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Old 01-22-08, 04:25 PM   #1
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favourate cycling cloth,s

what would you folk reckon is the best pant's and all weather jacket to wear for touring.
i dont think bibtights are the choice of most tourers, so what are.im looking for pant's (casual )that can be worn on and off the bike .
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Old 01-22-08, 04:48 PM   #2
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I like regular bike shorts, tights and jacket (if required), and jerseys for on the bike, but the stuff I wear off bike could work too if you don't like bike clothes. I figure bike clothes are designed to be comfortable for riding and see no reason to wear anything else, but understand others feel differently.

Off bike, but could work on bike as well:
+ Zip off leg pants that I got from Bass Pro Shops they are cheap and comfortable in hot weather. If it gets cold I wear my tights as long underwear. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st...=SearchResults
+ UnderArmor Heat Gear shirts for hot weather
+ In colder weather I add an Immersion Research sweater over the Heat Gear shirt. For colder weather or wind I wear either a bike or rain jacket as a shell on top.

On and off the bike in wet weather, if it is cold... I wear an inexpensive coated nylon rain jacket and rarely the pants that go with them. If it isn't cold I prefer to just get wet.
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Old 01-22-08, 05:13 PM   #3
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I like zip-off pants ... the kind that convert from long pants to shorts. On cooler days you can ride with them long (perhaps rolled up a bit) and on warmer days you can ride with the shorts.

I also like basketball shorts over my cycling shorts. That way I can go into places and look relatively normal. I will, however, combine them with leg warmers on cooler days for an interesting look.

On top, I rarely wear cycling jerseys on a tour ... I go with a basic merino wool top, perhaps a polar fleece jacket if it's cool, and my MEC rain jacket. On the few warm days I get when I tour, I wear short-sleeved wicking tops. I carry at least one sleeveless top with me in the hopes I'll actually encounter hot weather somewhere, and I usually end up wearing it as a base layer.

I wear mtn bike shoes that look somewhat like hiking shoes, so that I can walk around easily, and again so I can attempt to look relatively normal.

I used to bring a skirt with me on tour, but I don't think I'm going to do that anymore. It was a nice idea, but just didn't work. I will, however, continue to bring at least one sarong which I can use as a skirt (among other things).

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I like regular bike shorts, tights and jacket (if required), and jerseys for on the bike, but the stuff I wear off bike could work too if you don't like bike clothes. I figure bike clothes are designed to be comfortable for riding and see no reason to wear anything else, but understand others feel differently.

Off bike, but could work on bike as well:
+ Zip off leg pants that I got from Bass Pro Shops they are cheap and comfortable in hot weather. If it gets cold I wear my tights as long underwear. http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/st...=SearchResults
+ UnderArmor Heat Gear shirts for hot weather
+ In colder weather I add an Immersion Research sweater over the Heat Gear shirt. For colder weather or wind I wear either a bike or rain jacket as a shell on top.

On and off the bike in wet weather, if it is cold... I wear an inexpensive coated nylon rain jacket and rarely the pants that go with them. If it isn't cold I prefer to just get wet.
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Bike shorts and leg warmers/tights for cycling and a pair of lightweight pants for everything else. I use REI's adventure pants (http://www.rei.com/product/718035). They dry fast, look like regular pants and unwrinkle quickly once you put them on.

Tops include merino wool short and long sleeve shirts, a cycling vest, a fleece pullover and a lightweight rain jacket. I use the same tops on and off the bike.
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I wear bibs on the bike, and a pair of lightweight athletic pants over them if I don't feel like walking around in tights, or for dinner. Truth be told though, after a few days on the bike, in a far away place, I don't really care about walking around a grocery store in cycling clothes.

I would have much, much more wool in my lineup, but the drn stuff is expensive! (Though sooo nice)
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I would have much, much more wool in my lineup, but the drn stuff is expensive! (Though sooo nice)
You can pick it up quite inexpensively from your local thrift shop. I bought several nice merino wool tops from my local shops for about $5 each.
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