How To Choose The Right Cycling Tights

Are you someone who has a quiet giggle to yourself when you see a cyclist riding past you wearing a pair of cycling tights? If so, then you are probably not the only one, but I bet you have never tried wearing a pair for yourself. Although most hobby cyclists ridicule the idea of wearing them, it’s a fact that they make a lot of difference to how comfortable you will feel riding for hours in the saddle, and they can protect your legs as well.

It is best not to be overly worried about your appearance when you’re on the bike, as you should be more concerned about your comfort and making sure you look after your skin on particularly long rides. Luckily though, there is a variety of different styles to choose from so you should be able to find a pair that you are happy to wear. The first style is the full length tights which go down to your ankles from the waist; then there are what a lot of people also call cycling shorts, which go from the waist to the knees; and then lastly, there are cycling bib tights, which go from shoulder to knee or ankle depending on which length you want.

Full length cycling tights are beneficial because they allow you protect the whole length of your legs, something which will be great news for riders who tend to scratch their skin against parts of their bike while riding. For the majority of cyclists, though, it is not the protection which draws them to the ankle tights; it is the fact that the style and material provide a kind of bounciness which enables them to straighten and bend their legs faster than normal, which helps them to increase their cadence (pedalling speed). The other beneficial aspect for comfort is that they are made from materials which can wick moisture from the surface of the skin. So they will keep your entire legs dry during a hard ride.

Knee length cycling tights, or cycling shorts, are a great solution for hot weather riding, as they help to prevent chafing in the thigh area. For most cyclists, these are the prefered option, simply because people like the design, and probably find it easier to get into them than ankle length ones. The other type, the bib tights, are the ones which do not have a waist band; instead they have two straps at the waist which you pull over the shoulders, and there is a mesh upper portion which is both light in weight and keeps you cool. The best part about avoiding the use of a waist band is that waist bands get soaked in sweat on tough rides, and that can cause significant and painful chafing. Bibs also help with two other problems, the first being the fact that waist bands usually end up rolling down, which is a hassle; and the second problem is that cycling shorts usually slide down during a ride, which is another hassle because you are constantly having to pull them up again. So for efficiency and comfort, the bib tights are probably the best ones to buy.

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