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Leg Warmers or Tights?(25 posts)

Leg Warmers or Tights?Kristin
Apr 12, 2001 1:17 PM
I need something for those chilly Chicago days. I'm nearly settled on leg/arm warmers; however, I'm wondering where to store those puppies after I take em off?? Keeping them on for the whole ride makes them pointless, since tights are more comfortable. Thoughts?

Also, any suggestions for adding some sort of staying power to cheaper cycling shades. The all plastic ones slide right off when I sweat. However I don't feel like shelling out bukou bucks for another UV protective amputation device.
Jersey pocket (nm)Lazy
Apr 12, 2001 1:24 PM
wore tights through the winter, but wished for...Haiku d'état
Apr 12, 2001 1:31 PM
a set of knee warmers and a set of leg warmers. it's usually either cold enough to wear tights or just warm enough for shorts, but sometimes those in-betweens sure would've been nice to have.

good point...jersey pocket.
and, on the thrifty shades,...Haiku d'état
Apr 12, 2001 1:33 PM
had the worst time finding them 'til i was in san juan, PR 2 weeks ago, got some fake-designer (O's) for $3 each. fit like a glove. not suggesting you go to PR, but check the streets of the big city for those shifty sales folks and give 'em a good try-on and a little bargaining effort, and see how you come out. good luck.
re: Leg Warmers or Tights?Hap
Apr 12, 2001 1:32 PM
Jersey pockets. That's where I put that kind of stuff. The other option would be a large seat bag, but I vote for pockets.

The glasses I wear now don't slide but I used to use croakies to hold them. Remember croakies, those neopreneish straps that slide over you temple bars? They also float but this shouldn't be a consideration while cycling, although with Lake Michigan right there... Anyway they work and I suppose most sporting goods store still carry them even though it's been a while since they were de rigueur.

I was afriad you'd say thatKristin
Apr 12, 2001 1:49 PM
I have no jersey pockets. Cycling clothes are made for men and skinny, flat chested women. No offense to anyone please, I don't mean it that way! But even when I'm at my tinniest, I have a lot of um... curvature. Those jerseys never fit properly, so I wear MTB tops that hang loose. I suppose I can use a larger bag for those in between days. Thanks for the advice!

Life is a compromise...
I was afriad you'd say thatCliff Oates
Apr 12, 2001 2:12 PM
You could always wear a smallish fanny pack.
correct sized jerseysTurtleherder
Apr 12, 2001 2:18 PM
My wife has the same problem with most womens jerseys, they just don't fit across the top. She's originally from Berwyn, IL, just south of Oak Park, you know, good eastern european stock, (if she knew I wrote that she would kill me). Try Order their catalog for a good look at the options. Their clothing line has realistic womens sizes. A large is not a size 8, if you know what I mean.
Tie them loosely to your head tube or top tube.shmoo
Apr 12, 2001 4:26 PM
A little tacky, but who cares. It's just a few weeks a year. Just tie them in a loose knot, or kinda braid them around your top tube. Make sure you don't bind up any cables or foul your brakes, and obviously tie them high and well enough that they stay out of your wheels. You could also use your seat post, but if they come untied there and fall off, you'll never see them. Also, tights are long enough that you can tie them around your waist without too much overheating around the midsection.
P.S. - Or maybe an expandable Fred purse (saddle bag). nmshmoo
Apr 12, 2001 4:31 PM
Fred Purse....LOL, that's funny. :-D (nm)Lazy
Apr 12, 2001 5:34 PM
leg/arm warmerslonerider
Apr 12, 2001 5:58 PM
leg and arm warmers are perfect for the beginning of cool rides...or for long downhills. tights would be better if you're convinced that you would be cool for the whole ride. you probably need both for varying weather. the warmers are quite compact when wadded up. should fit in many seat bags or a small fanny pack. i tie them on the outside of my fanny pack sometimes.
Apr 13, 2001 4:57 AM
Try Terry for jerseys. I can't believe you couldn't find something there. I weighed 240 lbs last year and was able to use their plus size jerseys (the only place I could find any!) Very comfortable. Good thing - this year those jerseys are way too big!
Apr 16, 2001 5:27 AM
Thanks Teach! I do have the Terry catalog, but was trying to bargain shop. I finally gave up on cheap bike clothes this weekend and plopped down $125 on a pair or shorts and a Jersey.

