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Leg warmers/arm warmers/tights(14 posts)

Leg warmers/arm warmers/tightstexbaz
Sep 7, 2001 6:28 AM
I have riddden with tights for the past 4 years. This year I wanted to try out the leg warmers and arm warmers. Tights can be over-kill here in Texas. I pretty much shut down my outside cycling in the winter and spin but this year I will try to cycle the winter months outdoors. So, are the leg/arm warmers a pain in the ass with staying in place or should I just stick with tights.
I've got a pair of leg warmers ...Humma Hah
Sep 7, 2001 6:34 AM
... they work, but there's no way to keep them from looking really goofy.
I like 'em all!MrCelloBoy
Sep 7, 2001 6:45 AM
Leg warmers, arm warmers, knee warmers. And I DON'T think they look goofy. When I wear my ex's poly woven grey dance leg warmers, THAT looks goofy! My first pair of tights were when I was in H.S. in 1973. I got a pair of Danskin silver tights. BOY did I go fast. I figured I'd look really stupid if I didn't.
I wore mine at Solvang this March ...Humma Hah
Sep 7, 2001 6:54 AM
... It was great to have warm legs in the morning, then take them off as the temperature rose. When I stopped to take mine off, I noticed someone else had done the same thing, and just tossed them in the bushes!

But when I got the photo proofs from the ride, I just had to shake my head and pass on ordering prints. Not a pretty sight.
Leg warmers/arm warmers are great when...RhodyRider
Sep 7, 2001 6:49 AM
...you know it is going to warm up to a point where you will want to be in shorts & shortsleeves. When you peel them off, they take up less room in your jersey pockets than a set of tights. These are very versatile pieces on "in between" days and seasons. Check out Velowear's Voler Dryline models, they are excellent.
http://www.velowear.com/shop/accessories.asp?ProdTypeList=Accessories&inexid=20EFIXKY62
re: Leg warmers/arm warmers/tightsLone Gunman
Sep 7, 2001 6:54 AM
Might try knickers. Voler has them on sale now, I have 2 pair of bibknicks that keep the knees warm. Arm warmers, have not tried them yet.
Defeet are the best I've usedOnrhodes
Sep 7, 2001 6:58 AM
So far the defeet arm and knee warmers are the best that I have used. I have small,skinny arms, and after awhile the lycra style arm and knee warmers loose their elasticity at each end, but the Defeet are awesome. Have not had a problem with them falling down yet.
re: Leg warmers/arm warmers/tightsJack S
Sep 7, 2001 7:03 AM
Defeet armskins are the best.
re: Leg warmers/arm warmers/tightsWannabe
Sep 7, 2001 7:04 AM
Love my arm warmers, mine are pearl izumis. Had 'em for many years. I do most of my rides early in the morning so they are great when it's still a bit cool and the body hasn't warmed up yet since crawling out of bed.

As for leg warmers, I used to have a pair. Loved them too. But somebody stole 'em. Buzz-kill...

Andy - Wannabe
re: Leg warmers/arm warmers/tightsMe Dot Org
Sep 7, 2001 7:05 AM
The San Francisco Bay Area is famous for "micro-climates", meaning it can be Sunny, Windless and Warm a mile from a place where it is Foggy, Windy and Cold.

Arm warmers are ideal here, I rarely go out without them. You can take them off while waiting at a light.
re: Leg warmers/arm warmers/tightstr
Sep 7, 2001 11:04 AM
You should give knee warmers and knickers a try. I have tights, but i prefer the other two. I pick a vest of particular thickness, and wear arm warmers (2 different thicknesses to choose from) and either knee warmers or knickers. This seems to keep me at the right temperature, not to hot or cold. Of course i use overshoes or some windtex socks. I know assos is expensive, but i think their armwarmers and kneewarmers are of the highest quality. I pick a glove thickness too. I just check out the satellite weather before i leave and i know what to wear and have back pockets for knee warmers and armwarmers if it is two much.
re: Leg warmers/arm warmers/tightszelig
Sep 8, 2001 9:47 AM
Definitely give them a try, knee warmers also. I find that tights, even non-Roubaix material tights, can be too warm, especially if you use unpadded tights and have shorts or bibs underneath. Most good leg warmers will not come down, even in the rain.

As mentioned before, the good thing in addition to the temperature difference is that you can take them off as the day gets warmer. Knickers are great but if you ride everyday, having enough of them is going to cost some money. As it gets cooler I start with knee warmers, switch to leg warmers, then to roubaix material tights and then to windblocker tights. Up top, once it goes under 50F, I stay with LS jerseys but between 50-60, I'll use arm warmers and usually take them off after a few miles. Hey, they're cheap and if you ride everyday, a couple pairs of knee warmers, leg warmers and arm warmers is all you'll need.
re: Leg warmers/arm warmers/tightsTexbaz
Sep 8, 2001 7:04 PM
Well, thanks for the info I'll be looking at some Leg warmers and arm warmers for sure. To exspensive to buy tights . I have had great luck with Pearl Izumi, Aussie,garneu. I hate to spend 39.00 bucks for a pair of Izumi Leg warmers but if they are functional then I guess they are worth it I also looked at the Voler on the web page. I am not familiar with this brand but the prices look good. Thanks
re: Leg warmers/arm warmers/tightsDINOSAUR
Sep 8, 2001 7:58 PM
My .$02 if it's not too late. I've been wearing arm and leg warmers, they work great, only thing is that it gets old putting on all that stuff in layers. It takes me about 25 minutes just to get all my winter stuff on. Maybe I'm just lazy, I guess it depends on how cold it gets it Texas...