Choosing the best entry level bib shorts

Road riding without the proper apparel can certainly lessen the enjoyment of a great day out on the bike, so we’d love to take a moment to pen a few of our thoughts on what for us at least, makes a great entry level bib short; that essential, but often unrecognised workhorse of the ride.

What is ‘entry level’?

What we ask from a bib short is nothing less than daily heroism. Comfort, breathability, ‘fit and forget’ - for us entry level is where these attributes take over, and not before. For this reason, we’d set the bar at around £60-£80 - anything substantially lower and mid to long distance regular ride comfort will almost certainly take a back seat. And just to clarify, 80 - 100 miles a week would be classed as mid-distance, something which a commuter and weekend club run regular could easily achieve.

A ride in the sun, made a lot nicer with the right bib shorts!

As we have blogged about before though, looking to your ride regularity will always be a better guide then looking at price alone. As an example, if you’re heading out to ride L'Étape du Tour, or a similarly long distance hot sportive, we’d recommend starting your bib short search from £90 + where the advances in chamois technology will really pay dividends in tough temperatures.

3 things every good entry level bib short should have

Comfy straps - they should feel non-restrictive, and always comfortable

Great lycra - no two are alike, but good material will comfort, protect and support your legs. Here'a an insider tip - if there are less to no graphics on the lycra, it's better quality. You just can't print on the best quality lycra.

A top notch chamois - Non bulky, breathable and supportive in all the right places. If you still feel good after 50 miles, it’s a keeper.

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About the Rider: Peter
Co-founder of Always Riding, Pete enjoys road, trail and a good city commute. Most of all though, he loves chatting to other riders, the mid-ride stop after a leg-breaking ascent, and a cup of tea at the end of the ride. There is no truth in the rumour that he likes to wear women's clothes and hang around in bars. No truth at all.
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