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How cold before you haul out your tights?(21 posts)

How cold before you haul out your tights?MikeC
Sep 18, 2001 9:45 AM
Ok, I was a wimp. But it was 43 degrees this morning, and I hadn't had time to stretch properly, so I pulled on my tights for the first time since early April.
How cold does it get before YOU wear your tights?
(By the way, I also wore my new "Outlast" jersey from Bellweather for the first time. I don't usually like their gear, but this jersey was outstanding. It claims to absorb, store, and release body heat. All I know is that I just wore it over a thin polypro undershirt, and I wasn't cold. And it wicks like crazy!).
arm warmers saturday AM, first time since early spring NMSpiritual Haiku
Sep 18, 2001 9:57 AM
I start using my arm & leg warmers in temps...RhodyRider
Sep 18, 2001 9:59 AM
...below mid/upper 60s and then progress to full tights and long-sleeve jerseys & base layers when it gets to low 60s and 50s. Below that is time for balaclavas, full-finger gloves, heavier layers, etc. Relative humidity plays a role, too - if its really dry, I always feel a lot colder in the beginning. Don't know where you are, but these crisp late summer/early autumn mornings are a great time to be riding in New England!
below 60=knickers; below 40=tightsclub
Sep 18, 2001 10:02 AM
knickers rock, they protect your knees below 60 like every smart rider should, and are way more comfy than tights when it warms up during the ride. My lower legs don't feel cold much, I XC ski in wool knickers. Add a pair to the wardrobe, save the tights for the really frosty days.
WussReal Man
Sep 18, 2001 12:32 PM
I don't even think about cold weather gear until it gets under 50F.
below 60=knickers; below 40=tightsTig
Sep 18, 2001 2:05 PM
A good rule of thumb, or is it knees? I've been told by several coaches that 60 degrees and below, you should start covering your knees to keep them warm for maximum blood flow to the inner tissues. I don't know how valid that is, but it feels right to the legs. Forget what mucho macho "Real Man" says!
>65 = Tights.... >60 = Tights and jacket (Brrrrrrrrrrrr)Kristin
Sep 18, 2001 10:53 AM
I definately belong in the south.
Kristen; you are one hot-blooded chick-a-dee! :-)look271
Sep 18, 2001 12:25 PM
>65 = Tights.... >60 = Tights and jacket (Brrrrrrrrrrrr)harlett
Sep 18, 2001 12:45 PM
Kristin do you even go outside in the winter?????.....remembering walking down michigan ave one january day and and feeling this COLD wind cut through my wool coat/ my sweater/ my blouse/ my(well you know what)/ and right INTO my body. thats why i live in so. cal.
Sixty FIVE? We don't even wear SHIRTS at 65.cory
Sep 18, 2001 1:03 PM
Long-sleeved T's at about 60, tights around 55 degrees, though in spring a lot of people start showing up in shorts when it's 50ish and sunny.
65 is "tropical" in Santa Cruzgrzy
Sep 18, 2001 2:31 PM
Tights only get pulled out when it's below 50F around here.

It all comes down to what you're used to and your circulation. The wife wears practically nothing while another gal is always bundled up with artic gear.

It's totally personal.
re: How cold before you haul out your tights?zelig
Sep 18, 2001 11:14 AM
Knee warmers under 65 and then leg warmers under 55. Tights probably come on under 50. Arm warmers if it's under 60 and then LS jersey if its under 55. Add a gillet and light gloves under 50. Toe covers under 65 and then light booties under 50. My hands and feet are first to get cold. It also depends on if it's raining. Then I generally go to the next level down.
re: How cold before you haul out your tights?LLSmith
Sep 18, 2001 11:17 AM
It was 51 on Saturday morning and 47 Sunday morning just north of Atlanta. I wore a jacket both days. I took off a little before sunrise on Saturday and got that old burning lung feeling for the first time since last winter.If its below 45 and cloudy I will wear tights. I got some rollers so I won't be doing too much riding this year when its below 35 and cloudy or windy. Once my toes start to hurt its not as much fun for me.
I wore knickers and long sleeves last weekend, when it was anbill
Sep 18, 2001 11:20 AM
unseasonably cool 65. May have been overkill, but I wasn't uncomfortable. Although I like to wear shorts, t-shirts, and heavy socks for knocking around even when it gets a little chilly, I tend to cover up on the bike when it gets below about 65 (the wind chill at mach speed, dontcha know). The new-fangled hi-tech fabrics these days seem to work okay in a broad termperature range, and, after realizing that I wasn't getting too hot, I just started erring on the side of a little warmsy to avoid injury in this heavy repetitive stress activity of ours.
Never, I prefer knee warmers.JS
Sep 18, 2001 11:54 AM
Tights just seem to restrictive, oh ya I live in So. Cal. so cold is below 50°F.
re: How cold before you haul out your tights?Turtleherder
Sep 18, 2001 12:00 PM
Last Saturday morning was 54 degrees when I started so I had on the arm and leg warmers. I like to keep things warm until the muscles are fully heated up, so as to avoid injury. I use the tights and layers when it's below 45.
re: How cold before you haul out your tights?look271
Sep 18, 2001 12:23 PM
I usually don the arm warmers @ <60, knee warmers <50, tights <40 or so. Depends alot on the time of the year, though. If its winter and I'm used to the cold (or early spring), I might wear a little less. At the end of the summer and early fall, I'll wimp out and put stuff on earlier.
re: How cold before you haul out your tights?Lone Gunman
Sep 18, 2001 2:18 PM
It was 36F when I headed out Sunday. Had the knickers and longsleeves plus a windbreaker and full finger gloves.
I really don't need winter gear, I live in Phoenix! :)Allen az
Sep 18, 2001 2:32 PM
I can't wait for the winter! It's gonna be great!
But, I might buy some arm warmers, I love that euro look.
re: How cold before you haul out your tights?Dutchy
Sep 18, 2001 5:09 PM
Being in Australia we have just finished winter.... thank god. I hate the cold, even though our coldest days are about 12ºC/52f anything <15ºC/59f and I wear a windstopper full length top, tights and full length gloves.
There is nothing worse than being miles from home and your legs/hands start to shut down due to the cold, so I always keep warm in winter. Bring on summer the hotter the better usually it's 32º/89 -40º/104 most days, it's OK while your moving, until you stop for traffic lights and your body temp goes through the roof. Stay warm.

CHEERS.
re: How cold before you haul out your tights?fishwheel
Sep 19, 2001 8:51 AM
Tights when its low 40's or so, not really sure. When it gets below 20 I wear polypro long underwear under my tights. Below 10 and ... well there's a whole series of adjustments once we get to this level of cold. If its really cold try a single speed, it will warm you up fast.