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Wearing Tights for XC

manc_ianmanc_ian Posts: 166
edited August 2008 in XC and Enduro
Im just after some opinions on what people think on wearing tights for XC.

I went for a local ride on sunday morning and it was pretty nippy so i decided to wear my Endura Knee Warmers. They do a good job of keeping me warm but they tend to become lose and fall down a bit which is really annoying having to stop and pull em up. They were ok last year and i dont think my legs have gone thinner.

Anyway, ive been thinking of buying some 3/4 or full lenght tights instead and wearing my singletrack short over them.

Im just wondering how many of you use the same combination and what tight you would recommend for xc winter riding thar arnt too expensive.

Cheers

Ian
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  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    I've just bought a pair of full length dhb's for the autumn / winter rides. Have'nt tried them on the bike yet... only at home and looked like a complete tw*t :oops: Cost £35 at Wiggle, fit nice and feel OK with a reasonable pad.

    Never mind ... if it keeps me warm.http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.aspx?Cat=cycle&ProdID=5360031772&N=dhb%20Merston%20Bib%20Tights
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  • dude, i was pretty scared when i saw the subject title for this thread lol :shock: :D
  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    dude, i was pretty scared when i saw the subject title for this thread lol :shock: :D

    Hey... it would be pretty scarry if you saw me in them. I pity the folks behind :lol:
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  • ashleymp777ashleymp777 Posts: 1,212
    Endura's all the way!

    Although I still use some Pace cycling tights from 1890 and they're still fine!
  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    Endura's all the way!

    Although I still use some Pace cycling tights from 1890 and they're still fine!

    1890.. wow they're antiques. Must have been early lycra :lol:
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  • tmgtmg Posts: 651
    MT 500's are excellent

    If your not man enough for tights :wink: then get some Over trousers such as Endura Event
  • Problem with tights is that if it's muddy and wet they take longer to dry than bare skin. I sometimes wish I could pluck up the fashion courage to wear them in the summer to protect against nasty nettle stings but my wife laughs at me to much!
  • tmgtmg Posts: 651
    I read somewhere that if the temp is below 60-65 deg farenheit then you need to cover the knee when riding to keep it warm and prevent injury/damage

    I admit tights look daft but I stick my baggies over the top, probably doesn't make me look any less stupid but in my head it does.
  • Get some ron hill trackstars for a tenner at M and M sports,they aint skin tight,so you dont look QUITE as camp :D
  • DiscopoohDiscopooh Posts: 109
    My Mrs says I look like Max Wall in my tights but I still like them better than shorts in the winter
  • I know some old school roadies (70 years old plus) who wear prpoper women's tights under their lycra in the winter. Apparently, they keep you really warm. At least, that's what they say they wear them for...
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  • DiscopoohDiscopooh Posts: 109
    sounds iffy
  • lost-timelost-time Posts: 549
    I wore tight styled leggings under my baggies last winter. Kept me toasty. This year I'd like to get some 3/4 length as full length are too hot unless you know the temp wont get above zero.
  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    I rode with my full length dhbs yesterday (not particularly cold but I've got a dodgy knee!) and they were fine. Not too hot either and very comforable to cycle in :)
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  • BromskiBromski Posts: 239
    Anyone else here get the £10 ones from Aldi :shock: :?:

    I did , and they fit well and are remarkably comfortable.

    I put my baggies over the top though...
  • manc_ianmanc_ian Posts: 166
    Thanks for all the input guys. Ive been toying between getting tights or some trousers but im swaying towards tights. Im not keen on the idea of having somethin baggy on the bottom half of my legs.

    Ive just got to find some 3/4 length tights (dont want full length really) that arnt gonna cost me an arm and a leg.
  • I wear endura 3/4 baggy shorts with the clip in lycra undershort thingys at the moment, when it gets really cold I will be wearing my full length endura trousers which are compatible with the lycra under shorts to, Below the knee I don't really feel the cold so the full length trousers will be good enough for me. I look a complete nob in both though LOL
  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    I would say the second pair as they have a double layer on the knee. Helps keep the joint warm in the cold.
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  • I'm in the same dilemma of what to buy.

    At the mo i have lycra cycle short which i wear cammo knee lengh shorts over the top, but yesterday riding in the cold and damp my knees were getting cold.

    I have i bib and brace type lycra outfit which i wear underneath but my wife refers to it as the gimp suit!

    So i'm toying with the idea of longer tights and wear 3/4 trousers over the top or just lycra shorts with 3/4 lengh trousers over them.

    But the ones in the link look good with the double layer in the knee.

    Am i man enough to just wear the lycra trousers.....vain buggers us lot!
  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    I got the full length version of the above http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.aspx?Cat=cycle&ProdID=5360031772&N=dhb%20Merston%20Bib%20Tights. Must admit I have to wear them with shorts purely for vanity, humiliation reasons :oops:
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  • manc_ianmanc_ian Posts: 166
    Ill defo be wearing my singletrack shorts over my lycra. No way could i just wear lycra.

    CJW - What was the sizing like on your dhb tights? I normally have to buy 34 inch waist so what size would i need to order?

    Thanks
  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    I'm 5'10.5", 34" Waist and got the medium and they fit fine. If you're any taller than me, they might be a bit tight length wise.
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  • Steve_b77Steve_b77 Posts: 1,680
    I know some old school roadies (70 years old plus) who wear prpoper women's tights under their lycra in the winter. Apparently, they keep you really warm. At least, that's what they say they wear them for...

    That has been bounded about fishing circles (my other past time) for all eternity, it comes from when the newage hi-tech materials didn;t exist. There are far better alternatives nowadays.

    If you don;t like wearing tights, how about 3/4 leght shorts like the Endura Humvee, unless it's proper brass monkies then I ain;t got a clue as to an alternative
  • manc_ianmanc_ian Posts: 166
    Im prob about 0.5" shorter than you cjw so medium prob would be my best bet.

    Cheers
  • fumpsfumps Posts: 227
    lol

    Sorry but all i can think of when i see the name for this thread is that "Driving a truck with my high heels on " tune off radio one

    I was reading it and singing that song ....now the rest of my office is singing it as well

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  • FSR_XCFSR_XC Posts: 2,258
    manc_ian wrote:
    Thanks for all the input guys. Ive been toying between getting tights or some trousers but im swaying towards tights. Im not keen on the idea of having somethin baggy on the bottom half of my legs.

    Ive just got to find some 3/4 length tights (dont want full length really) that arnt gonna cost me an arm and a leg.

    I dunno 'bout 3/4 length.

    Lookin at the review in this months MBUK, I couldn't decide if the person modelling 'em was a bloke or woman.
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  • manc_ianmanc_ian Posts: 166
    Ordered the DHB Merston 3/4 Bib Tights from wiggle today:

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetail.aspx?Cat=cycle&ProdID=5360031776&N=dhb%20Merston%203/4%20Bib%20Tights

    Hopefully they shoud be here by the weekend.
  • cjwcjw Posts: 1,889
    Cooool..... well.... warmer actually :lol:
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