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Old 01-24-08, 06:04 PM   #1
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For those who wear knicker pants

Like the portland cycle wear, chrome variety or others, of course. I think I want to get a pair, just wondering if anyone has any thoughts or reviews on those they own.
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Old 01-24-08, 06:07 PM   #2
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the zippers on Portland cycle wear, are subpar. Other than that I like them.
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http://www.swrvestore.com/
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Old 01-24-08, 06:20 PM   #4
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I know of the swerve store, and read the reviews there which are repeated several times on the site and I don't really believe them. Do you own them? Tell me what you think, purty please.
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Make your own. Just find a pair of trousers and shorten the hem it.
It's not that hard and you can add personal touches.
I'm putting military badges on mine.
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Make your own. Just find a pair of trousers and shorten the hem it.
It's not that hard and you can add personal touches.
I'm putting military badges on mine.
I'm interested in the cycling specific features, ie articulated knees, hi/low cut waist, breathability etc which I wouldn't get in a pair of cut-off jeans.
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I wear Prana Zion stretch pants (rock climbing pants)

They're vented in the crotch, gusseted at the knees, high in the back, and they have snaps for rolling up, so they make great bike-pants
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I've got some army surplus wool knickers. They were cheap as hell, like under $20. The wool is a little itchy but I seem to gain a tolerance so it's only a problem at first and if I haven't worn them for awhile. They're the only thing I'll consider when doing a long ride in the cold weather (with bike shorts on underneath usually). Super nice wicking property, the cuff ends just below my knee, very warm yet I don't get sweaty and uncomfortable in them and they're rugged as hell.
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Swrve knickers are the BEST. They're fitted, have bike specific seams, stretch, have pockets where you need them (which are pink btw), and are durable (I also rock climb in mine). They are worth every penny.
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Swrve knickers are the BEST. They're fitted, have bike specific seams, stretch, have pockets where you need them (which are pink btw), and are durable (I also rock climb in mine). They are worth every penny.
how are they fitted? i can wear a 36 or a 38 and i hate buying before trying. so do their sizes run big or small?
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how are they fitted? i can wear a 36 or a 38 and i hate buying before trying. so do their sizes run big or small?
The waist runs big, the leg cut is fitted. I think the material is related to that used for old style ski stretch pants before they went skin tight--making a comeback, I guess--if you're familiar w/ that stuff. I consider myself a 36 but often fit smaller. To be safe, I ordered 36. The waist was huge but the legs were still fitted--which I think they would have been even had I ordered the 34. Mind you, I do have frog legs, but I think I'm correct: this is not a baggy cut on the leg but is generous in the waist. Very flexible fabric. Haven't tried them much cause I didn't like the color and I've been having to stick to the snow salt sludge pants but I think these will be my standard summer rain day shorts. Their folk were very cool and helpful.
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Old 01-25-08, 01:40 AM   #14
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I have a pair of narrow-ish fitting dickies that I cut and hemmed--that way you can have them exactly as long as you want them, they're well made, and best of all--they're *cheap*.
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I have a pair of Cyclefixation knickers. I bought them because they seemed to fanciest/dressiest of the ones I was looking at. Grey wool, button closure at the cuff, etc. The weirdest feature is the elastic waistband that covers the back half. Unless you buy small and it is stretched very tight, you look like you're wearing a diaper. An added effect is when the elastic gathers, it flares the back pockets open, which are too big to begin with and don't have any way to close (button, zipper, velcro). The finish is good, but if I were redesigning I would ditch the elastic and add closure in some form to the back pockets.
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the zippers on Portland cycle wear, are subpar. Other than that I like them.
qft. they come apart fast. chad from portland has a (well earned) nasty reputation too.
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the girls' section at jc penny is a particularly good place to find 'knickers' (although i think they may prefer to call them 'capris,' 'clamdiggers', 'pedalpushers,' or more likely, 'shpants'). good luck.
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NAU, Portland based outdoor apparrel. It's like a softshell jacket, only for your legs. Mine are actually pants but I roll up the hem a few times. The fabric is very similar to the Rapha fixed gear knickers.
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I wear Prana Zion stretch pants (rock climbing pants)

They're vented in the crotch, gusseted at the knees, high in the back, and they have snaps for rolling up, so they make great bike-pants
I agree those are some of my favorite biking pants too.
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Rolled up Dickies "cell phone work pant" for me.

They are easily modifiable too.
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Old 01-25-08, 10:33 AM   #21
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chad from portland has a (well earned) nasty reputation too.
really?
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I have some swrve ones that the old lady bought me for X-Mas. They are comfortable, but I feel like a goon and they are way too expensive to be buying for myself.
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i have portland cyclewear messenger pants and swrve dynamic knickers.

portland cyclewear: great light stretchy material. the zippers are a bit weak but i haven't had problems. i cut out the liner with the light chamois. they're really comfy, the stretch is great.

swrve: these are cotton and thicker. more on the casual side, less on the technical side. they fit me very well, so they're comfy to ride in, but they're cotton.

both are more expensive than i'd like. got 'em both in group buys. they're worth every discounted penny.
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I have a pair of the UTW pants and they're great. I wear them more in the summer than in the winter, as I prefer heavier cutoff BDUs when the temp drops, but they're definitely very nice and built to last.
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I ordered up a pair of the swrvs this morning. I'm tired of trying to find jeans that fit in the thighs without getting too big in the waist, and I been needing some new threads for awhile now.
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