I have been using Castelli bibs (Body Paint 12 and Free Aero) for 10 years. I wear the large size (5'8, 150 lbs, 32 waist). The new Aero Race 4 bib-short shows Castelli's dedication to continually improve their shorts. The pad feels more substantial and comfortable when on the bike. The shell materials just fit great and feel more breathable. The grippers are vastly improved with excellent hold (vertical series of tacky stripes). The stitching on the seams and attachment point on the shoulder straps are improved- no frayed threads. I wash them in a mesh bag using detergent with no fabric softeners and dry on a towel warmer. After 20 rides all good- even the Castelli logo shows no flaking. The blue and the grey colors are subtly different than the standard black and compliment many of my team jerseys. I prefer these colors over the black. Highly recommend. JT
I use this glove at temperatures of 50-60 degrees Fahrenheit, when a heavier glove would be too much, and fingerless glove would not be enough. It's just right for that use - comfortable, stops the wind, keeps your fingers warm.
I was in the market for a bib short that would be comfortable on rides of 2 hours or more and I found them in these. They do run a bit tight which I found to not be a bad thing as your muscles will require extra support that compression provides. I wear a medium and didnt find them uncomfortable at all. The support they give to my lower back is perfect. The build quality is perfect and worth every penny youll pay. YOU SHOULD size upwards if you want a more relaxed fit. As always Bike Tires Direct provides great product and service. Thanks
I ride 15-20k meters per day on a Concept2 BikeErg. I bought some everyday bike shorts at REI, but quickly began looking for something more serious to save my butt bone. I looked all over retail for Castelli (a less well known padded bike short a cycling fanatic friend of mine recommended). Just couldn't find them, or couldn't find them in my size at any of the high end bike stores here in Fort Worth. Quick internet search and they popped up on BikeTiresDirect. Comparable to store price, availability of sizes and quick delivery, super happy. I came back and bought another pair so I'm not doing wash every day!!! A short like this is a MUST HAVE if you are riding a lot. Amazing quality in the padding and all the seams, a real professional piece of equipment. Advice I would give is go UP a size when you order. I'm a 36 waist and find the XL manageable, but tight. For second pair ordered XXL. Perfect. If I get another pair it will be XXL. I'd put these up against the top of the line Pearl Izumi comparable product.