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  • Leg warmers or bib tights?
  • grahamg
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    Leg warmers are great for putting on under bib shorts and baggies, but probably risk being a tad uncomfortable for longer outings – simply due to the extra seams. So… both! Bib tights for longer winter rides.

    _tom_
    Member

    I dont really do long rides by roadie standards – usually a 25-30 miler once a week then a 10ish miler before or after work on work days. I could see problems with leg warmers slipping down etc getting annoying though!

    fontmoss
    Member

    wiggle have some unpadded dhb bib tights for £17, haven’t used them yet but seem decent.

    grahamg
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    They should not slip down – as long as they are worn UNDER lycra shorts (and they fit properly of course!). Just get some nice thermal warmers then.

    Premier Icon deadkenny
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    MTFU and stick with the baggies 😀

    Though I wear knee pads pretty much year round which keeps them warm and handles the odd few offs. Just leaves a bare bit of shin and I rarely feel the cold there.

    Bib tights – just wrong. One step away from mankinis! 😛

    _tom_
    Member

    Road ride with knee pads… I’d rather not 😆 Graham i don’t wear lycra shorts other than the odd ride with a padded undershort so are normal leg warmers just gonna slip all the time?

    Edric 64
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    Real men wear lycra to start with ,and leg warmers dont fall down Aldi have some in next Thursday.

    _tom_
    Member

    Well its getting cold now and I’m thinking of taking the plunge into the world of roadie clothing rather thn getting a pair of baggy trousers for riding in.. i normally just ride in a pair of slim fitting mtb baggy shorts and unless I’m doing a longer ride (not often) I’ll wear a padded undershort with these. So should i go for some long bib tights or will leg warmers be ok and have the advantage of being able to take them off if it gets too warm? Any suggestions for brands to go for?

    _tom_
    Member

    I don’t care about what makes you a “real man”, i just want to be warmer on those cold evening rides 😛

    Edric 64
    Member

    You will be fine with legwarmers I have never had them slip but I do wear mine pulled up under bibshorts

    Premier Icon vondally
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    autumn knee warmers

    winter bib tights/polartec powerstretch leggings

    spring knee warmers

    summer bib tights with waterproof shorts

    aftershock
    Member

    Bib tights, been using them lately as well, saves me from damage by the undergrowth.

    Fed up of brambles and stingers ripping my legs to shreds.

    Premier Icon Lifer
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    Bib tights have the advantage of kidney-warming goodness as well.

    Premier Icon Kryton57
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    autumn knee warmers

    winter bib tights/polartec powerstretch leggings

    spring knee warmers

    This. The general rule for me is 12 degrees or over = shorts, 5-12 degrees = knee warmers, <5 and its bib tights.

    Knee warmers are one of the most underated products about IMO.

    stufive
    Member

    Get some three quarter lenghth padded lycra shorts or bib shorts and wear the baggies over the top…you can even get lined ones for when its really cold..leg warmers are fine when there tucked under lycra shorts etc otherwise they can move espeacialy on MTB when your jumping about etc and it is VERY frustraiting

    pdw
    Member

    I’d go for bib tights first, particularly if you don’t have bib shorts – the bibs are great for stopping the cold getting in around your waist. Leg warmers are a nice third option, but they’re a bit less comfortable, and most days I could happily survive with either tights or shorts instead.

    _tom_
    Member

    Ok I’ll probably go for the tights then (can’t believe I just typed that sentence 😆 ). Recommend some good ones for under £50!

    DT78
    Member

    Wiggle. Dhb.

    aftershock
    Member

    Decathlon do a good range and cheap.

    Lusso max repel tights are pretty sturdy, but only good for the very cold days. You’ll stay warmer if you get rid of the baggies though.. Cold wet fabric flapping against you does nothing.

    Haze
    Member

    I love my knee warmers, very comfy and has to be pretty warm before I ditch them.

    Too cold for knee warmers then it’s bib tights…

    tonyd
    Member

    CRC have a sale on at the moment, I just took delivery of some very nice looking Campag Ardennes winter bib tights. I think they’ll be toasty (not not too toasty). Expensive and over budget at £70 (half price!) but well worth it IMO.

    Would second the above comments on how nice bib tights/shorts are – I recently bought my first pair of bib shorts and they’re lovely and comfy.

    Premier Icon Scapegoat
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    SPEG bibshorts from cycleclothing dot co dot UK are not too shabby. I wear those, plus a pair of Aldi legwarmers (available from Thursday) . The stay up OK if you put them on under your bibshorts.

    Leg and arm warmers for autumn and spring. Rouax bib tights, base layer and a good jacket for the winter.

    Premier Icon bruk
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    Looking at some bib 3/4 for this time of year as tend to run warm but want to protect my knees. Looking at Endura ones, anybody got any other suggestions?

    TiRed
    Member

    Roubaix 3/4 under enduro Humvees see me out through the autumn, then I replace with some full length roubaix tights. My nice road winter wear is too good for the trails (and too warm).

    cyclistm
    Member

    bruk – the DHB ones are very good.

    Here’s an idea.. Just buy some stuff. Wear some of it when the weather allows. Take the rest off and put it back on when it’s colder.

    Premier Icon Chipbutty
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    I got some Enduro thermolite bib tights last winter and can highly reccomend them. Kept me toasty on the coldest of highland night rides (as well as hipflask of malt)

    benjbish
    Member

    +1 for Endura Thermolite winter biblongs. Their 3/4 are brilliant for most conditions when the Thermolite’s are too much.

    Premier Icon DaveRambo
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    I’ve got all sorts of leg attire – normal shorts, bib shorts, 3/4 bib shorts and leggings.

    I find that I’ve tended to wear my DHB 3/4 bib shorts as the weather gets colder and it’s enough. Feels a bit chilly to start but you soon get warm.
    I do wear leggings over normal bib shorts as well but it’s often to make it easier to remove all the muddy stuff before I go inside the house and it’s often too warm unless it’s very cold.

    When it’s approaching zero it’s bib shorts + leggings. I’m going to get some Roubaix bib shorts at some point.

    If it’s chucking it down I sometimes wear some waterproof baggies to keep the water off.

    saxabar
    Member

    To echo the above – Wiggle > cheapo DHB tights are the way forward. 3/4s for autumn and full length for winter!

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