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Old 01-02-08, 12:34 PM   #1
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Pants other than tights?

For winter riding, I usually wear sweatpants over some baggy MTB shorts with a padded bottom. That is pretty good to a little below freezing. Colder than that, I add some Pearl Izumi leg warmers. Those keep me pretty warm, except for the small gap they leave between them and the top of my socks. The other problems with the leg warmers is they can creep down after a while, rendering them useless.

So I'm looking for a warmer solution for my legs. The problem is I am not a huge fan of tights. I bike commute to work... personally, I'd feel funny showing up with my junk on display. I think the main problem with sweatpants is the wind goes right through them, so I'm thinking something similar to them with some wind-proofing would be good.

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http://foxwear.net/products_pants.html

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But the even the tights are more like pants cuz they are loose fitting. YOu could wear them into a restaurant and probably not be stared at too much.
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I wear polartech fleece pants most of the winter. It's not too pretty but it keeps me toasty well below zero.
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Look at the SportHill XC pants. They are loose-fitting and warm down into the 20's. Anything lower and you might have to add some thermals underneath. Look around for a decent price. Myself, I commute everyday to work and I just wear my regular workpants with leg warmers over them. If I go into a store I might roll them down and tuck them under my pant leg, No big deal for me. When I ride home in the aftn I switch over to XCpants because they're comfortable to ride in. Go to Sierra Trading Post or Campmor and see what they've got in the Snowpants/Skiing pants category.
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I wear polartech fleece pants most of the winter. It's not too pretty but it keeps me toasty well below zero.
Is that Polartec 200 weight fleece? I was always concerned about the wind getting into that too much...
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For winter riding, I usually wear sweatpants over some baggy MTB shorts with a padded bottom. That is pretty good to a little below freezing. Colder than that, I add some Pearl Izumi leg warmers. Those keep me pretty warm, except for the small gap they leave between them and the top of my socks. The other problems with the leg warmers is they can creep down after a while, rendering them useless.

So I'm looking for a warmer solution for my legs. The problem is I am not a huge fan of tights. I bike commute to work... personally, I'd feel funny showing up with my junk on display. I think the main problem with sweatpants is the wind goes right through them, so I'm thinking something similar to them with some wind-proofing would be good.

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I'm going to say meh. Unless your boss has a personal agenda to **** anyone wearing Lycra/tights, then you shouldn't care what anyone thinks. You'll be happier and your legs will thank you.
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Its more me not wanting to be "that guy"...

Another one of my co-workers already has that role... of course he comes in late to meetings in full sub-zero garb and then peels it off with sweat flying everywhere.
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Its more me not wanting to be "that guy"...

Another one of my co-workers already has that role... of course he comes in late to meetings in full sub-zero garb and then peels it off with sweat flying everywhere.

I am that guy. You other guys are amusing with your insecurities.
That being said, I have actually been riding in jeans, long johns, and jogging pants this winter since my commute is 14 each way. When I ride the occasional 28 each way I stick with tights. Nice and comfy.
With the shorter commute I do not see a need for cycling specific garb at the moment.
Here is a recent thread in the commuting forum. It appears that novara headwind pants are a favorite. I may pick up a pair.

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Is that Polartec 200 weight fleece? I was always concerned about the wind getting into that too much...
I wear polartec 200 weight fleece pants under light shell pants... makes for a perfect combination.

If it gets colder I wear extra thermals under the fleece.
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Good sweat pants are great for cool but not cold weather. When it gets too cold, put a pair of wind pants or waterproof pants on top. The heat you generate won't escape and you'll stay plenty warm. This is a commuter or short distance solution. It's not for spending a day cycling in cold weather.
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Old 01-03-08, 03:31 AM   #13
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For cold days, I have some Gore tex baggie pants. They flap about in the wind. Inside it feels like a sauna. I'll take my fleece lined tights. They are more effective at keeping out the rain. The baggie Gore Tex pants, water seems to seep in about the seams.
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Nashbar crossroad pants with your favorite long underwear or riding shorts/tights.

