Long a dilemma for female cyclists, bib shorts provide great support and comfort, but they make bathroom stops cumbersome at best, embarrassing or too revealing at worst.
Club Ride founder Mike Herlinger has been working on a solution for quite some time, showing us prototypes with clips and other designs over the past year. But, according to Mike, those solutions weren’t perfect:
“We felt that clips or other style of attachments where bulky and did not allow easy enough use for the garment to perform. (This) is a revolutionary approach to allowing a women to do the deed outside when there is no bathroom available… or even when there is to allow keeping her top on and not fully dis-robing.”
Here’s how it works…
The rear panel is a lightweight mesh with an overlapping section across the lower back. That flap provides full coverage and is held up with two long zippers on the sides of the legs. Unzip them to flip down the rear of the shorts and there’s enough slack to hold the panel way out in front while, well, you know.
The mixture of ActiveAir mesh with RideXDry Lycra/nylon allows great breathability while being worn under baggies (the mesh is somewhat see through not eh side panels, so these are meant to be worn under shorts. A yoga style front band eliminates pressure across the waist and tummy, and side adjusted shoulder straps are positioned so they won’t squash the breasts.
They use Club Ride’s premium 8mm thick, dual density perforated chamois pad with gel insert and have an 8″ inseam. Retail is $89.