bib tights (un)padded?

by zzgavin   January 23, 2013  

I've got various pairs of bib shorts, 3/4s and a pair of bib tights. Given the cold this winter the tights are getting plenty of use and they are just not quite warm enough. They are a pair of DHB roubaix ones, without the windblock. I'm planning on getting some more tomorrow, well trying some on at least. One aspect I'm thinking over is buying a set of tights without a pad, maybe the gore oxygen ones and then wearing shorts underneath. I often ride Saturday and Sunday, so I could just buy a second pair of bib-tights with a pad, but are unpadded bib tights a good idea? Comfortable with a pair of shorts underneath?
thanks Gavin

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There's no reason why they shouldn't be fine. Give it a try.

Unpadded tights, 3/4 or leggings of some kind are what I wear most of the time when it's too cool for shorts, I ride 5 or 6 days a week all year round.

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posted by Simon E [2415 posts]
24th January 2013 - 0:02


I'm an ex rower so I have a few pairs of leggings (non bib). I've often worn leggings over bib-shorts or even over bib tights when its been really cold. No problems for me!

posted by pirnie [221 posts]
24th January 2013 - 0:07


Works for me.

posted by FMOAB [262 posts]
24th January 2013 - 0:32


I wear a pair of unpadded Lusso bib tights with some regular non bib padded shorts underneath. Lovely stuff.

posted by Some Fella [908 posts]
24th January 2013 - 0:33


the other way round for me - i wear unpadded tights with padded shorts ontop

posted by Adey [98 posts]
24th January 2013 - 20:07


It works for me. I've been wearing unpadded bibs with shorts underneath for weeks now. If it's really cold, I wear thermal tights under the bibs and over the shorts. Wearing shorts underneath means that I get a few wears out of the bibs before I have to wash them which is handy for my commute.

Ah! Condor

posted by Bedfordshire Clanger [346 posts]
24th January 2013 - 21:44


Shorts-under-unpadded tights has been the only way for decades. Personally i never liked it, so i was glad when the padded tights came into fashion. But i've never found a pair with a good padding that stays in place. I've now started wearing the undies out of my mountainbike baggies under tights and think it's ideal. Doesn't cover your thighs, but it does provide some extra warmth.

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posted by Dutchie [66 posts]
24th January 2013 - 22:01


I've always worn running trousers with padded bibs over the top.

posted by MickeyBlueEyes [21 posts]
24th January 2013 - 22:06


thanks all, got a pair of the gore oxygen unpadded tights today, after trying quite a few pairs on in Condor.

Cannondale CAAD10, Condor Terra-X and an orange Brompton.
Ride for East London Velo

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posted by zzgavin [208 posts]
24th January 2013 - 22:57


Don't forget wearing no pad or pad will effect saddle height.Also when wearing shorts under bib longs your man bits can get pulled and made sore with the two garments moving in there own ways!with your bits caught between. Crying

big mick

posted by big mick [209 posts]
25th January 2013 - 18:11


I've had a pair of (padded) Protective bib longs for a few years now and they are so warm and snuggly! Smile Just wish they had the Altura Night Vision reflective flashes on them.

posted by purplemadwoman [30 posts]
28th January 2013 - 12:53