• 03-16-2004
    homegrown2004
    Tights - over or under shorts?
    This may seem like a stupid question but I have to ask it. When wearing tights, do they go over or under your cycling shorts? In colder weather I wore thicker tights that wouldn't fit under, so that question is answered. But now that its colder I can wear thinner tights. The problem seems to be that there is a seam in all my tights right wear the chamois would normally be...which creates comfort issues. I've never seen pros wear tights over their shorts and I"m guessing they wouldn't do this if it wasn't comfortable. Any tips or suggestions as to what i'm doing wrong? Kind of superficial I know but...I am the epitome of superficial.
  • 03-16-2004
    PdxMark
    I wear tights over my shorts...
    because chamois is nicer than an ill-placed seam on the tights and because I sometimes take off the tights. I don't know the right way to do it, or even what the pros do, but that's what I do.
  • 03-16-2004
    Kram
    OVER!!! You will be labelled a"fred" if you put them on under. Besides, the chamois (in your shorts), needs to go next to your skin. The reason you don't see the pros wear what you think are tights over the bibs is that they are likely wearing leg warmers that go up just to the thigh.
  • 03-16-2004
    benja15
    I wear the tights under
    used to wear them over then switched, works better for me
  • 03-16-2004
    moschika
    over.

    it also makes it easier to take them off when it gets warmer.
  • 03-17-2004
    zooog
    never thought of over but never seen it either. Under for me.
  • 03-17-2004
    4bykn
    Padded tights: under, or without shorts. Unpadded: over
  • 03-17-2004
    Spunout
    Over.
  • 03-17-2004
    Coolhand
    Over- but you can go with leg warmers if you prefer under. Actually what I really am looking for is a nice set of bib tights without a chamois- to avoid the dreaded plumber's crack and snagging the saddle on the edge of my drooping tights.
  • 03-17-2004
    funknuggets
    Definitely over...
    decreases aerodynamic drag on the seam of the short over the tights...

    kidding, over.
  • 03-17-2004
    bigassbike
    No Tights For Me
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by homegrown2004
    This may seem like a stupid question but I have to ask it. When wearing tights, do they go over or under your cycling shorts? In colder weather I wore thicker tights that wouldn't fit under, so that question is answered. But now that its colder I can wear thinner tights. The problem seems to be that there is a seam in all my tights right wear the chamois would normally be...which creates comfort issues. I've never seen pros wear tights over their shorts and I"m guessing they wouldn't do this if it wasn't comfortable. Any tips or suggestions as to what i'm doing wrong? Kind of superficial I know but...I am the epitome of superficial.


    Here in So Cal, shorts w/ knee warmers do the trick! :cool:
  • 03-17-2004
    ET_SoCal
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    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bigassbike
    Here in So Cal, shorts w/ knee warmers do the trick! :cool:

    'cept when it's a cold morning's commute


    Ya, the Solvang ride was nice, wasn't it ?
  • 03-17-2004
    Spinfinity
    Depends on the color.
    Black tights should be worn over black shorts to avoid the fashion faux-pas of different color blacks.

    Light colored tights are worn underneath the shorts so that the shorts cannot be seen through the stretched lycra, a sight too horrid to picture.

    Tights exactly the same color as any part of the shorts, can be worn either under or over, according to your comfort, unless the shorts have a panel that shows through the tights. In that case you must wear the tights under the shorts.
  • 03-17-2004
    MShaw
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Coolhand
    Over- but you can go with leg warmers if you prefer under. Actually what I really am looking for is a nice set of bib tights without a chamois- to avoid the dreaded plumber's crack and snagging the saddle on the edge of my drooping tights.

    I bought a pair of PI bib tights that were chamoix free.

    Mike
  • 03-17-2004
    CARBON110
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  • 03-17-2004
    MShaw
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bigassbike
    Here in So Cal, shorts w/ knee warmers do the trick! :cool:

    I haven't worn anything heavier than knickers since I moved to San Diego 7 years ago! Makes getting dressed for winter rides a LOT easier...

