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Old 08-06-18, 09:39 AM
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I remember back when all my pants still had thighs...

Anybody else wear through the thighs of their pants from riding? Am I doing it wrong? Any other weird struggles ya go thru?
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I have a weird one for you. Bicycling and hiking have taken off my butt, hips, and thighs, but not my Belly (Mom's side all have The Belly). I've gone down 4 pant sizes but I have to wear a belt or my jeans will keep sliding off my backside. At least I don't have overlapping thighs anymore.
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Originally Posted by Korina View Post
I have a weird one for you. Bicycling and hiking have taken off my butt, hips, and thighs, but not my Belly (Mom's side all have The Belly). I've gone down 4 pant sizes but I have to wear a belt or my jeans will keep sliding off my backside. At least I don't have overlapping thighs anymore.
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You mean the uh...inside of the thigh?

Only thing that helps with that for me is using a different material. (Mountain) bike shorts made of synthetic material last almost forever for me, as do cheap workout shorts, but jeans made of cotton wear out quickly.

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Yeah. I'm all for wearing regular clothes on the commute but I've also ruined a nice pair of wool dress pants.
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Old 08-06-18, 11:05 AM
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I've worn out the thighs of jeans doing hay. Perhaps a couple of days in the field, and the jeans go from good to toast.

But, never from riding my bike, although I may have ripped out the seams in a couple of jeans.

The top tube on my old bike has a lot of wear from too many standing hill climbs.

Originally Posted by Korina View Post
I have a weird one for you. Bicycling and hiking have taken off my butt, hips, and thighs, but not my Belly (Mom's side all have The Belly). I've gone down 4 pant sizes but I have to wear a belt or my jeans will keep sliding off my backside. At least I don't have overlapping thighs anymore.
If anything, my thighs are getting bigger, although not quickly.

Belts give me backaches, and I haven't regularly worn one for a couple of decades.

Cycling butt keeps the jeans up.
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Yeah. I'm all for wearing regular clothes on the commute but I've also ruined a nice pair of wool dress pants.
I wear an old pair of wool dress wants when it's cold out, and I've just about worn them out.
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A lot of my T-shirts have a strange L-shaped tear on the back. Slightly above center, slightly left of center. Not every shirt has this tear (yet) but those that do, it's exactly the same tear on every shirt. I have no idea what it's from, whether cycling related or not (maybe my messenger bag is doing it... dunno!). My wife used to be annoyed by this but now she just laughs.
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Yeah my thighs couldn't get much bigger... Cept whenever I'd get chubby I'd see the wear in my jeans but I had hoped that was all behind me... can't win for losin!
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Korina -

That gut is always the last thing to go... If it ever does... I remember once my stomach muscles were visible.. once. For like a week... At this point biking just keeps me from being a blob and I hafta work my assssssss off to get in shape.

That's that struggle!😣

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All of my pants have complete legs. Just my shorts have thighs only.
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I don't have the discipline to change into riding gear all the time. As a result, virtually all of my pants have a defined saddle shape worn into the butt. More than a few have chainring stains on the inner right calf as well.


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When I was in my 20s, I had a tiny waist. My hips might have been larger than they are now, but I don't know, because my hips are still pretty large. There were no pants that fit me. I had like a 28" waist, and I had to buy size 32 waist pants in order to get my thighs and hips into the pants. Now I can buy off the shelf pants and they fit fine, not so much because of my hips but because my waist has grown to 32".
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Yes! The chain stains on the inner right calf, that's another one. For the most part I just accept the holes and grease stains. I consider them part of my wardrobe and/or personal style now... The thigh thing doesn't work tho, sadly.

A few years ago I lost the lil metal cover from the end of my brake cable, the rear one behind/under my seat. For some reason I just never could get around to replacing it (so dumb!) and I ended up with little clusters of holes in the back of the right thigh of all my pants, just from constantly getting snagged on the brake line. That was the worst and completely in my control to easily remedy!
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Old 08-06-18, 04:24 PM
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rhm - very odd, can't picture or figure what that would be from but bummer dude!

noglider - I like that you say your waist was tiny rather than your hips were big. Just cuz I always complain that my thighs and calves are too big; shoulda been talking abt my tiny waist instead!

