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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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Al__S [1300 posts] 4 years ago
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There you go, prices, both at the site linked and full RRP. And additional charges. Everywhere does free shipping options.

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bendertherobot [1542 posts] 4 years ago
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Bit confused. I count 3 votes for the Rapha classic on site. I assume the rest were on Facebook or something?

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fukawitribe [2866 posts] 4 years ago
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Al__S wrote:

1: RedWhite The Bibs $150 - £95.39 plus 20% VAT plus £8 Royal Mail handling fee - £122.47

RedWhite is £ 90 @ alwaysriding, not sure if there's any postage to pay but that's a list price not a discounted one. Always is the designated outlet for the UK.

http://www.alwaysriding.co.uk/brands/redwhite.html

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peted76 [1533 posts] 4 years ago
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fukawitribe wrote:

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.

I'm not having that! I've already set up the Popular Peoples Front Against Denigrating Bibshorts, and that's our policy! Get out of it you!

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John Stevenson [447 posts] 4 years ago
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bikebot wrote:

I hope RedWhite have at least sent in a pair for an impartial review.

They are doing so, yep.

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fukawitribe [2866 posts] 4 years ago
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peted76 wrote:
fukawitribe wrote:

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.

I'm not having that! I've already set up the Popular Peoples Front Against Denigrating Bibshorts, and that's our policy! Get out of it you!

Splitter !

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notfastenough [3734 posts] 4 years ago
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Al__S wrote:

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

If you add a value weighting, that brings Howie's out some way clear of everyone else.

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part_robot [304 posts] 4 years ago
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Whilst I don't have a Cervelo, I do absolutely love my Rapha Classics. There's nothing to touch them in terms of quality and fit at any price in my experience. They exude a kind of lushness normally only reserved for... well... how can I put this... fancy lingerie. Which is good because you really want nothing but the smoothest and softest materials when it comes to linishing your undercarriage and nipples for 5 hours  21

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jug_23 [60 posts] 4 years ago
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notfastenough wrote:
Al__S wrote:

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

If you add a value weighting, that brings Howie's out some way clear of everyone else.

Exactly why I proposed them in the first place! I've got 3 pairs of their shorts (one a 3/4 length) and was fortunate enough to pay less than £30 each for 2 of them... Agree that clearly Howies are the moral victor.

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notfastenough [3734 posts] 4 years ago
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part_robot wrote:

Whilst I don't have a Cervelo, I do absolutely love my Rapha Classics. There's nothing to touch them in terms of quality and fit at any price in my experience. They exude a kind of lushness normally only reserved for... well... how can I put this... fancy lingerie. Which is good because you really want nothing but the smoothest and softest materials when it comes to linishing your undercarriage and nipples for 5 hours  21

Admittedly I am assuming you're a fella at this point, so...

...how often do you wear fancy lingerie?!

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Paulhino [8 posts] 4 years ago
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Assos.

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Freddy56 [421 posts] 4 years ago
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Assos for racing and Galibier's team shorts for endurance training.

Think the polls should be black and white, not red and ......

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Oshsan [22 posts] 4 years ago
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If you haven't heard of RedWhite you need to get about more  3http://www.sportive.com/redwhite-bib-shorts/518046/review-long-distance-...

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