I endeavor to never buy another pair of cycling shorts until I hit
65 107 (the fossil cyclist informed me that I should make it to being 107 before I get that crotchety). That’s 20 62 years.
Have you ever thought, “Damn, I wish my gut always looked like it does when I’m wearing bibs.”?
The truth is, bibs are more comfortable, by a long shot, because they better keep everything where it should be. They look better, they feel better, they work better… My friends, they are better. Comparatively there is only one major problem with bibs and that’s obviously when you’ve gotta go.
My friends, there’s no way around it. It just is what it is, a struggle. Bibs are still worth it. I just wish they put a little thought into men’s bibs like they do for the ladies.
Now admittedly, I used to be a shorts guy, not because of the aforementioned necessity of urination but because they’re cheaper. I’d have been just fine too, had I not tried a pair of bibs. Once I bought one pair, I had to have another… and I’ll be going for another before long, too.
In my humble opinion there are only two other cycling controversies that could come close to being as controversial as the shorts or bibs debate. To shave, or not to shave, the guns (I absolutely do, in case you missed it). Second is sock length, which will never be settled properly. Maybe.
I could have put doping down as the single-greatest controversy but I don’t think there’s a controversy. It’s pretty much, if you dope, you’re a whore. It is what it is. In other words, it’s not like there’s someone out there sticking up for doping, so it’s not a controversy.