The Omloop Bib is a personal travelogue of the colors, exotic textiles, and quirky medieval architecture of Flanders and Ghent where the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad race starts and finishes.
Printed straps include a mash-up of cannabis leaves, flower art from my hotel shower curtain, Moorish geometric patterns, 19th-century bird etchings, and Japanese candy-wrappers in the dark moody colors of Flanders that are so distinctive.
Ghent has 400 kilometers of bike lanes and more than 700 one-way streets, where bikes are allowed to go against the traffic. It also boasts the world's first cycle street, where cars are considered ‘guests’ and must stay behind cyclists. A
Honeycomb texture adds compression, aids durability and looks bad as hell. Reflective heat-transfer decals for even more style. Soft lay-flat printed bib straps. Long-distance comfort pad to stay fresh until the finish.
Made in Tuscany, Italy.
Textured "Honeycomb" Italian fabric with a Dolomiti long distance pad.
Reflective espresso machine on back, moka pot on left leg, Ostroy on right leg.
10.5 inch (27cm) inseam.
The problem with chamois pads is that they're either so thick you feel like you're sitting on a diaper, or they're sleek and lightweight but with no real cushioning.
For the new generation of our bib shorts, we wanted to do something special. We found one of the heritage Italian pad manufacturers, with over 50 years of experience working with pro teams, and with their guidance we chose what we think is the perfect pad for these bibs.
This is our workhorse pad: comfortable and durable for long rides and trainer sessions (which we all know are the ultimate test). Our riders have put thousands of miles on it and they tell us it "just disappears" beneath them.