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    Leg warmers

    Not really tandem specific but since you guys are the smartest, I thought I'd ask here.

    We often like to use leg warmers. Often on rides, it is cool at the start & warms up after a while. The problem I find is that no matter how high I hike them up, they tend to creep down after a while & we tend to spend a lot of effort to pull them back up.

    Why don't bike short manufacturers (Pearl Izumi or the like) make short & leg warmers that attach to each other with zippers or Velcro or something? Are we the only ones with this problem? How hard would this be? They make hiking pants with zip-off legs.

    I'm not quite secure enough in my manhood to wear a garter belt to keep up the leg warmers.

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    Mine seem to only slide down when I walk, but seem to do fine on the bike.

    Depending on the type of elastic of the warmers and the shorts material, try the warmers both over and under the pants to see what works best.

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    What has worked for me is to roll my bike shorts up and then put the legwarmers on (this lets the rubberized grippy things to contact directly with my legs) and then roll the shorts back over the leg warmers.

    Seems to work well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldacura View Post
    Not really tandem specific but since you guys are the smartest, I thought I'd ask here.

    We often like to use leg warmers. Often on rides, it is cool at the start & warms up after a while. The problem I find is that no matter how high I hike them up, they tend to creep down after a while & we tend to spend a lot of effort to pull them back up.

    Why don't bike short manufacturers (Pearl Izumi or the like) make short & leg warmers that attach to each other with zippers or Velcro or something? Are we the only ones with this problem? How hard would this be? They make hiking pants with zip-off legs.

    I'm not quite secure enough in my manhood to wear a garter belt to keep up the leg warmers.
    Extreme.

    My wife and I have PI knee warmers and leg warmers and do not have that problem. We pull up the warmers and they stay up. We typically wear Voler or PI shorts over the warmers. That said, i think it is a function of the shape of the leg and etc. As an alternative, I have seen knicker shorts. You can check Voler. And of course there are tights that can go over your biking shorts. I have those as well and they stay up. I prefer the warmers because they are more compact and do not add padding to the seat.

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    I have had the same problem with PI leg warmers wanting to work their way down. I switched to the DeFeet Kneekers which have been great. This is in spite of the fact that they are only one size and I am on the smaller end of their sizing.

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    First off, let me shoot you the obligatory pic:



    Okay, now that we've gotten that out of the way, we can talk. I run PI leg warmers, and they do sometimes slip down. I've not found a good cure other than pulling them back up. This may only happen once or twice a ride, so it's really no big deal. They don't fall all the way off, they just slip down under my shorts just a bit.

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    This will solve your problem but create another in your bank account. http://www.assos.com/en/mens/

    This is what they look like on the stoker.


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    It's been both my observation and experience that this usually happens when PI's leg warmers are either too small or too large for the person wearing them: they are pesky things, albeit quite useful. Other brands don't seem to be as problematic.

    However, as a process check, the top of the leg or knee warmers should go up an inch or two past your cycling short leg's gripper strip so that the leg warmer gripper strip can do it's thing and the legging portion once zipped at the ankle should also be pulled up a bit to create some slack at the knee joint so that it doesn't immediately get pulled down once you get on the bike and bend your knees.

    If they're too big for your thighs then they will simply "fall down" as you ride. If they are too small, they will be pushed down as the elastic tries to return to it's relaxed state.

    Frankly, I gave up on leg warmers and simply wear knickers when the temps are in the mid-ranges where something more than shorts is needed, but tights are just too much. Of course, I'm talking temps that start out around 45 and don't go much above 65. The knickers have proven to be a great compromise time and again. Debbie usually just pulls her chamois-less tights over her shorts and then on those rare occasions when it gets too warm they get rolled up tightly and stuffed in a jersey pocket.

    I'll stop there as there are as many different clothing configurations as there are potential weather conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hermes View Post
    This will solve your problem but create another in your bank account.
    While these designs are visually stimulating, they look about as comfortable as the equally evocative and stimulating fishnet body stockings.


