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The Best Winter Cycling Tights

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author image Max Roman Dilthey
Max Roman Dilthey is a science, health and culture writer currently pursuing a master's of sustainability science. Based in Massachusetts, he blogs about cycling at MaxTheCyclist.com.
The Best Winter Cycling Tights
With the right clothing, you don't have to retire your bicycle for the winter. Photo Credit Michael Blann/DigitalVision/Getty Images

Your cycling season doesn't have to end when winter hits. There are still plenty of snow-free days that make for great training rides, but you'll need to wear the right clothing to prevent getting too cold. Cycling tights are designed to keep you warm and comfortable on a midwinter ride using a cycling-specific construction that provides wind blocking and moisture transport.

Built for an Icy Ride

The best winter cycling tight will be constructed to block wind and manage your perspiration, which usually means a paneled construction. Windproof panels on the front of your thigh and calf cut the chill of a cold headwind, effectively retaining your body's heat. Panels on the backs of your legs are designed to breathe better so that the heat from your ride doesn't cause unnecessary sweating, which can lead to heat loss through evaporation. Cycling tights should be close-fitting to wick moisture and often feature zippers at the ankles for a secure fit that won't slide up while you're pedaling.

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Perspiration Doesn't Stand A Chance

Synthetic fibers such as nylon and polyester are quick-drying and are often used in making a winter cycling tight. These fibers cannot absorb water, and they remain warm even when there's moisture trapped between the fibers. As you sweat, cycling tights pull the perspiration away from your skin, keeping you dry. This allows you to ride hard and work up a sweat during climbs without risking a potentially dangerous loss of heat while you coast down the other side of a hill.

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