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Cooler weather - knickers or tights?(8 posts)

Cooler weather - knickers or tights?jtferraro
Sep 27, 2002 12:52 PM
I've never done much cooler weather riding but plan on it from now on. I'm therefore going to purchase a long sleeve jersey and probably some tights. In my search, I came across knickers. Are they popular or do most of you just wear the tights? What, if any, are the advantages of knickers?


Depends how cold.Quack
Sep 27, 2002 1:12 PM
I will give you my ranges for Minnesota riding. Above 65 degrees, shorts. 45-65 degrees, knickers. 30-45 degrees, uninsulated tights. 15-30 degrees, brushed fleece tights. Below 15 or anytime there is moisture flying, Gore-Tex pants over tights.

Another $500 in cold weather gear and you can ride all year round.

Enjoy the cold!

take your knickers off (nm)african
Sep 27, 2002 1:13 PM
Sep 27, 2002 1:14 PM
I wear knickers when it is in the 60s (unless the day is going to warm up -- I can take the 60s for a while in shorts. I wear tights when it get into the 50s and below. Most of the people I know wear knee warmers rather than knickers, but I do not like them. On the other hand, arm warmers are worth their weight in gold -- I usually do not wear a long sleeved jersey until it is well into the 50s. Arm warmers have the advantage that they are easily removable when you get warmer (the same is true of knee warmers, but they either squeeze my thighs too much or slip down).
re: Cooler weather - knickers or tights?bob_vanderhaus
Sep 27, 2002 1:16 PM
For me, I never wear tights, the weather here in the NW never really gets much below the low 40's in the winter and knickers work great. I just use warm rub or vaseline on the shins and have never got cold. I would say, that I find bib shorts with knee or leg warmers the best combination. That way I can have like four or five pairs of shorts that I can use year round with or without the knee warmers. A lot of tights are just damned uncomfortable, so if you are going to shell out the cash I would only really recommend bibs.
for meSpirito
Sep 27, 2002 1:43 PM
i have a pair of bib-knickers with chamois and can use them from 65 down to about 35 degrees. colder than that i throw on a pair of no padding $16 tights as an extra layer and it works mighty fine.

unless you are in alaska or canada i dont think youll need more.

i like to keep my top warmer as its easier to layer and adjust on the move and my legs free.

Try some knee warmers first.MB1
Sep 27, 2002 2:30 PM
They work great with your regular shorts then switch to tights for the really cold days.
Thanks for all the suggestions, gang! (nm)jtferraro
Sep 28, 2002 6:47 AM