Your Guide to Buying Thermal Cycling Tights

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Your Guide to Buying Thermal Cycling Tights

Both men and women wear cycling tights when they are riding in cold or bad weather conditions. Thermal cycling tights have an added advantage of a layer of lining that helps to keep the cyclist warm. Thermal tights can be a necessity in some climates, and frequently used during autumn and winter seasons. There are a number of different materials used in the manufacturing of thermal cycling tights, and these tights can be bought with various features

There are plenty of specialist shops and cycling websites that sell thermal tights, but all buyers are recommended to search for these garments on eBay. eBay has an extensive database of users, resulting in a large selection of cycling thermal tights at prices much lower than those found elsewhere. The following guide shall examine the key characteristics of cycling thermal tights, and how to find a suitable pair on eBay.

Cycling Tights

Cycling tights are a form of compression sportswear that can greatly benefit a cyclist. Compression sportswear consists of form-fitting garments that are usually made from a synthetic material. Using a form-fitting garment will keep muscles warm by promoting even blood flow, while wicking away sweat to keep the temperature level.

This also prevents chafing and irritation, and using compression sportswear will add to cyclist’s aerodynamic efficiency. Cycling tights are mainly worn in wet and windy weather or during the colder seasons. The tights are excellent at keeping a cyclist warm, so buyers should avoid wearing them in warmer weather, as this can lead to over-perspiring, and thus dehydration. If cycling in warmer weather, then search for a pair of cycling shorts. There are two forms of cycling tights available, waist-high tights and bib tights.


Waist-High Tights

Waist-high tights are the most commonly worn from of cycling tights, and as the name suggests are worn from the waist down. Where they stop depends on the brand and model. Some waist-high tights will extend to the knee, or three quarters of the way down the leg, but the majority extend all the way down to the ankle. Waist-high tights are usually worn with either a long or short sleeved jersey, as this promotes even blood flow throughout the whole body.


Bib Tights

Unlike the waist-high tights that are held up by an elasticised waistband, bib tights are kept up using connected suspenders. The suspenders are made from the same material as the tights, and this keeps them light and comfortable.

Cyclists choose bib tights for a number of reasons. Bibs hold the chamois in place and can reduce saddle friction slightly more than waist-high tights. Bibs are more comfortable around the waist as they remove the mid-stomach pressure of waist-high tights. Wearing bib tights also means no hitching, and so everything will be kept in place.

However, some people avoid bibs, as they do not like the pressure placed on the shoulders from the suspenders. Although this pressure is very minimal, some claim that during long distances cycles it becomes noticeable and can be irritating.

Men’s vs. Women’s Tights

Cycling tights are available for both men and women, and it’s important that each gender sticks to their own design. This may seem obvious, but people occasionally believe that they can get away with wearing a woman’s pair of tights, or vice versa. This is a very bad idea, as tights are specifically designed with a man or woman’s body in mind, and wearing an inappropriate pair will cause great discomfort.

Women’s tights are much tighter at the waist and the crotch, whereas men’s are looser around the thighs. Always buy tights appropriate for the user or else risk wasting money.

Cycling Thermal Tights

Although all cycling tights are made to keep the cyclist warm and protected from poor weather, thermal tights are much more successful at this. Thermal tights are necessary in very cold weather and can help maintain stamina and prolong the cycling session. The following are the most important aspects to consider when searching for a pair of cycling thermal tights.


Good thermal tights will be made from a combination of two or more materials. This is beneficial, as one material will trap heat and keep the cyclist warm, and the other will wick sweat and keep the cyclist from overheating. These tights can be expensive, but buyers should see these tights as an investment. Below are the most two common found materials in thermal cycling tights.



Thermal tights that use Roubaix for the lining element are extremely popular and very practical. Roubaix works best when used in unison with a lighter material such as Lycra. Roubaix is a stretchy, fleecy material, which is brushed on the inside to make the fibres fuzzy. This traps air and body heat, keeping the cyclist stay warmer for longer. Roubaix is a very soft material. Cycling thermal tights made from this material tend to be quite expensive, but it is one of the best options available. Roubaix thermal cycling tights are ideal for use in very cold temperatures with strong rain or winds. It is the number one choice for cyclists operating in snowy conditions.



Polyester is probably the most commonly found material in clothing manufactured for cycling purposes. Polyester thermal tights are not as warm as those made from Roubaix, but may be more appropriate depending on the cycling conditions. Polyester is very comfortable and has excellent wicking properties.

If cycling in rainy weather, think about buying a pair of thermal tights that have been coated with a water resistant substance. These help keep cyclists legs dry.


Thermal cycling tights are made up of a number of panels that have been stitched together. The reason for this is it allows the tights to move naturally in unison with the leg, providing the cyclist with more freedom. A general rule is the more panels a pair of thermal tights has, the better they will fit.


Thermal tights are available with a number of features that some buyers may find beneficial. These include wider bib suspenders that even out the pressure, zips along the ankles so the tights can be easily put on or taken off, and loops at the bottom that hoop over the foot and pull the tights down into the shoe. However, these are not necessities and will increase the price, so buyers should spend some time deciding if these options will be helpful or not.

The Chamois

The chamois is the extra padding found at the seat of the tights. This adds cushion to the saddle and prevents the cyclist from chafing. Chamois are important as they transfer sweat away from the body, helping to keep the cyclist’s temperature steady. They can be made from a number of materials, and polyester is one of the most popular.

Thermal Cycling Tights Sizing Guide

Thermal cycling tights sizes are not given in inches. Instead buyers will find that they are sized small, medium and so on. Below is a guide for both men and women’s thermal cycling tights.


Extra Small

Waist 28” – 30”


Waist 30” – 32”


Waist 32” – 34”


Waist 34” – 36”

Extra Large

Waist 36” – 38”

2x Extra Large

Waist 38” – 40”

3x Extra Large

Waist 40” – 42”


2x Extra Small

Waist 6

Extra Small

Waist 8


Waist 10


Waist 12


Waist 14

Extra Large

Waist 16


Thermal cycling tights can greatly benefit any buyer planning on cycling in cold temperatures or wet and windy weather. Thermal tights use a variety of figure fitting materials to warm the muscles by stimulating blood flow. These tights can extend to the knee or calf, but the majority of those sold today reach down to the ankle.

Thermal tights are worn either waist-high, or as bibs with suspenders over the shoulders. Thermal cycling tights are also available with a number of features, such as zips along the ankles and loops for the feet to hook into.

All buyers are advised to search on eBay for cycling thermal tights, as the site has a large selection of new and used tights at much lower prices than those found in stores. With a little browsing, buyers should easily be able to find an appropriate pair.

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