Women’s bib shorts tend to solve one problemfanyuying
Women’s bib shorts tend to solve one problem, whilst creating another. Shoulder straps keep the shorts securely in place without putting any pressure on your stomach – but they often mean that nature breaks can become a tricky and time-consuming striptease.
Several of the big brands have now addressed this issue, but there’s a lot more to bibshorts than just getting them on and off.
A good pair of bib shorts will fit well – which means the cuffs will sit in a comfortable (and flattering) position on your thigh, and be snug enough to grip without friction, yet not so tight that they affect circulation or produce the dreaded ‘sausage legs’ effect.
Some riders find that silicone grippers irritate their skin (especially in warmer weather), and will prefer elastic or the inherent gripping properties of Lycra itself.
The chamois should fit your anatomy closely, as creases or badly placed seams will cause chafing and lead to saddle sores, and stay securely in position throughout your ride. Designers recommend wearing the smallest size you can get into, as a tight fit will stop the pad moving, especially as the fabric deteriorates over time.