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Old 03-22-13, 10:41 AM   #1
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Biking pants for cooler weather

At my age I have no desire to wear something that looks like it was sprayed on. I'm old enough that I don't care what others think I look like or if I am fashionable. I'd like to find a pair of biking pants that have pockets, tapered legs so they stay out of the front sproket, and especially belt loops. I want to be able to carry my phone to plot my workout. So far I just put a couple of large rubber bands around the cuff on my jeans. Does anyone make biking pants like I am describing?
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Old 03-22-13, 11:07 AM   #2
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Levi's makes jeans for bike commuting and although you don't say you want them for commuting, they do have pockets, tapered legs and belt loops!

I have a pair I use for commuting in cooler weather and they work fine for my relatively short commute (16 mile round trip), but are not really comfortable enough for a century, for example.

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Old 03-22-13, 11:25 AM   #3
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You might reconsider "sprayed on" pants. Here's why:

1. You don't care what others think you look like.
2. You can get bike tights with a built-in pad
3. They are probably cheaper then real pants
4. If you have a "sprayed on jersey" you can carry your stuff in the back pockets.
5. Cycling-specific pants won't get stuck on the saddle, and there are no seams to sit on.

I guess I'm bringing this up because a year ago I got some "Ascent subway padded thermal tights" for only $16, and they've been great. Really warm, durable, and comfortable.
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Old 03-22-13, 11:40 AM   #4
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I have a pair of these http://www.bicycleclothing.com/Patro...ts-Unisex.html which I can wear over bike shorts. They have belt loops, pockets, velcro straps around the ankles etc. Legs zip off to turn them into shorts if it gets warm.
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Old 03-22-13, 11:41 AM   #5
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I just wear your typical sweat-pants along with thermal undies in cold weather. It works for me!
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Old 03-22-13, 01:04 PM   #6
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I'm with TromboneAl on this one, but if you're determined to avoid that good advice, you might see if your bike shop has some reflective ankle straps that wrap around your cuffs and keeps them out of the chain.
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Old 03-22-13, 01:53 PM   #7
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I have a couple pair of Asics running pants... They are stretchy but not tight with legs that taper down to an elasticized cuff that opens and closes with a zipper.... They are warm but not too warm for cool days... I'm hoping that they never ever wear out because they work great on the bike and they're very comfortable. (I wear bike shorts under them)...

They are clearly 'athletic wear' -- but not so extreme that they look out of place when I wear them to the grocery store of whatever...

Unfortunately I bought them a number years ago. I don't know if they are still available...
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Old 03-22-13, 02:35 PM   #8
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If tight Lycra is not to your choice then there are running trousers that are not tight fitting although they are not on the loose side either. My problem with any non cycling clothing is the fit and the material. Jeans and Denim is not a good material for exercise. it doesn't stretch and is not wind or water resistant. Cold wet denim is not the most comfortable to be wearing and most non-sports material would be the same.
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Old 03-22-13, 04:29 PM   #9
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I have Jersey Knit Sweat Pants, Track Warmup over-trousers..

the Polyester fleece is on the inside part of the fabric,
they are smooth on the outside.

no Lycra. but there is stretch in the fabric. Black for the occasional chain tag.

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Old 03-22-13, 05:18 PM   #10
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I use Blackburn cycle pants,they keep me warm down to 20*(I don;t ride below that) and never feel the wind.Highly recommend.BUT the pair I have ,there are no pockets or padding.I throw a pair of baggy shorts over them and use the shorts,padding and pockets.This seems like a good place to complain about riding shorts with pockets that don;t have velcro or zippers.I don't know how many times I got my MTB handle bars stuck in the open pockets.
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Old 03-22-13, 05:51 PM   #11
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Hi,

Mountain bike shorts tick all your boxes I think.

I've bought some cycling shorts because "you really need to".
I'm not so sure with my saddle, but they have been fine
under jeans in the winter, but not really necessary so far,
my full leg thermals seem a better cold weather option.

I will use them under loose thin shorts in the summer.

I agree, at 50+ looking like a trussed up chicken is not good.

Edit :
I'd guess lined winter walking trousers would also be good.

