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Old 09-20-22, 06:08 PM
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Long pants...

Definitely not the guy to be seen in lycra. Have biked (20-30 miles, 2-3 times a week) all summer in my trusty L.L Bean shorts, with padded cycling shorts underneath.
Will be snowbirding to warmer climes, where overnight temps will be as low a 40, with 60-65 during the day.
Any suggestions for a long pants to keep the wind/chill off on the cool early mornings - that come in large (42-44") waist sizes, that won't punish me like the seams on jeans would?
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https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/tall...ng-tights.html

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I like Pearl Izumi’s padded pants. The zippers on the ankles hold up better than others I’ve tried in the past.
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Tights are not what you want to see me in! At least not until the miles and miles work their magic....
Google and Amazon give lots of hits for "commuter pants" So perhaps something more "pant like", with pockets, that I can wear the padded shorts under. Don't need to be fashionable for work, but also don't want to look like I just finished a class "A" ride. Not there, yet!
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This is what I bought for cold weather https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/methwicypa.html#
They are definitely warm and although not really loose they are not tight but still comfortable to pedal in. They're a bit expensive so measure yourself carefully and order appropriately. I have used Aero Techs return policy on a jacket and everything went smoothly.

One thing you will definitely want to pick up are toe warmers like these https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/neoprene-toe-cover.html
I use spd shoes or tennis shoes depending on which bike I'm on and either way the toe warmers a fantastic when it's colder.
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You can always wear tights under your shorts. I do that for fall/winter commuting. I wear Aerotech tights that I also run in.

I don't know what kind of shoes you wear, but I have gore-tex overshoe shoe covers that I got on sale because I wear a size 14/49, but they cover your entire foot and ankle and help with cold and wet.
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Thanks all for the suggestions. If it drops below 40-45F I probably won't be going out.on the bike. I'm Minnesotan, so have lots of stuff that could be pressed into service down to -30F....but there's a reason I'm fleeing south this winter <grin>

Ordered some BALEAF MTB pants, and a similar item from Troy Designs. We'll see how the fitting goes in a few days! Weather here just turned to duplicate conditions in my new winter location, so will have a good test period beforehand.
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My wife bought me some nylon workout pants but I don't know what brand they are. But they help in keeping my legs warm when I'm riding in colder temperatures. I bought a pair of reflective arm bands to wear around my legs to keep the pants legs from getting caught in the chain.
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I ride in baggy sweats when its not summer, and my pant cuff always gets snagged on the empty water bottle cage.
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Trouser clips.


Or the old "Putney Racing Suit"--cutoff jean shorts worn over long Duo-fold underpants. I guess polypro or wool would be OK, too.
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These work even better, and have the added advantage of reflective strips if riding at night, and bright yellow to catch attention during the day:

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I use cycling specific pants which are snug, not tight & they're not called tights, they're cycling pants. good luck with Baleaf online. I'll bet "MTB pants" are probably comfy. I'd recommend mine but they are not made anymore. one can find them pre-owned, usually in like new condition. I bought 1 pair new & another pair on Poshmark used. I see some advertised on ebay as well. I normally take a size 38" waist trouser but prefer the XL in this cycling pants. they aren't lined/padded so I wear cycling specific, tri-shorts, under them because they have just a thin liner for moisture management

Novara Headwind Bike Pants - Men's


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Originally Posted by sande005
Tights are not what you want to see me in! At least not until the miles and miles work their magic....
Google and Amazon give lots of hits for "commuter pants" So perhaps something more "pant like", with pockets, that I can wear the padded shorts under. Don't need to be fashionable for work, but also don't want to look like I just finished a class "A" ride. Not there, yet!
Luckily, we don't have to see you in tights. That goes for me too, but I ride in them anyways. I am a perfect aerodynamic profile, very round. I take every advantage that I can for riding in the wind.
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Originally Posted by cyclist2000
Luckily, we don't have to see you in tights. That goes for me too, but I ride in them anyways. I am a perfect aerodynamic profile, very round. I take every advantage that I can for riding in the wind.

reminded me when I was in the middle of an attempted body transformation, you know trying to change my body shape. & I was attempting to teach myself how to swim. I was fascinated by this one man who didn't look like a triathlete. in fact he was bean shaped w/ skinny arms. kinda like a water beetle. well let me tell you he was the best swimmer! gliding thru the water effortlessly, lap after lap, never seeming to tire
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Originally Posted by Rotten
This is what I bought for cold weather https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/methwicypa.html#

One thing you will definitely want to pick up are toe warmers like these https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/neoprene-toe-cover.html
I use spd shoes or tennis shoes depending on which bike I'm on and either way the toe warmers a fantastic when it's colder.
Thanks for recommending these! I had no idea they existed. Last winter my main issues were toes and fingers. Already used the toe warmers once, and I also ordered a good pair of gloves for when temps get down below freezing.

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I tried neoprene toe covers but they don't work for me. I guess the theory is, they are insulation & keep your warmth in. my problem is bad blood circulation in my feet, so there's no warmth to keep in. so I resort to those little toe warmer chem packs
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Originally Posted by sande005
Tights are not what you want to see me in! At least not until the miles and miles work their magic....
Google and Amazon give lots of hits for "commuter pants" So perhaps something more "pant like", with pockets, that I can wear the padded shorts under. Don't need to be fashionable for work, but also don't want to look like I just finished a class "A" ride. Not there, yet!
I like the AB Commuter pants from Arctyrix. The leg is made to break at the knee, for more comfortable pedaling, and there is a gusset under the crotch to keep you from sitting on seams in the construction of the trousers. It also helps with lifting your leg over the saddle and disentangling yourself from the bike after a fall (God forbid!). The fabric is also thin but wind-resistant as well as flexible.

I've gotten them in person from REI about 10 years ago and a few more pairs from ... either Moosejaw or direct from Arctyrix just a year or two back. The legs run long but the fabric is such that it can be hemmed to fit. There are reflective patches on the cuffs which have to be removed and re-attached as part of shortening the pants.

The company also has the irritating characteristic of not showing items which might be seen as "out of season" when they feel like it, then they come back on the market "sometime." For me, I just keep my eyes open and if I find a few which will fit, buy.

Duluth Trading has a lot of pants which are designed for added freedom of motion, presumably for doing yoga outdoors in the middle of a moose hunting trek, but the claim to have gussets in a lot of their trousers. I haven't tried one yet.

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