit bones because it needs to provide added protection between the bike saddle and you. Pad placement is essential because a cyclist is often changing their position on the saddle depending on the riding terrain and ride duration. You want a bib short that protects all of the core target areas from chafe. With the constant adjustment, you want a pad that cushions without the diaper effect and doesn't snag the seat when moving up and out of the saddle. The chamois pads in our bib shorts are tested and proven for their performance on the bicycle.FABRICS
Bib shorts have a wicking fabric or mesh on the straps and upper body to help draw sweat and perspiration away from the body. Most upper body fabrics are an open weave to ensure air flow, moisture transportation, and cooling effects. Bib straps need to be stretchy and fit properly, which are essential to holding the shorts up without bunching in the rear. The straps often have a light elastic and are wider across the shoulder to spread the pressure more evenly. Often the straps are a mesh fabric like polyester/Lycra to wick the moisture and create cooling effect under the jersey.
Breathability is important in bib shorts. The more breathable your shorts are, the more comfortable you will be on those long, hot rides. Perspiration must have an exit route to evaporate. Cycling can be amazingly efficient at this due to the amount of airflow generated at speeds of 10 to 25mph. However, you must be wearing breathable clothing, like a cycling jersey, in order for this process to work. With the right bib shorts, you will feel dry and cool. If your garments feel wet and soggy, then you need to seek out our CoolMax or WickAway garments that evaporates perspiration away from you skin. Breathability also regulates temperature, which can be a major factor when you are trying to build strength and endurance. A few degrees difference in temperature changes the efficiency of your aerobic system - running too warm decreases the efficiency. For long duration in the saddle, you want a bib short that will allow airflow to keep you cool. All our bib shorts are made with synthetic materials like nylon and polyester which are known for their stretch and breathability features.LEG HEMS
The hem of each leg is usually lined with some type of gripper elastic or a silicone film that helps the leg hems cling to the skin, keeping the legs down in a fixed position that doesn't ride up with the movement of leg muscles during the cycling motion. Leg grippers and leg cuffs are a key part of comfortable bib shorts. All bib shorts have some form of leg gripper or leg cuff to stop them from riding up as you pedal in a circular motion. The leg hems can vary from a simple double-layered sewn hem to a specific extra stretchy panel that has a coating of silicone. COMPRESSION
Bibs promote compression with the use of spandex and rugged nylon stretch fabrics. The compression helps to massage the muscles during exercise, which helps reduce muscle fatigue. It has been proven that the snug compression helps speed up blood flow back to the heart, readily supplying working muscles with fresh oxygenated blood.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF BIB SHORTS
Men's Bib Shorts need to be laundered each use. The best way to care for these shorts is to machine wash and air dry. We recommend machine washing to remove all of the sweat and bacteria from the chamois pad. The goal of clean bib shorts is to prevent the buildup of bacteria on the chamois pad, which can lead to saddle sores. Saddle sores are a cyclist's worst nightmare. Air drying the spandex shorts helps the rubber spandex fibers to last longer without drying out.Men's Bib Shorts are worn "without underwear". The more layers you wear under the tight lycra, the more likely you’re going to be prone to some nasty chafing. With your legs many revolutions on a long ride, your inner thighs will be rubbing the side of your saddle for hours and the thought of having the seam of your underwear rubbing in the nether-region is just unbearable. On top of the inevitable chafing, remember that you’re exercising, getting hot and sweaty. The pros of bib shorts is that they are designed with an in-built chamois liner, essentially some much needed padding in the crotch area. Chamois pads are designed to eliminate chafing but are also made from anti-bacterial material that helps to wick sweat away. If you wear underwear, you will lose this benefit, and at worst you could possibly end up with an unwanted UTI.
We highly recommend the use and frequent application of an anti-chafe cream for long distance rides. Put the cream on your skin, between your legs and all over the chamois pad. Squeeze a generous portion of the cream on the pad and rub it all over the pad. The lubricant on the pad and your skin will prevent hot spots from abrasion. On long bicycle tours or long daily distances, this cream application may be essential to enhance riding longer and feeling stronger.