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Old 01-05-22, 05:17 PM
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clothing material recommendation?

Hi, I usually bike to get around in the city I live but I have had a lot of annoyances with my favorite jeans and boxers etc wearing out after about 3 months of use, Is this something that could be fixed with switching to polyester fabric or something like that ?
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Old 01-05-22, 05:32 PM
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Wearing out due to chafing ?, Rubbing ?. No synthetic will do better. Cowboy chaps maybe ?.
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I think dedicated synthetic cycling pants would work better than cotton. Many bike-specific clothing companies make full- length cycling pants that look like regular office wear, with pockets, belt loops, etc. but are poluestto prevent wearing quickly. They may be a little pricey.

However for the last ten years I commuted in "performance" fabric golf shorts with similar fabric long-legged athletic pants in winter and they'd last about a year to 18 months of near daily riding. Bought at close-out outlets the shorts are under $25 and the long-pants were from Wal-Mart and only $15.
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Synthetic fleece pants offer staggeringly great durability in my experience. Smooth-finish synthetic pants last well, too, but the fleece pants are amazing. A couple of pairs of mine are a decade or more old and still show very little wear despite my commuting with them in all but the hottest weather.
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Leviís Commuter 511 last a couple years. Canít always find them. Fit varies because the different colors are actually different weight and stretch fabric.
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Heavier denim usually holds up pretty good. I definitely have not worn anything out in 3 months that seems pretty fast.
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If you must ride around in jeans, Levi's 501s. Nice and heavy and when they are new, they turn your legs blue if you work up a sweat. Good times. I ride in jeans all the time.
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I just got a pair of chrome pants on clearance at a local store. they have water resistant legs feel good all day and block some wind. https://www.chromeindustries.com/pro...d=pants_shorts
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I just bought a pair or Wrangler ATG's. They are nylon/spandex, and look like a standard pair of pants so I don't have to change at work. They are only $27 at Target: https://www.target.com/p/wrangler-me...16#lnk=sametab

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Hi, I usually bike to get around in the city I live but I have had a lot of annoyances with my favorite jeans and boxers etc wearing out after about 3 months of use, Is this something that could be fixed with switching to polyester fabric or something like that ?
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Originally Posted by timdow View Post
I just bought a pair or Wrangler ATG's. They are nylon/spandex, and look like a standard pair of pants so I don't have to change at work. They are only $27 at Target: https://www.target.com/p/wrangler-me...16#lnk=sametab
Now you tell me. let us know how long they last.
I got these guys to help with the rain so maybe I didn't to have to stop and put on my rain pants. but I used them when it was 29 degrees today and my legs kept warm no problem. so far it has not rained yet. they may be a bit warm if your in a warm room.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Originally Posted by wc1472 View Post
Hi, I usually bike to get around in the city I live but I have had a lot of annoyances with my favorite jeans and boxers etc wearing out after about 3 months of use, Is this something that could be fixed with switching to polyester fabric or something like that ?
Any luck finding new trousers?

PS What saddle are you riding?
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Originally Posted by wc1472 View Post
Hi, I usually bike to get around in the city I live but I have had a lot of annoyances with my favorite jeans and boxers etc wearing out after about 3 months of use, Is this something that could be fixed with switching to polyester fabric or something like that ?
Yes, my (cotton) jeans will wear out right where they rub the saddle in 3 months of biking, whereas my (synthetic) bike shorts or workout shorts last years and years without any sign of wear where they rub.

For underwear I started using ExOfficio Men's Give-N-Go Boxer Brief and it also just doesn't doesn't wear out from rubbing. It's not cheap but it lasts almost forever.
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Originally Posted by BobbyG View Post
However for the last ten years I commuted in "performance" fabric golf shorts with similar fabric long-legged athletic pants in winter and they'd last about a year to 18 months of near daily riding. Bought at close-out outlets the shorts are under $25 and the long-pants were from Wal-Mart and only $15.
Can confirm, I've been riding in Target golf pants all winter (with thermal leggings under when required). They are definitely better at taking a beating than jeans, are more stretchy, and dry very quickly if they get wet. You could probably find something similar for less $ at a closeout store.
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The nice thing about the Wrangler ATG's is that they have an elastic zip cord on each leg. I have ridden 42 degrees to work and they were fine. Any colder or with rain, and I would choose to add overpants or a different option.

Originally Posted by fooferdoggie View Post
Now you tell me. let us know how long they last.
I got these guys to help with the rain so maybe I didn't to have to stop and put on my rain pants. but I used them when it was 29 degrees today and my legs kept warm no problem. so far it has not rained yet. they may be a bit warm if your in a warm room.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Originally Posted by timdow View Post
The nice thing about the Wrangler ATG's is that they have an elastic zip cord on each leg. I have ridden 42 degrees to work and they were fine. Any colder or with rain, and I would choose to add overpants or a different option.
I am trying to get away without rain pants unless it is really raining a lot.
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Old 02-13-22, 02:03 AM
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Some kind of cycling-oriented pants from Chrome or Swrve (I think the stretch properties help reduce wear) over regular boxer briefs have worked well for me. If it's a long commute I go for cycling shorts instead of underwear and just change at the office.
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