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Old 11-22-04, 07:46 PM   #1
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Question about tights: To Bib or Not To Bib??

For winter tights, Do you buy Bibs or regular tights? Do you wear bibs shorts under winter tights, or Do you wear regular shorts under Bib tights???


Is one easier than the other?
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Old 11-22-04, 07:49 PM   #2
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For winter tights, Do you buy Bibs or regular tights? Do you wear bibs shorts under winter tights, or Do you wear regular shorts under Bib tights???


Is one easier than the other?
Once you've worn bibs, this is no longer a question, OR an option. I'll be getting my first pair of bib tights this year. I'm already wearing bib shorts in the summer. You could wear the bib shorts under tights, but don't double up on the chamois.
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Old 11-22-04, 08:04 PM   #3
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Most Bib Tights do not come with a chamois. My question is, Is it better to wear Bib shorts with tights over the bib shorts, or, Wear regular bike shorts, with bibs tights over the shorts. I already have and wear bib shorts. I am staying with bibs, I just do not know if I should go with Bib shorts or Bib tights.
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While the chamois isn't as nice as the one in my Ultra shorts, these are quite nice http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...tegory_ID=1121

I got mine for $60 on sale though (and minus 20%). I don't think I'll need another layer until it gets below 20 F.
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Question about tights: To Bib or Not To Bib??

For winter tights, Do you buy Bibs or regular tights? Do you wear bibs shorts under winter tights, or Do you wear regular shorts under Bib tights???


Is one easier than the other?
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Old 11-22-04, 09:19 PM   #6
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I have both. I like winter tights better.
I always buy my cycling duds (well, almost always) with a pad.
But there are differences of opinion on that subject.
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Wear bib shorts and bib tights. I've got a pair of Castelli Phoenix bib tights that come way up in the front, providing another layer for my stomach and part of my chest. It keeps me quite warm.
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I have a pair of tights without the bib and I fiind it does not fit as nice as the ones with bibs. It is a little short and feels like it is going to expose something. The bibs are just more natural...
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I wear padless tights UNDER my bib shorts. While the seam can be a little annoying at first, this keeps the tights from drooping or snagging. Call me cheap: I use the same tights for running in the cold weather. Otherwise I might have bib tights. For a really cold ride I double-up by putting leg warmers over the tights but under the shorts (tricky to get it right so that they don't sag).

Once you go bib, you'll never go back.
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Bibs...

I have both types...with and without the chamois...wear the shorts, then put the bibs over them...

If it's downright cold, I like the bib/short combo for the second layer on the thighs...it was 48 here yesterday, wore the bibs with the chamois and they were very comfortable.
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I do not like wearing 2 layers of bibs myself.

So I will wear bib shorts with regular tights or bib tights with regular shorts.

I do prefer bibs over regular shorts, but I still like regular shorts well enough.
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Bibs beat no-bib. My heavy tights are old no-bib and I have to use suspenders. My light tights are bib. I wear shorts under both, so no pad in my tights. I wear nickers w/pad down to about 55 deg.
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I usually wear one of the following: 1) padded summer-weight bib shorts under winter non-padded non-bib tights or 2) padded bib winter tights alone. Occasionally I have used summer non-bib padded shorts over padded bib winter tights, but the double-padding is a little annoying. I like the bib, especially in the winter, because you don't have to worry about your shirt creeping up/shorts creeping down leaving your lower back exposed to the weather. Why buy non-padded winter tights? Well, without the pad you can use them for running or for skiing as a base layer under your ski pants - they keep you nice and warm.
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Your body is used to your regular bibs, with pad. So I wear those, with no-pad winter tights over the top of the bibs. Make sure they are good wind tights and you'll be fine.
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I wear normal Bib shorts, with a non bib tight over them. This way I can easily
layer, and remove if need be. This also lets you buy different tights (light, heavy)
for different riding conditions. I also have 1 pair of Bib-tights with chamois and while
its comfortable, its not as comfortable as my bib shorts (which I paid alot more for).
I think it'd be uncomfortable to have multiple straps from bib shorts, bibtights
etc.

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Wear them inside out! Folks will remember you...

I have a pair of Shaversport bib tights with micro fleece on the inside and a chamois. They have ankle zips (a good idea). They are made in Colorado and use to be sold by Colorado Cyclist. They are very warm and continue to provide quality at a good price. The one down side of the chamois is that they feel like I am wearing a diaper if I use them for non cycling sports, such as running in very cold weather and cross country skiing. One point that I might make is to invest in a pair of wind front briefs to wear under those tights. Nothing quite like having a numb penis from the cold air. Once the blood begins to flow again, you will experience some real pain....
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