As the long winter starts to wind down with hints of spring on the horizon, it has us dreaming of long summer rides. It usually coincides with the start of the spring classics. Watching the hard men race across ancient roads in all kinds of weather is usually pretty good motivation for us to get on the bike and do a little suffering ourselves. That way when the fast group rides and racing begin in earnest, we'll have a little fitness and aren't simply ticket collectors arrière du peloton. It's only a matter of time before we trade out the embrocation for sunscreen and call up the usual crew that's always down to take on an all-day summer road epic. For those rides, during our hottest and longest efforts, having gear designed specifically for the conditions is imperative for staying cool and comfortable. And for those days, the men's FR-C Pro Lyte Bib Short from Giordana paired with the matching Pro Lyte jersey will be the kit we choose.
These bibs are constructed of lightweight, perforated material that's specifically designed to enhance breathability on hot and humid days. It offers compression to help support muscles against energy-sapping oscillations while riding over rough roads and encourages quicker recovery so you don't deplete your matchbook too quickly. The perforations extend up to the bib uppers and straps, providing you with the support you need for a long day in the saddle without adding bulk or restricting any of your movements. A departure from the perforations is in the saddle area where it features anti-abrasion fabric for increased durability. Beneath that layer you'll find Giordana's excellent Cirro S chamois with its four-layer construction and recessed front area sculpted for the male anatomy, known as Copa Mondial, reducing pressure and bulk. Giordana infuses the microfiber with Aloe Vera helping to keep you cooler and improve hygiene while reducing odors. When you realize that you took the last sip from your bottle, you'll be glad the bibs have subtle dimpling, providing an aero boost, so you'll get to the gas station that much quicker. Further down at the leg openings, a smooth-finished, gripper-free hem comfortably holds the cuffs on the legs preventing you from having to tug them into place during the ride and preventing Neapolitan ice cream tan lines.