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Tights... really?

pst88pst88 Posts: 621
edited November 2009 in Commuting chat
Well I just bought my first pair of bib tights on the recommendations of other people on here but I can't say I'm entirely convinced. I can't go out of the house dressed like that! It feels like I'm going around in just my pants... aren't there laws against that kind of thing? I might be able to get over that but the pair I bought (Altura Nightvision Bibtights) don't really seem warm enough to wear out in winter with nothing over them, but surely that negates the point of having nightvision ones? If I decide to stick with bibtights can anyone recommend a pair that are warm enough to wear in winter as a single layer?
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  • I use Endura Thermolites when it drops below about 5 degrees. I've had mine about 6 years and they are the older style with a buckle adjustment on the straps...these irritate me a little but it seems the new version have done away with them...so top job I reckon. I crashed in them once and ripped a hole in the thigh, I phoned Endura and they sent me a patch of material to fix them with.

    I look good in mine :wink:
  • defflerdeffler Posts: 829
    Ive started wearing DHB Merston Bib tights & they are more than warm enough.

    I wear baggies over mine as I too dont feel right in just the tights :oops:

    Overall im pleased I invested in a pair of tights
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  • BentMikeyBentMikey Posts: 4,895
    Hahahaha! Points and laughs at the modesty shorts.

    :twisted: :wink:
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    I had to wear tights on the train yesterday, be proud sunshine you've probably got legs worth looking at! :D

    I've got some v. old lusso roubaix tights they're plenty warm in the freezing cold. ATM i'm just wearing some plain thin lycra running tights over normal shorts. I do run quite hot though, I'm a bit of a sweaty betty.
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  • pastryboypastryboy Posts: 1,385
    I always wear 'normal' shorts over any form of lycra shorts.

    just feels wrong otherwise.
  • Yes, really!

    Mmmmmmm toasty. Mine are all fleecy and lovely.
  • iclestuiclestu Posts: 503
    pst88 wrote:
    Well I just bought my first pair of bib tights on the recommendations of other people on here but I can't say I'm entirely convinced. I can't go out of the house dressed like that! It feels like I'm going around in just my pants... aren't there laws against that kind of thing? I might be able to get over that but the pair I bought (Altura Nightvision Bibtights) don't really seem warm enough to wear out in winter with nothing over them, but surely that negates the point of having nightvision ones? If I decide to stick with bibtights can anyone recommend a pair that are warm enough to wear in winter as a single layer?

    As a recent convert, my advice is just get over it and get out there. I weigh just a fraction under 18stone and walking into work in them 1st couple of times was difficult (I have the dhb full length jobs), but they are soooo comfortable compared to my baggies and very warm. (have you actually tried yours in cold weather? they were much much warmer than I thought they'd be!)

    As a funny aside, the 1st time I wore them to the office a couple of my female colleagues commented on my new 'leggings'. I found myself getting all defensive and saying "They are not LEGGINGS. They are TIGHTS". Yeah - that makes all the difference, very masculine!

    Seriously though, just do it for a couple of times and you wont look back!
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  • itboffinitboffin Posts: 20,049
    pst88 once you've stood around in the pub wearing your tights you'll get over it :)
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  • jongingejonginge Posts: 5,945
    itboffin wrote:
    pst88 once you've stood around in the pub wearing your tights you'll get over it :)
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    Yeah, first time is the worst but very quickly becomes mundane. You'll realise the baggies were soooo uncomfortable in comparison and will never go back.

    For me, it's still too warm in london for tights. I've got some roubaix (inner fleecy surface) knee-warmers, which are perfect just now.
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  • Lycra all the way, would feel wrong wearing baggies over the top as well.

    Mind you the girls in the office were rather shocked when I said I rode commando....
  • Lycra all the way, would feel wrong wearing baggies over the top as well.

    Mind you the girls in the office were rather shocked when I said I rode commando....
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    so you wear bib shorts ok but when the lycra gets longer it weirds you out?

    Why, the money shot is still there just as before, you're actually covering up more

    Everyone feels a censored in tights, it's just something you get used to
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  • MrChuckMrChuck Posts: 1,663
    Winter tights like dhb Merstons are plenty warm enough on their own, and as for the going-out-in-your-pants thing, you'll get over it!
  • pst88pst88 Posts: 621
    The only other problem is where do I keep my phone/keys/wallet etc? I might have to get... A BUM BAG!! I don't know what's worse, wearing tights in public or wearing a bum bag.
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  • Its never worried me at all wearing tights altho' I generally prefer regular bib shorts with leg warmers. I think its a good look
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  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    pst88 wrote:
    The only other problem is where do I keep my phone/keys/wallet etc? I might have to get... A BUM BAG!! I don't know what's worse, wearing tights in public or wearing a bum bag.

    Do you not wear a cycling-specific jersey or jacket with two/three rear pockets?
  • pst88pst88 Posts: 621
    biondino wrote:
    pst88 wrote:
    The only other problem is where do I keep my phone/keys/wallet etc? I might have to get... A BUM BAG!! I don't know what's worse, wearing tights in public or wearing a bum bag.

    Do you not wear a cycling-specific jersey or jacket with two/three rear pockets?
    Yes I do. I never really thought of putting my wallet or phone in there though, I'd be worried they'd fall out!
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  • sian_csian_c Posts: 101
    Now a bum bag you really CAN'T get away with! They should be out-lawed!
    Get yourself a good saddle bag. If you have enough stuff that you need to carry from your bike to the office, then get one that has quick release clips & so it's dead easy to clip on & off.

