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Old 12-22-04, 08:11 AM
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Kepping legs warm??

For those of you who commute in jeans (like me most days when the temperature is below 50F [10C]), how do you keep your legs warm when the temperature is below 35F (2C)? I tried wearing leg warmers a few mornings when it was in the low 20sF (-5C) and the denim kept pulling on them with every pedal stroke. By the time I got to work the top of the warmers were about 4" above my knees.
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Old 12-22-04, 08:14 AM
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I don't wear jeans while riding. they rub and the crotch seam is uncomfortable. if you don't like wearing lycra, then get some black shorts to go over them.
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Old 12-22-04, 08:27 AM
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how bout a set of nylon jogging or rain paints to go right over the jeans?

make sure the legs velcro enough that they stay out of your chain and viola...

if you want to be stylish you could even buy some ski/snowboard pants but those would get hot over jeans mighty quick!
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Old 12-22-04, 08:28 AM
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I don't wear jeans either, but today the temp was 2 degrees F (-17 C). I just wear bike shorts, with a layer of running tights, followed by a warmup pants (wind resistant outside with a very light layer of cloth inside. My legs were toasty warm after about 10 min, and only a little bit cool prior to that. When temps are warmer: 30 F (-1 C) I don't wear the tights. When temps get to around 45, I wear the tights (and some casual exercise shorts over them to spare the public) but not the warm-ups, and when temps get to 60, I just wear bike shorts and the appropriate shorts to wear over them.
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Old 12-22-04, 09:16 AM
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Loose fleece tights or running pants. Got a pair from Preformance last year for about 25.00 and love them. Other than than light wind pants for wramer temps above 35c
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Old 12-22-04, 09:41 AM
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I have been very comfortable in the low 20s with a base layer of Target wicking thermals ($9) and a pair of wind/waterproof running pants ($10). I find I need to wear some sort of brief/trunks under the thermals because of the 'texture' of the weave. If it is in the 30s, I replace the wind pants with knee warmers (Nashbar $15) over the thermals, with some running shorts on top.
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How tight are your jeans? I usually roll them up to just above my calves with no problem. I wear lycra or synthetic long underwear under them, but that's when it's in the 20's or mid 30's. I usually just wear long athletic socks if I'm rolling them up and it's not terribly cold. Style always wins out.
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As other people have said, tights are the way to go!

But if you want to stick with the jeans, a base layer under them should keep you warm. You can pick them up pretty cheap from campmor. Also, if you wear bike shorts (or a lycra liner like Padded Skins) under your jeans, and tuck the tops of the leg-warmers under them, it may help to hold the warmers up.
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Instead of jeans I wear polycotton hiking pants which are much better than jeans for cycling and for everyday wear . Below 5C a pair of pertex nylon overpants do the job. If its much below freezing I might wear long johns beneath the polycotton.
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how do you keep your legs warm when the temperature is below ...
Move to California!
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Thanks for the replies. I guess I'll just pack the jeans in my panniers and wear tights or tights over my bibs.
I'll keep an eye out for some sort of base layer to wear instead of leg warmers.
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