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Whose shorts reign supreme? The answers may surprise you!

Last week we asked you to tell us your favourite bib shorts. We've counted the votes and the results are in. Here's the top ten.

Note: we don't claim any great scientific accuracy for this, especially as write-in polls are awkward things to count. But it's pleasing to see many of our favourites are there, and we're looking forward to getting our hands on a set from a very successful newcomer to see if they're really that good.

10) Endura FS260

10 votes

Stofish says: "Expensive but not stupidly so, comfort is as good as any other and to my experience harder wearing."

8) Sportful Bodyfit Pro

13 votes

GustyBH says: "Classy look & real all day comfort."

8) DHB Aeron Pro

13 votes

dches1 says: "The most my budget stretch to is DHB Aeron Pro. I think for their price they're excellent, no cause to complain! Lovely and comfortable over all distances (for me, anyway)."

7) Lusso ProGel

14 votes

Curly says: I'm a big fan of the Lusso Pro Gel, the only one where the pad hasn't gone flat after 5 years and hasn't started to fall to bits like other makes. I have had Castelli and similar and their Lycra doesn't hold together like the Lusso ones and its great to buy a brand make in Britain

5) Rapha Pro Team

15 votes

paulrattew says: "For me it is the Rapha Pro Team bib shorts. They are supremely comfortable for riding super hard or for long days in the saddle. The chamois is lovely - slightly different from the one in the Rapha Classic shorts and an improvement. The lycra is really supportive, the grippers deep and comfortable. Plus they look great. If you damage them crashing Rapha will do their best to repair them. They are horrifically expensive, but this is the one area where I don't want to skimp."

5) Castelli Free Aero Race

15 votes

Castelli fans are men and women of few words, it seems, but the X2 pad is what people like about these shorts.

 

4) Castelli Velocissimo Due

18 votes

markfireblade says: "No question even at normal retail prices."

3) Howies Men's

24 votes

Al__S says: "Mainly seamless construction; lovely "classic" matt black finish; no bright colours; subtle; comfortable; good value. What's not to like?"

2) Rapha Classic

28 votes

VeloVert says: "Classy as hell, with the matt finish being a little less showy than the Pro Team shorts. Pad is epic; I did five hours on Sunday having never done more than two before and the one part of me that didn't hurt was my backside. Expensive, but you truly do get what you pay for."

1) RedWhite The Bibs

41 votes

rosscompton says: "I recently got a set of 'The Bibs' from Red White. They're far better than everything else I have. A great pad that is perfect for a long ride and really comfortable grippers. Can't recommend them enough!"

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43 comments

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JohnnyO [39 posts] 3 years ago
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41 votes?

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Houxty1 [12 posts] 3 years ago
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Hmmmmm, can't help but think that somebody might have voted for themselves here.

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cyclesteffer [370 posts] 3 years ago
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Eh? Never heard of em! That's so fixed!

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nowasps [522 posts] 3 years ago
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I only voted for them 40 times. There's something funny going on...

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stealfwayne [129 posts] 3 years ago
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RedWho ? 30 years riding and not heard of them either.  13

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themartincox [553 posts] 3 years ago
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I have heard of them, all though i didn't vote for them.

i do recall them mentioning to their fans/users/etc about the competition, it seems that perhaps their followers like them after all!?

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Nick0 [185 posts] 3 years ago
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Shame Galibier.cc didn't get a mention, as good as anything here, probably better, and a smidgeon over £50 they are a STEAL.

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Nick0 [185 posts] 3 years ago
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...and I agree, this stinks. FIX!  19

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bikebot [2117 posts] 3 years ago
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Were the votes counted in Tower Hamlets?

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Bigpikle [94 posts] 3 years ago
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been going just over a year and they suddenly have a bigger fan base than Rapha, Castelli and Endura....of course they are the favourite in the UK  24 24 24 24

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Houxty1 [12 posts] 3 years ago
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Credit where credit is due, they obviously galvanised either their mates or their fans (all 41 of them) and obviuosly, nobody else could be arsed to do so. Good luck to them, fix or no fix, it's nice to see the little guys win the day for once.

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srchar [1168 posts] 3 years ago
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Wot no Assos?

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Crimea03 [22 posts] 3 years ago
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Bank busting Assos not on the list, shame!

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wellcoordinated [206 posts] 3 years ago
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This is a dumb article. The sample size means the results are statistically insignificant. As for wotsit getting 41 votes and no Assos!

dumb dumb dumb.

