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What brand of Tights do you guys wear?(7 posts)

What brand of Tights do you guys wear?KorbinCage
Aug 16, 2002 2:27 PM
I am going to race cross for the first time this season but I dont own any tights. I would like to know what tights you would recommend.
Thanx
re: What brand of Tights do you guys wear?atpjunkie
Aug 16, 2002 2:50 PM
any of the roubaix fabrics. get some knickers too! Performance makes some good stuff for cheap. I tend to like bib tights and knickers as they don't tend to sag when wet.
depends on weather and how one fares in the coldbuffalosorrow
Aug 16, 2002 4:08 PM
I have a pair Alexia bib tights and Alexia leg warmers to wear with BCM bib shorts.

I like the cold, so most often I get warm, reasons for the leg warmers, even though they are not the best at staying in place.

I love arm warmers, Ill wear them with anything.

Buy some things that are not costly and see what suits you needs.
Sugoi nmGlowBoy
Aug 19, 2002 6:10 PM
Whatever's Cheap -- and nothing for racestriangleforge
Aug 20, 2002 6:19 AM
While I suspect I'd like some of the new wind-blocking materials on my knees, I've never seen the point in spending a lot on tights. If it's a really, really cold training ride, I'll wear two pairs or a pair of knee warmers under tights.

And for racing, you'll be MUCH better off without tights or knee warmers at all! If it's wet, tights can easily pick up a couple of pounds of water and, as they start to sag even a little, will snag on your saddle every time you hop back on the bike or sit back down after hammering out of the saddle. Knee warmers are pretty much guaranteed to migrate down to your ankles with all the running involved in cyclocross, where they're both useless AND in the way. Bib knickers might work well, though I've never had a chance to try them.

Instead, use a warming balm of some sort, or just plain old vaseline for racing (or both -- awhile back, lonefrontranger posted a long, excellent "how to" on using balms & other gunk to protect your knees and legs in cold, sloppy conditions, though I can't seem to find it right now). It's more than enough for the short, high-intensity efforts of cyclocross racing, and won't interfere with your dismounts the way tights or knee warmers will. You also won't pick up as much extra weight in wet conditions -- look at photos from Paris-Roubaix from the last couple of rainy years. Amazing, isn't it, how clean their legs look, compared to their uniforms, arms & faces! It's because they've all got their legs greased up, and the water & grime are mostly beading up and running off.

Of course, Mario DeClerq often wears some sort of stick-on patches on his knees -- I don't know if they're just for wind protection, or if they're actually some of the little stick-on hand warmer dealies to keep his knees toasty. Might be worth a try in a couple of months.

Cheers!
a dress, kilt or birthday suit...buffalosorrow
Aug 20, 2002 4:48 PM
I have seen some free admissions to riders cross dressing.
Goes perfect with cross races, cross bikes.
No need to turn on the red light.

I commute a rough 1/2 hour through downtown NYC and over the Williamsburg Bridge in carhartt work pants, cut off to knickers in the summer months. Sure its hell on my saddle and cozy padded bib shorts would help.... but they get me there.

I put more miles on my bike wearing the carhartt's, than some of the costly gear I purchased.

P>S. I would like to be informed on the topic regarding lubing up the legs to combat dirt, water and cold.
lonefrontranger's excellent cold-weather write-uptriangleforge
Aug 21, 2002 5:50 AM
I found the link to the detailed instructions lonefrontranger posted on the Racing list -- click on over to

lonefrontranger "cold weather traning" 6/17/02 12:22pm

for all you need to know!

Cheers!