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View Poll Results: Do you tuck or cuff?
I cuff ONE pant leg. 25 22.12%
I cuff TWO pant legs. 27 23.89%
I tuck ONE pant leg. 12 10.62%
I tuck TWO pant legs. 7 6.19%
I don't have to worry cause I got a chain guard. 6 5.31%
Other. 36 31.86%
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Old 02-17-05, 10:34 PM   #1
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Been noticing all the silly polls lately. Thought I would get in on it for lack of better things to do. I did a quick search and didn't really see this topic addressed, so what do you do?

I cuff two pant legs because my favorite pair of riding pants are a little baggy so if I don't they get all chewed up on both sides.

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Old 02-17-05, 11:58 PM   #2
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I also have an ankle strap. Sometimes I cuff the one left leg. Sometimes I wear the ankle strap. Then sometimes I'm wearing tights.
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Old 02-18-05, 12:17 AM   #3
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Velcro is a wonderful thing. Then again most of the time I'm wearing shorts
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Old 02-18-05, 12:28 AM   #4
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My strict Victorian era values forbid me from showing my man ankles.
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I cuff if I'm wearing street pants. Add knee socks for a spiffy knickers look.
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Old 02-18-05, 01:09 AM   #6
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Velcro is a wonderful thing.
So are socks. Just stuff it in your sock.
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Old 02-18-05, 03:28 AM   #7
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Or leave it flapping and let the bike tell you how long it should be. Had a pair of chool pants (yes, that long ago...) torn off all the way to the crotch by my first fixie. That was a bad day.

On second thoughts, stuff that cuff in your sock.
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Old 02-18-05, 03:29 AM   #8
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So are socks. Just stuff it in your sock.
Bike socks are too short
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Old 02-18-05, 04:52 AM   #9
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So are socks. Just stuff it in your sock.
Stretches the elastic too much, besides big rubber bands are free.

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I look like a dork, walking around the house with one pantleg up. My gf thinks it is funny. On days I run errands, I leave the pant cuffed.

In some inner cities in the us, your right pant leg rolled up to your calf means you have drugs to sell.. so watch out.
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Old 02-18-05, 05:34 AM   #11
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I'm building up my first fixed gear, so's I'll be cuffing my right pant leg shortly.

Currently I just use those reflective velcro bands.
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Old 02-18-05, 10:31 AM   #12
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Bike socks are too short
Guess the length of my flares go to the floor so sock height is not an issue. And even though they're wider than a guys' jeans, the cycling sock seems to spring back after a wash.

This works good for lunch-time errands. No straps ect. When I get off the bike, it's a quick tug and into the store I go. No geek factor in the store.
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The pants I usually wear during cold weather have a built in velcro strap thing that works well enough. Otherwise, I roll or tie a bandanna around my leg.
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I have a 4" wide wrist support from an old wrist injury that works great as a pant strap. If I am wearing my neoprene booties I will tuck my pants into them as well but that is more for warmth than keeping them out of the chain.
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Old 02-18-05, 11:12 AM   #15
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Does no-one else use trouser clips?
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If I wear fleece trousers, I tuck the chain-side leg.

Otherwise I'm riding with full-length lycra or "regular" shorts. I hate to deprive the world of my legs.

And you want to talk about fashion nightmares? Those full-length tights with hiking boots.
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In warm weather I wear shorts, and in cold weather I wear sweat pants. So its not neccesary to worry about the cuffs.
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Shorts... Yup, Lycra even... with nice padding... Ahhhhh... the only way to ride. You don't have to look like a team rider, but there is nothing like a good pair of riding shorts to make the ride so much nicer.

I did a little neighborhood run about two weeks ago in Levis... Oh, the pain. Pinched in all the wrong spots. Yikes!
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Wear cuffed pants, like jeans, when riding a bicycle??? You've got to be kidding.
That's like wearing a ski parka to go swimming, or a swim suit to go ice fishing, or a tuxedo to go backpacking...
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With khakis cuff both to show off the calves and the ink. It's nice on somedays to putter into work, and not have to change clothes. Just roll down the cuffs, throw on the dress shoes, and tighten the tie. Plus the looks you get when you're in a button down shirt and tie while on a zoomy road bike are priceless.
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Shorts... Yup, Lycra even... with nice padding... Ahhhhh... the only way to ride. You don't have to look like a team rider, but there is nothing like a good pair of riding shorts to make the ride so much nicer.

I did a little neighborhood run about two weeks ago in Levis... Oh, the pain. Pinched in all the wrong spots. Yikes!
That new Serfas saddle with the large cut-out "allows" me to do quick errands under 5 miles with ease. Saves the hassle of changing, re-changing just for a quick errand. Err..Your mileage may vary.
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I don't cuff, tuck, clip or band. Two plus years of nearly daily commuting and never gotten caught in the chain. Maybe I just ride with better form than the rest of you.
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Does no-one else use trouser clips?
Sure do.

Of course, I have the advantage of being so cool otherwise that I can get away with wearing very nerdy velcro pants clips.
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Wear cuffed pants, like jeans, when riding a bicycle??? You've got to be kidding.
That's like wearing a ski parka to go swimming, or a swim suit to go ice fishing, or a tuxedo to go backpacking...
I don't agree. As far as bike clothing goes...If it's comfortable it's rideable. I have pants that I don't ride in...but my favorite pants (volcom cargo pants) are extremely comfortable when riding my bicycle. A ski parka would be ruined swimming, and in a swim suit you die from hypothermia while ice fishing. As long as by butt dosn't hurt while riding, and the family jewels arn't scratched or harmed I think anything is rideable clothing. Now if I didn't notice the sarcasim, I do appologize.

Oh yeah, and the above dosn't count if your obsessed with speed or with status.

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I will cuff, strap or stick in to a sock when not wearing lycra, but then I forget... At one point last year all of my dress pants had chain grease on them. *sigh* I have finally accepted the need to change when I get to work and have embraced the full lycra look.
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