But it isn't tho... Tiny... My waist... My thighs and calves tho - skinny jeans are tough - even if the thighs fit, the calves usually don't. If I'm in some flares or whatevs and the calves and waist are good, the thighs are tight... Not necessarily bike related but def doesn't help... More of a genetics deal...
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
When I was in my 20s, I had a tiny waist. My hips might have been larger than they are now, but I don't know, because my hips are still pretty large. There were no pants that fit me. I had like a 28" waist, and I had to buy size 32 waist pants in order to get my thighs and hips into the pants. Now I can buy off the shelf pants and they fit fine, not so much because of my hips but because my waist has grown to 32".


Racing? Weight Lifting?

I'm pretty sure I was a 32 by my senior year in HS, maybe either 31 or 32.

I generally go with a 33 now. If I gain too much weight, I'll go to a 34, but I try not to get that big, and they end up being baggy. And, if I lose too much, back to a 32, but that just doesn't seem to work for me... so 33 it is.
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I appear to have worn through the knees and crotch of my rain pants, as I discovered the hard way this morning.
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When I was in my 20s, I had a tiny waist. My hips might have been larger than they are now, but I don't know, because my hips are still pretty large. There were no pants that fit me. I had like a 28" waist, and I had to buy size 32 waist pants in order to get my thighs and hips into the pants. Now I can buy off the shelf pants and they fit fine, not so much because of my hips but because my waist has grown to 32".
Hmm, why is it that sounds like a subtle brag? But that's OK, since its an laudable achievement that you made possible, so its certainly something to be proud of.
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All my pants have grease tats on the right cuff. It used to bother me, but it's become a badge of honor.
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I wore through the inner thighs of a couple of pairs of golf/coaches' shorts. That's what gets me to buy the next pair. I use toe clips and wear sneakers. The sneakers usually wear down along the sides of the toes before the heel wears down, since they get ridden more than walked.
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@GeneO, sadly not. It's a combination of genetics and poor diet choices, and very little beer.
@CliffordK, that just tells you how flabby and out of shape I was. And I was very lucky to find a man's elastic belt at the thrift shop.
@rhm, have you done anything to annoy the house elf? That would explain the holes.

I don't wear out the thighs of my pants anymore, and wear exercise capris from Target when I commute, as I hate long rides in jeans; soggy cotton and the big lump of a seam in the worst place.
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Jeans are the worst possible fabric you can cycle in. With 21st Century technology I'm sure there are alternative much better suited for riding than that -- especially in the heat of summer. If you must, you can always get a tote bag and put on the jeans once you reach your destination.
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Kind of stretching the topic, but I'm a local historian and I've interviewed many people who were schoolchildren during the 1930's Great Depression. One story many have told is how all the kids would get one new pair of corduroy pants for the beginning of the school year and these would have to last the entire year. During the first couple of weeks of school, the shrieking noise of the corduroy material rubbing between the thighs of the schoolchildren would be deafening, like nails on a blackboard. After that, it was bearable, and by the end of the year, you could hear a pin drop in the hallway as the children walked to class!

For those chain grease stains, grab yourself one of those u-shaped hem protectors that slides onto your pants and holds them away from the chain. Or just use a rubberband.
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Kind of stretching the topic, but I'm a local historian and I've interviewed many people who were schoolchildren during the 1930's Great Depression. One story many have told is how all the kids would get one new pair of corduroy pants for the beginning of the school year and these would have to last the entire year. During the first couple of weeks of school, the shrieking noise of the corduroy material rubbing between the thighs of the schoolchildren would be deafening, like nails on a blackboard. After that, it was bearable, and by the end of the year, you could hear a pin drop in the hallway as the children walked to class!
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Funny, Korina!
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