men in tights?
can someone explain to me why a lot of xc riders wear tights/leggings. i saw a lot today in thetford, im guessing their in training because they were going at some pace. whats the benefits? just a bit miffed because its been a nice warm day. although.. all seemed very polite as they side booted me out the way 😀Posted 5 years agohh45Member
Tights are wholly practical winter wear, and its is still winter even if the sun was quite pleasant. 2.5 degrees when i left the house this morning.
I think Stephen Roche or Sean Kelly said he would always wear leggings if it was below 20 degrees, warm muscles work better, less prone to injure, ditto the knee joints. I’ve taken to wearing waterproof shorts on top to keep my ar$e dry however.Posted 5 years ago
surely their must be a more practical reason than that!
Warm, comfy… How can they be more practical?
yeah, beggers belief why any grown man would want to wear them.
The public think you look like a dick regardless, may as well wear the most practical things. Put baggies over the top if you’re fat and insecure.Posted 5 years agoIanMunroMember
I assumed that the OP was referring to it being odd to wear tights on a nice day, rather than just being surprised that people wear them.Posted 5 years ago
I see quite a few roadies doing it on quite pleasant days like today. Presumably because they’ve read/seen some pros doing it. Meanwhile all the runners are out in shorts and vests for the same reason 🙂
I’d be genuinely interested in seeing a proper research with respect to the cold knees = injury hypothesis. I’d imagine being halfway down a major limb, they’re a fairly consistent 37C. As I understand the cartilage itself has a very poor blood supply but I haven’t seen anything which says this causes temperature related injuries and I find it hard to believe that there is a major change in viscosity of things like synovial fluid.MoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Saw a couple of brave souls in shorts roadie-ing around Carsington area this morning – we all agreed they were either brave or foolish, given that there was a suprising amount of snow lying above about 700ft and freezing fog below 500ft. Weird weather today.Posted 5 years agoplumslikerocksSubscriber
Roadies tend to wear tights for longer in the year because they suffer from more wind chill.
Having started my riding career in lycra, then switched to nothing but baggies for a few years, now back again to lycra, I reckon the latter is far more comfortable.Posted 5 years agodeanfbmMember
Men in lycra is pretty grim.
No reason why it has to ever be on show.
If the lycra is ever necessary, mine is covered by jeans/dh pants/shorts.
What is it with baggy shorts too, why cant they be fitted?
Any MTB related fashion is pretty laughable though, whether it be DH PJs, your typical MBUK attire or even full lycra, none of them are exactly visually pleasant.Posted 5 years agooldgitMember
It’s mid February and quite literally freezing cold, I could tell that by the snow on the tops, frost on the grass and black ice just about everywhere.Posted 5 years ago
I won’t go bare legged until it is actually warm, and not just a bit sunny.
I also want to be as efficient as possible warm muscles help with that.
What do people wear when the tarmac starts to melt?
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