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KiNgOfThEmOuNtAiNKiNgOfThEmOuNtAiN Posts: 99
edited August 2009 in Road beginners
Hi, i'm 15 and was just asking if cycling leggings (long ones) would be alright to wear, and are they any good. See my friend is taking the mick about the fact that i want some..
Could anyone recommend them, and if so why are they good too have..will places like decathlon have them..cause i might pop up there soon...cheers
My father's name was Antonio Andolini... and this is for you.

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  • tmgtmg Posts: 651
    they'll keep your legs warm, for late spring, summer, early autumn you would probably be better off using shorts and leg/knee warmers when it gets chilly as longs may be too warm
  • tmg wrote:
    they'll keep your legs warm, for late spring, summer, early autumn you would probably be better off using shorts and leg/knee warmers when it gets chilly as longs may be too warm

    +1

    Don't worry about what your mate thinks either! You'll have a much more enjoyable time on your bike with Lycra (more comfortable and faster then loose fitting clothes).
  • GarzGarz Posts: 1,155
    I couldn't give a monkeys what people think of what I look like on a ride, be warm or comfy takes priority im afraid!
  • cheers guys..i got some...

    they look good..i'll try them asap
    My father's name was Antonio Andolini... and this is for you.
  • 18921892 Posts: 1,690
    I agree go for bibshorts in this weather
    Justice for the 96
  • White LineWhite Line Posts: 887
    Tights are for ballet dancers. Nothing longer than 3/4 lengths is acceptable. Some leg must be showing.

    Don't even get me started on tights and booties that are the same colour ... :lol:

    I recommend this 'programme':

    Spring: 3/4 lengths, shorts if nice.
    Summer: Shorts, mankini if nice.
    Autumn: 3/4 lengths, shorts if nice.
    Winter: 3/4 lengths, shorts if on a Christmas holiday in Australia. 8)
  • GarzGarz Posts: 1,155
    Are kilts acceptable WL?
  • White LineWhite Line Posts: 887
    Yes, I thought that'd have been obvious. They're year-round wear. Warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

    Bagpipes that have been modified into a courier bag are a current favourite of mine too! You heard it here first. Soon it'll be sweeping the globe! :lol:
  • sorry but leggings are not needed unless you are a pro or train throughout the winter since in the summer you can just wear normall shorts as everyone else does . You say your 15 so i doubt you will do much cycling in the winter - hw, exams etc; actually even the pros dont wear them when out racing so i doubt a 15 year old kid needs them .
  • skinsonskinson Posts: 362
    If you want to wear them, then wear them! Do you also ask permission to wear your everyday clothes? In 51 years of my life I have never sought the permission or approval for what I wear! Get a grip lad....
    dave
  • I got some great Addidas tights from chain reaction on sale. Can't wait to get them on :D
    Bianchi. There are no alternatives only compromises!
    I RIDE A KONA CADABRA -would you like to come and have a play with my magic link?
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,726
    Sounds like some of the people here aren't very encouraging to you which I think is a bit 'off' as you're 15 and sound enthusiatic to me. If its any help for the winter and colder days then I use DHB Merstons, look them up on Wiggle. Now they are warm, but when you get to riding in temperatures that you have to cover your head and face or your nose and ears go numb then I also will chuck knee warmers over the top of them.

    Fact is, these clothes are all designed for these conditions and whatever anyone else tells you, you'd be stupid to go out not equipped for the weather your choices are up to you. When its less than warm IMO its worth having some knee warmers and arm warmers either on or to shove in a pocket just in case (Endura are good value for example). Also a base layer tee such as a Craft one is handy. (when we get to colder weather, thermal base layers, jackets and so on come into play)

    There are so many different items you can lay your hands on but dont be swayed too much by what people say you should or should not wear. There's no point in getting cold, unless you want to be like one of those fat football fans that stand on the terraces with their tops off in the middle of winter.

    Happy riding.
  • andrewjosephandrewjoseph Posts: 2,165
    sorry but leggings are not needed unless you are a pro or train throughout the winter since in the summer you can just wear normall shorts as everyone else does . You say your 15 so i doubt you will do much cycling in the winter - hw, exams etc; actually even the pros dont wear them when out racing so i doubt a 15 year old kid needs them .

    I would suggest that a 15 yr old would need them more, as their bones are still growing. I don't know if cold and stress can damage the epiphysis (growing plates at the end of bones) but why take the risk?

    As for pro's not riding in tight/leg warmers, did you not see them in the recent televised events?

    From what I've read, the pros are advised to protect their knees in cool weather, regardless of time of year.

    I was wearing my knee warmers on a ride a week ago, I'm looking for decent arm warmers that fit, for wearing now.

    go by outside temp and what you feel comfortable wearing, not by what others wear or time of year.
    --
    Burls Ti Tourer for Tarmac, Saracen aluminium full suss for trails
  • skinsonskinson Posts: 362
    I wasn't being less than helpfull! I was saying why look on a public forum for approval of what to wear? Yes I agree he should keep warm and dry, and if that means wearing long trousers then wear them. It seems to me a lot of threads on a lot of forums are more about "look what I've bought" or " look what I wear" rather that a straightforward, "do I need to wear" questions. At the end of the day you don't need to be told what to wear, unless you're in the forces!!!
    dave
  • skinson wrote:
    I wasn't being less than helpfull! I was saying why look on a public forum for approval of what to wear? Yes I agree he should keep warm and dry, and if that means wearing long trousers then wear them. It seems to me a lot of threads on a lot of forums are more about "look what I've bought" or " look what I wear" rather that a straightforward, "do I need to wear" questions. At the end of the day you don't need to be told what to wear, unless you're in the forces!!!
    dave

    I don't think it was aimed at you fella.

    Agree with you totally you get some very strange attitudes to questions regarding cycling apparell which tend to be along the lines of you must conform to ............. rather than hey enjoy yourself and wear/use whatever you want.
    There must be something about being able to buy a thousand pound piece of carbon/ metal with only 2 wheels which turns people into arrgant self righteous snobs
    Bianchi. There are no alternatives only compromises!
    I RIDE A KONA CADABRA -would you like to come and have a play with my magic link?
  • skinsonskinson Posts: 362
    It's not just cycles mate! It's the same on car forums, someone buys a half decent motor and they think the world owes them a living. What I always try to remember is, it doesn't matter how much you spend on a car, a bike, clothes, watches......whatever, someone else somwhere will have spent a damn sight more!! :wink:
    Dave
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