The crotch area on bib shorts

by stumps   July 17, 2012  

No doubt this will have been discussed previously but i thought we could bring it back out into discussion.

I own a pair of comfy "speg" bib shorts however on longer rides the crotch area does not give enough "comfy" padding.

Having never been in a position to purchase a pair of top quality bib shorts is this a common problem with bibs across the board or is it a case the more expensive they are the better the padding as i may have to save up for some new ones Thinking

Or is it a case i'm to heavy around the backside area Surprise

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Sound like bikefit.

Drop saddle 5mm and see what happens

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
17th July 2012 - 20:35

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hmm i use -rapha bibs (£140 ish) shutt vr club shorts (£45 ish) and dhb Aeron race (£50 ish)

in order of best first


all have done 100 mile + rides as well as average rides of 40-60 miles

might be a crotch shape thing but i will be re-purchasing the dhbs when i need new shorts. have to say the lycra feels brilliant on them!

the shutt are very short and have retro shiny lycra but again decent.

raphas as good as the aerons but no better

thing is 99% of shorts pads are made by cytech so you often get the same pad in lots of brands

etc etc

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
17th July 2012 - 20:39


also what raleigh said, oh and dont take drugs like frank schleck

posted by russyparkin [579 posts]
17th July 2012 - 20:40


Oh, and if in doubt, consult a certain rule #5

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1733 posts]
18th July 2012 - 15:25


Shutt anyday out fo a wide selction.
Short? No perfect. Who wants to look like Wiggins?

posted by mattsccm [279 posts]
18th July 2012 - 16:27

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Ive found what helped me is i cut the pad out of an old pair of Karrimors and tuck said pad inside my Bianchi bib shorts!!
Works for me!!
The comfiest shorts i have are made by a company called 'Funkier'
Less than half the price of the Bianchi bibs!

posted by Adey [98 posts]
18th July 2012 - 17:18

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dhb get a thumbs up from me also.

posted by daddyELVIS [453 posts]
19th July 2012 - 17:53


Use a pair of Aldi shorts costing £10 and did a long ride recently, 130 miles, without any problems. They come into stock every 6 mths or so. I doubt if the padding is much different to anything else.

I would however second Raleigh's comment about maybe dropping the saddle. I did this recently for a different reason, tightness behind my left knee, but it had the knockon effect of reducing any numbness in the crotch area quite significantly.

posted by Alan Tullett [1461 posts]
20th July 2012 - 17:06


as above, but also consider the saddle shape and height - 2mm can make a big difference I found.

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posted by koko56 [334 posts]
20th July 2012 - 18:22