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Old 11-13-07, 07:33 PM
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Tights + Trail Riding...

I'm having a little bit of an issue here... I want to ride in the cold; so far I've been happy ridding in 50-60 degree weather in shorts + a jersey, but it's getting to a point where the shorts are not cutting it. I've been thinking about tights, but there is some sort of stigma associated with them and mountain bikers...

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So... Tights... Will I get laughed at for wearing them? Yes I have seen professionals in tights; no I am not a professional... Yes I do have sexy legs .
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Old 11-13-07, 07:37 PM
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Most whom I ride with wear tights in the winter. Who should care what others think? There's no common 'stigma' that I am aware of.
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Old 11-13-07, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
A better question would be to ask yourself why you are so concerned about what you think other people think about you...
Lack of confidence (figuratively speaking not literally ). I am mostly just trying to figure out if it's an acceptable attire to wear.
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If you're really concerned, wear your shorts over them. I also wear my knee/shins and you can't even see the tights. But I'm not too concerned about what others think, especially when the weather turns cold, especially up in good ol' Canada. Besides I'm more worried about what they all think of my pink ano I9's.
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Meh. When it's cold I wear tights. Some of the guys I ride with wear knicker/tights; I'm not sure what they're called but they're tights that stop mid-calf. Just ride. If you want to feel less conscious, wear the tights under a pair of baggy shorts.
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Old 11-13-07, 07:50 PM
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leg or knee warmers would do
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Old 11-13-07, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Pete Fagerlin View Post
A better question would be to ask yourself why you are so concerned about what you think other people think about you...
Exactly my thoughts. Be a leader not a follower.
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Old 11-13-07, 07:59 PM
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Vanity issue? How's 'bout some ol' 100% cotton sweat pants?
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Old 11-13-07, 09:52 PM
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There are plenty of insulated biking pants available..
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Old 11-13-07, 10:24 PM
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I wear military style pants; yes you'll have to blouse the bottoms.

Just an idae for ya
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Old 11-13-07, 11:54 PM
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While I've got no problem wearing tights, I'm also a fan of leg warmers.

These:


Not these:
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Old 11-14-07, 12:06 AM
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Here's what I prefer, bib tights:
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Old 11-14-07, 02:26 PM
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I kind of like the Ben & Jerrys combo pictured above. Thats the best race fuel out there
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Old 11-14-07, 02:55 PM
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Cover your knees at less than 60 degrees.

60-40 I usually wear bib knickers or just throw on some knee warmers

40 or less, I use what kenhill has pictured
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I come from a roadie background, so this is beyond a non-issue for me. tights/lycra/etc is a way of life. I also swim in masters swim meets and with a swim team. Speedos are a way of life. I have LONG since lost my pride.
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Old 11-14-07, 03:48 PM
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I wear tight cycling pants. So yeah, you'll definately get laughed at.
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Old 11-14-07, 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by kenhill3 View Post
Here's what I prefer, bib tights:
+1 The way to go.
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Old 11-14-07, 06:38 PM
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I did the nasty... I bought a pair of tights! Holly crap, $52 dollars for tights; this ridin' on a budget thing isn't working out to well ;-) .
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Originally Posted by Servo888 View Post
I did the nasty... I bought a pair of tights! Holly crap, $52 dollars for tights; this ridin' on a budget thing isn't working out to well ;-) .
Hoping to see the glamour shot of you in them hoisting your bike aloft.
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Originally Posted by Servo888 View Post
I did the nasty... I bought a pair of tights! Holly crap, $52 dollars for tights; this ridin' on a budget thing isn't working out to well ;-) .
LOL

Go post that in the roadie section and wait to see the responses. Some think that $100 for shorts means you are getting crap quality. They are nuts of course.
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Old 11-14-07, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by indygreg View Post
LOL

Go post that in the roadie section and wait to see the responses. Some think that $100 for shorts means you are getting crap quality. They are nuts of course.
Here's what the roadies wear (heck, wouldn't turn 'em down if somebody gave 'em to me):

https://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...A8&tn=11909519
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assos is supposed to be the shiznit. I would love a pair, but would not pay that. I ride in $40 cannondale shorts/chamois and ride 50 miles on a regular basis with no issues. I am going to get some PI Amfib tights for this winter. Those are about $100
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Old 11-15-07, 07:10 AM
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I like craft. Good pricepoint/quality break for me. And the chamois fits me well
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[QUOTE=Servo888;5629959]I'm having a little bit of an issue here... I want to ride in the cold; so far I've been happy ridding in 50-60 degree weather in shorts + a jersey, but it's getting to a point where the shorts are not cutting it. I've been thinking about tights, but there is some sort of stigma associated with them and mountain bikers...

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So... Tights... Will I get laughed at for wearing them? Yes I have seen professionals in tights; no I am not a professional... Yes I do have sexy legs .[/QUOTE]

So....is there a stigma associated with being warm on the trail?
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Old 11-15-07, 08:00 AM
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If you really want to get all the phobics in an uproar, mention manpris.



Tights, layered stuff with baggies, knee warmers, leg warmers, XC ski pants, use whatever you need to keep you warm enough for whatever weather you're riding in. Figure anyone else out riding with you shouldn't care, and the opinion of those not out riding with you doesn't matter.

Functionality trumps nearly all.
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