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Yeah, I end up getting everything recommended here that I first pushed back on as unnecessary. Now I'm about to buy a Wahoo Bolt! Not sure about the bibs, though... (here I go again)It’s funny. There is a clear progression to road cycling kit (and even xc MTB). Most go through it to some degree.
You start with synthetic activewear, then to bike shorts and eventually land on bibs and jerseys. It starts out being about comfort and then a switch goes off in the brain and you start to think kit looks cool while you live out your Eddy Merckx, Lance Armstrong or Peter Sagan fantasies (depending on your age).
If you are lucky you find a like minded group like this one or a local group ride to talk about the merits of Italian chamois’ and electronic shifting.
IMO it’s better than golf.
I wore Pearl Izumi gear almost exclusively as it was pretty good and available at the LBS or REI. I can't comment on underarm chafing but can say that when I finally ponied up for more expensive Rapha bibs, I found it significantly more comfortable overall. All the little things that previously bothered me on the saddle stopped being an issue.How about chafing issues?
(not trying to joak, I am dealing with some underarm abrasions from pearl izumis)
I wear a base layer underneath my bibs and jersey to prevent chafing and other abrasions.
Two excellent recs. Sleeveless or short sleeve base layer would likely help tremendously and if not chamois buttr would do it. I use Body Glide, it's like a deodorant stick. Works the same as chamois buttr but you don't get it on your hands during application. I only need when I have a saddle sore or ingrown hair/pimple but it works wonderfully.Sounds like your Pearl might be too tight under the arms. Maybe try some Noxzema or whatever butt butter you use for your chamois there?
@smittycl by next spring:Yeah, I end up getting everything recommended here that I first pushed back on as unnecessary. Now I'm about to buy a Wahoo Bolt! Not sure about the bibs, though... (here I go again)
Argh! You guys love finding creative ways for me spend money...
Preach!You need a mountain bike.