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Old 06-11-14, 02:10 PM
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Best ankle velcro straps for pants? Worth getting reflective ones?

Can anyone recommend good ankle straps for securing pants while riding? Is it worth getting ones that are reflective?
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Old 06-11-14, 02:14 PM
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Can anyone recommend good ankle straps for securing pants while riding? Is it worth getting ones that are reflective?
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Old 06-11-14, 02:24 PM
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I like the stretchy kind - they stay tighter and don't slide down like the unstretchy kind.
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Old 06-11-14, 02:42 PM
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I would say reflective is definitely worth it if you ride a dawn, dusk, or in the dark. I have a pair from REI (can't remember the brand) and I have seen others with them. They are VERY visible when light hits them. I don't use them to hold my pants, as I commute with bike shorts or tights, so can't speak to effectiveness on that.
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Old 06-11-14, 03:29 PM
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I find traditional bicycle clips better than straps. Easy on, easy off. One-handed.

Mine have a reflective coating. Got them at Palo Alto Bicycles about 10 years ago.

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Old 06-11-14, 03:36 PM
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Construction supply stores have the best I have seen.

Like these:

High Visibility Wrist Bands / Ankle Bands / Arm Bands Safety Products - EsafetyStore: Reflective Clothing, Flame Resistant Clothing, Hi Vis Vests and Jackets, Cooling Vests, Winter Work Wear
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Old 06-11-14, 03:41 PM
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I bought elastic hair bands from the dollar store. But then I have plenty of lighting. That being said, I still believe you really can't have too much visibility.
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Old 06-11-14, 04:11 PM
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I like the J&G brand of pant strap, they have a reflective spot.
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Old 06-11-14, 04:26 PM
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I've got the Cycleware reflective leg bands and I like them better than the Velcro straps.
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Old 06-11-14, 04:59 PM
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These are really easy and cheap to make if you have any familiarity with sewing. The Velcro parts, needles, and thread can be found in the sewing section at your local Wal-Mart and the nylon strap is available in the camping section. Takes a few minutes to sew on the Velcro parts but it's nice to have cuff straps that are tailor-made for your legs. You can get a really snug and comfortable fit that is 'indexed' so that you quickly find it (transition between the hook and loop Velcro parts at the right spot and leave a gap for the plastic piece to fall into). And they'll last longer than you do if you put enough thread into securing the Velcro.
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Old 06-11-14, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Hub Spanner View Post
I find traditional bicycle clips better than straps. Easy on, easy off. One-handed.
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Old 06-11-14, 09:07 PM
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I'm a fan of wide reflective ankle straps if you ever ride after daylight hours or in low visibility conditions. I feel they improve rider visibility because:

  • Your ankles are always moving and reflective gear that is in motion is much more conspicuous than reflective material that is not visibly moving relative to the line of sight.
  • Your ankles are low (near street level) and always below the headlight lens cutoff level that is prevalent in most late model motor vehicles on the road
  • The nature of straps is such that the reflective material wraps around your leg. This means that it will reflect light from any angle around a 360-deg horizontal plane. From behind the reflection appears to be moving up and down while from the side it appears to be moving in circles, but in either case..."it appears!"

I prefer reflective straps that use the "reflexite" material such as these from Jogalite:
Reflective Band - Made With Genuine Reflexite in America - By Jogalite (Pair of Two):Amazon:Sports & Outdoors

My opinion (and I have not conducted any robust controlled lab tests) is that the reflexive material reflects better than some of the others especially when wet.
If you only ride during the day, any strap (reflective or otherwise) will serve you well as long as it is relatively comfortable.
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Old 06-12-14, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by gringo View Post
I'm a fan of wide reflective ankle straps if you ever ride after daylight hours or in low visibility conditions. I feel they improve rider visibility because:

  • Your ankles are always moving and reflective gear that is in motion is much more conspicuous than reflective material that is not visibly moving relative to the line of sight.
  • Your ankles are low (near street level) and always below the headlight lens cutoff level that is prevalent in most late model motor vehicles on the road
  • The nature of straps is such that the reflective material wraps around your leg. This means that it will reflect light from any angle around a 360-deg horizontal plane. From behind the reflection appears to be moving up and down while from the side it appears to be moving in circles, but in either case..."it appears!"

I prefer reflective straps that use the "reflexite" material such as these from Jogalite:
Reflective Band - Made With Genuine Reflexite in America - By Jogalite (Pair of Two):Amazon:Sports & Outdoors

My opinion (and I have not conducted any robust controlled lab tests) is that the reflexive material reflects better than some of the others especially when wet.
If you only ride during the day, any strap (reflective or otherwise) will serve you well as long as it is relatively comfortable.


+1

Easy fit, comfortable even if placing over bare skin (warm weather riding), highly visible
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Old 06-12-14, 09:42 AM
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i got tired of using these things a decade ago because they either need to be cinched painfully tight or they fall down. now i typically wear bike-specific clothing or just roll up my pants.
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My bike has a fully guarded chain in the front, plus i wear shorts most of the time unless its impractically cold. But, when i do wear pants, i would probably go for a "hook and eyelet fabric" strap if i ever indeed bought one. I really need ventilation for legs, so an elastic seems unappealing. Clip might be better option. Not sure yet, i have a few months to figure it out.

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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
I like the stretchy kind - they stay tighter and don't slide down like the unstretchy kind.
+1

When I was a kid, we used car innertubes cut into rings. One innertube made lots of straps, but alas, cars don't use innertubes any more.
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This is what I use, Jogalite reflective straps. They work great and really show up when headlights hit them.

Jogalite Wide Leg Band 1.5 Inches at REI.com
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There is webbing made with the reflective stuff bonded into it ,, some pants straps made of it ,

but DIY and you can pick how long they are .. (I found them a bit short)
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i have a reflective ankle road id. I dont use it to hold my pants but it would probably work.
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Originally Posted by martianone View Post
I like the J&G brand of pant strap, they have a reflective spot.
I like these, but find that they are longer than I would like.
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Old 06-13-14, 12:13 PM
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I use and like the large Vedante super reflective pop bands. Easy on and off, hold up well.
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Old 07-02-14, 01:33 PM
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Wow that's a load of different bands - thanks for all the suggestions
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Old 07-02-14, 01:35 PM
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Thanks - which model do you use?
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How do these reflect when wet compared with Jogalite straps which are made of plastic?
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