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wind protection on legs

for cool weather does the versys protect against cool wind on the legs or what insulation u wear. My concern is winter riding in NC.
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You need overpants - they also protect your knees, hips and ass from abrasion.

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You need overpants - they also protect your knees, hips and ass from abrasion.

In a world full of people, only some want to ride. Isn't that crazy?
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I use my summer mesh pants with the waterproof liner and polarfleece 200 pants under it. Its good down to just about the freezing point on short trips. However, Ill be looking at heated gear next season.
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Olympia over pants with the liners in them and Minus 33 medium weight wool thermal underwear will keep me toasty.
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for the record... sorry, twowheels' post made me laugh, it was hilarious.

but he's on the money. if you don't have any, choose whichever overpants you like and use 'em year round.

i have aerostitch AD1 pants. depending upon weather, they are worn over shorts or long pants or sweatpants, with or without thermals.

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here's what ya do.......
Go to your local sport outfitters store and but your self a set of silk long-johns. tops /bottoms go for about 36 bucks each ( I buy black). super thin and light weight.
They DO NOT hold odor, and if it warms up you don't have to taker them off right away.

learned about 'silks' from my 'Grandpa'. Old school and they don't irritate like synthetics or wool...lighter than wool too.

I work outdoors/ indoors, in the winter going from 70 degrees to 20 degrees for hours at a stretch........comfy goodness.

And if you throw on a set of cold temp 'Under armor" over the silks....you are super good to go.

Outer layer is only my jeans.

....OK, I'll shut up now.

PS!!!!...and holy smokes!!! just read that your in NC! heck brother.....real silk is your answer.
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Bicycle shorts or bicycle long pants (Spandex) are very comfy next to the skin for those long rides. They help prevent chafing. Motocross racers have been using them for years.
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... Ill be looking at heated gear next season.
I donít know which heated components youíre considering but FWIW, I find that with just heated gloves and a jacket liner keeping my core temperature up, I donít need the heated pants liners, in fact I havenít even used the thermal liners that came with my pants. With just a pair of fleece lined sweats under my riding pants Iím quite comfortable for extended rides in the 20s.

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In eastern NC I find my mesh overpants with the liner are fine for my short 20 minute commute even on the coldest days (17 degrees once). For longer rides on the wknd, as mentioned, I either wear biking tights (spandex) or sweat pants for insulation.

PS: heated gloves are great!

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NEVER!!!

What's the first part to hit the road if you 'come off'? Your A$$, and your jeans are NO protection! Wear proper leather or abrasion resistant fabric.


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28 degrees F and I wear my Scorpion mesh/textile pants over kahkis for work. Legs were fine....

Hands were almost frozen off, but nothing some glove liners couldn't fix.
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Temp range in CO can be pretty extreme. Thats why im considering heated gear. Not sure what yet. For sure I would love something that can be turn on and off as needed. You can go from 70's to below freezing and back in a single ride.
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Temp range in CO can be pretty extreme. Thats why im considering heated gear. Not sure what yet. For sure I would love something that can be turn on and off as needed. You can go from 70's to below freezing and back in a single ride.
The Gerbingís and Firstgear/Warm & Safe heat controllers are a nice design, i.e., when you turn the heat down, instead of acting like a rheostat, they pulse the circuit so they donít draw any more wattage then your gear is actually using.

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Cabela's flannel-lined chinos work great. When I commute to work in winter these pants keep my legs warm and stop the wind. I usually stop riding when it gets under 20 deg - not because of my legs but my fingers freeze. Even better are my fleece-lined jeans.
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Bicycle shorts or bicycle long pants (Spandex) are very comfy next to the skin for those long rides. They help prevent chafing. Motocross racers have been using them for years.
Regarding bicycle shorts........"Under Armor" makes under shorts like bike shorts....skintight...but only 26 bucks and no chafing too.
I've gone to Under Armor for ridng and working....a great product.
Not cheap I suppose but wears like...iron...and breathes. summer or winter.
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