    On the tights issue, indeed it is something you just get used to. Plus it's inspiration to get fit so you look a bit better (or 'less bad') in them! I've just ordered some Endura FS260 Pro leg warmers as I already have some of their knee warmers which are great - just need some extra length on the colder days.
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    pst88 wrote:
    biondino wrote:
    pst88 wrote:
    The only other problem is where do I keep my phone/keys/wallet etc? I might have to get... A BUM BAG!! I don't know what's worse, wearing tights in public or wearing a bum bag.

    Do you not wear a cycling-specific jersey or jacket with two/three rear pockets?
    Yes I do. I never really thought of putting my wallet or phone in there though, I'd be worried they'd fall out!

    Only if they have holes in - if you think about it the combination of elastic pockets, riding position and gravity means it's almost impossible to lose them unless you have a fall yourself or something.
  • sian_csian_c Posts: 101
    Just be wary of what you do put in your pockets, as if you come off, a) you might damage them (like your phone), or b) even worse, they might damage *you* (like sharp keys situated around your kidneys....)!

    Don't let me scare you tho :wink:
  • Clever Pun wrote:
    so you wear bib shorts ok but when the lycra gets longer it weirds you out?

    Why, the money shot is still there just as before, you're actually covering up more

    Everyone feels a censored in tights, it's just something you get used to

    Loving it, more than a few people asked why I was chuckling quite so loudly... :lol:
    Cheers CP
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  • Are you lot in longs already?? Lightweights .....

    Still in shorts here (though I did think I was being cryogenically preserved yesterday morning)
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  • I uncovered a very old pair of my thermals bought pre 1995 likely. I'm still a shortarse so suspect they will fit if it ever is required in london. Shorts and ss jersey were fine this morning, they just got wetter than normal.
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  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    biondino wrote:
    pst88 wrote:
    biondino wrote:
    pst88 wrote:
    The only other problem is where do I keep my phone/keys/wallet etc? I might have to get... A BUM BAG!! I don't know what's worse, wearing tights in public or wearing a bum bag.

    Do you not wear a cycling-specific jersey or jacket with two/three rear pockets?
    Yes I do. I never really thought of putting my wallet or phone in there though, I'd be worried they'd fall out!

    Only if they have holes in - if you think about it the combination of elastic pockets, riding position and gravity means it's almost impossible to lose them unless you have a fall yourself or something.

    I skidded on some cobbles once and as I hit the ground knee first I saw my ipod fly down the path ahead of me.

    Pst88, you dont carry a bag/panniers at all on your commute?
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  • I wore "tights" for the first time this morning. Actually my Scuba drysuit undersuit bottoms.
    Was a little bit too warm but was glad I was wearing them what with the rain.
    I did go for normal running shorts over the top, it just seemed like the natural thing to do.
  • Clever Pun wrote:
    so you wear bib shorts ok but when the lycra gets longer it weirds you out?

    Why, the money shot is still there just as before, you're actually covering up more

    Everyone feels a censored in tights, it's just something you get used to

    What you do in your own time really shouldn't be shared :wink:
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  • vorsprungvorsprung Posts: 1,953
    pst88 wrote:
    Well I just bought my first pair of bib tights on the recommendations of other people on here but I can't say I'm entirely convinced. I can't go out of the house dressed like that! It feels like I'm going around in just my pants... aren't there laws against that kind of thing? I might be able to get over that but the pair I bought (Altura Nightvision Bibtights) don't really seem warm enough to wear out in winter with nothing over them, but surely that negates the point of having nightvision ones? If I decide to stick with bibtights can anyone recommend a pair that are warm enough to wear in winter as a single layer?

    1) "I can't go out of the house dressed like that!" If you don't like the look of them then wear something else instead

    2) "he pair I bought (Altura Nightvision Bibtights) don't really seem warm enough to wear out in winter" Altura stuff is cheap but it is usually ok. Don't you find with cycling clothing that it is too warm once you reallly get moving?

    3) I can recommend Endura Thermolite Biblongs and Gore Action bibtights. Windproof tights are better than thick tights
  • stuaffstuaff Posts: 1,736
    +1 for the DHB Merstons. Worn them on several FNRttCs, stayed pleasantly toasty. Going at 15-20 mph generally helps! Probikekit also do some excellent Prorace winter ones (bit heavier, but great for the real cold...).
    And who gives a (pick expression of your choice) what you look like? The kind of people who feel the need to make comments are generally in no position to talk about anyone else looking stupid.
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  • skyd0gskyd0g Posts: 2,540
    Clever Pun wrote:
    so you wear bib shorts ok but when the lycra gets longer it weirds you out?

    Why, the money shot is still there just as before, you're actually covering up more

    Everyone feels a censored in tights, it's just something you get used to

    :shock: What sort of places do you hang out in?
    ...the most I usually get is a passing glance.

    ...maybe I should call in to the greengrocers, prior to entering the pub. :wink:
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  • iclestuiclestu Posts: 503
    skyd0g wrote:
    Clever Pun wrote:
    so you wear bib shorts ok but when the lycra gets longer it weirds you out?

    Why, the money shot is still there just as before, you're actually covering up more

    Everyone feels a censored in tights, it's just something you get used to

    :shock: What sort of places do you hang out in?
    ...the most I usually get is a passing glance.

    ...maybe I should call in to the greengrocers, prior to entering the pub. :wink:

    I think mine would need a whole lot of feeling to emerge from lycra-enduced 'hibernation'

    That's something else for the OP to be aware of. Noone told me and suffice to say I was a little concerned at the level of srinkage 1st couple of times.....
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