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Old 11-30-06, 01:20 PM
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Pants When Riding?

Heyy guys, What kind of pants do you guys wear when you are riding. I don' know if I wanna get a pair of biking tights or just use somthing else.
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I wear gym shorts
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I recommend you look for Cross Country ski pants if you're talking about biking when it's cold. That's what I use. There are some that are made loose and others that look more like tights. Get what feels comfortable to you.
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I use bellweather windfront tights. They aren't really very tight, and they are nice and warm.
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I recommend you look for Cross Country ski pants if you're talking about biking when it's cold. That's what I use. There are some that are made loose and others that look more like tights. Get what feels comfortable to you.
+1 on that. REI has their own brand in XC ski and biking versions - - practically identical in construction.
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if you mean cold weather i have some thermal full leg tights that keep me pretty warm. since i'm not manly enough to wear tights in public yet i'll usually put pants on over them (and if it's cold enough the tights aren't enough alone) i have a pair of very baggy hiking pants that are very smooth and semi waterproof/wind resistant/breathable that are my favorite long pants for biking, if not those then just jeans. if it's raining i have waterproof/breathable rain paints too.

for warm weather i have 1 pair of mtb shorts with the chamois & spandex shorts on the inside and polyester baggy shorts on the outside with velcro and zip pockets. if i don't wear those then its whatever shorts i have available, or jeans. jeans that are well fitting or tight are pretty uncomfortable to bike in for longer than 20 minutes. i have some pretty baggy jeans that aren't too bad for biking also.
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I wear tights when it's cold. When it's really cold I wear two pairs of them.
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what is this cold you all speak of?
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I like the Bellwether(sp?) basic baggy shorts. They've got the tights w/ the gnut/butt pad inside & just look like regular-old gym shorts or swim trunks on the outside. I recently got a pair of Columbia pants that are pretty baggy & made to be a shell that keeps out the wind & light rain. They've got velcro straps at the cuff so you don't get 'em stuck in the chain, they stuff into their own backpocket & pack down to about the size of an apple. I just wear 'em over my shorts. Only like $35.00. Love 'em.
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just wear the tights. there's something liberating about it.
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softshell pants designed for mountian climbing. superior breathability, excellent durability, comfortable, windproof and highly water resitant.

i've had excellent luck with pants made from Schoeller Dynamic fabric and own a pair REI Mistral pants ($100) and a pair of Arcteryx Gamma MX pants ($300). These have both served well in extreme enviroments while climbing, the Mistrals have served well biking in the teens while wearing a pair liteweight patagonia capalene tights.

if its say 40-65 i might wear the capalene tights under some shorts (dorky but good), any warmer and i wear shorts (baggy on the MTB, lycra on the road bike).


to go on further, i should point out the absolute revolution that Schoeller/softshell fabrics have created in climbing wear. this comes from the requirement of needing a highly breathable, weather resitant, wind proof and extremely durable fabric that can cope with being highly active in a severe enviroment. gore-tex simply did not breath well enough for arobic activiy, and did not allow enough flexability. it was also proven that a waterproof fabric is uneeded and overkill, especially when the consiquence is wetting yourself from the inside out. i think this is all very applicable to mountain biking as well.

you'll also be shocked how super durable this stuff is. i laughed becouse i took one brand new nalgene bottle up the diamond this summer, after a week of bigwall climbing this bottle looked like it had been bashed and scratched against rocks for 4 years straight, my schoeller pants and jacket still look brand new.
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thanks guys, im juts ganna get tights...they seem good and I can't spend all that much on pants anyways thanks again.
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Originally Posted by VAG Driver
what is this cold you all speak of?
...may you be dumped upon by a freak snow storm...
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Originally Posted by chainzawz
thanks guys, im juts ganna get tights...they seem good and I can't spend all that much on pants anyways thanks again.
welcome. pretty soon you'll be admiring your calves and asking if your a$$ looks big in tights.
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welcome. pretty soon you'll be admiring your calves and asking if your a$$ looks big in tights.
+1.

I look good in tights. lol
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yeah. nothing like getting those looks from the soccer moms. you know the ones.
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yeah. nothing like getting those looks from the soccer moms. you know the ones.
The ones that are accompanied by "eiuuuuuuuu!" ?
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The ones that are accompanied by "eiuuuuuuuu!" ?
Sound like someone that uses gravity to mountain bike.
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The ones that are accompanied by "eiuuuuuuuu!" ?
just a look. then a comparative look over at their husband. then a longing look back at me.
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just a look. then a comparative look over at their husband. then a longing look back at me.
You get those too? It's good to know I'm not the only object of desire...
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Originally Posted by chainzawz
thanks guys, im juts ganna get tights...they seem good and I can't spend all that much on pants anyways thanks again.
make sure you get the kind w/the fleece lining, which incidentally are not cheap. the kind w/out will not keep you very warm. i use old-school tapered sweatpants sometimes. they work.
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what is this cold you all speak of?
Its on top of the trees we have
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Levi 501's, or Wrangler Cowboy cuts.

Best riding pants.
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Wow, I must be up too early, I was thinking "pants" as in a dog panting when they are hot I wear underarmor tights under shorts.
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