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Bibs v. Shorts

Cycle Lane signI remember back in the early 90’s when I bought my first pair of cycling shorts. I was riding more and more and realized that for any distance over a few miles I needed to cushion the bottom side. At that time about the only store local to me that carried anything like that was Sport Authority. I went in, looked at a few pairs and ended up with a pair that were made by Nike. They were far different then the shorts we have today as they were more of a cottony blend, not smooth and slick by todays standards. From that moment on I realized what I had been missing – comfort! But other than that single pair of shorts I really had nothing to compare them to, but they worked for me and I wore them a lot!

Up until last year I had always worn cycling shorts when I went out on rides. I started mountain biking in the early 2000’s so I had accumulated a few baggy pairs of cycling shorts but would sometimes break out those old Nikes and wear them under cargo shorts.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right? Or so I thought.

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I’ll admit it, I’m a fair weather rider

Yuigloop, that’s right I’m not fond of venturing out in the colder temps. That’s not to say I haven’t done it and I certainly have the gear for it but I don’t find it particularly pleasurable riding in sub freezing temps. It’s much easier riding from summer to fall and then into the winter when the temps are dropping gradually. It’s not very easy when you have 70+F weather on the weekend and then wake up to a 28F temp complete with snow and ice the following Wednesday. Needless to say I didn’t venture out yesterday. Instead I did a little bike maintenance, like putting on some clear stickers from Lizard Skins to prevent the paint from cable rub. I also spent a bit of money on some new bibs and jersey from Performance Bike, specifically their Ultra SL Bib Shorts and Ultra Short Sleeve Jersey. I plan on doing a review on them so stay tuned and it looks like they already shipped so I might have them for the weekend. Woo hoo! I also couldn’t pass up their one day 20% off Garneau sale so I should be looking stylish this summer!

Not sure if I’ll get a ride in today or not as it hasn’t even hit 50F here and it’s still windy. I really don’t want to have to dig out the cold weather gear as I put it away (along with my ice scraper which made cleaning the car window interesting) I may just wimp out as much as I want to ride and hit it hard his weekend!

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