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Cold Weather - alternatives to tights?

Old 09-10-09, 07:54 AM
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Cold Weather - alternatives to tights?

I generally just wear MTB shorts for all my riding, even my road rides. They work for me, so I haven't felt the need to go to bibs or road shorts.

But with cold weather coming -- I need some long pants. Are tights my only option? What else do you wear that works for you in cold weather - pantswise that is?

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I have the rapha winter tights.. they work really well. (Before i get slagged off for the price, let me say i got them in the summer sale). I got caught out (read locked out) one night last winter without a lock and it was pretty freakin cold- I cycled around all night waiting for my housemate to wake up. For that, they were totally worth every penny.
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REI makes a couple different pants that aren't super tight, but fitting enough not to flap around. I've got the Headwinds, which are great. Or the Express for less money, but less breathable.

https://www.rei.com/category/4500003_...g+Tights|Pants
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Plenty of companies make cycling pants that are great for winter riding. I am not sure how cold it gets where you are, but look at Chrome, Outlier and Swrve. Granted these are all kinda of expensive. You can also go to a Army/Navy surplus store and buy wool knickers too. Or you can make your own, just find a pair of old pants you like the fit of, cut off 1/4 of the leg and hem. That is what I have done. If you google cycling shants or cycling knickers you will also see more options.
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
I generally just wear MTB shorts for all my riding, even my road rides. They work for me, so I haven't felt the need to go to bibs or road shorts.

But with cold weather coming -- I need some long pants. Are tights my only option? What else do you wear that works for you in cold weather - pantswise that is?

Thanks, billy
I use cheap running suits. They don't bind, but you have to watch the bottoms. I just wrap a velcro strap around the ankles to keep them out of the chain. Fredish, but effective.
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Old 09-10-09, 10:33 AM
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Problem I find with cold weather is the Knees. If I can keep the joints warm then I will be OK

So winter wear for me is Knickers. They come just below the knees and keep the joints warm.
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Check the Winter Forum:

https://www.bikeforums.net/winter-cycling/
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I've found that a truly windproof pair of pants plus midweight smartwool bottoms under them have really worked incredibly well for me. Naturally, since they work well, no one sells exactly what I wanted - I have a pair of Showers Pass eVent pants with the knees seam taped shut. Waterproof and windproof. They've worked really well for cold, though their fit isn't quite right for me.

I've been curious about how well the goretex or Endura eVent pants work as well - I imagine they're just as windproof, and since the Endura ones are eVent as well I imagine they're just as breathable.

I cannot comment on anything else about them as I do not own them, but the Showers Pass zip-off Hybrid pants look promising to, if you're really concerned about wearing something that looks "normal":
https://showerspass.com/products.asp?...Hybrid+Zip+Off
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