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Old 12-28-06, 03:12 PM   #1
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Underwear under tights?

Heyy all, I was just woundering if you wear bikin' underwear when you have tights on in the winter? and if not what do you guys do for warmth below the waist?
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Old 12-28-06, 03:34 PM   #2
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I wear cycling bib shorts under my performance tights. I think my tights are fairly heavyweight. Maybe performance triflex?
The double layer of lycra keeps me warm down to 10F or so. Lower than that point I have to either add a pair of wind pants or my poly long john bottoms.
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Old 12-28-06, 04:29 PM   #4
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I wear Terramar silk longjohns from Sierra Trading Post. They are warm and very easy to slip the bibs over. Under that, I wear some microfiber Jockey briefs with flat seams.
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Cycling shorts only.
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I just wear bike shorts under the tights.
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Cycling shorts....add long johns for wicked cold temps... -15C and lower
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wow...seems like I'm the only that likes the tights under the shorts.
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In my opinion if it is too cold to get by with only one pair of tights over shorts then you should wear another pair of bike tights underneath a heavier winter tight.

The problem with long underwear is that it is not stretchy and flexible enough in the knee for high cadence pedaling. So it works better to use a pair of lighter weight bike tights as long johns.
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Over the years I've never had a not-stretchy-enough issue. I've used fleece Patagonia longs for OMG cold, and thinner Kombie ski johns for cold but THAT cold.... I used to have an awesome pair of silk long johns that I swear warmed better than anything I've ever worn. I have encountered issues with multiple tights bunching up at the knees, combative stretchiness?
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thx guys so just throw the bike shorts on and then throw the bike tights on over that?
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works for me until even that isn't warm enough
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Padded Shorts, Hot Chili's, and winter tights are fine for me down to 20F or so. I don''t want to go out on a bike if it's colder than that.
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If you go commando in some of these temps, your men will go AWOL.
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Triflex tights (w/out chamois) over bib shorts (w chamois) work for me from about 30 degrees F down to the single digits. Below that I'll start throwing a layer of silk or poly long underwear between the tights and the bib shorts. Never had a problem with inflexibility. When it gets really cold and windchilly I've put on my rain pants over the top of the tights and cut out the long underwear layer.

I can't see why you would want the tights or underwear between you and the chamois - unless you've done it only on short rides and you haven't had time yet to find out just how uncomfortable that can get.
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It's a tad difficult to remove tights that are under shorts. A month or two ago I had a 35F morning where I was running very warm and had to remove my tights. If I wore it under the shorts I would have had to strip butt naked by the side of the street. Plus, the chamois issue specg mentioned.
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thx guys so just throw the bike shorts on and then throw the bike tights on over that?
That's what I do. On those days where it's < 50F in the morning and > 60F in the afternoon I can strip back to just the shorts.
If it's < 30F I may wear merino wool / poly long johns also.
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