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Old 03-14-19, 03:45 PM
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Need new tights

Last pair were from Nashbar, with a zippered ankle, whose zippers failed. Canít send back, but they suck.

I just need 2 pair of basic Lycra things, maybe a bit of light insulation, no ankle zip, no pads in crotch.

Everything from Pearl Izumi up are like $59 and up. How oh how can these be that expensive ?

Any recommendations accepted.

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Any recommendations accepted.
Cough up the 59 bucks. Don't expect them to be much better.

You can get some somewhat insulated compression pants at some of the discount places a little cheaper. Not specifically for cycling though. I found some with the zippered ankles at Academy Sports, which seems to always have several inexpensive lines of athletic wear. You can buy them big to wear over your normal warm weather shorts.
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I just get basic running tights and wear them over bibs. Get them at any generic sports store like Dick's, Big 5, Sports Authority, etc.
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Check the outlet department for most cycling apparel dealers -- Garneau, Pearl Izumi, REI, Nashbar, etc. They'll occasionally have heavily discounted tights, especially as spring approaches.

If it's for wearing under jeans or any long slacks, it's hard to beat women's tights for value. Same wicking fabric used by sportswear makers. Only downside is some no-name women's tights tend to pill and snag more easily, but the fabric is warm and wicks moisture as well as more expensive tights. DNLA Sport has thermal tights that would pass for cycling tights unless someone was looking closely for logos or zipped ankles rather than elastic. Costs $5-$10, and often discounted this time of year. The DNLA tights don't pill up or snag either. Good stuff for cheap.
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AERO TECH TALL MEN'S BLACK SPANDEX UNPADDED WORKOUT TIGHTS $39.99

https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/meuncytiblbl.html
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That's easy ,Amazon sells basic pearl shorts I paid like 35 bucks , second layer is 6 dollar Walmart russle level 3 . Third layer is what ever compression tights I have laying around , I always byrn holes in them .
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Last pair were from Nashbar, with a zippered ankle, whose zippers failed. Canít send back, but they suck.

I just need 2 pair of basic Lycra things, maybe a bit of light insulation, no ankle zip, no pads in crotch.

Everything from Pearl Izumi up are like $59 and up. How oh how can these be that expensive ?

Any recommendations accepted.

as ive been told on bf the only way to gauranty u get a quality product is to spend a lot of money.....
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Originally Posted by robnol View Post
as ive been told on bf the only way to gauranty u get a quality product is to spend a lot of money.....
There's truth in that.

My issue is these are just so basic, thus no need to cost $60. A bunch of Lycra with no zippers, no padding, probably no insulation. Just a set of basic tights for spring/fall days. I've had multiple pairs over the decades, usually Performance or Nashbar house brand, generally $25-30 or so. No longer.
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Old 03-15-19, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
There's truth in that.

My issue is these are just so basic, thus no need to cost $60. A bunch of Lycra with no zippers, no padding, probably no insulation. Just a set of basic tights for spring/fall days. I've had multiple pairs over the decades, usually Performance or Nashbar house brand, generally $25-30 or so. No longer.
try amazon better prices same products
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I get all of my gear from Academy sports. Their BCG gear is just as good as Nike or UA.
I ride leather saddles and only Lycra. No padding whatsoever. I find that the padding holds moisture and makes for rough days in the saddle.
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Last pair were from Nashbar, with a zippered ankle, whose zippers failed.
If the zipper is the only problem, take them to a place that does clothing alterations. I've had zippers replaced on my tights; only cost about US$15, much cheaper than a new pair of tights.

If you need more work done than that, Kucharik will replace zippers, elastic, chamois, etc.:

https://www.kucharikclothing.com/repairs.php
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Old 03-15-19, 09:01 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
If the zipper is the only problem, take them to a place that does clothing alterations. I've had zippers replaced on my tights; only cost about US$15, much cheaper than a new pair of tights.

If you need more work done than that, Kucharik will replace zippers, elastic, chamois, etc.:

https://www.kucharikclothing.com/repairs.php
Yes, the tights are otherwise fine.

