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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-20-2012, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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Chaps vs riding jeans vs overpants, whats best?

its starting to get cold outside, and i need an extra layer on my legs, something easy to take off when i get to work. the sales man i talked to at CycleGear initially recommended leather chaps, but changed his mind when i said i rode a sport bike, and suggested overpants instead.

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Overpants. I like my Olympia overpants a lot, and they also have a removable thermal/waterproof liner.

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Overpants. I like my Olympia overpants a lot, and they also have a removable thermal/waterproof liner.

Of course I'm generalizing from a single example here, but everyone does that. At least I do.

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Winter riding = overpants, IMO.
Summer casual riding = riding jeans.
Summer spirited riding = back to the overpants.
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Get overpants for the winter. I have a pair of chaps that worked fine on the sport bike and the cruiser, but the problem with them is your ass still gets cold and can be uncomfortable. I have a pair of snowmobile pants for chilly days, then a full one piece snowmobile suit for cold days (less than 40 degrees outside).

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 08:07 AM
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Overpants for sure. Riding jeans, when riding in cold, are of course just like regular jeans... Useless. Won't keep you warm. Overpants with a liner will keep ya warmer for sure. I wear tourmaster overpants, which don't have a liner, but put on some thermals and regular pants and I'm good to go. Anything over about 60, though, and they're too warm so ill switch to the alpinestars oxygen air overpants instead.
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If I'm on the bike I'm in full leather pants.

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