There are many things to consider when choosing your cycling wear; it is important to wear something that we will be very comfortable on.
Long Shorts Or Shorts With Tights?
Once the body issue is resolved, let’s go to the legs. Is it essential to wear long winter shorts? Can you ride your bike with your shorts and your legs in the air? Is it better to invest in leg warmers?
As with the upper part of the body, two factors must be taken into account when it comes to the legs when buying specific clothing for cycling in winter. On the one hand, the climatic conditions that we are going to find in the two or three months of cold. If you want to go out an average of 2 or 3 days a week, it is probably profitable to spend money on a good long winter jersey. But if we live in Malaga or Huelva, we may only have one day in the whole winter that we will need to manage with quality leg warmers.
Our feelings are also important. As in the running, some people find it uncomfortable to practice sports in long pants. In any case, keep in mind that the thermal sensation experienced in the legs when you have been on the bike for 2 hours with a short jersey in winter is not exactly pleasant.
Unless you live in an area where winters are mild, and the temperature does not usually drop below 10 degrees, it is best to go cycling with your legs covered. The three most common ways to do this are as follows:
Wear Leg Warmers And Knee Warmers
In the same way, for the arms, we can use cuffs; for the legs, there are leg warmers complemented with knee warmers. The latter is a kind of knee braces that fit at the joint.
An advantage of this option is that you do not need to buy a specific long winter jersey, and it will be cheaper. However, the leg loops must be of quality to fit the leg comfortably without moving or compressing excessively. It is also essential that they are made of a specific material for cycling. If you wear cotton leggings, the sweat will not evaporate properly. The sensation of pedaling with sweat-soaked legs, especially in the back of the knee, is not pleasant.
As a disadvantage, most leg warmers are designed to cover the skin and isolate the cold outside completely. On calm days in autumn, they are very practical, but in December at 3 degrees and with dry wind, either of the following two options is preferable.