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Old 12-01-15, 09:56 PM
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Do you pack Thermal Cycling Tights???

Do you pack Thermal Cycling Tights for your Bicycle Touring Trips???

Do you pack for your year round Bicycle Touring Trips Winter, Full, Spring, Summer for
38deg to 50deg morning???



I have the Pearl Izumi Select thermal tights without chamois and I am getting
Craft Storm tights on 12-3-2015 or Pearl Izumi elite thermal tights without chamois and Right now I am using USMC Marpat desert combat pants from
Nov 1st to April 1st
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Old 12-01-15, 10:11 PM
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I pack leg warmers for cycling, and tights (the kind you find in the ladies exercise-wear department of Target) for sleeping and as a baselayer if necessary.


These are my tights:
Women's essentials Full Length Leggings - Black | Target Australia

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On several tours we have experience temperatures ranging in the +100's to freezing during the same tour.

Yes, I have a set of warm "tights" ( my tights are not very tight) stowed in the bottom of my panniers on long tours where I know that it is highly likely that we will encounter these conditions.

At about 5,000' heading up to 8,000' near Lassen NP, California in late September/early October. Notice the ear warmers, glove liners under her cycling gloves and the tights. We also carried "puff" jackets which we used that night. Two days later we were in the high 90's down near sea level by Sacramento.

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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I pack leg warmers for cycling
Indispensable, almost never leave home without them, even during mid summer touring they double as rain pants.
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Old 12-02-15, 12:06 AM
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I the 80's I splurged and bought a pair of wool/lycra tights that I absolutely loved and literally wore into non existence. Riding, running, climbing... I use a micro fleece pair now but they aren't the same
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Yes. In polypro, which is lighter than the wool ones I have. I used them last weekend to sleep in. Cozy all night.

And I have been on cycling tours where the day temps have been nasty low, and tights have been very useful.

I also carry leg warmers.
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Old 12-02-15, 01:46 AM
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I'd certainly like to, but haven't pulled the trigger on a set yet. Thermal tights are really expensive especially when shopping from an LBS (which is almost a requirement because thermal tight fit is so crucial) so I make do with wind pants and merino base layers.
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I pack a pair of cheap polypro long underwear (surplus store type) only at higher elevations and on shoulder season trips. They go under my baggy shorts and rain pants if needed. No way would I pay the price for cycling-specific wear. I also usually pack a pair of light nylon trousers (for bugs, camping, town walks, restaurants) and they take the place of the thermal underwear on some trips.
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I take one pair of tights. I have a range of weights and choose based on where the tour is. I typically take either the thinnest ones or the fairly thin ones that are brushed inside to add a little warmth. I generally don't ride in tights until it is pretty cold, so even in the Rockies in Summer-Fall, or the ST in winter I would not take my heavy windproof tights.

I think I had the thin ones along on the ST and had frost a lot of nights and one 18 F night and still was happy with the thin tights. I did slip wear my wind pants over the tights twice that I recall on that tour. Once the morning after the 18 F night and once when it was 50 F, raining hard, and a howling wind. THe wind pants are actually 3.5 ounce, $17, warmup pants from Discount Dance Supply. They call them Adult Unisex Ripstop Pants. I treated them with a DWR treatment. I wear them a lot in camp if it gets chilly in the evening.
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I have both lined and unlined. It would have to be really cold for me to need the lined ones. I don't use them much. I do carry rain pants, so I have the option to slip those on over the unlined tights.
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Originally Posted by elcruxio View Post
I'd certainly like to, but haven't pulled the trigger on a set yet. Thermal tights are really expensive especially when shopping from an LBS (which is almost a requirement because thermal tight fit is so crucial) so I make do with wind pants and merino base layers.
Try a running store or some xc ski stuff, same thing for 1/2 the price.
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I tour during summer, so one pair thin polypro running tights, and one pair lightweight wind pants, great for bug protection.
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No, I just layer .. non cycling Long underwear over bike shorts , under rain gear as a wind Block .
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I've never toured in the winter, but I normally take thin tights or leg warmers on a tour. If I can survive for an hour or so in the morning, the temperature will usually rise to where that's appropriate (or even bare legs). One pair is enough to be carrying.
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Leg warmers. I don't set out to tour where they would be insufficient (below 40 and raining). Or if it were, I'd wait until it wasn't.
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Old 12-02-15, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by elcruxio View Post
I'd certainly like to, but haven't pulled the trigger on a set yet. Thermal tights are really expensive especially when shopping from an LBS (which is almost a requirement because thermal tight fit is so crucial) so I make do with wind pants and merino base layers.
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Leg warmers. I don't set out to tour where they would be insufficient (below 40 and raining). Or if it were, I'd wait until it wasn't.
Try Southern California morning from 11-1 to 3-1 down to 38degs last 2 week + it is El Nino year
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
I tour during summer, so one pair thin polypro running tights, and one pair lightweight wind pants, great for bug protection.
Can the wind pants double for around town and in camp pants?
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You can get a pack ( 2 black lined leggings) at costco for $8.0
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The OP mentioned temps in the 40's. For that I'll bring tights, and other cold weather clothes. You gatta bring the right clothes. Hypothermia kills.
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I haven't toured since as lot of the new gear has come out but if I were to do it now, I'd back a pair of wind block tights without chamois and one or more pairs of Capilene or REI equivalent thermal underwear to wear over my shorts and under my tights. (I do that commuting and on winter rides.) Thermal tights seem to me to be a waste space and cost-wise whereas thinner tights pack better and the separate inner layers offer far more versatility.

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Can the wind pants double for around town and in camp pants?
Yes. Mine are a grey sort of soft nylon.
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I'm thinking for light wool or cotton leggings wear that under my shorts. For heavier running tights, over my shorts. I tried pantyhose. Your opinions?

And another thing, a long time ago someone tried the English channel swim. They talked about greasing up for insulation. So on a chilly morning when I expected to be warmed up in a little while I oiled my legs up with cooking oil. It kept the wind out for a 1/2 hour or so until it soaked in. Shaved legs help.
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I very rarely wear cycling tights even during the winter months here in NH, so the answer is no. I will pack wind pants if I think their is the potential the trip might be long enough to get me down into really cool temps. I've ridden at 32 degrees, after dark, in cycling shorts and it's totally fine so during the daytime it isn't a problem. I would pack the wind pants since that is what I wear most of the winter. I don't put anything but cycling shorts and wind pants on until the temp get down below 15 degrees if windy and 10 degrees if it is calm out. My legs stay nice and warm after I've gotten the body heat kicked in. In the same respect I only wear a long sleeve cotton t-shirt all winter unless the temps get down to 10-15, depending on the wind speed, then I'll add a fleece on up top and have ridden like that after dark all the way down to -9F. I would pack ear protection long before I would evr pack anything for the upper body or the legs. I don't even own leg warmers...no need for them.
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