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    Baggies over tights? Yes or no?

    It's that time of year when the cold demands more clothing and covering the legs becomes pertinent. We're having a lively little debate on our Facebook wall, seems most people are cool with tights underneath baggy shorts.

    What do you think? Is it a look to be avoided at all costs? Or embraced?

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    yes. baggies all the year

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    Senior Member Stan's Avatar
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    Yes in winter. Warmth of the tights plus a semi / full waterproof baggy on top is great for the extra wet / cold days.

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    NO!

    It makes NO sense at all. WHY? Why have wet flappy shorts flapping around over your tights?

    Get some decent tights and thats it.

    Mind you, I wear lycra all year round, I dont wear tights, I use a combo of shorts & leg warmers. I dont understand baggies, flappy and get in the way. When wet they are cold and dont dry as quickly as Lycra.

    Each to their own but really do not understand the shorts & tights combo.
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    For casual riding Baggies, but serious stuff they are not the choice as they hook up and get in the way too much.
    Lycra wins most times hands down in tights or shorts.

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    Lycra skirt over tights for me. I do understand it's not a look some of the guys on here might go for!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masklin GT View Post
    I dont understand baggies, flappy and get in the way. When wet they are cold and dont dry as quickly as Lycra.
    My Mavic Stratos shorts dry as quick as any lycra I've worn. Not all baggies are created equal.

    But no, 3/4s at this time of year blending into Stealth tights if it gets wet and cold.

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    If the shorts have waterproof properties they help keep your bum dry.

    Also if you enjoy popping to a pub or café after your ride lycra does have the habit of making one look a bit of a c**t.

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    LOL!

    Unless one has a tight arse and well-developed box, of course.

    You understand I'm not referring to myself...

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    I always carry a potato down the front of my tights to give the illusion I am a bigger boy than I am.

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    Can't be comfy, baggies over tights, leg warmers with baggies yes.

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    I cant understand anyone doing this unless

    a) They are embrassed about their fat arse or small dick
    b) They need more storage pockets

    The shorts i have witnessed, even the waterproof ones eventually let in water. They are flappy horrible things which catch on cable stops and saddles whilst manouvering about the cockpit. Lycra acts as an insulation even when wet. It doesnt catch on things. It attracts the opposite sex ;-) It is light and it dries quickly.

    I picked my son up from his taekwondo lesson at the local sports hall in full lycra get up last night as i do each week and no one has commented on my looks or why i do it. I do actually ride whilst he is in his lesson btw.

    I learnt this a long time ago that shorts have little function in cycling other than to stop the owner looking a little odd.

    I would possibly accept they could protect from minor injuries if the shorts in question had any 'extra' padding

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    Senior Member Dalesman 's Avatar
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    I've always wondered why its percieved to be odd that you wear the correct clothing for the sport you do, walking around some of the town centres and seeing what people wear now there's some oddoties.

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    I generally wear jodphurs for cycling if it's cold. They're really very comfortable. And I don't have any tights.

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    Its not "cool" you see to wear Lycra. You're seen as the geek? I don#t know why! I get odd looks for my shaved legs too, but so what. I am happy therefore DILLIGAF tbh.

    Its the same with shades. On my commute I see so many cyclists wearing shades, even when its not light enough for them! Clear lenses, maybe if you want to warrant it, but shades?!

    Its seen as the "uniform" and its not helped with magazines like MBR, WMB etc constantly showing some bloke going down hill (never on a techy climb) with a rucksack full to the brim, a pair of baggies and a jacket zipped up as if its -27 degrees. BUT, I suppose thats their demographic?

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    Anyway I thought the rule was, lycra for fitties and baggies for fatties...

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    I am also a lycra wearer. I actually think that baggies look terrible; I don't buy into the image of it all and as already said they are quite inapropriate for the activity of cycling where for the most part you need a lycra liner anyway.

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    How about tights whilst riding DH bike though, that's the exception!?
    ;¬)

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    I picked my son up from his taekwondo lesson at the local sports hall in full lycra get up last night as i do each week and no one has commented on my looks or why i do it. I do actually ride whilst he is in his lesson btw.

    Hobo....just wait until you walk out the door and the face pulling and raucous laughter begins!


    (I have worn tights in extreme cold, but only for night riding when no one can see me......and under baggy shorts!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirty Karlos View Post
    How about tights whilst riding DH bike though, that's the exception!?
    ;¬)
    I'm pretty confident Steve Peat's done that, and if its good enough for him....

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