Bib shorts vs cycling shorts: Which should you choose?

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Although many cyclists prefer bib shorts, waist shorts for cycling offer an alternative that has both advantages and disadvantages. Here, we'll go through the pros and cons of bib shorts and waist shorts to help you decide which is right for you.

A good quality, well-fitting pair of cycling shorts can be the difference between an enjoyable ride and absolute misery on the bike. Beyond just getting the right fit and seat pad, the choice of bib straps or waist shorts is a fundamental decision in choosing the right cycling shorts for you. 

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Based on the Gold Coast of Australia, Colin has written tech content for cycling publication for a decade. With hundreds of buyer's guides, reviews and how-tos published in Bike Radar, Cyclingnews, Bike Perfect and Cycling Weekly, as well as in numerous publications dedicated to his other passion, skiing. 

Colin was a key contributor to Cyclingnews between 2019 and 2021, during which time he helped build the site's tech coverage from the ground up. Nowadays he works full-time as the news and content editor of Flow MTB magazine. 

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