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    This has puzzled me for a while...

    What is up with the whole one pant leg pulled up while riding a bike?

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    Is it the right-side pant leg?

    The cyclist may not want to get it greasy / torn from the chain / chainring.

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    Ah! Duh! Thanks, dude! lol

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    That is from personal experience. I can't think of any other reasons.

    Usually if I have to ride in long pants for some reason, I will tuck the left hand side of the right leg into my sock just to keep it out of the way of things.

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    That's usually done by riders who are a little more mentally balanced than I am -- I'm distracted to the point of irritation by doing that, so I strap down my pant legs (yes, both -- the left one has flapped into the rear tire and actually caught once or twice!). Not too much different from what I was required to do in the Army.

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    I do it just to look cool.

    (more cool than I would look with a big black greasy tear in my pants )

    If I plan ahead I have velcro pant leg straps that hold it together, but often I jsut hop on and ride.

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    Last week, I was at a sports & trophy shop, and I bought two pairs of orange athletic socks, Day glow orange.
    I've decided to tuck both pants legs into my socks, for the sake of uniformity. I think the florourecent orange will add visibility.
    Actually, a couple of months ago, I got my left pant leg caught on the water bottle cage, and ripped the pants.

    Right now, on Long Island, we have frozen rain and slush on the ground. But come spring, I will be wearing shorts again.
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    I thought it was to keep the body hydrated by exposing a leg, but I guess it makes more sense for the purpose of not wanting to get the pant leg stuck on the gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LarDasse74 View Post
    If I plan ahead I have velcro pant leg straps that hold it together, but often I jsut hop on and ride.
    That's why I keep my reflective slap bands wrapped around the top tube and head tube of my bike. Even if I won't need them for a ride, they can hurt to stay on the bike and increase my visibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bdude View Post
    What is up with the whole one pant leg pulled up while riding a bike?
    It's a gang thang. It means you are holding out on drugs and what not.

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    I loled. Twice. Then I cried. Then I rubbed one out and cried again, but thanks for sharing.

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    I don't wear pants when I ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 531phile View Post
    It's a gang thang. It means you are holding out on drugs and what not.
    Reminds me of the guys who used to roll a pack of cigarettes in a t-shirt sleeve.

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    I do it to keep my pants from getting caught in my chain.

    Around 6 months ago I forgot to roll my pant leg up while I was on my fixed gear. My pant leg got caught in the chain, and since I couldn't stop pedaling it almost made me crash while riding on a very busy road. I'm assuming it wouldn't have been as big of a deal if I was on my geared bike.

    Needless to say, I never forget to roll my pant legs up anymore. I don't wear socks that are high enough for me to tuck my pants into them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bdude View Post
    . . .What is up with the whole one pant leg pulled up while riding a bike?
    Euro-Trash Chic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 531phile View Post
    It's a gang thang. It means you are holding out on drugs and what not.
    Well now that you say that some things are starting to make sense......

    I used those reflective strap things one time and my neighbor looked at me like I was a social outcast. Next time I will blind him with the reflective power of my white legs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Bones View Post
    Euro-Trash Chic.
    No, euro trash chic would be the hipsters riding fixies with their skinny leg jeans with no need for the pant roll.
    Mythical Creatures Touched Me in my Bathing Suit Area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
    No, euro trash chic would be the hipsters riding fixies with their skinny leg jeans with no need for the pant roll.
    . . .with a cell phone and a paper cup of wine. OK, fair enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
    No, euro trash chic would be the hipsters riding fixies with their skinny leg jeans with no need for the pant roll.
    OK, you just flashed my mind onto that nasty Miller Lite ad campaign about tasteless guys (the one with the guy wearing his GF's jeans and calling them 'skinny jeans', when he could barely walk and unable to sit down; asked about the game on TV, "Score still 21-32?", and his bud said, "Yeah -- just like your jeans size.")

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    I roll up the left Levi pant leg and the Camel bullets get rolled up in the right t-shirt sleeve....A little 4-Roses in the hair,cinch down the high top Converse and I'm ready to roll....
    Last edited by Booger1; 01-20-11 at 05:09 PM.
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    I was rolling up my right pant leg for awhile but it can get cold being exposed to winter weather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikecommuter99 View Post
    I was rolling up my right pant leg for awhile but it can get cold being exposed to winter weather.


    to BF, BikeCommuter99!


    Rolling up your pant leg is supposed to be "Cool" NOT "Cold"!

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    After I finished replacing the tubes and tires, adjusting the seat height, etc. on the bike my son gave me ( Trek 4900 ) figured I do a test ride at the park behind my house.

    As I was about to climb aboard, noticed that it didn't have that chain guard plate thing that my Varsity had.

    What to do? Didn't want to change out of my work pants, just wanted to ride.

    Should I stuff my pants leg into my sock? or just chance it...

    Took the chance, when for the ride, had way too much fun, came home, changed, and did 2 more hours.
    Being Dyslectic, the 4 years I spent in the UK driving on the left, just felt Right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spatchka View Post
    After I finished replacing the tubes and tires, adjusting the seat height, etc. on the bike my son gave me ( Trek 4900 ) figured I do a test ride at the park behind my house.
    I figured you had a lot of time on your hands if you're digging up year old posts.

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    Yea, that's what us noobs do, read everything on the board.

    Didn't check the date.

    Won't happen again.

    Back to my hole...
    Being Dyslectic, the 4 years I spent in the UK driving on the left, just felt Right...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bdude View Post
    I thought it was to keep the body hydrated by exposing a leg, .
    Yes! That's it.
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