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Old 09-13-13, 03:28 PM   #1
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What pants to wear in the winter?

Im having a very hard time finding pants that are not rain pants or tights for winter riding. This is my first winter season for riding on my road bike. I do casual 16mph riding 12-25 miles per ride. I wont be in the rain or snow. Tights are not my thing either. I was looking at some black baggy retro cargo pants with draw stings at the bottom of the legs.

how would riding in these work? Any other pants you would recommend for about $50?
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Old 09-13-13, 03:33 PM   #2
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Just get some cargo Moutain bike type pants.... I myself will wear leg warmers to start, i like the compression...Just get some kind of pants and a velcro strap to keep the bottom tight.
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get something close then use reflective trouser bands ..

got Poly fleece sweatpants the outside is slick the inside fuzzy , by the way the fabric is Knit.. machine .
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I like riding in polyester track pants. My favorites are Under Armour Bandito Woven warm-up pants. They are breathable, and loose enough so that you can add a baselayer of thin wool leggings underneath when it gets colder.
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Windproof poly/cotton hiking pants are fine. You can wear padded shorts as underwear or long johns in colder conditions and secure the ankles with bicycle clips.
I pick up cheaper no-name ones from warehouse style outdoors stores. They are all cargo style but get the ones with the least number of pockets and the closest cut to avoid flapping in the wind.
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Thanks guys, i bought the cargo pants i was talking about. If they don't work out I'll try your ideas.


BTW what temp do you guys wear pants and jackets? I find it chilly for me at 70 degrees when on the bike and the wind hitting me and even cooler in the shade. Am I a big wuss to wear a jacket at 70 degrees?
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Fleece underwear, and rain shell pants are a good combination too..

my parka is road side safety gear , because its Dark out more than in the summer

think I need to give it a DWR re treatment this year..



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BTW what temp do you guys wear pants and jackets? I find it chilly for me at 70 degrees when on the bike and the wind hitting me and even cooler in the shade. Am I a big wuss to wear a jacket at 70 degrees?
That's about when I put on a jacket. I feel the cold more than most. Even the lightest windproof makes a big difference.

Re. trousers - I think the degree of windproofing plays a far bigger role than the trousers themselves. Thermal underwear with windblocking material or rain pants seem to do the trick. I usually ride in jeans with one of the aforementioned below or on top.

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I really like these pants from REI. http://www.rei.com/product/852905/no...ike-pants-mens

Novara Headwind pants. They fit well and aren't tight like riding tights. Windproof front panel and warm. I don't think they are waterproof, but I've ridden them many times in rain and don't remember getting wet with them. They breath well also. I ended up buying 3 pair.
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BTW what temp do you guys wear pants and jackets? I find it chilly for me at 70 degrees when on the bike and the wind hitting me and even cooler in the shade. Am I a big wuss to wear a jacket at 70 degrees?
It was 60 degrees this morning on the way to work and wore cut-offs and short sleves, I found it to be a little on the hot side still. So I'd say 50-53 degrees before full legs on the pants and and maybe in the mid to high 40s for jacket.
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BTW what temp do you guys wear pants and jackets? I find it chilly for me at 70 degrees when on the bike and the wind hitting me and even cooler in the shade. Am I a big wuss to wear a jacket at 70 degrees?
I pull out the tights at 50F. I prefer long sleeve jerseys or wool under layer from 50 - 60F. Jacket at 45F or less. In a recent group ride at 50 to 60F I was one of the few in shorts and a short sleeve Jersey. I would drown in sweat with a jacket at those temps. This morning I was comfortable at 35F in a SS jesey with a wind shell and tights.
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there are cycling pants that are not skin tight, such as Novara Headwind pants over cycling shorts. they discontinued them (maybe they are back now) but there are others available now. I love mine when it's chilly - cold. February requires ski pants or rain pants with long underwear over cycling shorts. I tend to use suspenders to keep things in place. Walmart sells thin lightweight cheap straps w/ decent clips.
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Am I a big wuss to wear a jacket at 70 degrees?
Yes... yes you are.

Unless you are from Florida.
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Not that i'm a big time winter rider, my cut off for going from shorts to pants is in the 55 degree range. It really depends on the day. We all know those 55 degree days where its bright blue and seems hotter than it is. Then there are those blustery days where you don't believe it's that warm! So a pick your days sort of thing.

Running, i usually don't go pants until it reaches mid forties. Down to that level shorts usually get it done. Especially for a hard workout.
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Native Floridians can pick out a northerner from a mile away. They are the ones in shorts, a t shirt and flip flops with the temps in the low sixites!!!!

Conversely, northerners can pick out Native Floridians in those same conditions - they are the ones wearing Parkas!
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Cargo pants with a blend of cotton fabric can be good for winter. I wear the same and its comfortable too.
cool plus size clothes

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Sport Hill XC pants. Windproof, water resistant, wear them over the bike shorts. Not like tights, but not baggy either. How cold you get is your bodies choice, not yours...
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Sport Hill XC pants. Windproof, water resistant, wear them over the bike shorts. Not like tights, but not baggy either. How cold you get is your bodies choice, not yours...
+1 hands down the best winter pants. They can handle an amazingly wide range of temps, as they breathe really well. Not the most expensive soft shells out there , not cheap either but worth every red cent.
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