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Tights & Trousers
During wet or cold weather your legs need more protection than just a pair of shorts. There are two ways to go - either tights or over trousers.

Tights are made of a Lycra based material so that they fit snugly but stretch as you move to allow comfortable pedalling. Some are lined with Roubaix a fleece like thermal material that helps to keep your legs warm. Tights may also be coated to repel water in showery conditions or have Windstopper panels for the really cold days. You can opt for waisted or bib tights.

Waisted tights fit closely around your middle where as bib tights are pulled up over your shoulders covering your lower back and chest. This offers an extra warm layer in cold weather and stops your stomach from feeling constricted. When trying on tights check that they don't ride up at the bottom – they should have foot loops or a gripper to keep them in place – and that they are comfortable when you assume your riding position.

Ladies tights are available which offer the same technical advantages as the men's tights but cut to fit the female form.

It's important that you choose tights that fit you snugly all over, wrinkled fabric around legs and knees can be uncomfortable when pedalling and any gaps will soon be found out by the wind in cold weather.

If you don't fancy the look of tights or if you need an additional layer over the top in extreme conditions bike trousers are the way forward. These are waterproof and or windproof and can go over casual wear, tights or base layers. Zips and cuffs keep them tight around the ankle but can be loosened to go over your shoes and an elasticated or fitted waist keeps them in place. Once again make sure that when you try them on you get into your riding position. If trousers are cut too low at the back you'll have an unpleasant cold, wet draft to deal with.
This story was last updated on 17/01/2012