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    tights etc...

    I've taken to wearing tights/pants even when it's not that cold (depending on the season I would just wear shorts from 40s-60s) just so I don't have to scrape the layer of road grit off when I get in. In the summer when it's not so pervasively wet that's not such a problem, fortunately.

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    We're getting to an awkward time of year for me. Though I'm sure to most of the public bike shorts are just as geeky as cycling tights, I feel less geeky wearing shorts. I shower when I get to work, so I don't mind if my legs collect a little grit.

    For the winter I wear some Craft XC tights over regular cycling tights and I like the way those look. There's some reflective piping and a small Craft logo so it's not just solid black. Soon it will be too warm for that combination though.

    I look forward to when I can just wear shorts.

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    I don't have proper cycling tights per se, just a pair of base layer tights that I wear under a pair of atheltic shorts. I ditch the tights as soon as I can. This time of year, that means if it's 32-35 F or warmer, they stay home or get stuffed in my panniers, and I wear only shorts. That being said, I probably have much less of a problem w/ road grit than you do; the precipitation which helps to make the grit stick is less frequent here than in the PNW for sure. On days when I do get road grit, I'm likely to be taking a shower at work anyway, and I always shower first thing when I get home (wife's edict), so a little grit doesn't bother me.

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    I wear somewhat tight fitting jogging pants over my shorts. I found some at Target that are tight around the ankles - they even have a zipper at the ankles to make them easier to get on and off. Pants on the way to work, shorts on the way back.

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    I have a pair of heavy weight Bellwether cycling pants that I found at a yard sale a while back for 50c (!!!!). They are a little big for me but they are very warm. For 50c I'll make them work. In the coldest weather I wear a base layer underneath them. Today was the warmest morning yet 40F, so I left the Bellwethers home and rode with a base layer and Hind running tights.

    My SO also has a pair of these same Bellwether tights. His are in better condition than mine and fit him well. He got them at a gear swap for $2. He loves them.

    Just did a web search to see if these tights are still out there - they are, and cost ~$70!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pallen View Post
    I wear somewhat tight fitting jogging pants over my shorts. I found some at Target that are tight around the ankles - they even have a zipper at the ankles to make them easier to get on and off. Pants on the way to work, shorts on the way back.
    I have a pair of these, too. I don't wear 'em on the bike, but they're my go-to pair for running and schlepping 'round the house on cool days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pallen View Post
    I wear somewhat tight fitting jogging pants over my shorts. I found some at Target that are tight around the ankles - they even have a zipper at the ankles to make them easier to get on and off. Pants on the way to work, shorts on the way back.
    I have a couple of pair of these. They work great during our "harsh" SoCal winters.

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    Just got some non Cotton Sweat pants, a compound knit jersey..
    fuzzy poly and smooth nylon on the different sides of the the fabric.
    looser than the 'cool weather' tights Patagonia made..

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    An old pair of sweats are great for throwing over anything, especially jeans. Keep me warm, easy to take off and wash quickly. In wet weather I wear columbia or REI rain pants over whatever so I can keep the underneath dry and clean. Bottom half does not get as sweaty as the upper.

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    Polyester running pants from Target. Look like loose cycling tights. A little road grime adds to the patina.

    Although wearing shorts is okay too. A little road grime hides the scars.

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    Novara rain/wind pants. $45.00, adjustable velcro leg openings, drawstring waist, taper cut at the calf so they don't get hung up in the drivetrain. They're my favourites, especially since I found the Showers Pass convertibles to be tight in the quads, even for a 2XL.
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    I use leg or knee warmers most of the year in the morning, and then usually just cycling shorts on the way home when it gets warmer out. The thing I like about leg/knee warmers is their portability and ease of on/off if you get warm. In the NW, rarely do you need any more than this.
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