Wheel Women Black Three-Quarter Bibs – $145, around £89 – see them here
In the past I’ve always worn cycling shorts and tights that are secured at the waist – so this was my first experience wearing bib tights. I really liked the fit – the body was snug and the cut came high on the tummy area making me feel supported.
The Pros and Cons of Bib Shorts
The chamois was of a good width and I was comfortable when riding a 20-mile loop – I’d anticipate that these would remain comfortable on longer rides and have a 50-mile test planned for the weekend.
The fabric was soft and lightweight – just like the jersey and felt cool on the legs. The three-quarter design meant I had some extra coverage, but plenty of breathability thanks to the fabric used – making these ideal for the shoulder seasons of autumn and winter when there’s a bite in the air but still potential to overheat. Since the fabric is so delicate, I am a little concerned that after a few washes and wear the material will become stretched and see through. But time will only tell on that.
The majority of the material was black, with grey stripes that ran along the leg, and a grey panel across the back, which featured the ‘Wheel Women’ logo proudly sitting over my bottom. I’d really rather this wasn’t there, as I feel it draws more attention to this area.
There were also logos on the leg cuffs, and I’m not a big fan of clothing that carries overt brand names. This said, the leg cuffs were not elastic but felt snug on my calves, and I liked the added colour touches here.
Overall First Impressions
So far, I’ve tried these on, and taken the set for a spin – though I’ve yet to try them over longer distances. I liked the bib tights and found these to be very comfortable, but I wasn’t keen on the extra logos dotted over the deisgn. The jersey was really comfortable, I loved the lightness of the material. Aside from being a little short on my body, it offered a good fit. I think both would be great for wearing when riding on a hot day, and the 3/4ers could be carried through into autumn.
My only real concern when it comes to this kit is the cost. Budgets will vary per rider, but at £88 for the bibs and £82 for the jersey, plus post and packaging, it all adds up and there are less expensive versions out there on the market in the UK.
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