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Old 04-06-08, 04:38 AM
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What to do with long pants?

Hello folks,
I am wondering what to do with long pants. I'm looking into commuting and to cut a long story short I will be riding to the gym where some of the activities require you to wear long pants.

So to avoid having more than one set of sweaty clothes and trying to change clothes while sweaty (which can be quite hard) I am going to try to ride in wearing the long pants.

Now I see two options here...I could either try to fold the pants I have up (they aren't tight pants ie. baggy pants) and use something to secure it around the thigh area. I have been told that this may not be good for circulation and probably the risk of the pants falling down if not secured.

OR...I could try and bind the the pants to my leg around the ankle. This is possibly better for circulation but will not be as comfortable, especially in Summer. This may also leave more baggy pants bits free.

I have also seen the cut off sock idea and I am not sure I could go that far and live with myself.

So, are there any suggestions to go with either of the above, or perhaps a whole new suggestion that I haven't thought about yet?

Thanks.

EDIT: Spelling and disambiguation...sorry crtreedude.

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Old 04-06-08, 04:46 AM
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Tuck them into your sock or roll them up.
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When I wear long pants on a bike, I have a piece of velcro that a wrap around my ankle - the right one - so as to not get the cuff of my pants in the chain - that is all I do.

If I am riding a tandem, I need too.

Rolling up the cuff works too for me.

But, if they are tight - what is the issue?
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Old 04-06-08, 04:49 AM
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There are a multitude of pant clips available for just that purpose - never heard anyone complain about circulation problems wearing them.
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I always wear long pants when I ride. I just roll up the right leg as tight as I can up past my knee. They never fall down on me and truthfully, it's very comfortable. I've never had a thought as if they were cutting off circulation. I wear somewhat 'big' pants for my size, so by the time I have them all wrapped up on themselves, the pants are just about the perfect fit to hold themselves into place.

I only do the right leg because I always snag on the sprocket and I really don't want to have to either buy a new sprocket, or buy new pairs of pants every week. The left leg I leave down all the time and I like it a lot.
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Old 04-06-08, 06:02 AM
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I wear a reflective velcro strap. Right now, one from Jandd.
https://www.bikeparts.com/search_resu...p?ID=BPC308300
It's pretty good. Before that I used this Nashbar one. It's OK but not as reflective and the velcro wears out.

When I was a teenager I used a metal pant clip which worked fine. I should probably get one of these but I like the reflective stuff.
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Old 04-06-08, 06:03 AM
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I wear loose, light jeans when commuting in cool weather. I just roll both legs to mid-calf and have never had a problem.
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I used to use velcro straps to keep my pants from getting caught in my chain ring. I was still getting grease stains so I switched to baggy shorts. More room for stuff in pockets and I can show off my ever improving calf muscles.
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I use the reflective velcro strips all the time. You can get them in any sports clothing store. They have an added advantage that they add safety when riding at night.

I have no problems with my pants getting greasy, even though I wear loose-fit jeans. I just fold them around my ankle; I don't let them bunch up.
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Old 04-06-08, 06:44 AM
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I was in the Israeli Army for 2 months and have adopted a really simple and quick way they use. You just get a rubber band, and tuck your pants underneath the rubber band. The rubber band just sits over your socks -- and once you get to your destination, you... well I just untuck the pants and keep the rubber band on all day.

I use those flat rubber bands, they never seem to untuck, and they are wide so it doesn't feel too tight on your leg. It works really well... tucking into socks I've tried and depending on which socks you have the pants tend to untuck and it gets stuffy under the sock.
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Depending on what you're doing at the gym, you could check out some of those "convertible" hiking pants/shorts. Or just roll up the right cuff like everyone else suggested. I roll mine up to about mid-calf. Anything higher seems pointless to me (cuff clears the chain on the downstroke), not to mention it gets hard to roll them higher (depends on the fit of the pants). Mine stay put just rolled up, so I don't mess with velcro straps or pant-guards or anything, but that's totally up to you.
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Old 04-06-08, 08:53 AM
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+1 on the reflective ankle bands. One thing about them though is that you can't make them too loose, or they'll slide down and not work. Too tight, and they cut off circulation. But getting it right is not hard at all. It helps if the pants are ankle length; shorter (say lower calf length) and it becomes tricky to not have them slide down.
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Old 04-06-08, 09:21 AM
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Get a chain case.
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I fold the pant leg over and clip it with a binder clip. Then you also have a binder clip handy in case you should ever need one --- you never know if you'll be attacked by a stack of loose papers. Plus, they're easy to store on the bike: just clip them to a brake cable or something.
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Old 04-06-08, 10:22 AM
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The reflective velcro band is the best solution, in my experience. And they're cheap and easily available at the LBS.

