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Tips for stopping "warmers" falling down?

RedClipRedClip Posts: 110
edited April 2021 in Road beginners
Maybe a stupid question, but...

Does anyone have any tips/hacks to stop either leg or arm warmers from falling down whilst riding (apart from building up your muscles)?
For example, when I use my "Winter" bib shorts, they do a good job or keeping my leg warmers up. But my "Summer" bib shorts don't, due to them being slightly wider in the leg. But the shorts aren't the problem, it's the poor grippers in the warmers (Castelli and DHB brands).
Is there an easy way to add more grip to the warmers?


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  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078

    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    In reality it's a question of buying some that fit properly, have decent grips and haven't stretched in the wash/ with too much use
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame
  • singletonsingleton Posts: 2,468
    My warmers stay up with all my shorts.
    I have Castelli leg warmers and they have grippers on both the inside to grip my legs and on the outside so they grip the inside of the shorts.
    Maybe your summer shorts are a bit too loose?
  • hopkinbhopkinb Posts: 7,129
    get a size smaller warmer?

    I'm an l/xl in castelli shorts/jerseys, but get a m/l warmer.
  • RedClipRedClip Posts: 110
    Thanks for the help everyone :)

    To answer my own question, searching Amazon for "silicone gripper elastic" looks like a solution, once sewn to the warmers.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 6,077
    A staple gun if that doesn’t work will see you right.
  • OnegearOnegear Posts: 76
    or just pinch the gripper strip and stitch it together ?
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 4,488
    Onegear said:

    or just pinch the gripper strip and stitch it together ?

    +1 for this. Stitching in a little fold works very well.
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 11,644
    elastic bands or hair bobbles
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • elbowlohelbowloh Posts: 7,078
    ..but not an Alice band. That won't work.
    Felt F1 2014
    Felt Z6 2012
    Red Arthur Caygill steel frame
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 25,885
    I found with my twig arms that only the Castelli ones had enough grip/were tight enough through the whole arm warmer to stay up. If even they don't work for you, maybe a string between them going under your jersey like on kids' gloves?
  • mrb123mrb123 Posts: 4,488
    I've found that the warmers that stay up best for me are actually the ones that don't rely on grippers but instead have stretchier, grippier fabric that seems to grip over the entire arm/leg. The DeFeet ones are like that and also some Giro ones that I have.

    A Santini pair I have that do have grippers on them required the fold and stitch method as referred to above.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 8,688
    Yes I think if they stretch more the movement of the leg is less likely to pull them down. Also tighter/smaller isn't necessarily better for similar reasons - if they are already on full stretch bending the knee is going to pull them - a stretchier fabric has a wider sweet spot between too tight and wrinkled .
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  • pilot_petepilot_pete Posts: 2,120
    It’s all about getting the correct size and quality that means they don’t stretch over time thus getting bigger. I have Assos & Rapha arm warmers, which are at least 5 years old and hold up well. I have Sportful leg warmers that were a tad too big and slip down, whereas I now have two pairs of Le Col leg warmers which fit perfectly and stay put. It’s all in the fit and the quality.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 6,077
    I have some Assos leg warmers that seem to be right size I.e they are tight and take some getting on. However I end up looking like Nora Batty after an hour or so.
  • photonic69photonic69 Posts: 2,232
    Safety pins on short sleeves to hold up arm warmers. Works ok for my bean pole son.
  • I have Aldi ones, dirt cheap and they seem to stay up fine.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 24,692
    The Aldi ones I have are okay but thin and not as warm.
    Being warm is the whole point IMO.
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  • darrell1967darrell1967 Posts: 470
    One of mine slipped down the other day and make me look like some weirdo out of the Rocky Horror Show!!
  • First.AspectFirst.Aspect Posts: 13,783
    Suspenders. Cycling gear is pretty kinky to begin with so no one will even notice.
  • jimmyjamsjimmyjams Posts: 703
    On the arms, those armbands gangsters used to wear (were their shirt sleeves always too long?), however a bit higher than Cagney wore his.

    On the legs, those wedding garters brides used to wear (and maybe still do?)

  • super_davosuper_davo Posts: 1,098
    My DHB arm/leg warmers have silicon grips both on the underneath to grip to your skin and on the top to grip to your shorts/jerseys (see example here: This is a big improvement on an older version I had which just gripped your skin (which are probably the sort the OP had that didn't grip). I have both Regulate light and Rain defence models like this, I think they changed a couple of years ago to this design.

    If you pair with jerseys / shorts with decent grippers, there is no chance of those shifting at all, though all the comments abourt getting the right size etc. still apply.

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