Originally Posted by BearsPaw
I guess what I was really looking for was a way around buying any new clothes. I've got a pair of "athletic pants" that don't have a seam, I'll try those.
It really depends on how cold you ride, and how cold it will be. Some folks can tolerate the cold when moving, others can't.
Wear your cycling shorts with some tights or windbreaker pants. You can also get leg warmers that are fairly cheap and wear them with your normal cycling shorts - combine these with the wind breaker pants and you should be good to go.
I've done a 40 mile rides with my cycling shorts, thermal underwear, and an old pair of cargo pants. Was plenty warm, and the seam didn't bother me through the shorts and thermal underwear. Temp was 22 degrees F.
Currently I like layering up my torso, but keeping my legs as simple as possible - this means tights or bib shorts with my xc ski pants. Or bibs with knee warmers or leg warmers.
I did a century this weekend with cycling shorts and leg warmers. Was a bit cold in the morning on the decents, but was fine throughout the day. Temps were 39-44 degrees F.
So long. Been nice knowing you BF.... to all the friends I've made here and in real life... its been great. But this place needs an enema.