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    cyclist/gearhead/cycli... moxfyre's Avatar
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    How do you stop your pants from getting caught on the chainrings?

    I commute to work on my bike and my pants legs sometimes get snagged on the large chainring or on the pump on the left. I tried tucking my pants into my socks but it looks terrible and feels worse.

    Anybody have any tricks for this?
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    i use electrical tape. tape em tight, or in a little pigtail on the outside...
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    You can either cut your pants and turn them into manpris or buy some of those reflective velcro bands and strap them around your pants.
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    Duct tape... is there anything it can't do?

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    I use an elastic band, but back "in the day" everyone used metal clips to go around the pant cuffs.

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    I wear one of them velcro reflective band. You can probably find it in any bike store.

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    you can peg your pants like a New Kid.
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    I used these in the UK, now in Florida I only cycle with shorts on.

    See also the baggy pants thread earlier in this forum.

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    get some proper cycling pants

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    Roll one leg up. It's free!

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    Roll up the pant leg and look like a pirate.

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    I used to use rubber bands, because they cost nothing and were quite effective. There is some danger that you may rush out, hop on the bike, and forget them. There is a smaller, but real risk (happened to me once) that one of the rubber bands might break. Reverting to the old sock routine always seemed OK to me as an emergency measure, although I would not have wanted to do it as a regular practive..

    When I specified out my present commuter bike, I specified a chainguard as an essential item. I've found since then that this has added immeasurably to the convenience of using my bike, as opposed to driving, walking, or Metro.

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    Thanks for the info, I think I'll try a reflective velcro band! It's nice to find another DC person on here, PaulH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by royalflash
    get some proper cycling pants
    maybe you didn't notice my AV or the other 90% of my posts that in some way relate to the fact that I am a big guy! They don't make spandex to fit my big arse, nor can I just stroll into work in a pair of bike shorts. K. Thnx.
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    for the reflective value, I use reflective velcro thingies on BOTH legs. And they keep the wind out of my pants legs...
    And I am sure there are other choices I haven't thought of, yet...

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    I had those mentioned to me...now I know what those thingers @ the LBS are!
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    I just tuck mine into my sock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krispistoferson
    Roll one leg up. It's free!
    This is exactly what I do, just ask anyone who has seen me around before. Cheap, effective, and you dont have straps you could lose, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catatonic
    This is exactly what I do, just ask anyone who has seen me around before. Cheap, effective, and you dont have straps you could lose, etc.
    Yeah it worked fine during the summer :-) But this year I'd like to continue bike commuting throughout the winter and it's already pretty cold here in Maryland... plus I'm too lazy to change clothes at the end of my five mile commute.
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    then i would go with two velcro straps...each long enough to do at least 1-1/2 loops around the ankle and calf. If you can, rubberize part of the calf strip so it doesnt slide around.


    either that or get a neoprene ankle warmer and wear it on that leg, and just deal with removing a shoe, sliding it off, and rolling your pant leg down...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PWRDbyTRD
    maybe you didn't notice my AV or the other 90% of my posts that in some way relate to the fact that I am a big guy! They don't make spandex to fit my big arse, nor can I just stroll into work in a pair of bike shorts. K. Thnx.
    Sure they do. They sell sizes all the way up to XXL. And you can just change when you get to work like I do. The tight spandex really helps me reduce chaffing. Plus the wind flows around me and it feels better, even if I look like a fool.

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    Use a pair of bicycle clips (the metal things) or a pair of Velcro reflective bands. Your legs will stay nice and warm even below 0 C.



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    I meant one on each leg, of course.
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    I just use standard black velcro, cut 2 lengths of each type about 3/4 the distance around your ankle overlap and they stick to each other no sewing or anything,mine came from the local bagain shop $2au will get you enough for about 30 of them.
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