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Cycling Bib Shorts & Tights

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Cycling Bib Shorts & Tights

Impressive Range of Cycling Bib Shorts Australia-wide

Comfort is paramount when it comes to women’s cycling bib shorts and men’s cycling bib shorts. Santini understands that your bum can be in the saddle anywhere from hours to days, so it’s essential to give it the best possible protection and comfort!

Types of Cycling Bib Shorts 

Santini offers all types of shorts, including above-knee or knee-cut, ¾ length and full length. 

Saddle Soreness

As any newbie cyclist will attest, saddle soreness can be a persistent pain in the, well…

Cushioning here is key, as quality bib shorts (also referred to as tights or knicks) will help minimise that ache. Depending on the product, Santini’s in-built chamois offers exceptional padding. Moreover, they can provide abrasion support to help minimise any chaffing that sometimes occurs through the combination of moisture (sweat) and friction (cycling motion). Santini has engineered a proprietary chamois that is available in a range of specs. However, one crucial overarching feature is that the panels and curves are stitched from the inside, meaning a seamless construction without contacting the skin.

Pockets

Again depending on the model, women’s cycling bib and men’s cycling bib shorts can also feature very handy pockets for your keys, lip balm, credit card and the like. 

Let’s Talk Some More About Bibs

We’re happy to help with any questions you have, so don’t hesitate to contact us.

Reach out to us via info@santinisms.com.au or our experts are eagerly ready to chat to you, look out for the blue bubble to chat with us live during business hours.

FAQs 

1. Are Bike Shorts Necessary? 

Yes. Yes. Yes. Are we adamant enough?! Bike shorts really are necessary, no matter what type of riding you do. Unlike running, walking, hiking etc., for cycling, it’s not your feet impacting the road; it’s your bum. And although this area of our body naturally comes with its own cushioning, you still need your knicks to play a part. So out of all the possible cycling clothing available to you, we’d say it starts with knicks. Do your bum a favour and buy some bike shorts!

2. What Are Cycling Bib Shorts?

Cycling bib shorts are essentially Lycra bike shorts, but with the shoulder strap at either side serving to keep them firmly in place. Women’s cycling bib shorts and men’s cycling bib shorts both sport this feature.

3. What Are the Pros and Cons of Bib Shorts?

One of the most important features is that the straps help hold the chamois in place. The very nature of cycling means your body is bent over in a particular way that can sometimes have shorts riding low. Moreover, even just that slight but constant movement in the saddle can sometimes result in normal knicks sitting badly, which does not happen with bib shorts.

Additionally, the bib short should help with deep diaphragmatic breathing that occurs when you’re really pushing yourself on the bike - the shoulder straps don’t press on your waistline the way cycling shorts sometimes might.

Another benefit is maintaining modesty and even preventing sunburn! Sometimes in that classic bent-over position, the jersey can ride up. From the front, this might result in an exposed midriff. From behind, it can result in a band of skin exposure. Indeed, if you’ve suffered from a brown skin ‘belt’ around your lower back, then you know all about this!

Perhaps the only con comes during a ‘comfort break’ or when Mother Nature calls. In the past, this would mean having first to remove your jersey to then lower the shoulder straps and pull the bibs down. However, increasingly both men and women’s designs allow for workarounds in this area!

4. What Are The Differences Between Male And Female Bib 

Shorts? 

It’s no surprise that given men and women’s physiology is fundamentally different, so too are women’s cycling bibs and men’s cycling bibs. This is why Santini creates a women’s specific design (WSD). Some of the key differences include:

  • The shape of the chamois, to allow for anatomical differences 
  • The cut around the waist tends to taper in for WSD. Typically, the female silhouette will have wider hips and a more narrow waist compared to men 
  • Traditionally, men’s bibs were better at accommodating a ‘refreshment stop’; however, this is now changing with more and more WSD designs making it easier to go to the loo!

5. What Type of Chamois Do You Use In Your Cycling Bibs? 

All Santini chamois are proprietary made, with the ultimate type depending on the spec of the product. Features include shock-absorption, protective padding, dense foam or gel for padding, seamless construction and more. Santini chamois models include:

  • C3 - high-performance chamois made for plenty of time in the saddle 
  • C3W - women’s specific high-performance chamois 
  • eMAX - an everyday chamois 
  • GITevo - the original best-seller GIT gel chamois 
  • GILevo - women’s gel chamois 
  • NAT - for maximum protection but minimal thickness 
  • wMAX - everyday women’s chamois 
  • STG - short-distance triathlon chamois 
  • IMG - long-distance triathlon chamois 
  • eMAX - chamois for kids 

6. Should We Wear Underwear While Wearing Bib Shorts? 

This is a personal preference; however, our advice would be to refrain from wearing underwear and bib shorts. Santini bib shorts feature proprietary made chamois designs using antibacterial fabric. As a result, they’re potentially more hygienic than your underwear!

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