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leg warmers vs tights

Old 07-23-08, 08:42 AM
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leg warmers vs tights

I was planning to get leg warmers since i ride early in the morning and it is cold sometimes. I thought that leg warmers would be good since i can carry them around and if it is cold enough to use them i will add them to my shorts instead of having to carry tights.

However what is the advantage of tights? why would i want tights and not leg warmers?

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Old 07-23-08, 08:54 AM
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You would want both for different times of the year. That is at least I do.
Tights for days where you need extra insulation and plan on wearing them for the entire ride.
Warmers tend to offer a tad less insulation and are easier to remove. They also do not come up to the waist.

In winter I use both. Shorts, warmers, and then tights over the warmers.
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Old 07-23-08, 11:32 AM
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Most people find the leg warmers are hard to keep up. Tights have the advantage of staying on well. But they have the disadvantage of being a bit bulkier so when you strip them off, they take up more room when you stow them.
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Old 07-23-08, 12:01 PM
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Never had that issue and neither have any of the folks I ride with.
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Knee warmers are needed to protect your knees anytime temps dip below 65 degrees. I like DeFeet brand because they stay in place and are inexpensive.

Leg warmers for when it is too cold for knee warmers. I like the Bellwethers because they stay in place and are inexpensive.

Tights for coldest temperatures and to protect your crotch if it gets cold. I sometimes wear knee warmers and tights together if it is really cold.
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