So that's a thought, thanks

SB
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
Yes, the tights are otherwise fine.

So that's a thought, thanks

SB
I bought my last tights from Aerotech Designs, and when a zipper broke, they fixed it at no charge.
So all it cost me was shipping to them.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
i just get basic running tights and wear them over bibs. Get them at any generic sports store like dick's, big 5, sports authority, etc.
+1
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post


Everything from Pearl Izumi up are like $59 and up. How oh how can these be that expensive ?
In my experience, anything below Pearl Izumi is going to be very hit-or-miss, with the emphasis on miss.

I'm a cheapskate. I think a truly egalitarian society would not charge for toilet paper. But we live in the real world.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I just get basic running tights and wear them over bibs. Get them at any generic sports store like Dick's, Big 5, Sports Authority, etc.
+1

You can even get thicker, insulated tights to go over your bib/shorts. Been doing this for a while, though I do have insulated tights that I use, just for some variety.
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Increase budget and get Castelli Sorpasso. You won't regret it.


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Performance Bicycle was/is having a great going out of business sale. I stocked up on some. Try them or their website.
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I just get basic running tights and wear them over bibs. Get them at any generic sports store like Dick's, Big 5, Sports Authority, etc.
This is my go-to. I run already so I I just running tights. Kinda kills two birds with one stone. Especially if you're thinking of taking up running in cooler temps.
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I've been using the same pair of REI cycling pants for 10 years now. Not very aero, but work great as a top layer with long johns underneath. Looks like they're on sale for about $25 right now.
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Originally Posted by Steve B. View Post
...$59 and up. How oh how can these be that expensive ?
Ride often enough to justify the cost.

But I understand you. I hate feeling like I've been fleeced...
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Ride often enough to justify the cost.

But I understand you. I hate feeling like I've been fleeced...
Bad, really bad.

Funny thought though that Iím contemplating taking the 2 pair I own to the tailor to get fixed but Iím riding so much (4 days this week) and using the tights on every ride, so no time. I should just stop being cheap and order 2 nice pair from someplace.
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Also, check out Przewalski. I've had a pair of their 3D shorts for several months. Possibly the best pad I've tried -- much denser than any other pad I've tried, smoother surface with dimpled golf ball type texture, resilient, comfortable with firmer saddles. The shorts overall are outstanding values for the money. Reviews indicate their bibs and tights are good to, and cost as little as $15. I'm not sure I even need tights or full length bibs but at that price I might try 'em.

The Przewalski pad has been a bit uncomfortable only with my more thickly padded Selle Italia Q-Bik saddle. I usually prefer very thin chamois microfiber type padded shorts with that saddle. But on my firmer minimally padded Selle Italia the 3D pad is excellent.
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Like Tim @TimothyH said above, spend the few extra dollars and get a pair of Castelli tights.

My experience, I bought some bib-tights off Amazon for about 50$ that had great reviews. They fit fine and they are super warm. But they are uncomfortable under the knees, dont fit right around the ankles. The padding is good and over all they are fine for 20-30 miles.

I found a pair of Castelli LW (lightweight) tights for about 99$ and figured I would try them to see the difference. Oh my. Night and day. I could ride in these things all day long. Very comfy. The paneling makes a huge difference and they have double walled waterproofing from the knees down that helps keep your legs dry from the spray.

Looking for some higher end Castelli's now coming out with the end of season sales. If you can get a pair for less than 150, buy them. Seems like a lot of money (whats a couple hours of OT?) but you will come back and thank us after you buy them.

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Everything I've ever bought from AeroTech Designs has been absolutely first rate. That said, I don't have any tights from them but my next pair will be. And Made in USA if that appeals to you as it does me.

I have a pair of older Canari tights which are great, and I ordered another couple of pairs a year or 2 later, only to find they had outsourced production to China and the sizing was wildly inaccurate.......bought a medium for me and a small for Mrs Kaos, and the small was visibly larger than the medium. Gave them both away IIRC.
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