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sanderville [349 posts] 3 years ago
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JohnnyO wrote:

41 votes?

They're all at it. Get over it.

EDIT: My original comment was flippant, but really this whole article sums up the utter corruption in cycling. Even an innocent question about which are your favourite nylon knickers for riding a bike gets perverted by some no-mark chancers who dope the vote.

And we expect the blokes who race each other AFTER a 200Km bike ride to stay clean? Fuck this shit!

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alansmurphy [2038 posts] 3 years ago
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Maybe I'm thick, but if people had liked an alternative enough surely they would simply vote for them rather than wait and be a miserable keyboard warrior...

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Carson [20 posts] 3 years ago
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Would love to try some of the Rapha gear but I don't have a Pinarello so....
Just joking I'd give it a try only I can't afford at the minute. Very impressed with any of the Sportful gear I have so might try the body fit pro shorts soon.

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Look555 [42 posts] 3 years ago
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If you visit RedWhite's web site they collect your email within the first 30 seconds. Its not difficult to imagine that they asked their existing customers to vote on the poll. Quite simple, and if 41 of their customers took their time to vote well good on them. Its called marketing, its just more personal and a little more effective than sponsorship and building brand....

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Kadinkski [806 posts] 3 years ago
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Road.cc should have done it properly and used proper polling software. I didn't bother voting because the whole thing looked amatuerish but if a new company has mobilised it's customers and won, good on them.

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hsiaolc [369 posts] 3 years ago
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I have shorts from so many brand but they red company. This poll is totally fixed. Impossible when most of us hear them for the first time.

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grasen [16 posts] 3 years ago
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I must say the PEdAL ED bibs I have are perfect. Very tight and stretchy. They feel very strange but when I ride I forget all about them. Thats why I think they are perfect. If what I am wearing is unnoticeable then I can enjoy the ride to the full.

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RobD [706 posts] 3 years ago
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Clearly a lot of people don't think highly enough of their bib shorts to bother voting, fair play to Red White, at the end of the day, logically the winners of any vote are the ones who people bother to vote for, if they managed to 'campaign' and drum up support then well done to them, all the other brands had the same opportunities.

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John Stevenson [402 posts] 3 years ago
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Manufacturers mobilising their fans in a poll (and I use the term loosely) is all part of the game, and we knew it would probably happen.

But you can't mobilise fans if you haven't got any, and RedWhite tells me they were alerted to the poll by a customer in the first place. More power to them for having pleased their customers enough that it was possible to successfully ask them to take part in the poll.

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Al__S [1295 posts] 3 years ago
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Didn't see any "gaming" by Howies and my nomination/vote was pure I assure you. It does seem suspicious that an unknown brand won...

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ososxe [59 posts] 3 years ago
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Sportful asked on their twitter to vote also: https://twitter.com/sportful/status/613352135699337216
and
https://twitter.com/sportful/status/611575189378351104
but it seems their twitter fan base is not as responsive as RedWhite's

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fukawitribe [2670 posts] 3 years ago
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How perverse - a bunch of moaning minnies who couldn't be bothered to say what bibs they like in, lets face it a fairly relaxed 'poll', suddenly find the energy to react to the result with streams of whiny petulance and tin-foil delusions.

Do take a deep breath and think about where this stands in the great scheme of things, please, or get active and set up the Peoples Popular Front Against Denigrating My Bibshorts ... or whatever.

Just calm down, it's really not important.

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steviemarco [244 posts] 3 years ago
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Crimea03 wrote:

Bank busting Assos not on the list, shame!

Rapha are pretty cheap are they? NOT

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bikebot [2117 posts] 3 years ago
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I hope RedWhite have at least sent in a pair for an impartial review.

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mrchrispy [509 posts] 3 years ago
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The RedWhites are suspended after eating imported steak so its rapha 1st and howies 2nd. seems about right.

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Al__S [1295 posts] 3 years ago
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10: Endura FS260 £66.49 (full price £69.99)
8: Sportful Bodyfit Pro £93.00 (full price £125)
8: dhb Aeron Pro £57.19 (full price £64.99)
7: Lusso ProGel £49.99 (full price £70)
5: Rapha Pro Team £150
5: Castelli Free Aero Race £113.98 (full price £140)
4: Castelli Velocissimo Due £71.22 (full price £100)
3: Howies Men's £59.99
2: Rapha Classic £160
1: RedWhite The Bibs $150 - £95.39 plus 20% VAT plus £8 Royal Mail handling fee - £122.47

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