OK, some words actually will be needed to explain just how cool these bibs are:

Back in the 1990s, Marco Pantani’s remarkable ride to glory was in part sponsored by Carrera, the popular and fashionable jean maker.  Pantani’s Carrera team kit – made by Nalini – featured “denim” bibshorts and jerseys, one of the more memorable pro team kits of the era.

And, now they are back.  Nalini is now offering a retro replica Carrera team kit – just like the one Italy’s tragic cycling hero wore during his heyday.  The Nalini-Carrera-Pantani replica gear will be imported exclusively by Albabici (www.albabici.com).  Both bibshorts and matching jerseys are available.


Update: We have word from Albabici that the pockets are functional.

Want to dress like a, no, The Pirate?  Click through to see the matching jersey…




  1. I always referred to those as Chiappucci shorts. Nice to acknowledge il Pirata (di cocaina).

    If they made these a shade darker, the Amish might scoop them up.

  2. That’s it — I’m buying the entire stock in sizes S-XL so that for the rest of my life I’ll be able to sport the most awesome kit to ever be found in the pro peloton besides the Acqua & Sapone zebra kit.

    Thank you, Nalini. 2011 is just that much brighter.

  3. WOW – we need a photo of someone wearing these to post on poorlydressed.failblog.org.

    Maybe Dexy’s Midnight Runners will want them to tour in.

  4. Those bibs in pink faux-denim and yellow faux-denim would be perfect mandatory kit for GC leaders in Le Tour and the Giro.

  5. So with these bibs, you would need to a) were the jersey under the should straps, and b) chew on a piece of straw while riding.

    Next up, Osh Kosh Bgosh cycling apparel for the young ones.

  6. Good eye there, gringo. That feature pretty much guarantees visually tragic polterwang for any women that wear them.

  7. WOW, considering I observe a Zero Denim Rule, but I do spend a few hours a day in Lycra, I think these are awesome. Going to have to pick some up for sure.

    I’d like to see the worker’s hogwasher bib bibs that Le Professeur wore in the mid-80s brought back as well. Those kits were breathtaking!

What do you think?