MINIMAP | Vividness
— Layers — Summary5. Layer, layer, layer
I’ve mentioned pelvis area, and that’s where the layering begins. You may have several summer bib shorts — and it only makes sense to keep using them instead of purchasing several winter bib tights at once (which may be somewhat costly provided quality chamois).
For that, there are cycling tights without chamois that you can put on over your bib shorts — that way you can only wash the latter but keep using same tights if only the last ride was not too dirty. This is as hygienic as not washing your jeans every day (or ever, for you denimheads :) and allows for having just one or two tights in addition to the summer bibs. Plus, extra layer around your pelvis to add warmth.
No-chamois tights can be less stretchy, hence thicker, and thus warmer. Also, unlike summer bibs, the torso straps are optional.