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    You are putting them on the inside of the leg of your shorts aren't you. My Perls stay up fine but my legs are hair free which helps I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bac View Post
    First off, let me shoot you the obligatory pic:



    Okay, now that we've gotten that out of the way, we can talk. I run PI leg warmers, and they do sometimes slip down. I've not found a good cure other than pulling them back up. This may only happen once or twice a ride, so it's really no big deal. They don't fall all the way off, they just slip down under my shorts just a bit.

    ... Brad
    Thanks for that! Got any pics of Jennifer Beals in Flashdance?????

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    oldacura:
    Be daring, be a trendsetter! Wear a black garterbelt on the outside of your black lycra cycling shorts to hold up those legwarmers . . . for the holidays you could maybe switch to a red garterbelt?
    Seriously: wash those legwarmers in hot water so maybe they'll shrink a bit and then make sure you tuck 'em under the leg grippers on your cycling shorts,
    Or, you could be less conspicuous and wear pantyhose under your cycling shorts . . . my stoker Kay does that when temps really dip a bit here in AZ.
    Remember back in the 70s when some male bike racers wore pantyhose on cold rides (before fancy stretch lycra stuff). Nearly invisible, 'til you get a run in them (time to get out the nailpolish)!

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    I put the legwarmers on first, then the shorts. That works for about 40-50 miles. Then down they come. So for short rides I do it that way, while for long rides and brevets I put the leg warmers on the outside where they are easy to pull up. The leg warmer grippers will usually make hash of my thighs in 100 miles anyway, so I find that to be a good way to go. That advantage of leg warmers, of course, is that if you live somewhere with reasonable weather, it just might be possible to take them off at the lunch stop. Then in the evening, on they go again. Meanwhile, they've been in a small roll in your jersey pocket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TandemGeek View Post
    While these designs are visually stimulating, they look about as comfortable as the equally evocative and stimulating fishnet body stockings.

    (yawn) I'm neither impressed nor warm.

    Never mind knee warmers, give me the knickers. Only one layer with which to deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Rider View Post
    (yawn) I'm neither impressed nor warm.
    Thanks for that, really. The older I get, the less I understand about who the target audience is for certain marketing efforts and displays. This was one of those...

    While spandex by it's very nature is a "no place to hide" type of apparel along the lines of your average men's or women's Speedo swimsuit, it's unusual to see a model presented wearing cycling attire in a provocative pose: Vogue-like if you will. So, you have to wonder if the ad department's use of the model sans the ubiquitous sports bra -- which is usually how women's bibs are shown when worn by a model or manikin -- was thinking about how the women who might buy this product would respond to the ad vs. generating web site traffic or interest in the catalog.

    It's not like Assos is the only apparel maker using this design either... Giordana, Gore Bike Wear & Hincapie Sports (their model below) also use the mono-stay vs. traditional front pairs of bib stays offered by Pearl Izum, Castelli, Descente, & Louis Garneau.

    Last edited by TandemGeek; 12-01-07 at 03:51 AM.

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    I'm afraid that neither one of us look anything like any of the photos attached.

    I've tried PI warmers hiked up as high as they will go & under my shorts (PI & otherwise) & they still slip down over time. I've tried cheaper Performance warmers & they stay up better but don't insulate as well.

    I try to be fashion-unconcious (my stoker thinks I succeed) but having my leg warmers droop not only defeats the purpose but it looks really dorky.

    I haven't resorted to shaving my legs - mostly because I'm a low maintenance type of person & this seems like a high maintenance pursuit.

    Why would it be so difficult to make some sort of attachment between shorts & leg warmers? I'm reassured to hear that we're not the only ones with this complaint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldacura View Post
    Why would it be so difficult to make some sort of attachment between shorts & leg warmers? I'm reassured to hear that we're not the only ones with this complaint.
    They do make a new product called SAFETY PINS that works for this purpose I'm told.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dvs cycles View Post
    They do make a new product called SAFETY PINS that works for this purpose I'm told.
    I saw this solution yesterday - large oversize leg warmers pinned to cycling shorts.

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    Yesterday was the first colder weekend. I saw a lot of different dress solutions for the wind and cold. It was mostly leg warmers but I did see some of the Assos full suits and knickers. They look very nice on people on the bike. I had leg warmers and rode 45 miles including a 5 mile climb. They stayed put the entire ride including a coffee stop.

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