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Tights with chamois or without???(10 posts)

Tights with chamois or without???utopiamyopia
Nov 5, 2001 11:26 AM
are there benefits of one over the other?

is the option of taking them off and still having shorts
on as the weather changes worth it?

Nov 5, 2001 11:42 AM
We use Gekko Gear tights over cycling shorts. Very comfortable and you can take the tights off if it warms up.
re: Leg warmers for mecyclopathic
Nov 5, 2001 12:09 PM
but it doesn't get really cold around here it only snows a few times a year
Tights withoutTig
Nov 5, 2001 12:40 PM
I like being able to remove the tights layer if it warms up later in the ride, but the main reason is the cheaper cost. I know I'll be riding in shorts most of the year, no matter what the weather is. That includes colder days with tights over them. I don't have to ride in tights all that much so why spend all the extra $ on something of little use?

If it gets too cold for one layer of tights, I go with 2. It's a little restricting, but worth it for prevention of hypothermia.
Just my .02
Cheaper and..Miklos
Nov 5, 2001 1:19 PM
you can use your tights without chamois for other sports also. I use mine for cross country skiing. They also work out nicely under my leathers in colder weather on my motorcycle.

Nov 5, 2001 4:04 PM
I have all the above mentioned combinations and usually stick with a good set of chamois tights (unless I'm running into a laundry issue)-

My leg warmers are essentially one or two panels- can't remember, but they don't contour to the knee at all, so they can bind- also they are much lighter than my chamois tights (hence "less warm"). All my summer shorts are very light weight, and in the 40s to below offer no warmth to the crotch (pure lycra/nylon/whatever). Leg warmers work for cool but not cold, as far as I'm concerned.

Wearing non-chamois tights over shorts gets a bit bulky where the layers overlap, and again, most tights seem to be relatively lightweight. The other issue is that if they are not bibbed, they can slide down the but- lycra isn't exactly something good to grip on.

I have a pair of Castelli fleece-lined bibs with chamois that I love- and they are wearable into the 20s. Of course the climate would influence my decision (and I live in MN). I've never been too warm in the legs... it's not the same as the chest area. That's my take on the issue....
If it's cold enough for tights, you want 2 layers on topKerry Irons
Nov 5, 2001 4:50 PM
and that means no chamois in the tights. When it warms up, folded tights will fit in a jersey pocket.
if it's that cold....filtersweep
Nov 6, 2001 6:05 AM aint gonna warm up!

Frankly I find two layers too bulky. Granted this is climate and temperature dependent, but I see three clothing seasons: summer (shorts), spring/fall (shorts and leg warmers), and winter (tights- may also require something over the ears, full finger gloves, neopreme booties, etc... for temps in teens to lower 40s (depending on the wind)- I'm not bragging about MN winters- I hate them with a passion- but I think autumn temps here are like a lot of winter temps elsewhere... which is why these winter riding posts always amuse me: "Whose winter are we talking about here?" This is a big nation, and there are a bunch of people from other continents that post!
if bib shorts under, then bib tightsDA
Nov 6, 2001 6:15 AM
I always found that the tights would want to slide down otherwise.
Nov 6, 2001 7:04 AM
The Fox Racing road bike tights with chamois are the best clothing I've ever put on my body. Very comfortable and I never seem to be too hot or too cold. Maybe it's just me but I don't like the feel of multiple layers on my lower body. And I have trouble with leg warmers staying put when I'm off the saddle hammering. But I don't ride in sub-freezing temperatures, if I did I'd probably want some layering.