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Old 11-04-07, 01:09 PM   #1
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Looking for knickers...(casual bike pants)

Okay call me a fred or whatever..but I am looking to get a few pairs of knickers to wear into the office on weekends. I am usually only at work 2 days a week and work every weekend so the dress code is quite a bit more relaxed. I commute to work but it seems the cleaning lady is taunting me by cleaning the mens restroom about the time that I come in to change clothes. I figured I might be able to save a step and just wear my clothes to work. So, I am looking for a couple pairs of reasonably priced knickers 40$ or less. I can't quite justify spending 100$+ with tuition coming due at the end of the year here.

Any suggestions out there. I suppose I could get a couple pairs of the Dickies pants and get them tailored to a similar length as a last ditch effort.

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What's your climate like? Wool has more give than cotton Dickies and won't get as soggy and waterlogged in the rain.
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Old 11-04-07, 02:15 PM   #3
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well it is South Texas...

Hot hot hot during the summer, winters can be unpredictable. Last year we had a little ice and people flipped. Winter can be unpredictable here, mostly dry cold air or misty all day. But I am mostly looking for somethign for those sunny cold days.
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Well, a light gauge wool might do the trick. Wool does wick moisture better than cotton and doesn't get so smelly when you sweat. Maybe a cotton/linen blend? I just don't care for riding in cotton pants unless they have a little lycra in them (lots of women's pants do, no clue about men's). Knitted as opposed to woven cotton would be ok, but those are usually not suitable for work.
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Wait a sec.... do you mean knickerbockers?
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Wait a sec.... do you mean knickerbockers?

yes I do. but I dont want something that is tapered down like knickerbockers usually are. Chrome bags has a style I like and from what everyone else says, they are rather comfortable. I just find the cost a little hard to swallow.

I guess what I am looking for is a male version of capri pants.
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yes I do. but I dont want something that is tapered down like knickerbockers usually are. Chrome bags has a style I like and from what everyone else says, they are rather comfortable. I just find the cost a little hard to swallow.

I guess what I am looking for is a male version of capri pants.
Well the undertheweather sit'n'spins are $120 retail now. They are very durable.

http://under-the-weather.ca/
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yeah they are nice, but to my disappointment they cost mroe than I spend for all my utility bills combined.

Looks like the modified dickies are going to be the only thing in my budget. Thanks for all your help guys and gals.
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Checkout the fixed gear forum!
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Couple of suggestions:
http://www.bicyclefixation.com/shop.html

And hit up the local thrift stores and look for wool suit pants.(the church based ones are usually excellent, especially the Presbyterian and Episcopal ones) I usually pay under $2usd a pair and with a bit of cutting and sewing can make a decent set of cycling slacks. BTW if you really luck up you might find a set of the old wool whipcord work pants, I still see those in the occasional hunting catalog. For all but the hottest days I prefer wool for everyday wear. In the heat of summer I wear the longer length Carhart cotton duck/canvas shorts.

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Portland Cyclewear has some options. I just happened to see their link here on the bikeforums a few minutes before viewing your post. So I have no personal experience with the company or their products.

Wool, $39.00: http://www.portlandcyclewear.com/cat...57/5120808.htm

They also have 3/4-length "messenger" pants that are $72.00 -- or $39.90 if you buy a dozen or more: know 11 same-size friends who cycle?

http://www.portlandcyclewear.com/cat...57/5102958.htm
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And hit up the local thrift stores and look for wool suit pants.(the church based ones are usually excellent, especially the Presbyterian and Episcopal ones) I usually pay under $2usd a pair and with a bit of cutting and sewing can make a decent set of cycling slacks. BTW if you really luck up you might find a set of the old wool whipcord work pants...
Best suggestion of all!

Donnamb is right about wool...especially a nice lightweight wool. Should be relatively easy to find such a thing at a thrift shop. If you are at all handy at sewing, you should not have any problems converting a pair of slacks into a nice pair of knicker[bocker]s.

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Wool uniform pants--like cops and service people wear--are another good option. They're a little stiffer and more durable than the wool suit pants. I found a couple pair for $3 at a resale shop.

Dry clean only, so it might be cheaper to throw them out when they get real dirty. But wool never gets stinky, and you can brush off dirt or blot off many stains.
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Use regular cycling clothes as you've done in the past and simply install an inexpensive "throwbolt" lock on the bathroom door at work.
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yeah, thrift shops.

buy pants.

chop below knee. sew. it's easy to hand sew a hem on a pair of chopped pants and even easier to run them thru a sewing machine.
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I just wear thin cargo pants, roll them up above the water bottle cages. I am fine up to hour+ even on road seat no padded shorts. I have found that boxers not so good when riding, certian parts get squished. Something more with support like mens bikini briefs or tighter cut briefs. Maybe that's just me. Works ok in Houston.
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if you dig Chrome's, then you can chck out Chicago wig, who will tailor pants for you, alternately, you can look at hoss; http://www.hossmtb.com/shop/index.ph...products_id=16

or, hit up old navy, get their nylon/cotton cargo pants, and add scissors. plus, the ones I bought had pockets on the ankles that I turned into tool pouches.

you should look at Fixed gear gallery reviews, ( http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/reviews/knickers/ ) and the fixed gear forum here. Also, wool is a great idea.
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Read the latest to make sure you're in style though

http://bikesnobnyc.blogspot.com/2007...nt-tastic.html
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