I've also used electrician's tape, binder clips, and rubber bands.
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I have always wondered why it was so hard to roll up one pantleg.
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I wear cargo pants for commuting because I can shove all the things I need quick access to into the many pockets. I use the velcro straps, though they occassionally fall down if not adjusted tightly enough. I've also used very small bungee cords quite effectively. I like the idea of the earlier poster of using convertible cargo pants/shorts, especially when the weather heats up.

When I forget the straps, I roll up the right leg, but after the first roll, fold over the excess, then continue. This makes the rolled up portion pretty tight on your leg and keeps the pant leg away from the chain. For those of you around in the 80s, this was the method we used to 'cuff' our jeans and have them be tight around your ankles. Hope that makes sense!
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The wide rubber band sure seems like a good idea. I know that hockey kids use them to help hold up their socks. Or is it their pads? Anyway, any sporting outlet that has hockey gear should have the really wide leg bands as well. And being elastic is probably why it doesn't slip on the pant material.

Personally I've always just tucked my pants into my sock if the pants are an issue. Looks geeky? I suppose. But how geeky is having one pant leg rolled up? Often geekiness is more in the eye of the doer than the observer anyway I've found.

I had one of the velcro straps at one time. Worked well until I lost it. They are small enough that they are constantly looking for their freedom. But socks are always there so why not use them?
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If you are worried about looking like a dork, roll both pant legs up. To the casual observer this will look like shorts or capri pants. Whether or not you still look like a nerd is up for debate.
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I always wear long pants, either cargo pants with lots of pockets or jeans. My favorite way to secure loose pants is to wear gaiters or if it's dry and hot I just wrap a piece of long strap with velcro around it. It works for me.
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I have been wanting a velcro strap, but I'm so cheap....


For bumming around my neighborhood on my MTB, I use DUCT TAPE. A piece about 6" long is all you need.

A roll will last years.

If all else fails, fat rubber bands work too.
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If you are worried about looking like a dork, roll both pant legs up. To the casual observer this will look like shorts or capri pants. Whether or not you still look like a nerd is up for debate.
To the extent that the bike messenger look is still hipster-cool (and in some circles, it really isn't cool at all) you can definitely roll up one pant leg and look kind of like a bike messenger. It's what I did when I was bike messengering and plenty of the other messengers did it too.
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Originally Posted by Patriot View Post
....For bumming around my neighborhood on my MTB, I use DUCT TAPE. A piece about 6" long is all you need.

A roll will last years.

If all else fails, fat rubber bands work too.
But what about the enviromental impact of all that duct tape on the planet? All the sunlight being reflected back into space off the silvering? The annoyance of the stuff sticking to the bottom of your shoes? The even more geeky aspect and all the duct tape jokes you'll be subjected to!

At least stuff for elastics comes from tree sap....
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huh?

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Hello folks,
I am wondering what to do with long pants. I'm looking into commuting and to cut a long story short I will be riding to the gym where some of the activities require you to wear long pants.

So to avoid having more than one set of sweaty clothes and trying to change clothes while sweaty (which can be quite hard) I am going to try to ride in wearing the long pants.

Now I see two options here...I could either try to fold the pants I have up (they aren't tight pants ie. baggy pants) and use something to secure it around the thigh area. I have been told that this may not be good for circulation and probably the risk of the pants falling down if not secured.

OR...I could try and bind the the pants to my leg around the ankle. This is possibly better for circulation but will not be as comfortable, especially in Summer. This may also leave more baggy pants bits free.

I have also seen the cut off sock idea and I am not sure I could go that far and live with myself.

So, are there any suggestions to go with either of the above, or perhaps a whole new suggestion that I haven't thought about yet?

Thanks.

EDIT: Spelling and disambiguation...sorry crtreedude.
Knickers or if your gym requires long pants just take some with you in a saddle bag. Are you working at the gym? If so then whatever makes you look professional is worth the slight effort to carry extra and change. If your commute bike has no rack or easy baggage attachment get a different bike.
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Chainguard/Chaincase and forget it.
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