My bike commute is relatively short, only two miles, and I don't have a shower at work. That means I usually wear my work clothes when I head to the office (usually Dockers, an Oxford shirt, trail shoes). My problem is the seats on my khakis don't last very long and they sometimes rip out on me.
Does anybody know of a good work-casual pants style that has a reinforced seat for cyclists (or motorcycle or horse riders). I don't like to wear jeans, but the khakis get stressed out too much and rip on me. It doesn't help that I'm built like a football lineman gone to seed (6-foot-1, 330 pounds), but the pants seem to handle the everyday walking and other activities. My size is 46 waist, 32 inseam, so I'm just a little bit outside of the mainstream Dockers sizes (46 starts the big-and-tall sizes). Does anybody know of any good bike commuter pants with reinforced seats, or am I going to have to design my own version and make them myself?
Dickies black or khaki work pants. They're rugged and meant for blue-collar work, but they look nice enough for business-casual. On occasion, I'll ride in mine, especially if it's just a quick jaunt to the bus stop.
Also, it's Alaska so shorts in the winter (and most of the summer) aren't very practical. My backpack already is full of camera gear I use for work, work files, lunch and meds (I'm diabetic), so don't want to add a lot more to the load.
Dickies, Carhartt, and pretty much any other "work wear" stuff will last a little while. Keep in mind none of them are made specifically for riding, just for general on the job abuse so eventually they'll wear out, but may last longer and are usually cheaper than Dockers.
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Since your commute is so short, what about the idea of wearing a pair of thrift store jeans or kackis over the top of your work clothes? You could just go up a size. Heck, we are talking about a 10 minute ride.