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Old 10-26-09, 10:38 AM
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Men's Cycling Tights

I have endured riding in the cold long enough, so I want to buy a couple pairs of biking tights. What should I look for e.g., pads, zippered ankles? Also are they typically worn over bike shorts?
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I bought a pair of Louis Garneau tights with windblock front panels, no chamois, and no zippers. I wear them over my bib shorts and have worn them below 32 with no discomfort at all. I wear acrylic socks which I pull up over the bottom of the tights to keep extra warm in the ankles, which leads to better warmth in the feet (look it up). Paid about $50.
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I like bib longs/tights, fleeced, with pad. I also like stirrups/ankle loops which severely limits my options. I will probably capitulate and get some new bib tights with ankle zippers though.
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I like bib longs/tights, fleeced, with pad. I also like stirrups/ankle loops which severely limits my options. I will probably capitulate and get some new bib tights with ankle zippers though.

Gore-Tex makes a winter bib tight that is lined with Super Roubaix and has stirrups, well they did a few years ago when I bought them. On the higher end Assos' winter tights fit the bill too.
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Originally Posted by roadiejorge View Post
Gore-Tex makes a winter bib tight that is lined with Super Roubaix and has stirrups, well they did a few years ago when I bought them. On the higher end Assos' winter tights fit the bill too.
Oh, I know...but I'm cheap too
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Originally Posted by RoseRx View Post
I have endured riding in the cold long enough, so I want to buy a couple pairs of biking tights. What should I look for e.g., pads, zippered ankles? Also are they typically worn over bike shorts?
1 pair non padded over bibs is all you need. Just wash after a few uses.
Ankle zippers are good.
Definitely over
Warmer day above 10 C, knee warmers.

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Pearl Izumi Thermafleece tights under a pair of bib shorts. If you go with the bib tights, the fleece is all the way up to your chest. Toasty.
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Love my Pearli Amfib Thermafleece tights...no pad...worn over my bib shorts...with ankle zips and they are bib tights which in my opinion are best. If you go with non bib tights get an inexpensive pair of suspenders so they stay up.

https://www.pearlizumi.com/product.ph...160841&outlet=

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What you want in tights:

Fleeced interior (warmer)
Zippered ankles (lets you put them on over your shoes or big/fat feet with less trouble)
Pad or no pad is a personal choice depending on whether you carry tights in case it gets cold(er) after you start you ride or not. (I use padded tights because when it's cold enough to wear 'em here, it's cold enough to wear from the start)

Wear 'em OVER your bike shorts if you get the ones without a pad. If you get them with a pad, wear 'em INSTEAD OF bike shorts.

In most places, you don't need wind panels or gor-tex lining. If your climate changes enough that you might encounter rain/snow then you need wet weather gear AND tights. If your going to ride when it's colder than 45* then buy knee/arm warmers and wear them when appropriate.

You will also need 2 long sleeved jerseys. One fleeced and one unfleeced to wear depending on the temp and where you're going to ride. If it doesn't get that cold then you can skip the fleeced jersey and just wear the warmers and/or a vest over an unfleeced long sleeved jersey.
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zipper legs FOR SURE. I have one pair that fits fine once you get them on, but getting the tight leg cuffs over your heel is nearly impossible.
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Originally Posted by JokerRN View Post
Pearl Izumi Thermafleece tights under a pair of bib shorts. If you go with the bib tights, the fleece is all the way up to your chest. Toasty.
-1 Under bibs

+ 1 on PI thermal.
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I wear these:

https://www.sugoi.com/usa/usaeng/Prod...o-RC-Pro-Tight

I do like them. I couldn't see getting these on easily without the leg zippers. And they are padded also.

They are worn instead of shorts.
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Old 10-26-09, 09:13 PM
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Originally Posted by JokerRN View Post
Pearl Izumi Thermafleece tights under a pair of bib shorts. If you go with the bib tights, the fleece is all the way up to your chest. Toasty.
Yeah, Pearl's thermafleece is nice stuff, but tights without chamois are worn over the shorts.

I recommend bibs or clip-on elastic suspenders for keeping them up.
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You have lots of options, and so much depends on your cold tolerance and stability or changing conditions:

Leg warmers under shorts: Nice for major temp changes (start with take off, or start without and don). All work, windblocking types may be more versatile. YMMV.

Light tights or tights under/over shorts. You can get padded versions and unpadded versions.

Heavier wind-blocking tights either padded, meant to be worn alone, or unpadded, usually worn with padded shorts.

Super insulated and wind-blocking tights. Available unpadded,are you going to take them off if you have shorts? ( Sierra, Cascade and RockyMtn rides from high to lower elevation, starting summer sunrise (<50 deg) to afternoon (>70.)

Rain pants over tights or shorts, for rainblocking. low temps and removal or don, easy to put into a jersey pocket.

