Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
Go with unpadded tights. There's a wider selection of pads in shorts--easier to find comfort. Plus, "the boys" will really appreciate the extra layer.
No ideas regarding stirrup or not.
I'm trying to decide whether to go bib tights this year too. What I found was that layering elastic waistband tights over elastic waistband shorts meant two sets of elastic squeezing my middle. It became uncomfortable, especially in the weeks after the holidays.
Where I have a question is in making yellow snow. At my age, that's an important consideration. Anything over 20 miles and I'll be stopping, for sure. Are "quick-release" buckles in the straps worthwhile? I'm looking at two sets and that's the primary difference. I'm thinking they may make it easier to manage, especially with all the other extra layers. Anyone have any thoughts?