Hind makes a womans jersey that fits well. It doesn't have that annoying elastic at the bottom but still has 3 pockets and it's a little longer.
re: Leg Warmers or Tights?junebride
Apr 12, 2001 1:34 PM
pocket storage is good, as is seat bag storage, or my favorite - jam under seat and secure with velcro strap storage.

i've bought both safety goggles (sporty-type models) for clear eye protection and el cheapo shades for summer. just last weekend i found a couple of plastic sunglasses at a dollar store (i couldn't help but be drawn in by $1 sunglasses!). of course eyes are important so i would recommend the goggles first since they have shatter-proof protection and the like. and they're about $5.

but i bet you can find smaller ones that would stay put, or maybe putting on those rubberized guards will help.
JB - my kinda spender!Kristin
Apr 12, 2001 1:58 PM
I'm gonna try the under seat storage trick! Funny you mention goggles. I thought about wearing my racquettball ones, but they're huge! I figured it'd look too goofy--then again, I was wearing a kids helmet that I bought for $15 up till last week.
Safety goggles are great! Especially on cold days. Home DepotRamon
Apr 12, 2001 2:18 PM
has them for $3 in the weed eater/ mower section. I also use a 2 gallon bucket for a helmet. The duct tape hurts a little when I remove it but its cheap, but hey, $10 head/eyes, $10 protective gear, right!!!!!!! I just wrap my dickies jacket around my top tube and tie it in a knot. Works great.
KNee warmersFrenchPress
Apr 12, 2001 2:12 PM
Nothing beats a pair of knee warmers when it's chilly. And the great thing about them is you don't have to take them off. But, if you do, they don't take up that much room in the jersey pockets.

As for teh shades issue: how many cheap pair do you buy a year? The "UV protective amputation device" (you'll have to explain that later) go a long way. Figure you spend $20 a shot and buy 2 a year. Well, you can get a good pair of glasses for $100 (maybe more, maybe less). Well, you're almost 1/2 there! I've got glasses I've had for 3 years and they are still in great shape. So, 3 years, $20 a shot, 2 a year, I'm at $120. Get where I'm going here? It sometimes is worth paying a little more for quality.
Polycarbonate is polycarbonate.Alex R
Apr 16, 2001 8:42 AM
Shades are a good place to go cheap. You can get the same UV protection out of a $20 pair as you can out of a $100 pair. Mr. Armstong and Mr. Ullrich are expensive pitchmen, not to mention Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Jordan. I'd be surprised if Oakley's advertising budget was less than ten times cost of materials. Same goes for any $100 pair of plastic glasses with plastic lenses.

Like I said, polycarbonate is polycarbonate.

Save you pennies, give them to street musicians who play from Porgy and Bess. Especially clarinetists.

I just toss 'em in the backpack with the rest ...Humma Hah
Apr 12, 2001 3:08 PM
... of the gratuitous junk I carry, but that's not a solution for most folks.

At Solvang, I stopped to pull mine off at a spot that had a convenient place to sit. I looked in the bush behind me, and there was another set of leg warmers someone had just discarded.

I got the proof of the picture taken of me at Solvang, wearing leg warmers below my MTB shorts, and they look as goofy as I thought they would.

I suspect, as things cool down next fall and I find myself riding back east, there may be a pair of tights showing up in my riding wardrobe, and a long-sleeved jersey. The fabric is designed to wick sweat and breathe -- I think it is good to have the option of warmers for days when the temperature swing will be extreme, but I have to suspect you can do without most of the time. I got mine leg warmers for the very rare chilly San Diego morning or evening.
Apr 12, 2001 3:42 PM
What did you buy?
Yeah... logicallyKristin
Apr 16, 2001 5:36 AM
you think I'd buy the bike first right? Not yet, but I'll post about that in a bit.
re: Leg Warmers or Tights?mr tornado head
Apr 12, 2001 5:56 PM
I go with leg warmers; Got both tights & leg warmers for christmas (Thanks to my wife & my parents). I like the tights when It's really cold, but the leg warmers work so well I opt for them most of hte time. Next pair of tights are going to be bibs, tho. Now i know what it's like to have to keep hiking up pantyhose. And the leg warmers get stashed in jersey pockets, seat bag (most of the time), ties up under the saddle... anywhere.

Yeah, I do look like a dork with leg warmers, but I've already go tight stretchy clothes on in below 40 degree (F) temps. It can't get much worse.

As for shades, I go with the low-end alternatives, too. Dollar store, wherever. And I'm very picky about sunglasses, but I'm rather abusive with my equipment and can't see smashing another $100+pair.
Depends with whom I riding...DG
Apr 12, 2001 10:18 PM
In my case, the decision to wear bib tights or leg warmers have nothing to do with the severity of the weather. It may sound as if I am a poseur, but if I am riding with my club or racing I would like to display my team name, color, sponsor logos etc. by wearing leg warmers. Tights worn over shorts obliterate team colors. Tights make me look generic, which is OK most of the time when I am riding by myself on training rides etc..But when I am riding with my club, that's another matter... In fact, if you notice the pros, none of the them wear generic tights during races--everyone I have seen wears leg warmers.

On another note. I have two pairs of Pearl Izumi amfib tights. They will be the last tights I buy ever. Tights are terrible, they invariably slide down the waist. If you tighten the waistcord too much you risk cuting off circulation. I've found bib tights to be infinitely more comfortable and warmer too.
you might look silly wearing them without a bike :-) (nm)ET
Apr 13, 2001 7:37 AM