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    Pants for commuting

    Any recommendations for fall/winter pants? I was looking at this, something where you can just get off bike and go about your business.

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    You could consider some pants designed specifically for bicycle commuting.

    Example: Black Bike to Work Pants - Betabrand

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    I bike in my office pants. I have fenders. I always have a spare pair at work in case of unforeseen circumstances, like getting splashed with mud by another vehicle, etc.

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    I bicycle in lycra and tights, then change at work. The only difference in winter is more layers. My commute is 40 miles RT and I'll ride aggressively and get sweaty even in the cold.

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    I've had good luck with REI Adventures Pants, myself, at least until the mornings get too cool for them.

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    Duluth Trading Company makes some really tough and comfortable pants. These are my personal favorites. I also like summer-weight army BDU pants.
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    I call them tights.

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    Signing on to this thread as I'm starting to look for some pants as well. I've been using a pair of loose fitting pearl izumi cycling pants I bought a long time ago. I like 'em because they have pockets and because they look sort of like normal pants when I go into work. I'm looking for something else as well.

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    I pretty much live in landscaping pants... these have a zip off leg and are 10 oz cotton duck which is breathable, water resistant, and tough.

    The cargo pockets are handy for keeping all my stuff organized and really good when I ride the recumbent as then I don't worry about losing stuff.

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    I wear levis commuter jeans almost year round (if it goes below the low 20s I wear might warmer tights)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I pretty much live in landscaping pants... these have a zip off leg and are 10 oz cotton duck which is breathable, water resistant, and tough.

    The cargo pockets are handy for keeping all my stuff organized and really good when I ride the recumbent as then I don't worry about losing stuff.
    Any brands that you like? I like the idea of cotton duck pants; then all I'd need is a carradice bag to sort of complete the ensemble, .

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
    Any brands that you like? I like the idea of cotton duck pants; then all I'd need is a carradice bag to sort of complete the ensemble, .
    Mark's Work Wearhouse... they also have an unbeatable money back guarantee.


    DUCK ZIP LEG WORK PANTS | Mark's.com | Online Shopping for Casual Clothing, Footwear and More

    I went touring a few weekends ago and wore my cargo pants as shorts, when it cooled off in the evening I just zipped up the legs and was good for the night.

    They also offer plainer versions for less but the $54.00 has been money well spent as they just last and last...

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    If it's cold enough for long pants then I wear some relaxed fit athletic pants usually Adidas or UA or something similar. Sometimes I wear cargo pants with lots of pockets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    Mark's Work Wearhouse... they also have an unbeatable money back guarantee.


    DUCK ZIP LEG WORK PANTS | Mark's.com | Online Shopping for Casual Clothing, Footwear and More

    I went touring a few weekends ago and wore my cargo pants as shorts, when it cooled off in the evening I just zipped up the legs and was good for the night.

    They also offer plainer versions for less but the $54.00 has been money well spent as they just last and last...
    Mark's Work Warehouse is a great place to shop for "practical and normal looking commuting clothes". A lot better the any LBS.

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    I've been known to ride in shorts down to 30 degrees, anywhere below that I just wear jeans (with shorts and sometimes sweats underneath with a elastic band wrapped around the ankles so that they don't get caught in the chain rings. I change from shorts to jeans (or khaki pants) and polo shirt when I get to work. Same went for my former job, I never had a strict dress code where I've worked.
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    something where you can just get off bike and go about your business.
    Depends on your business .. Black wins no Brooks Butt. .. chain oil wont show Stretchy Knits give, woven fabrics dont ..

    you may not have a super casual job, to where track warmup trousers go but if loose.. its sweatpants FTW..

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    Quote Originally Posted by calyco View Post
    Any recommendations for fall/winter pants? I was looking at this, something where you can just get off bike and go about your business.

    Guide Pants | Eddie Bauer
    I think you're on the right track. The latest few generations of outdoor pants/shorts has seen spandex worked into their blends. They're awesome for mobility. It's a revelation.

    I bike and hike in Patagonia's version of the pants. I also use EMS's (Eastern Mountain Sports)version of the shorts. As ret3 mentioned, REI has versions, as well.

    Just be sure to roll up the leg on the chain side. It sucks to rip an $80 pair of pants.

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    No pants. Tights like a ballerina, except in black.

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    How cold are we talking? I have lighter and a heavier weight pair of kuhl pants that I wear down to around freezing. Gusseted crotch makes non-cycle specific pants much more comfortable on the bike. Below freezing I switch over to Craft cross country ski pants.

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    Cycling will cause wear on the seat of your work/suit trousers and can suffer damage in a spill.
    I only wear them occasionally. Usually I ride in std , cheap hiking pants.

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    Usually the same as if I were walking or driving. Jeans most days, dress slacks or suit others. A lot depends on the bike you're riding. Dutch city bikes make life a bit easier in the fashion dept.
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    I just wear tights and change when I get to where I'm going, but my dad has these: swrve ? Winter Softshell Trousers

    They're pricy, but my dad is a frugal man and still thinks they're worth it. He wears them from about -10 to 40 F. I think he also has a pair of the mid-weight trousers for spring and fall. He wears them pretty much the entire week and doesn't have to worry about them starting to smell.

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    I haven't tried them for biking yet (I can let you know in a few weeks), but I've been digging my Bluff Works pants for all sorts of activity and travel though.

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    In the winter I wear a pair of Mountain Hardwear zip off pants. In extreme cold, I wear tights underneath. When it rains, I have a pair of rain pants I think I got at Performance.

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    My office is casual so I can wear MTB shorts in warm weather and MTB or hiking pants when it's cooler. I tried the Zoic zip-off pants which are based on their Black Market shorts, but my knees are too bulky. I'm currently looking at a pair of Endura Humvee pants since I use the 3/4 version for mid weather commuting.

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