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    anybody wear 3/4 tights?

    I was thinking of getting a pair of these that I found very cheap at the New Balance outlet near me. I thought they looked good, but I'm not sure if guys really wear these even though I saw them in the mens dept.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    I have one friend (male) who SWEARS by them. He won't wear above knee shorts/bibs at all.
    That goes for long roadie rides as well as around town stuff.
    No lugs, no care.

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    You mean knickers? Yeah, they're perfect for 40-60* F temps round here....

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdex View Post
    You mean knickers? Yeah, they're perfect for 40-60* F temps round here....
    +1 I've always been a fan of this length for spring and fall. You can always add long wool socks and make them full tights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdex View Post
    You mean knickers?
    You mean Peg Bundy pants? I love 'em when it's just chilly enough to give my dilapidated knee problems.


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    Anything that resembles capris aren't acceptable for guys around here (Dallas). What advantage do these have over regular tights? and why not just get leg warmers if it gets too hot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMallez View Post
    Anything that resembles capris aren't acceptable for guys around here (Dallas).
    Dude, I feel sorry for you guys who are compelled by geography to wear Daisy Dukes...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMallez View Post
    Anything that resembles capris aren't acceptable for guys around here (Dallas).
    It's ok to be walking around in skin-tight lycra but got forbid you show a little ankle?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMallez View Post
    What advantage do these have over regular tights?
    Knickers are like shorts + knee warmers without the extra grippers and seams.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMallez View Post
    and why not just get leg warmers if it gets too hot?
    wut...

    Why would you wear leg warmers if it got hot?

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    Thats actually me on the far left in that pic :-s i'm joking!!

    Correct, skin tight lycra, speedo, you name it, but capri's on a guy just don't cut it around here. It's more acceptable to wear high waters. Seems like you wear knickers because it's too cold for shorts and not cold enough for full tights, so why not just wear leg warmers, if it gets too hot you can take them off and stick them in your back pockets probably easier than knickers. Plus why would you want the cycling tan so far down on your leg!? To each their own tho, it's just not my style...

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    Because it's more important to cover the knee than the ankle.

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    right, that would be the point, to cover the knees.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    I was thinking of getting a pair of these that I found very cheap at the New Balance outlet near me. I thought they looked good, but I'm not sure if guys really wear these even though I saw them in the mens dept.
    I'm not a guy, but I wear full length compression pants. They are excellent because they help the lactic acid and recovery of muscles. Lots of guys wear them for running, but I haven't seen many male cyclist wearing them. They are also excellent for sun protection with an over 50 SPF so you can ride without getting burnt with the risk of skin cancer.

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    I've seen those. They would probably be good for my IT Band issue too huh? I've been nursing it since New Year's Eve.
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
    I've seen those. They would probably be good for my IT Band issue too huh? I've been nursing it since New Year's Eve.
    Have you tried a foam roller? You can get them on Amazon.com, or your local sporting goods or yoga studio.
    I wish to gawd I'd gotten mine before partially tearing my ACL & PCL.


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    not yet. my trainer suggested it but I hate those. I'm a foam roller weenie. I guess I should just toughen up and do it, I've heard they are good at breaking down scar tissue ...?

    are all foam rollers pretty much the same or should I be looking for something specific - dense? soft? wide? narrow? blue? yellow?
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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    I used to call mine 'the pillar of pain' when I first got it. But after you've done it a couple times, you can put all your weight on your ITB for a really good stretch.

    The white rollers (the ones that say "Foam Roller" in the above Amazon link) are generally softer, especially after you've been using them for a few weeks.
    The black ones ('high density' or 'extra firm' in the Amazon link) are downright painful at first, but after you've been doing it for a few weeks, it still feels pretty good before and especially after a good ride.

    THEN I discovered how great they are for your hip-flexors! My hip-flexors used to tighten up when I tried to maintain fluid, 360-degree pedaling for more than 20 minutes, but using the edge of these rollers to hit my hip-flexors took care of that too.
    Last edited by calamarichris; 04-14-10 at 03:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chevy42083 View Post
    I have one friend (male) who SWEARS by them. He won't wear above knee shorts/bibs at all.
    That goes for long roadie rides as well as around town stuff.
    I guess I should expand on this since others mention cold weather. He wears them in summer in Houston. I guess keeping sun off his knees/legs seems to keep it cool and not sunburned.
    No lugs, no care.

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    understood, I find that part of my thigh - between the bottom edge of my bike shorts and my knee to require SPF 50 several times during summer rides and it is quite annoying. the black tight might block the sun but it might also get hots anyway

    if the shop still has the ones I saw last Friday and they are indeed only $10. what have I got to lose, even if I only wear them a couple of times
    cycling is like baseball ~ it doesn't take much to make it interesting

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