Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-17-07, 09:51 AM   #1
Blue Spade
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cycling vs. Running tights (is there a difference?)

Looking for a pair of tights, as the shorts + leg warmers aren't cutting it in low temps. Running tights would be preferable (multi-use, as I run too), but do they provide enough range of motion for pedaling? Or are cycling tights of a design that's noticeably better?
Blue Spade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-07, 10:12 AM   #2
superslomo
Solo Rider, always DFL
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Beacon, NY
Bikes: Cannondale T800, Schwinn Voyageur
Posts: 1,997
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cycling winter tights often have wind-blocking materials on selected panels (front of the legs, crotch, back/top of buttocks) while the rest of the material is breathable. I don't know that running tights have the same features.
superslomo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-07, 10:22 AM   #3
NoRacer
Isaias
 
NoRacer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Essex, MD
Bikes: Ridley X-Fire (carbon, white)
Posts: 5,182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
I use Under Armour running tights. I don't remember if I purchased them myself or got them for Christmas or a birthday, but they work well on or off the bike.

This morning, during my bike commute to work, it was 20F with a 5-10 mph headwind from the North. I wore the tights with leg warmers over top of them. The combination worked well with no problems in range of motion.
NoRacer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-07, 10:55 AM   #4
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 34,114
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 252 Post(s)
I use Nike and Hind running tights. They work fine. Just remember to wear them outside the shorts.
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-07, 12:01 PM   #5
vger285
Senior Member
 
vger285's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: ohio
Bikes: Van Dessel CRB, Giant ATX 880,Footbike track
Posts: 379
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
They say these work good for both running&cycling http://www.coldlizard.com/cgi/wc.dll...alog~DETAIL~34 i dont have them yet, but i will as soon as i need new ones..
vger285 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-07, 12:36 PM   #6
MichaelW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: England
Bikes:
Posts: 12,936
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Running tights are good for cooler conditions but when the wind gets really biting cold you need better windproofing. Heavier winter-weight bike tights are much more windproof.
Cycling styles usually have a higher back but lack front pockets.
I usually mix running tights with lightweight windproof pertex over-pants.
MichaelW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-07, 12:42 PM   #7
balto charlie
Senior Member
 
balto charlie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Baltimore/DC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,480
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blue Spade
Looking for a pair of tights, as the shorts + leg warmers aren't cutting it in low temps. Running tights would be preferable (multi-use, as I run too), but do they provide enough range of motion for pedaling? Or are cycling tights of a design that's noticeably better?
My preference for multi-use pants are Sporthill. I believe it is Koch's(runner) company. I use the clothing for xc skiing, downhill skiing, winter hiking and winter biking. Flexible, warm, wind resistant to 35mph(zone3). Also some models are not skin tight so I can wear all day after the commute. They don't have that 'nylony' material to block the wind. It feels like cotton but it ain't.
Here's a pair I wear for extreme conditions. I haven't used them this year and only twice last year
http://www.sporthill.com/product.php...=2150&gender=m
Here's my regular everyday winter pants
http://www.sporthill.com/product.php...=0690&gender=m
Charlie
balto charlie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-07, 06:28 PM   #8
Two Buck Chuck
La Paz Commuter
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Bikes: Bortolussi (made in Germany), Titus Motolite 2
Posts: 102
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by balto charlie
Flexible, warm, wind resistant to 35mph(zone3).
I have been eyeing a pair of the XC pants, but wasn't sure about the wind resistance. It sounds like these would probably block the cold wind off the Potomac. I'll have to do more research. --Charlie
Two Buck Chuck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-07, 09:01 PM   #9
ghettocruiser
Former Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: dropmachine.com
Bikes:
Posts: 4,062
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I almost launched into a commentary of the benefits of daytime running lights while cycling.
ghettocruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-07, 09:03 AM   #10
tellyho
Your mom
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 2,541
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I love my pair of New Balance running tights with a windbloc patch over crotch and thighs. Great for both bike and run.
tellyho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-02-07, 11:21 PM   #11
ragboy
actin' the foo
 
ragboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: yo mamma's
Bikes: several
Posts: 837
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blue Spade
Looking for a pair of tights, as the shorts + leg warmers aren't cutting it in low temps. Running tights would be preferable (multi-use, as I run too), but do they provide enough range of motion for pedaling? Or are cycling tights of a design that's noticeably better?
I purchased the Bellwether wind front tights and am very happy with them in the cold. The front is thicker wind block material with insulated knee, back is breathable. Find a coupon on this forum and they can be had for about $60. Pure running tights may not be warm enough, depending on how far you're going.
ragboy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-07, 05:39 AM   #12
soze
ex-everything.
 
soze's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Charlestown, MA
Bikes: venerable surly crosscheck
Posts: 606
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
The stupid goddamned seam in the crotch. Screw Adidas, and screw Nashbar for selling those as cycling tights. My pink bits fricking hurt after that.
soze is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-03-07, 11:11 AM   #13
Hezz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 1,649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My feeling is that the running tights and the lower priced cycling tights are pretty much the same things.

A good combination is to have a good dual purpose setup. A standard cycling/running tight for multi use and a more expensive heavy winter specific cycling tight like the Sugoi Firewalls. These are about twice the cost of the standard tights. But wearing the heavier tight over the standard tight for really cold conditions works really well.

With this combination over shorts you are good down to about 5-10 F. Without the shorts good to around 20 F.
Hezz is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:40 AM.