What do you wear with 3/4 bibs?

Rhods
Rhods Posts: 400
edited December 2008 in Workshop
Hi all

I'm just about to buy some dhb 3/4 bibs and was just wondering what you guys wear with them to keep your calves warm? Sorry if this is a silly question - I'm new to this and tryhing to get some versatile clothes sorted.

Thanks

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  • dodgy
    dodgy Posts: 2,890
    I wear 3/4 bibs all through the autumn, winter and spring and don't suffer from cold calfs so just wear them on their own.
  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    Wear full tights if you think your calves are going to get cold.
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  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513
    Rhods wrote:
    I'm new to this and tryhing to get some versatile clothes sorted.

    I personally would not classify 3/4 bibs as 'versatile'. Go for full length bibs, plus a set of knee warmers which can be worn with shorts..
  • gkerr4
    gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    i wear 3/4s a lot - far more than full length bibs - imo they are far more versatile than full length bib tights and I find that I wear 3/4s during all but the warmest and all but the coldest of days - they keep your knees warm which is all that you need and you will find that you don't really feel the cold in your lower legs as such.
  • softlad wrote:
    I personally would not classify 3/4 bibs as 'versatile'. Go for full length bibs, plus a set of knee warmers which can be worn with shorts..

    As single garments go, I think they're pretty versatile. For me, 3/4 bibs (lycra) can be worn in a range of temperatures - anywhere between about 8 to 19 degrees centigrade.

    Don't know if I'd bother with roubaix 3/4 bibs though - would definitely recommend full length tights for the colder temperatures.
  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    I've raced in 3/4s at zero degrees and never suffered from cold legs - they are significantly warmer than shorts and leg warmers because lycra has zero capability at keeping the ol' JT warm!
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  • softlad
    softlad Posts: 3,513
    softlad wrote:
    I personally would not classify 3/4 bibs as 'versatile'. Go for full length bibs, plus a set of knee warmers which can be worn with shorts..

    As single garments go, I think they're pretty versatile. For me, 3/4 bibs (lycra) can be worn in a range of temperatures - anywhere between about 8 to 19 degrees centigrade.

    Don't know if I'd bother with roubaix 3/4 bibs though - would definitely recommend full length tights for the colder temperatures.

    you are quite right. It was the roubaix type I had in mind as being largely pointless ;)

    Having said that, I would still suggest that shorts + knee warmers are more versatile...
  • gkerr4
    gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    the roubaix ones still aren't useless - it was the roubaix ones I was thinking of - just the cheap DHB ones even!

    I would say I can wear the roubaix ones anywhere from about 0c to about 14/15c no problem at all.

    below freezing i'd be into full length ones right enough!
  • Monty Dog wrote:
    I've raced in 3/4s at zero degrees and never suffered from cold legs - they are significantly warmer than shorts and leg warmers because lycra has zero capability at keeping the ol' JT warm!

    A bit of a diversion here, but in my case on the coldest days 'ol JT seems to have developed a nifty heat-retaining process which involves doing a good impersonation of a walnut whip..... :oops:
  • dodgy
    dodgy Posts: 2,890
    3/4 bibs are one one of the most versatile of garments in my opinion. I love them.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    I wouldnt be buying 3/4 length tights in this weather really. Ok they are ok for racing in - but not many people race in winter. A pair of full tights will be better for winter weather. I have worn them for decades and not once in winter have i thought - ooh my calves are getting too hot !
    Better to err on the side of being too warm than too cold on a bike i always say - you can always unzip your top to cool down.
  • giant_man
    giant_man Posts: 6,878
    I can't really see the point of them personally - shorts in summer and longs in winter are adequate imo.
  • Rhods
    Rhods Posts: 400
    Ok, thanks for the info guys. Looks like I might go for the full length instead.
  • wilwil
    wilwil Posts: 374
    Monty Dog wrote:
    I've raced in 3/4s at zero degrees and never suffered from cold legs - they are significantly warmer than shorts and leg warmers because lycra has zero capability at keeping the ol' JT warm!

    A bit of a diversion here, but in my case on the coldest days 'ol JT seems to have developed a nifty heat-retaining process which involves doing a good impersonation of a walnut whip..... :oops:

    Too much information
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  • neeb
    neeb Posts: 4,470
    I got some 3/4 lengths as a (prearranged) Christmas pressy having never worn them before, and tried them out for the first time yesterday for 25 miles in temperatures of about 2-3 degrees C. They were great, I didn't find the uncovered calves a problem at all, whether because they were perfectly warm or just numb I don't know, I just know I couldn't feel them... :wink: For some reason that part of the leg seems to be more or less immune to cold (above freezing at least) as long as the knees and thighs are covered, and the 3/4s are easier to put on, and, (let's face it) look pretty cool. I'm a convert!
  • dodgy
    dodgy Posts: 2,890
    neeb, my findings exactly.
  • chrisw12
    chrisw12 Posts: 1,246
    I've got 3/4 and knee warmers. The 3/4 only get used in the rain where as the knee warmers/shorts combo are great all year round to commute with as it's always pretty cold in the morning but much warmer in the afternoon when coming home.

    Why is it that the shins are so immune to the cold? I could pretty much ride all year with my shins uncovered but I pretty much spend the whole year with my arms covered. :?:
  • Rhods wrote:
    Hi all

    I'm just about to buy some dhb 3/4 bibs and was just wondering what you guys wear with them to keep your calves warm? Sorry if this is a silly question - I'm new to this and tryhing to get some versatile clothes sorted.

    Thanks

    If you don't own any winter type leg protection, then don't buy 3/4's, buy bib tights instead. You can manage in most weather conditionw with either bib tights or shorts for year round riding. Once you get a bit of spare cash then 3/4s can be handy, but equally you can buy knee warmers in roubaix fanric that will do the job as well.

    I've seen some people wearing3/4's with knee length socks, so no cold calves, but warning: these guys are often older than 70, with a beard down to their bottom bracket.