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Video: Six of the best bib shorts — comfort for mile after mile

Are you sitting comfortably? Padded bib shorts offer cycling comfort and we've picked six of the best we've reviewed

When it comes to performance cycling, whether it’s long rides on Sunday mornings or road racing, and sportives, bib shorts are where it’s at for outright comfort. The pad provides comfort so you can sit in the saddle for hours at a time, the straps avoid a waistband digging into your stomach, and there’s no excess fabric to flap about.

While there are other styles of shorts available — baggy, urban and waist shorts — for any rides of that combine distance and speed bib shorts are hard to beat for comfort. You can wear them year-round, under tights in the winter, on their own in the summer. And no, you don’t wear underwear under them, if you’re wondering. They’re designed to sit next to the skin.

In this video, we’ve delved into the vast review archive to show you six really good bib shorts that we’ve tested and are happy to recommend, from dhb, Gore, Assos, Castelli, Kalf and Sportful. We’re also covering a range of price points, so something for all tastes.

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Our pick of six of the best bib shorts

Weight Market price Read more
dhb Aeron Speed
£60 (limited sizes)
Read our review
Kalf Flux
Read our review
Gore C5 Optiline
Read our review
Castelli Premio
Read our review
Sportful Giro
£44.20 Read our review
Assos T.Milleshorts_S7 175g
Read our review

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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