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Oct. 11th, 2009

08:52 pm - Men in tights

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Date:October 12th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
I have a pair of bib shorts, the main advantage of which is that they keep my lower back warm - I suffer from cold-aggravated back trouble.

Those tights look very warm indeed. I suspect I'd be too hot in them, but hey, see how you get on. And yes, you put the straps of the bib tights over your bare chest and then wear your jersey/baselayer top over the top.

My winter cycling gear is a pair of Endura Hummvee 3/4 length baggy shorts worn over my ordinary or bib lycra shorts, then a longsleeve top of some sort, then a windproof jacket. And gloves. And a scarf.

MichaelP-J (LJ seems to be refusing to talk to OpenID at the moment)

Oh, and change your socks afte you cycle in to work. Your non-anosmic colleagues may appreciate it!
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Date:October 15th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
It turned out that those tights weren't what I wanted - although the description says "Santini Techno Comfort Coolmax chamois padding", they don't have any padding at all, just a seam between the legs. Basically, they look a lot like a close fitting pair of tracksuit trousers, since they're made out of some kind of fleecy material. (In fairness, the term "thermofleece" probably should have been a hint!) Anyway, I emailed them yesterday to sort out the return; since their description was wrong, hopefully they'll be willing to reimburse my postage, but they haven't replied yet. (I also need to return the base layer, since XL was too big, so it will be simplest if I can stick them both in the same package.)

In the meantime, I've ordered some Shimano Windflex tights as a replacement. Hopefully they'll be more suitable, i.e. lycra rather than fleece and padded so that I don't need to wear shorts underneath. 50% off seems like a good deal, although I wouldn't pay £90 (the full price), so I'm not actually saving any money. Sizing is a bit tricky; I've gone for "L" this time, but it would help if there was a chart somewhere...
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