With overnight temps now below freezing, bicycle clothing for Indianapolis riding has too include tights. A good cold weather/winter cycling tight must offer wind protection, insulation and breathability, along with the freedom of movement needed for cycling. Bicycle Garage Indy offers a wide selection of cold weather cycling clothing from Sugoi, Gore, Cannondale and Pearl Izumi.
When giving cold weather clothing advice, I divide conditions into 3 zones; above 55 degrees (F), 35 to 55(F) and below 35(F). As discussed in an earlier post
, for most riders, when above 55 degrees, you will just need knee warmers or light lycra tights. But when riding below 55 degrees, and when conditions are wet or windy, a middle weight tight with some insulation is going to be needed. (If you choose a tight without padding, to be worn with cycling shorts, you gain an extra layer from your cycling shorts. Consider this in your selection as well.)
Typical for this middle range (and my personal favorite) are Pearl Izumi Slice Therma Fleece Tights. Thermal Fleece is a non-piling fleece bonded to stretch fabric, and will insulate when wet. The Slice tight feature an anatomic, 8 panel design and 8" ankle zippers. The Slice model does not include a chamois; you wear them over your cycling shorts. Cannondale’s Midweight Chamois Bib Tights
are worn without cycling shorts. They are made from Cannondale’s 4-way-stretch Midweight Jersey Plus fabric for a custom fit and feel from the brushed fabric interior.
For the below 35 degrees, you will need more wind protection. The Gore Vista Tight relies on Gore breathable Windstopper Soft Shell, a breathable, water resistant fabric that moves with your body. It is available with or without padding. Peal Izumi offers a tight with its own AmFIB windproof and waterproof fabric. From Sugoi, the Subzero Zap tights offer wind resistant fabric and 3M Reflective accents additional visibility.
Depending on how cold you will ride, and your tolerance for cold, you may want a couple of different weights and styles for different conditions. A quality pair tights will provide years of service, and are worth the investment.
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