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Old 03-22-13, 06:03 PM   #12
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Check out Sporthill Zone 3 pants. My wife and I use them for cycling and skiing. If you get some, get the zone 3's. They are wind proof to 30 mph, and dry rapidly. The XC model is a good one. I've been riding and skiing in one pair for about 6-7 years, and there is still a lot of life left. They are not cheap, but in this case you get what you pay for.

http://www.sporthill.com/

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Old 03-22-13, 06:25 PM   #13
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...They are wind proof to 30 mph...
Hi,

Not being awkward but what on earth does that really mean ?
What phenomenon occurs at 30 mph they can no longer cope with ?

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Old 03-22-13, 06:44 PM   #14
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Hi,

Not being awkward but what on earth does that really mean ?
What phenomenon occurs at 30 mph they can no longer cope with ?
Ummmmm ... wind at 30mph?

This table might explain ...

http://www.erh.noaa.gov/iln/tables.htm

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Old 03-22-13, 06:47 PM   #15
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I often wear baseball/softball pants.
fairly snug fit around the lower leg and ankles to avoid the chain,
can use a belt, have a pocket, don't look cycle associated,
wash and wear well, aren't overly expensive.
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Old 03-22-13, 07:30 PM   #16
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In the winter I wear 10 oz cotton duck carpenter pants with a layer of merino underneath... they are windproof, highly water resistant, and pockets abound so what I need isn't buried in my jacket pockets.

They also have zip off legs so are very nice all season pants that I use for hiking and cycle touring.
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Old 03-22-13, 07:32 PM   #17
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Thanks for all the advise. I will look at some baseball pants, never thought of those. I wear mountain biking shorts in warm weather and like the padding. If I need to stop somewhere on the way home from riding I don't feel I stick out while wearing them since they look like regular shorts. I need the belt loops so my phone stays with me to track my progress.
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Check out Sporthill Zone 3 pants. My wife and I use them for cycling and skiing. If you get some, get the zone 3's. They are wind proof to 30 mph, and dry rapidly. The XC model is a good one. I've been riding and skiing in one pair for about 6-7 years, and there is still a lot of life left. They are not cheap, but in this case you get what you pay for.

http://www.sporthill.com/
I wear Original Sporthill Pants for cool but not cold weather. Cotton/poly blend with no padding. Just a little bit tight - not 'sprayed-on'.
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Old 03-22-13, 08:53 PM   #20
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You might reconsider "sprayed on" pants. Here's why:

1. You don't care what others think you look like.
2. You can get bike tights with a built-in pad
3. They are probably cheaper then real pants
4. If you have a "sprayed on jersey" you can carry your stuff in the back pockets.
5. Cycling-specific pants won't get stuck on the saddle, and there are no seams to sit on.

I guess I'm bringing this up because a year ago I got some "Ascent subway padded thermal tights" for only $16, and they've been great. Really warm, durable, and comfortable.
I agree completely. A pair of shorts worn over the winter tights or knickers could be used, but only if you care about what others think.
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Old 03-22-13, 09:32 PM   #21
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...They are wind proof to 30 mph...
Hi,

Not being awkward but what on earth does that really mean ?
What phenomenon occurs at 30 mph they can no longer cope with ?
It is a windproof breathable medium weight fleece. It is just the nature of the material. It should explain it in Sporthill's catalog. I have a pair of gloves made out of the same material, and they are really warm considering their light weight.
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Old 03-23-13, 08:18 AM   #22
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Try these from Rivendell, I tried a pair when I was ordering some parts from them. I liked them enough that I ended up ordering all colors. I wear them year round, with base layer during the winter and without during the summer. They have an elastic belt built in, extra deep pockets, a gusset panel in the crotch, either zip or velcro tapers on the ankles and a built in strip of Scotchlite reflective panel on the legs.
I really haven't found anything I like better.

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Old 03-23-13, 11:24 AM   #23
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Those Musa pants look great, thanks for the link. I've been using Aerotech non padded tights over my shorts and they're good to the low 30's and have a bit of water resistance and insulation, zippered ankles all for $45. Doesn't sound like what the OP's looking for though.
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