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Old 05-30-13, 02:49 PM   #1
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Recommend some light weight commuting pants

I am looking for comfortable pants to commute in that I can wear while I'm at work. I prefer to not come early and shower and I also ride to lunch so I don't want to shower and change then as well. I have been wearing jeans but it's getting hot and it was in the 100s several days here last summer. I can't wear shorts to work but I can get away with most any pair of pants.

I've seen a lot of commuter specific pants for $100-200+ but I would like to find some recommendations that are say $50 or less.
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Old 05-30-13, 03:56 PM   #2
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If the temperature is getting into the 100's, there's no real solution except wearing shorts for biking and changing into pants when you get there.

REI sells thin pants like these -
http://www.rei.com/product/810256/pr...mens-30-inseam

That's the best thing I can think of...that, or thin wool dress pants. Wool breathes better than anything else and let's the sweat out.
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Old 05-30-13, 08:46 PM   #3
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What about a pair of zip-off pants? Ride in with shorts and zip on the legs when you get there.
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Old 05-30-13, 09:13 PM   #4
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i have the shorts and the pants.

good deal.

http://www.target.com/p/c9-by-champi...s/-/A-14148908
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I have those C9 shorts and they are excellent. I commute year round in shorts and wouldn't even really consider wearing long pants. Like you've mentioned, most cycling/commuting pants are expensive. As was mentioned, it may be better to ride in shorts and change if you need to wear pants at work.
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Old 06-01-13, 04:38 PM   #6
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H&Ms Slim Fit pants are pretty great. They have some stretch and the leg opening is slim enough to avoid getting sucked into the chain. They also look good in an office setting.
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i have the shorts and the pants.

good deal.

http://www.target.com/p/c9-by-champi...s/-/A-14148908
In general, I find golf clothes good for commuting, especially when you want to look somewhat professional when you get off the bike. They are usually made of the same or similar material as other athletic clothing but have a corporate casual look to them. I have a pair of golf pants and multiple golf polo shirts Just get a velcro band to keep the bottom of the legs off your chain.
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Old 06-07-13, 12:22 PM   #8
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can't imagine trying to do both with a single pair of pants. I really can't.
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Believe it or not, you might like wearing lightweight wool dress trousers. Riding will wear them out rather quickly, unfortunately, but I wear them a lot on a bike. They may be hot while riding, but you reach a certain temperature, and they just won't get any hotter. They also look nice. Good wool clothes drop their wrinkles very quickly, so you'll stay looking good. I get some amazing good deals on very nice Italian-made wool trousers at Costco.
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I just got a pair of BDU's from the local Army/Navy store. The 100% cotton rip-stop cost $32.50 and are loose enough to roll up into shorts. They are relatively wrinkle free, comfortable, dry quick, and are khaki colored. If you want to blend in less, get them, ironically, in camouflage.
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They are pricey, but I have a couple pairs of Outlier pants (OG and Workwear) that I've beaten the hell out of for the last 4+ years (at times I've worn the Workwears every day for weeks) and they are still going strong. They dry quickly after riding through the rain, and are comfortable to wear even all day on bike. No fading, no stains from my saddles - I have other wool and cotton pants that have saddle/fade marks after only a few weeks or months of semi-regular wear on the bike.

I feel like a ridiculous commercial, and have a deep and abiding irritation for their marketing, but it is true that you pay for quality. One pair I bought new and one I picked up for a significant discount barely used on eBay - so you can always buy something cheaper but keep your eye out if the fancy stuff pops up there. I will also add that for myself, having products either made in the USA or elsewhere with well-documented fair labor standards is an important factor - others will have different opinions.
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Old 06-07-13, 06:37 PM   #12
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I am really tempted by Outlier specifically the Keirin cut but I really can't justify spending $200 on a pair of pants. It goes against my deepest core beliefs. But if I can truly wear them every day and never wash them etc etc , I might come around eventually
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I have a few pairs of the REI Adventures Pants that work pretty well. They are well constructed, don't look too bad (although they won't pass for formal) and are plenty light weight for hot summer days.
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Further North and on the Coast I have light Polyester fleece sweatpants /tracksuit trousers.

being a Knit fabric , they Give.. where woven fabrics Wont.
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I'm amazed no one made the suggestion of trying hospital scrubs. I never wore them cycling but have in Arizona Summer heat.
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+1 on zipper legs. I use them for golf all the time and love them. You can get various weights including very lightweight. Great for travel also.
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These Musa pants from Rivendell are good casual pants made for cycling. I wear them in temps up to 85 F in the summer and am perfectly comfortable. They used to make them in several colors, but only in black now.



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