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Old 12-10-10, 06:32 PM   #1
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Pant cuffs while commuting

I always put a couple of rubber bands on my pants just above my right ankle during my commutes. Since I only have a 4 1/2 mile ride, it's not worth changing into more cycling-appropriate clothing so I'm usually wearing khakis.

The rubber bands are just to keep my cuffs away from the chain. I have to replace them frequently because they break often. It's not very convenient.

What do you do?
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Old 12-10-10, 06:51 PM   #2
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I have a velcro strap that I use on my right leg. The LBS sold it for a couple of dollars. My particular one has a nice, large reflective strip. I simply leave the strap on my handlebars when I put the bike away.
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Old 12-10-10, 07:01 PM   #3
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I live in Southern California.. I wear shorts year round. Sometimes I might ride to the store, or to hang out with friends in my jeans, in which case, i'll just roll my pant legs up.
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I probably have a dozen velcro straps. They hand them out at the local bike to work day. And yet, I'm without one so I've used rubber bands, binder clips, and just tucked them into my socks. Whatever works.
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Old 12-10-10, 07:44 PM   #6
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I just roll it up. Hasn't been cold enough to bother me, yet.
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Tucked into my socks. If I'm not wearing socks, I'm wearing shorts anyway.

I figure that it's okay if dirt gets onto my socks, and they're long enough to account for the chainring. Velcro straps and other devices that hold the pant legs snug don't offer protection like that. So, I've got a bunch of straps sitting around waiting for me to get rid of them.
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Velcro straps, roll up, tuck into socks; what ever is do-able at the time.
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I live in Southern California.. I wear shorts year round. Sometimes I might ride to the store, or to hang out with friends in my jeans, in which case, i'll just roll my pant legs up.
Same here. I commute year-round in shorts but I do keep some velcro audio cable wraps on my bikes for the occasional opportunistic ride around the neighborhood.
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I braid my leg hair up around my pant leg to hold it up
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Chunk of old tube tied with a knot...super rubber band.
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Currently I work in my work clothes and usually change for the ride home. When I start riding in both directions, I will wear what works for me on the bike and change at work. Even though I work in a warehouse with a rather lax dress code (lycra is verbotten), I would still change anyway. Never know when some punk is gonna target you with their paintball gun, some bird is gonna dive bomb you, bodily fluids rain down on you as you cross under a bridge...
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I bought a European bike with a chainguard. If I had to change clothing, that would make cycling less convenient than driving, and I'd probably stop doing it.

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I use rubberbands. I maybe break one every other week. They are faster than velcro, roll ups, etc.
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Velcro. When not using it on your leg, wrap it around your brake lever and bar tight so the brake is engaged. Or wrap it snugly around the front wheel and downtube.

If anyone tries a quick grab it may stymie them long enough to drop it and leave.
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I bought a box of this and made my own: http://www.homedepot.com/Tools-Hardw...atalogId=10053

It's 2" wide so it's comfortable and there's enough for several people.
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If you are wearing long socks, you can always stuff your cuff in the sock.

Why are we even discussing this? It is so obvious.

Makes a great fashion statement, but works well....unlike the Velcro strap which has a tendency to disappear out of my pannier (usually attached to some piece of clothing... damned Velco...)
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What do you do?
Nothing. Three of my bikes are equipped with SKS Chainboards (chain guard) and the fourth is a shaft drive.


Thinking about a Hebie Chainglider for one or two of my rides, though.
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I also have a Euro bike with a chain guard and proper fenders which work great. On my previous commuter, I used the velcro straps but, between occasionaly misplacing them and the front fender not running as low and throwing muck onto my pant cuffs, I find my current setup a big improvement in convenience and cleanliness.
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I use velcro dork bands, or a bandanna when I can't find one of the dork bands.
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I use velcro straps.. I have some fabric ones that work well. The ones that look like 3M tape were too slippery to stay up.
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I bought a European bike with a chainguard. If I had to change clothing, that would make cycling less convenient than driving, and I'd probably stop doing it.

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I may yet put a chainguard on my current bike, but if I build up another commuter, and especially if I do it with an IGH, it'll certainly have a chainguard. I'm just hoping for someone to make brifters for the 11sp Alfine hub (I could settle for the 8sp setup, but 8 is less than 11.. ).
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Just to throw a different answer out there, I couldn't find my velcro strap one day, so I grabbed an extra toe clip strap that was laying on the bench in the garage and ended up using the rest of the season. At some point, I took a minute to cut it down to the length I needed and re-melting the end. Totally custom now...
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