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For cold days, I have some Gore tex baggie pants. They flap about in the wind. Inside it feels like a sauna.
+1. There's not much use for waterproof clothing such as Goretex when it's well below freezing. I prefer a lighter, windproof, breathable material. I hear Gore Windstopper is better than normal Goretex, looked into it but decided to buy cheaper generic shell. Underneath I have knee-length baggy bike shorts, or thinnish wicking long johns, or fleece / merino wool long johns, depending on how cold it is. Getting dripping wet from sweat is a bad idea in winter.

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Softshell pants, non laminate, with your layers of light insulation underneath.

Outdoor gear manufacturers like Patagonia, Arc'teryx, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Marmot, Outdoor Research, all offer excellent winter pants for fast forward cold weather activities.

Marmot ATV, Patagonia Guide Pant and the like are very respectable looking pants are the bomb for winter biking and cross country skiing.
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snowpants!

seriously, i bought a pair of basic snowpants second-hand a year or two ago and they're great for my commute in lower temps. nothing fancy, but that means i can just slide them off when i get to my office (and close the door) and i don't have to worry about overheating in longjohns (the staff keep the thermostat awfully high, and i'm often in front of a hot stove).

for warmer, wetter weather i bought some schmancy gortex cycling pants, but i worry about damaging the material when it's below -5/-10C. plus, if for some reason the ice makes me unable to keep the rubber side down (knocks on wood) then there's a bit of padding in the snowpants, and i also don't have to be worried about ruining a $100 pair of pants.
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Hmm.
I usually get by with lycra shorts and legwarmers. This ok down to about -5C, but not when snowing or raining (England is weird, we often get below-freezing temperatures and rain). So this morning I was caught out by the snow - it froze onto my legwarmers, then melted. Chilled my knees too much, I'm sore now.

IF I'd been sensible, I would have added my 3/4length walking trousers. These are made of a stretchy fabric that sheds snow, even tho' it's not waterproof.
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Easiest solution: get some windproof pants to wear over the sweats.
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This year I made a trip down to my local Military Surplus store and bought some wool pants that came from the Swedish Army. They are light brown and I think quite stylish with their button down pockets. I am all legs--these are just long enough to tuck into my Sorel packs. I got the waist big enough to fit over my regular pants but I wear either a pair of tights or polypro long underwear underneath so there is plenty of room to move.

My riding was severely curtailed in December but the few times I've used them in single digit weather I was toasty warm.

Very affordable, too--my pair was $29.

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I have a broad collection of "tights" of all weights and all degrees of wind and water resistance.

I wear baggy shorts, baggy knickers and, rarely, regular trousers over the tights.

I prefer Levi Dockers shorts.
The pockets and the ability to hang things on my belt, like a flashlight and Leatherman, come in handy.

In the summer, I still wear the shorts without any tights.

In Fall and Spring, I'll wear the shorts with "tight" knickers underneath, and knee socks, such as soccer socks.

If I have a work or meeting situation that requires more formal dress, I carry nice trousers with me, and I've learned to change clothes in a hurry and thus look appropriate for the occasion.
It takes a minute and a half to change one's trousers and shirt in the men's room or a bathroom.
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Is that Polartec 200 weight fleece? I was always concerned about the wind getting into that too much...
I've biked with it in 70 mph north winds in the middle of winter and haven't had much of a problem. They breath a little but don't let the wind in. I only resorted to a union suit underneath at 15 below zero, but even then it got too hot. I don't use a shell because I need the sweat to evaporate.
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I just got a pair of AFRC Schoeller Stretch Windpants from REI yesterday and tried them today in below zero windchill and they worked great.
http://www.rei.com/REI-Outlet/product/752592
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In 20's or 30's temps. I wear either my work-pants/leg warmers in the morning. Or my SporHill 3SP X-C pants in the aftn. These keep me warm and comfortable . Beats anything out there.
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