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    How to keep pants out of chain?

    I'm a new cyclist and its starting to get a little chilly here in Central OH. I even saw about 4 snow flakes this morning! It will be dark after work here in a week or so after the time change but I'd like to continue riding outdoors on the weekends when possible. I have tights that I've worn once or twice, but they don't do much for cutting the wind. I literally rode about 100 feet in jeans for a test ride and they kept getting caught in the chain. Is there some kind of tight-fitting pant that I can wear that will also help block the wind? Is there some other trick I'm missing?

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    Rubber band?

    Around the pants legs that is, not to wear
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    Try something like these.

    When I ride in jeans (which is most of the time) I wrap these around the bottom of my pant legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gearhead82 View Post
    I'm a new cyclist and its starting to get a little chilly here in Central OH. I even saw about 4 snow flakes this morning! It will be dark after work here in a week or so after the time change but I'd like to continue riding outdoors on the weekends when possible. I have tights that I've worn once or twice, but they don't do much for cutting the wind. I literally rode about 100 feet in jeans for a test ride and they kept getting caught in the chain. Is there some kind of tight-fitting pant that I can wear that will also help block the wind? Is there some other trick I'm missing?

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    Tuck your pant's cuff into your socks. This works best with long socks.

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    Found these on a auction site, said to be 1950's stuff, work well enough today too :-)

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    I use the Planet Bike BRT Strap. It works well, especially nice that it lights up (or blinks) for night use. I've also been considering getting the ankle version of the RoadID to serve that purpose along with the obvious ID aspect.

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    I use a strap or roll the pants cuff up.

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    Anyone find the straps are too small? Can't seem to find one that will go around my leg

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    Velcro straps. The ones with the loop on one side, and the hooks on the other - Walmart, hardware stores, bike shops, etc.

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    Anyone find the straps are too small? Can't seem to find one that will go around my leg
    Same here! LBS let me borrow one when I showed up in jeans to test ride a bike but it was too small to make it around my leg!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Anyone find the straps are too small? Can't seem to find one that will go around my leg
    same here. I gave up on them since they barely connected and fall off.
    Other options that may work to remove slack.: clothes pin, binder clip, bandana

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanderer View Post
    Velcro straps. The ones with the loop on one side, and the hooks on the other - Walmart, hardware stores, bike shops, etc.
    Those reflective ankle bands that I posted are held together with velcro - an advantage over the plain velcro strips is that the reflective material really is an attention grabber.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pwnt View Post
    ride naked!
    Well, actually that is one of the reasons I'll ride through the winter in shorts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Anyone find the straps are too small? Can't seem to find one that will go around my leg
    Remember that they''re supposed to go around your ankle, not your calf. If it's still too small, you could always get two (they're cheap) and use 'em together, or get some velcro and webbing and make your own.

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    Yeah...lot of them are still a no go.

    And going around my ankle won't do anything - the pants still get caught in the chain or at least rub against it.

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    I wear PI Gavia Plus tights. Microfleece lined and windproof fronts, with the PI 3D Pro chamois. Very comfy all on their own, even in temps down into the low 30s.
    Or you could go for a pair of the PI AmFib tights and some wicking long-johns underneath. Either way, no loose cuffs to worry about catching in your chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
    I wear PI Gavia Plus tights. Microfleece lined and windproof fronts, with the PI 3D Pro chamois. Very comfy all on their own, even in temps down into the low 30s.
    Or you could go for a pair of the PI AmFib tights and some wicking long-johns underneath. Either way, no loose cuffs to worry about catching in your chain.
    Problem is mostly when I'm going out on the folder (so in a suit, or at least in dancing pants which are pretty flowy). It's just a few miles so I'm not going to bring an entire change but would like to find a better way of getting it out of the chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Anyone find the straps are too small? Can't seem to find one that will go around my leg
    get one of the reflective dog collars. One of those sizes should fit...and make you glow too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jtgyk View Post
    get one of the reflective dog collars. One of those sizes should fit...and make you glow too!

    Who's a good cyclist then? You are! You are! Now trackstand for your treat!
    It actually will work...and sometimes you can find them for cheap at the dollar store.

    Another good thing is the clipping buckle...when you get it adjusted to your size it goes on and off quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Problem is mostly when I'm going out on the folder (so in a suit, or at least in dancing pants which are pretty flowy). It's just a few miles so I'm not going to bring an entire change but would like to find a better way of getting it out of the chain.
    Tights and a suit jacket. It's gonna be the next fashion trend, I tells ya!

    OK, probably not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Problem is mostly when I'm going out on the folder (so in a suit, or at least in dancing pants which are pretty flowy). It's just a few miles so I'm not going to bring an entire change but would like to find a better way of getting it out of the chain.
    I have a jog-a-lite *arm* band. it's just like a leg band, except it's longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Air View Post
    Yeah...lot of them are still a no go.

    And going around my ankle won't do anything - the pants still get caught in the chain or at least rub against it.
    In that case you're not using them properly.

    I ride with wide-leg jeans all the time, with no problems. What you need to do is fold each pant cuff towards the outside of the leg (away from the bike on each side). One neat fold is all that's needed. Then use the reflective ankle-band about an inch to two inches above the bottom of the cuff.

    What the fold does is effectively to narrow the whole pant leg down from the knee. It should not get into the drivetrain at that point.

    I like to start the fold at the front of my shin, but you may be comfortable with some other solution.

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    Most larger camping supply stores, like Gander, etc, have a variety of sizes.

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