Bib shorts are found by many cyclists to be the most comfortable riding option when it comes to biking shorts. At first, you may use regular bicycling shorts, which of course are just fine. Yet many bikers who start to use bib shorts say that there is no going back once you've experienced the comfort and excellent fit provided by bib shorts. We have an extensive collection of cycling bib shorts, in a variety of sizes, made for men and women. Bibshorts come in many styles, colors, and even themes, from basic black to multi-colored bike bibs. You can get official pro team bib shorts and other cycling apparel from the champion bike teams like: Saxo Bank, Liquigas, the Garmin-Cervelo Team, Astana, Rabobank and others. The most trusted brand names for bib shorts include Pearl Izumi, Giordana, Castelli, and Louis Garneau. A few top bib shorts, according to past Bicycling Magazine article, are the Nalini Geranio and Canari Evolution Bib Shorts, so there are two additional biking bib short makers to consider. For women, favorites bib shorts include the Giordana Women's Body Clone Forma Red Carbon and Pearl Izumi's Women Drop Tail Cycling Bib Shorts. Bib shorts are an excellent alternative to fitted bicycle shorts primarily because there is no elastic waistband, which according to some cyclists can restrict your breathing. Bib shorts present a nice alternative for cyclists with a larger belly or gut for the very reason that the lightweight straps that secure the bib shorts in place provide for unrestricted comfort and a better fit. If you watch pro bike races, you will note that almost all pro cyclists wear bib shorts. With a jersey worn on top, a person can't see the difference from a bib short and a traditional cycling short. So what are some key differences between men's bib shorts and women's bib shorts? From the hips down, the fit is about the same for both men and women. The telling difference is from the hips to the waist, since the small of a women's back often tapers up to a narrower waist. Therefore, a women's cut bib short offers a tighter waistband and a more tapered fit where it matters most for women - just above the hips. Women are also longer waisted than men, in general, which makes bib shorts fit differently for women than men. Another key factor for bib shorts is leg length. It has been noted that female cyclists seem to prefer a shorter leg length than what would be found on a traditionally cut men's short. For men, those length of bike shorts are long enough to cover the entire quadricep, while women prefer a higher up fit. Then there is the issue of how a women's bib short straps must be designed to fit over the breast area. The neck of a bib short can feature a T-back so that they will not slip as they ride over the chest area. Bib shorts have panels so that they contour to fit the human body while in the cycling position. In general, more panels means a better fit. When you see bib shorts with 8 panels, then you are looking at a top made bike short - figure all the extra work that goes into cutting and sewing those bib shorts to make them fit so well, and that's why they cost more. Additional panels allows for more curvature in the bike shorts. Less expensive bib shorts often come in a 6-panel design.