The BIB, RedWhite’s flagship product became iconic for any cyclist wanting to attempt a century or more. But many customers also yearned for something more aggressive for shorter, faster rides.
“Could you make a bibshort for racing only? I love The BIB, but I would love a chamois that doesn’t require any breaking-in and is slightly lighter for racing. Oh, and it must be plush and as generous as The BIB, just in case I decide to extend my ride to 200km”
The RACE is our answer. A redefinition of what a race-day bibshort is.
This Article will be sub-divided as follows :
A Plush Race-Day Chamois
We took the best elements from the chamois in our long distance bibshorts , The BIB, and made some changes to create a racing chamois. The RACE chamois is lightweight, dissipates heat extremely well & remains plush enough to help you get through hot & hard rides.
The key differences of this bibshort are :
1) GREATER HEAT DISSIPATION :
The Chamois is covered in dimples which increases the real surface area creating an efficient heat dissipation surface. The RACE chamois functions as a heat sink, drawing heat away from the skin that comes in contact, helping you race more comfortably.
2) LIGHTWEIGHT & LESS BULK :
The RACE chamois is lighter and less bulky than The BIBS. Utilising a high-density foam that is 30% less dense and 16% less thick than The BIB chamois, what you get in a long distance chamois that allows you to race in aggressive positions.
All RedWhite’s chamois are :
- Built using 3 layers of medium to high density foams
- Moulded using a proprietary process called Thermic-Moulding. This produces a chamois that retains it shape, stays plush and doesn’t “flatten out” on long rides.
- Doesn’t “delaminate” and break apart after years of use.
Below are some links to articles that describe the Technology and Manufacturing of our chamois’ in great detail. Each is roughly a 10 minute read and well worth it :
Silicone Microdot Gripper
A bibshort requires some form of gripper to ensure it stays in position. RedWhite Bibs go one step further by ensuring the grippers provide the necessary grip without constricting your legs on a long ride. We call this a “Silicone Microdot Gripper“
We use a lycra fabric that’s overlaid with hundreds of microbeads of silicone. Each dot works together to give an even and non-tacky grip on the skin, while the lycra base (which we oversized) ensures your skin still breathes and doesn’t overly constrict your thighs.
The Silicone Microdot Gripper uses the theory of surface area. By using microdots across a wide gripper, you achieve 2 fantastic results:
- Increased surface area between the dots that allow the skin to breathe
- Increased gripping surface area through the dispersed dots that ensure a “gecko” like grip on the skin. Works well with hairy legs, even better with shaved legs.
When paired with the main lycra body, you get an even compression all round. Something that makes you forget you are even wearing a bibshort. Truly a gripper for the 21st century.
Luxury Lycra & Mesh Fabrics
RedWhite Bibs use Italian fabrics from MITI. Again, this is carefully selected. Many prototypes with various combinations of fabrics were experimented with before finding the perfect one. The fabric on The Bibs is a 220gsm matt black fabric with 20% Lycra POWER (an elastic fibre with compressive qualities) and 80% nylon.
There is a reason for this choice.
The RedWhite bibshort achieved a natural next-to-skin feel, with soft, supple and highly breathable lycra, which also provided superior anti-abrasion properties as opposed to polyester based lycra.
We are often asked why we chose the color black for our Bibs. Why don’t we have beautiful graphics on our Bibs? This too is a conscious decision.
Graphics are printed onto stretch fabrics commonly used in cycling bibshorts using a process called sublimation printing. The ink based graphics are printed onto a paper, from which they are heat pressed onto the fabric to allow the colors to adhere to the individual fibres within the fabric. This process is only possible with polyester based fabric. Nylon fabrics simply deteriorate when subjected to heat from the sublimation printing process.
The top mesh is also one of the finest from MITI. It is incredibly stretchy, lightweight and soft. These 3 properties increases the body area covered by the bib-straps, without causing overheating during warm days. The increased coverage by the mesh results in the bibshorts feeling almost like a 1-piece suit, rather than a pair of shorts held up by straps.
Getting the right fit means that the bibshort should disappear on you when you ride. No flapping excesses to remind and annoy you. Getting the right fit was a priority. Apart from different sizing needs, the fit boiled down into making independent panels work into fitting both the length and width of riders.
The two main pain points for most people when getting a BibShort:
- Fitting the gut. Lets face it, not all of us have bodies like Chris Froome. Most of us carry a slight belly, sometimes more.
- The bib-straps fit great off the bike, but when tucked into an aero position, they sag and flop about.
To address the issue with fitting for regular people, an oversized front panel of lycra was added, just below the navel. This panel avoids cutting horizontally below and into the belly and gives a generous amount of room for the belly to expand out. This results in increased breathing room as we tend to breathe with our diaphragm whilst exerting ourselves. On top of this, the design doesn’t make a RedWhite bibshort any less fitting for people who want a tight, well fitting pro-cut bibshort.
The solve the common fit issues with the straps, we patterned them to follow the curves of the lycra as opposed to horizontal add-ons seen in other shorts. The design intent was to create a mesh that hugs the body all around and remains like a skin-suit even when the user goes into the drops. All our bibshorts should remain snug throughout your ride, on and off the bike.
1) A low cut front panel that expands for lower belly comfort.
2) Zero inner-thigh seams, reducing chafing and eliminating a common Bib weak spot.
3) Wide cut mesh-straps.
4) A large posterior lycra panel for maximum cooling and breathability.
Flatlock stitching is employed throughout the bibs. This increases durability even with regular rubbing across the contact points. Flatlock stitching is a high density flatlock stitch that requires experienced hands and special stitching machines.
The Flatlock stitch also lies flat against your skin, preventing fabric chafing and improving comfort on long rides.