In relatively stable weather conditions I personally love bib tights with an EIT pad, w/o shorts. Fine for rest stops and #1, not good for #2.

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I'm cheap too. I got these at the last REI sale. They have wind protection on the front and are breathable on the back. They have zippered legs and I wore them over shorts. They are also a little on the loose side, so I can put leg warms on too. I wore them one day last week in sunny CA and I was plenty warm, but then it wasn't really cold, it was about 60. I was very warm.

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Originally Posted by khatfull View Post
I like bib longs/tights, fleeced, with pad. I also like stirrups/ankle loops which severely limits my options. I will probably capitulate and get some new bib tights with ankle zippers though.
Should you ride below about 35 degrees, I suggest you go with a lined bib.. They can be toasty warm, yet most bibs still breathe since they are mostly spun with lycra.
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Originally Posted by oldbobcat View Post
Yeah, Pearl's thermafleece is nice stuff, but tights without chamois are worn over the shorts.

I recommend bibs or clip-on elastic suspenders for keeping them up.
Do they actually make suspenders specially suited for the job? I have a pair of PI tights that could really benefit from some suspenders.
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Do they actually make suspenders specially suited for the job? I have a pair of PI tights that could really benefit from some suspenders.
I've got clip-on suspenders I use with my ski pants. I'll bet they'd work fine. Straps might be a little wider than you'd want for cycling, but maybe check your local ski bargain bins.
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I have the PI amFib pamts. Would not ride without suspenders, otherwise they get caught on the saddle nose when I've stopped at intersections then cross and sit down, or else I have to consciously "go high" to get seated, not a "natural movement". They are "stiff" on your legs. I reserve them for sub-30.

I picked up my "braces" at REI. Made for mountain-climbing, so they really grip the pant and keep it up. Yet comfortably wide and stretchy so they don't dig into your shoulders.

I love DeMarchi bibs with EIT pad (Thank you Assos for licensing EIT to other mfrs for people who can't afford your tights) and foot stirrups. Great coverage down to the shoe top. Not hard to get into or out of, due to stretchy spandex material.

For non-stretchy material all the well-designed tights have zippers and modern ones have reflector striping. (Even so, Jog-A-Lite or other reflector ankle bands are worth getting for night riding in traffic. I clued into this coming up behind runners at night last winter, as I was alerted to them much further away than runners w/o.)
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Thanks for all the informative replies and options. I don't plan to ride in temps < 40 degrees.
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Originally Posted by looie View Post
I've got clip-on suspenders I use with my ski pants. I'll bet they'd work fine. Straps might be a little wider than you'd want for cycling, but maybe check your local ski bargain bins.
Yeah I've got a couple of pairs of "ski pants" that have suspenders, but each of them has a semi-proprietary clip. I'll just look for something more generic.
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Originally Posted by RoseRx View Post
Thanks for all the informative replies and options. I don't plan to ride in temps < 40 degrees.
In that case you'll be fine with fleece lined bib tights or fleece lined knickers.
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Originally Posted by RoseRx View Post
Thanks for all the informative replies and options. I don't plan to ride in temps < 40 degrees.
I like tights with a pad. That's a personal preference, you can wear them several times if you get them unpadded and wear them over shorts. It gets quite cold here and there is a limit to how many layers you want.

I have a pair of custom cold weather bib knickers that I just love. I had them make the legging a couple inches longer, it comes down almost midcalf. I'm eventually going to have them make another pair with the legs a couple inches longer (but sill a couple inches shorter than tights, this allows slightly more freedom of movement, and besides, I have boots).And I had them make the lycra go a couple inches higher in the back. So half my back has an extra layer.

Cold tolerance varies a lot, but with long wool socks I wear them in the 40's.

I also have Sugoi Espresso pant which is like sweatpants made from a hi-tech material. Today I wore them over my knickers. It was in the mid-30's this morning when I rode to work.

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Originally Posted by RoseRx View Post
Thanks for all the informative replies and options. I don't plan to ride in temps < 40 degrees.
This makes your options easier. If you are young, ride fast, ride short (<1 hr), get hot easy, you could go with Under Armour long-john bottoms (or other brands) under your shorts, or leg warmers, or non-windblock-membrane bib tights.

If you are older, ride slower, ride longer, or you're young but tend to feel chilled easy even with high speed/caloric burning, go with more insulating substance, either in biking tights per se, or by layering. I can attest that Gore Windstopper is A+ for eliminating wind chill factor. So, for example, Gore Bike Wear leg warmers work nicely in the 40s, and on sale for $62 with shipping, a very nice budget-conscious purchase.
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I got some Target's Champion tights (padless, obviously, I wear my bibs underneath) last year, lasted all winter, did great. Snug, warm, and not restricting. Getting a little thread bare in my crotchy crotch, so, about time to pick up more.
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