Look, the quick (ha!) reply is that you need to ALWAYS put on biking tights OVER the highest of biking shorts.
The reason is: the overwhelming majority of biking shorts have a foam pad (often known as a chamois or a chammy) positioned straight below your, er, ‘undercarriage’.
The pad is there to supply safety and luxury as you sit on the saddle, spin your legs, look moody in costly sun shades, or no matter else it’s that you just do on the bike.
The pad is designed to be positioned straight towards your pores and skin.
(I’m hoping I don’t have to let you know to not put on underpants along with your biking shorts).
When you put on biking tights beneath your shorts, you add an additional layer that may (okay, almost certainly will) compromise the efficiency of the pad and the shorts.
With out getting overly private round my anatomy (to be honest, I share so much on this weblog…), the massive danger I foresee for me can be the fabric of the tights rumpling up within the, er, crevice between the highest of my thigh and my (technical time period) gooch.
This rumpled materials would then rub towards the pores and skin on this most delicate of geopolitical areas, inflicting a saddle sore, a lot wailing, complaints to my vital different and finally a barely embarrassing interval of ‘recuperation’ off the bike.
Tights Over Or Below: Video Version
That’s proper, I made a ‘shifting footage’ model of this put up, which I’ve cunningly revealed on my YouTubez channel. And you’ll watch mentioned video right here:
What About Tights Below Or Over Unpadded Biking Shorts?
Wash your mouth out younger Padawan. You come spherical right here speaking about ‘unpadded’ biking shorts? Return whence you got here.
Okay, I suppose when you have a perverse predilection for unpadded bike shorts, this negates the argument above. You possibly can put on the tights beneath the shorts.
Nonetheless, you’d find yourself needing to scrub the tights extra. When you put on tights over your biking shorts, you may get away with carrying them for quite a few occasions between washes (assuming they don’t decide up an excessive amount of grime from the highway).
If it’s the tights which might be closest to your nethercrackers, properly you’ll be wanting to scrub these after each trip as a result of, you recognize, hygiene.
Tights With Or With out Chamois/Pad?
Nicely, you’d suppose this may go with out saying, however positively don’t put on PADDED biking tights over PADDED biking shorts.
While it’d sound like a good suggestion (double the cushioning), not one of the producers make pads which might be designed to be worn double decker model.
At greatest I reckon you’d have a reasonably unstable trip, as your bottom slips and slides on the saddle. At worst I feel you’re prone to inflicting your self a saddle sore.
For me, I favor the flexibility of tights with out pads. You possibly can put on them on high of a pair of bib shorts and take them off mid-ride if you might want to. As soon as padded tights are on, they’re staying on (assuming you’re not using to World Bare Bike Journey Day).
To be sincere, the primary time to pay attention to padded biking tights is if you’re making an attempt to purchase the unpadded ones. A stunning (to me) variety of biking tights do, actually, include pads.
In order for you this, wonderful (by which case you may simply put on the tights whence using your bike); if not, be sure you get the unpadded selection.
Why Does It Look Like Professional Cyclists Put on Tights Below Their Shorts?
What you’re looking at there, expensive sir or madam, are leg heaters. Primarily the 2 legs from a set of tights with no bit on the high to affix them collectively.
Leg heaters prolong as far, er, northwards as nearly half means up the rider’s thigh. They’ve a rubberised ‘grip strip’ on the high cuff that holds them in place on mentioned thigh, then the underside of the shorts are rolled down excessive of them.
Thus the impression is given that there’s extra occurring throughout the rider’s shorts than is admittedly the case (no less than when it comes to tight carrying).
Which Are Higher, Biking Tights Or Leg Heaters?
For me, leg heaters all the way in which. They give the impression of being extra professional (#MorePro) – the important thing consideration. You possibly can put on any set of snazzy colored bib shorts and pair them with a sombre pair of black leg heaters.
Or you may elect for garish excessive vis ones with out (fairly) crossing the Rubicon of turning into a full on excessive vis warrior.
Extra virtually, you can begin a trip with leg heaters on, then take away them because the day, otherwise you, warms up. Leg heaters take up a lot much less house that tights in a jersey pocket.
Additionally they appear higher.
You possibly can learn extra of my musings on this vitally necessary matter by consulting this weblog put up right here.
That All Mentioned…
… I do generally put on biking tights. If the climate is wanting actually filthy, they do provide an additional layer of fabric over the shorts, which is able to assist marginally in preserving me heat.
Beneficial Biking Tights (And Leg Heaters)
Each my units of biking tights are very previous. They’re made by Nike, who stopped being followers of biking at across the time of the Lance Armstrong ban (coincidence?).
Anyhoo, if I used to be shopping for tights now, I’d go for ones made out of Roubaix Lycra/spandex (barely thicker; mushy and fluffy internal floor), most likely like these ones:
My ‘go to’ leg heaters stay these ones by GripGrab:
I’ve acquired a pair in black and, sure, excessive vis yellow.
Nice high quality, and match very well.
And sure, they make me look professional…