Yes they may have the word 'tights' in the name, but cycling bib tights are cold weather cycling essentials, and should be a staple in every rider's wardrobe. However, when does the ride call for bib tights? More >>
Deciding on when to wear cycling bib tights - part art, part science!
The easiest way to decide if the ride calls for bib tights instead of bib shorts is to simply step out of the door and get a feel for the conditions. If your legs are cold within a few seconds, and a strong temptation to jump in a hot bath takes hold, then it's on with the tights! Offering both warmth and protection from the elements (this varies between models), a good cycling bib tight will allow you to ride in poor conditions, but without worrying too much about the cold. Not just for the colder seasons though, rainy, misty days can always surprise you, so they won't be in the wardrobe long before you need them again.
Padded or non-padded?
Most cyclists agree that having a chamois inside the bib tights is best. You can buy them without, but it is much more rewarding in the long run to spend a little more and go for a padded version. If nothing else, it saves having to wear a pair of bib shorts over the top just to get the benefit of their chamois. Less >>
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A superb all purpose cycling bib-tight, equally suited to either cyclocross, trail or road sessions, the Castelli Velocissimo Bib Tight sports a brushed fleece lining and Thermoflex outer, creating a warm, wind resistant environment ideally suited to cool but not overly cold rides. Built with the Italian brand's KISS3 chamois - a variable thickness, high density pad, the Velocissimo is completed by mesh bib straps, handy ankle zippers and rear reflective piping. Thermoflex fabric for warmth and comfort Kiss3 seatpad for all day comfort Mesh bibstraps for breathability Giro ...
The Craft Performance Storm Bib Tights are an ideal cold weather cycling bib tight, offering a wind proof front, highly elastic fleece backed fabric, and Craft's 3 layer welded, seamless Performance Chamois. Nice touches like the zipper to the knee aid entry and exit, whilst well thought out reflective piping and prints in key areas provide a welcome element of low light visibility. Windproof front by thin, elastic windpanel Highly elastic, slightly brushed fleece fabric for warmth Reflective piping, prints in front and back Performance chamois Zipper ...
Despite what looks like quite a pared-down design, the Etxeondo Buelta Bib Tights (that's not a spelling mistake, 'Vuelta' in Basque is 'Buelta'!) are fabricated from different anatomical panels to perfectly attune to the body shape whilst pedalling. Made from Etxeondo's heat insulating Ketaren fabric, the Buelta sports typically soft and unobtrusive bib straps and the highly regarded Arma chamois - a double density, 4-way stretch E.I.T fabric model that provides a great level of comfort for regular weekly outings. Arma double density chamois Anatomical ...
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