Bib shorts are not necessarily just the attire of Tour de France riders, they’ve become more popular among commuters, tourers and road cyclists.
The DHB brand is sold exclusively by Wiggle, and we regularly review their products as they tend to be of a strong standard and at the same time remaining affordable.
What’s the point?
Many have wondered this before – why bother having the bib part of the short at all? What’s wrong with shorts that you know, go round your waist like any other pair of shorts, cycling or fashion?
There are three main reasons why people choose bib shorts.
1. There is no waistband
Waistbands can be uncomfortable, especially in the saddle in a forward leaning position. With bib shorts you don’t have any uncomfortable elastic cutting in to your waist.
2. You don’t end up showing off your bum
Whilst you may think your bum looks fabulous, and I’m sure you’re right, other cyclists around you might not appreciate seeing part of it before they’ve had their first cup of tea of the day.
The higher back on bib shorts, along with the straps that go over your shoulders mean there’s no unnecessary exposing of yourself.
3. Maximum comfort
You minimise chafing, tugging and general discomfort.
There are of course some downsides. For a start, you may not particularly like the look. Also, going for a pee is a bit of a pain. Cyclists all have their own techniques for getting around this, but I’ll let you Google that from home!
DHB sent us a free pair of the dhb Blok Fluoro bib shorts to review. They look a little bit like this:
At £49.99, the Blok Fluoro bib shorts are affordable, meaning that you’re not risking a lot of cash if you’re uncertain you’ll find them comfortable. But I’m fairly sure you will do – it is nice not to have the elastic clamped to your waist, even on just a short commute, but if like me you enjoy longer rides at the weekends, then you’ll enjoy these shorts then too.
Furthermore, the shorts look good, the bib part of the shorts, going over each shoulder, are comfortable and not large enough to make you feel like you’re wearing an extra layer. Finally, the fluorescent yellow on the bottom of the shorts, and on the dhb logo on the rear, does its job perfectly. And we all know that as a cyclist commuting in London you can never have too much fluorescent yellow about you.
Some brands sell bib shorts for ridiculous amounts of money, often simply for the reason that “they’re what the pros wear”. There’s no reason they should cost that much, and the dhb shorts are as good a pair as I’ve owned.
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