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    Not quite there yet Matariki's Avatar
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    Knickers anyone?

    The military surplus outfit linked below has some wool knickers that look like they might be great for cycling. They have a number of different types. Anyone here ordered from them? I am interested whether you think you got good value as well as some idea about how the sizes run (too large/too small).

    http://go-armynavy.com/military-surp...-knickers.html

    My co-workers make fun of my wool tights so I'd like to give them a better laugh with knickers

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    Great idea. Buy them. You will like them. Next you may have to find some tall wool socks.
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    Oh yeah! BTW, I rock knickers too. In particular, a pair of 1920's military equestrian ones.
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    Those look nice, and a good price.
    I made all of my wool knickers from Thrift Store dress slacks.

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    Argyle plaid knee-sox to complete the look..

    this has me scratching my head..

    " Sales price: $39.95
    Original Price: $39.95"
    Usual: boost Original price to make the sales deal look better..
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    Quote Originally Posted by noglider View Post
    Great idea. Buy them. You will like them. Next you may have to find some tall wool socks.
    I wore those when I was younger and spent some time climbing in Switzerland. Very comfortable and functional.

    FWIW - might google "kilt hose" to find cool socks to wear with them.
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    aka Tom Reingold noglider's Avatar
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    A lot of cyclists wear trousers like these in the UK, or at least they used to. Maybe they still do. But they don't call them knickers. That's their word for underpants. I think they're called "plus fours" because they stop four inches above the ankle. They have another name, too, I think. I didn't buy any when I was there. I folded my trousers up to just below the knee. I bought long socks there. They have great socks in the UK and other great wool products. Since they have a big wool industry there, the prices are really good. Next time I'm in the British Isles, I'll buy more socks.
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    Gah! Hate the even-numbered waist sizing. My waist has been 33 inches for the longest time. Those do look nice though. I also like the idea of modifying thrift store pants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brennan View Post
    Gah! Hate the even-numbered waist sizing. My waist has been 33 inches for the longest time. Those do look nice though. I also like the idea of modifying thrift store pants.
    Good find! You usually have to pay a minimum of twice that price to find anything you'd actually want to wear. But only two styles have a size 36" which is what I'd really need if I was honest. And none come in black. Maybe not the worst thing since its the socks that have the greater chain-stain risk. Go for it, if you can fit in them. Back in the day I just rocked cross country ski bib knickers and called it good. I wasn't in a corporate setting then. Now, these would actually be a great idea day to day, but, pleats notwithstanding, I still wouldn't try wearing them to a staff meeting.

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