Has anyone ever figured out a reliable way of buying bib shorts that don’t rub?
I have done a lot of miles in a set of castelli volo Bibs that have never caused me any issues. I often read comments about castelli Bibs not having great chamois. My volos have a rubber mesh gripper section at the bottom that started to curl up pretty soon after I got them, which annoys me, but I can’t fault the level of comfort.
I also own a pair of assos and a pair of rapha bibs that cost significantly more than my castellis. I like the assos Bibs but the rapha ones cause severe chafing within half an hour even with chamois cream. I can’t really work out why I don’t get along with them as they feel perfect while standing and at the beginning of a ride, but they always cause pain afterwards so they’re basically useless to me.
My castellis are wearing out so I’m going to buy another pair but I would like to buy a pair that doesn’t have an annoying rubber mesh. The issue is I have just never figured out a way to know if Bibs will cause chafing without riding a long way in them, at which point you can’t return them. Now that I can’t leave the house to try any shorts on in the shops, I would love to know if anyone has any tips! If there is no way of knowing then I’ll just buy more volos.
Edit: I should add that my training used to be one or two long outdoor rides a week but I’m now doing 5 sessions on the trainer which seems to exacerbate the problem!