Due to my past experiences previously commuting in trousers I can say bib tights keep you a lot warmer and provide much improved flexibility over baggy trousers which cause uncomfortable chafing. Trousers do not do well at keeping your legs at a normal temperature, either letting in cold breezes through the leg openings or roasting you in a damp oven when things heat up. Moisture will condensate on the lining of your trousers making for a very uncomfortable ride and, inevitably if they don’t dry out in time, a horrible chill when you have to put them back on to go home. So why not wear leg warmers? Well- a major, major advantage of wearing bib tights over leg warmers is they keep your core area a lot warmer not to mention keeping your bits ‘n’ bobs warm too.
The dhb Vaeon Roubaix Un-padded Bib Tights, in my mind for un-padded bib shorts, are going to be your best bet if you’re on a budget. Although at a list price of £40.49 they still don’t come cheap to a newcomer. If you are looking for a padded version I can suggest the ‘Ride - Bib Tight With Insert’ from i-ride.co.uk which come in at a more affordable price of £34.99. Unfortunately cycling on the whole is an expensive sport. If you are looking to save even more pennies there is always the aldi performance cycling range which come in slightly cheaper at £29.99 in stores or online at aldi.co.uk.
Why go for un-padded? I use un-padded not only because it was the cheaper option but also because I like to wear bib shorts underneath which already have sufficient padding which also provide an extra layer of warmth.
So now I’ll get around to reviewing a pair of bib tights I personally own: The dhb Vaeon Roubaix Unpadded Bib Tights
The liner is made of ‘Roubaix’ fabric is a fleecy material that should make you feel nice and cosy in mild conditions 8-15 deg Celsius. Unlike some bib tights that fit under the heel of the foot these use zips which aid putting them on and taking them off. I personally like to wear them over my socks and then put my overshoes on over them, making for a clean look so your socks don’t poke out from your overshoes. To keep the ends in place silicone grippers run around the leg openings preventing the leggings from moving upwards while riding. These are well stitched and I have not had any problems so far.
These are 'bib' tights meaning they are additionally supported by the shoulder straps this provides much better support and prevents them from slipping down. Also the warm fleecy lining keeps your core warm.
The mesh like material on the back and straps keeps it light and un-irritable over the key contact points on your shoulders and back allowing for better moisture breath-ability.
A clever feature of stitching I was very impressed with, which you don’t usually see on leg warmers, takes up the slack preventing the fabric from bunching up around your knee joint which can be highly infuriating when riding.
A centre front chest zip makes piss stops all a bit easier.
Reflective dhb logo sit on the calf areas of each leg sleeve which contribute to some added visibility however they are in no means a substitute to a quality rear light. Although I haven’t had these for long I imagine from past experience with a similar dhb product the ‘dhb Aeron Cycling Shorts’ the reflective logos tend to wear with time and cycles in the washing machine as if someone has violently attempted to scratch them out.
It’s getting nippy nippers! Winter is here. Last winter due to finance problems/not having a clue about winter cycle clothing, I braved the weather on my commute in ‘waterproof’ trousers that were too short and I sported a massive camo jacket that also covered my bag. Not a good look. Well neither are tights to the non-cyclists out there. But trust me they’re better and I’ll tell you why…
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