    For all of y'all that wear tights under your shorts: how the heck do you take them off if you get too hot? Even better: what do you do about that seam that goes exactly in the wrong spot underneath where you sit?

    I always scratch my head and wonder every time I see several things:

    bib straps worn outside the jersey (I can SORTA understand this one...)
    underwear
    tights under shorts
    helmets worn backwards (saw it the other day)

    Mike
  • 03-17-2004
    Dave Hickey
    Neither, wear leg warmers. I switched to leg warmers this winter and they are great. I can wear any pair of shorts I want.... The same applies to arm warmers. No need for long sleeve jerseys.
  • 03-17-2004
    bill
    Over, but if you wear them under, no one will know because no one will think that it's possible to get wrong and everyone will think that they're leg warmers.
    I speak with the authority of one who grappled with the same metaphysical question until realizing that there was but one answer and what it was. Until then, I did, once or twice, in a bad moment, wear them under (THERE I SAID IT ARE YOU HAPPY NOW ARE YOU AAGGGHHHHH). I consoled myself later with the thought that everyone would have assumed that they were warmers, so I was able to continue to ride my bike in these here parts.
  • 03-17-2004
    Gregory Taylor
    Good Lord Man!
    Tights go over padded shorts. If you wear them under your shorts and inadvertently break wind, you will blow your bike shoes clean off of your feet. Guaranteed. So don't do it.
  • 03-17-2004
    Coolhand
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by MShaw
    I bought a pair of PI bib tights that were chamoix free.

    Mike

    I think the new fall/winter 2004 line will have a set of these in the line again, according to the catalog the rep left. If so I will EP a couple for myself.

    Coolhand
  • 03-17-2004
    Mike Prince
    Now there's the best answer!
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Gregory Taylor
    Tights go over padded shorts. If you wear them under your shorts and inadvertently break wind, you will blow your bike shoes clean off of your feet. Guaranteed. So don't do it.

    :) :) :) :) :)
  • 03-17-2004
    Mariowannabe
    Bib tights
    Don't cheap out.... Go to boure.com and get yourself some bib tights with the shammy. Best investment I've made in a long time. Great for 30-50 degrees.
  • 02-03-2016
    trumpetbiker
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by homegrown2004 View Post
    This may seem like a stupid question but I have to ask it. When wearing tights, do they go over or under your cycling shorts? In colder weather I wore thicker tights that wouldn't fit under, so that question is answered. But now that its colder I can wear thinner tights. The problem seems to be that there is a seam in all my tights right wear the chamois would normally be...which creates comfort issues. I've never seen pros wear tights over their shorts and I"m guessing they wouldn't do this if it wasn't comfortable. Any tips or suggestions as to what i'm doing wrong? Kind of superficial I know but...I am the epitome of superficial.


    I know its an old thread, but for those of us who have used leg warmers and arm warmers for a couple of years, this is actually a really GREAT question. my wife bought me an expensive pair of Specialized thermal tights for Christmas, and I honestly didn't see how they could be worn under shorts ------------ defeats the purpose of the chamois design and effectiveness. makes sense then to pull over the shorts, but also seems like a patch fit if you don't have padded thermal tights or bibs, or leg warmers.

    bottom line here ------------- its really smarter just to pick up padded high quality thermal tights. don't go cheap, whats your crotch worth?
  • 02-03-2016
    bradkay
    Nawww... personally I prefer unpadded tights. That way I can wear them multiple days without washing because I wear different shorts each day.

    My first pair of tights (way back around 1980) were a pair of Giordana wool tights with chamois. One April ride out of Boone, NC I wore them because it was about 40-45* at the start of the ride. Unfortunately it warmed up to near 80* that afternoon and my legs hated it - I couldn't take the tights off because I had no shorts under them. That evening I cut the chamois out of those tights and have never worn tights with chamois ever since...
  • 02-03-2016
    tvad
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by trumpetbiker View Post
    bottom line here ------------- its really smarter just to pick up padded high quality thermal tights.

    ^This. Thermal tights. No shorts.

    Otherwise, fall/winter shorts and leg warmers.