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cold and wet legs

kencandigkencandig Posts: 17
edited November 2009 in Commuting chat
i commute daily about 25 miles round trip. long enough not to be wanting to wear overtrousers. in th esummer wet legs not a problem, but its getting cold especially in the morning - any ideas when its reining? i dont like wearing gortex overtrousers.

saw waterproof 3/4 leg but guess i'd get wet feet
saw waterproof lycra advertised - really?

anyone found a good solution.

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  • R_T_AR_T_A Posts: 488
    Got anything like a pair of nylon thermals? I used my skiing ones last year and that took the sting off, plus dried quickly too. Over trousers are just too boil in the bag IMO.

    I've now got some non-plasticky trousers (Endura singletracks), and they work well with thermals underneath in darkest winter.
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  • cjcpcjcp Posts: 13,345
    I wear fleece lined Sugoi running tights under my bib shorts. Job done whether it's rain, wind, snow.
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  • FeynmanCFeynmanC Posts: 649
    Bib tights work fine for me, with overshoes. Don't need waterproof really as you generate heat with a journey that length and that'll keep you warm (like a wetsuit, but less OTT)
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  • something that keeps your knees warm is the most important thing IMO

    some thermal legging type thing
  • feet = overshoes
    legs = tights

    you end up looking a bit perverse but cycling 25 miles a day is a bit perverse...
  • feet = overshoes
    legs = tights

    you end up looking a bit perverse but cycling 25 miles a day is a bit perverse...

    It's a round trip!

    Yes as others have said, get some fleece lined tights (typically called 'Roubaix' the material is. Lycra / Fleece combo) They sometimes come with or without a chamois / pad, so watch out for that. Basically some are designed to be worn over shorts or other tights that do have a pad.

    For example, Assos winter LL tights are without a pad because they're designed to be worn over the Airprotec tights that Assos also do, which do have a pad (a lovely pad at that.... 8) ).

    You can get decent winter socks which help - check the Assos Thermic socks out - Wiggle do them. Basically they're like the tights - Roubaix material as well, they seem keep my feet pretty warm! :P

    I've not tried overshoes yet, not sure which ones fit MTB SPD shoes, a lot of them seem to be road only :( If anyone can help me here as well that'd be nice!! :lol:
  • snellgrove wrote:
    I've not tried overshoes yet, not sure which ones fit MTB SPD shoes, a lot of them seem to be road only :( If anyone can help me here as well that'd be nice!! :lol:

    Try Endura MT500

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Endur ... 360028124/

    I have these as well and they're pretty robust & keep my feet dry & fairly warm
    Haven't actually worn them since February.

    Mike
  • something that keeps your knees warm is the most important thing IMO

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  • Wallace1492Wallace1492 Posts: 3,707
    Mikelyons wrote:
    snellgrove wrote:
    I've not tried overshoes yet, not sure which ones fit MTB SPD shoes, a lot of them seem to be road only :( If anyone can help me here as well that'd be nice!! :lol:

    Try Endura MT500

    http://www.wiggle.co.uk/p/cycle/7/Endur ... 360028124/

    I have these as well and they're pretty robust & keep my feet dry & fairly warm
    Haven't actually worn them since February.

    Mike

    I have these and they fit over my summer MTB shoes. Keep me dry, and warm, even up here near the Arctic Circle....
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  • spen666spen666 Posts: 17,709
    feet = overshoes
    legs = tights

    you end up looking a bit perverse but cycling 25 miles a day is a bit perverse...

    25 miles a day is just a warm up
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  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,802
    I have some trousers made by FILA, waterproff cotten with a mesh liner, come to just below the knee, comfy, light, not sweaty and dry - and then cycle fast enough your legs get so hot the rain evaporates into a cloud of steam on contact.....

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  • having legs that look like they belong to a Werewolf does it for me, I honestly never feel ooh cold legs etc. as long as my core body temp is fine my legs will be as well.
  • thanks for the comments. tried cycling faster, legs got colder.

    tried long johns, but they are too tight round the knee & the seams hurt the saddle.

    like the roubaix idea, will give it a go next time the ron hills get so wet they end up at my ankles

    ken
  • chuckcorkchuckcork Posts: 1,471
    feet = overshoes
    legs = tights

    you end up looking a bit perverse but cycling 25 miles a day is a bit perverse...

    Whats 36 miles a day then? :P
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  • a big swinging censored , a long way to work, an early start, cold wet legs...

    any of the above :?
  • kencandig wrote:
    a big swinging censored , a long way to work, an early start, cold wet legs...

    any of the above :?

    :roll:
  • chuckcork wrote:
    feet = overshoes
    legs = tights

    you end up looking a bit perverse but cycling 25 miles a day is a bit perverse...

    Whats 36 miles a day then? :P

    I can see I was not all that clear from some of the responses above. I was not trying to say that 25 miles is an insanely long commute. My own commute is 23 miles round trip, so I think I can imagine what 25 miles is like.

    My point was more that to do 25 miles (or 23 even) you need a lot of gear. I have 5 pairs of bib shorts, 2 sets of 3/4 length tights and 3 pairs of long tights. Loads of tops long sleeve and short, base layers, waterproof jackets and soft shell jackets. Glasses, helmets, headbands, hats, socks, gloves fingerless or otherwise and of course shoes & overshoes.

    When I am kitted up for when it is both very wet and cold I look a bit like the gimp from Pulp Fiction - hence the perverse comment (I think the neoprene overshoes and gloves do that for you). Not really to do with the distance although 18 miles each way is getting into that kind of territory (if you do it every day).
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