Despite my best efforts, some days I have to write about today’s terrible moment (lower case letters purposefully chosen) rather than Today’s Perfect Moment. By the end of the day, I am sure I will have decided upon and concentrated on that perfect moment, but for this brief moment, and I am sorry if it offends any of my readers, I need to rant a bit.
I was just getting my cycling gear sorted out and I realized that my bib shorts have died. There gone. Done. Finished. Sigh. They were only two years old. They’ve been warn on two continents. They’re only two years old! (I know, I already said that, but you can imagine my frustration.)
In what is the start of the season, I have go out and get new equipment. Groan. Buying cycling shorts is probably my least favourite activity in all of cycling. This includes changing and pumping up a tire, fixing the chain, or any other maintenance. Having to squeeze into unfamiliar stretchy clothes, usually in a cramped dressing room in a cycle shop really isn’t fun. Maybe it would be better if I could black out the mirror until I got the whole thing on. I also hate answering that question, ‘how are you doing in there?“. How do you answer that one?
Then there’s the cost. Good cycling bibs aren’t cheap. I know you get what you pay for, but I could probably buy four cheap ones at the price I paid for these. These are Sugoi RSE–for the record.
I thought I was treating my shorts right. When I washed them I put them in a protective bag. My washer doesn’t even have the traditional centre agitator for the bib to get caught and stretched on.
I think maybe I am taking this too personally.
I did like my kit, but I would love to hear your recommendations. What bib shorts do you wear? Please share this with other cyclists as I have to start shopping soon (tomorrow actually) and I would love a lot of feedback. Please keep in mind, I am in Canada and only have access to retailers who sell in Canada (which is why I can’t get a Bicycling Jersey from the magazine that I so desperately want).