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    3/4 tights vs knee warmers?

    Pros or cons for either? Do knee warmers stay up ok? Best brands for either?

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    Knee / leg warmers you can take OFF without having to strip anything that you have over them. Tights may keep your bum warmer.

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    3/4 tights ?, how about Knickers ? you have someone down there in LA
    sewing some good ones, http://www.bicyclefixation.com/prod_wool_knickers.html

    Or HTFU, dude, you are in So. Cal not MN.
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    I like bib knickers. The knee warmers tend to move around and not stay up. But, you are stuck with the knee covering once you are out the door, so judge the temp.

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    You're in SoCal. I can't imagine needing knickers but early in the am. And once they're on, you're stuck with them for the rest of the ride. I really like DeFeet wool knee warmers. They are warm enough for anything we have in the San Francisco bay area and yet because they breath you can leave them on as it gets warmer (up to a point).
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    They're for early AMs here thru winter..45-55 degrees. Also for a couple fall/winter trips to CA central coast, low 40s in AM, highs maybe 50-something. Trust me, I'd rather be in shorts but that's too cold for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeme View Post
    Pros or cons for either? Do knee warmers stay up ok? Best brands for either?
    In the winter, early mornings, there have been times it is between 30 and 40 here. No it isn't back east cold or even Colorado cold but it is cold enough that leg and Knee warmers help. Once it gets abover 60 they can be taken off and put in the jersey pocket. I like Pearl Zumi and Specialized becase they are reasonably priced, for my budget anyway. If it starts out over 55 I don't bother so Knickers aren't on my list.
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    Embrocation is a salve you rub on , your knees ,, stimulates circulation to warm.

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    Do you currently wear cycling specific shorts when you ride. IIRC, the lycra type knee/leg warmers work best if they are tucked under the elastic of the shorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdtompki View Post
    You're in SoCal. I can't imagine needing knickers but early in the am.
    You're not imagining yourself doing the good rides. Try doing Breathless Agony in May then tell me you don't need tights in SoCal. Or Ride Around the Bear in June with dense fog and rain.



    I did BA the first time and wore 2 underlayers and a windbreaker in MAY and I was still cold. Even colder on the 40 mile descent. The descent is at about 1 -to 2 pm and riders can not find enough ways to stay warm (newspapers, paper bags etc). Oh how I wish I had tights that day.

    These are some images of BA in May, how many of the riders are wearing tights? For the record, these are some badazz climbers from the SoCal forum.

    A MAY afternoon in SoCal


    tights by gulpxtreme, on Flickr

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    Leg warmers except for the coldest, wettest conditions where I use tights with wind-stopper fronts. I have knee warmers too, but don't use them preferring ankle-length leg warmers.

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