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Old 03-11-13, 11:35 AM
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Chain-friendly jeans

I usually wear pant ankle straps around one or both of my pant legs. This goes for jeans as well as dress pants. I find it a nuisance to have to wear straps just to avoid getting my pants dirtied from hitting my chain. I'm sure I could find skin-tight jeans that would solve this problem, but I'm wondering if anyone can recommend a certain type or brand of jeans that aren't super tight yet never rub against the chain. I've always been a Levis fan.

I have a few different bikes, some of which don't appear to be too compatible with adding a chain guard. Plus I don't want to have to obtain a chain guard for each bike. I'd rather just wear pants that don't hit the chain.

I make numerous short trips in the 0.5 to 3 mile range, which is why I hate having to put on and take off ankle straps constantly. Thanks!
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Old 03-11-13, 05:15 PM
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Springy cycle clips are ideal for this, no messing with velcro or anything, just on and off, quicker than you can say.
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Old 03-11-13, 05:34 PM
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On the other hand it's a good way to lub the chain, put grease on the pants and there you go...
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Old 03-11-13, 07:36 PM
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Just wear Capri Pants. Problem solved.
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Old 03-11-13, 08:17 PM
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I'm pretty sure all jeans are chain-friendly.
Rubbing jeans against your chain sure wont hurt it; if anything it should help wipe excess oil or dirt off it.
Really just about any rag will do for cleaning your chain, it doesnt have to be jeans; just make sure its not something that unravels and leaves loose threads everywhere..
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Old 03-11-13, 09:21 PM
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What's the problem with rolling up your pant leg for the ride? That's what puts the "Hip" in hipster!
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Old 03-12-13, 12:33 AM
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Black Pants is good camoflage of black marks.

A Local Alterations shop tapered the legs of one I found in the Charity shop.

Added Ankle Zips..

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Old 03-12-13, 01:07 AM
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I tried lots of ideas, and the best seemed to be a large paper clamp, sometimes called 'Binder Clips'.

I haven't found any chain friendly pants, and when they end up between the chain and chain ring, they do more than just get dirty.
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Yes, I think Fietsbob's idea to have your current pants tailored is the way to go. I've had legs tapered for about $20, though it's been many years.

Going this route allows you to maximize your existing clothing, and you can undertake the work little by little, until all of your pants are done.

I've often thought a little patch of durable, black nylon on the inside of the lower pant leg-- where you always get the chain stain-- would be a smart mod, too. Probably wouldn't need to be more than 3x5", right?
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Old 03-12-13, 09:40 AM
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Hipster jeans. Problem solved.

You're welcome.
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Old 03-13-13, 11:13 AM
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If you want to spend $250 Rapha makes cycling jeans. http://www.rapha.cc/rapha-jeans
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Old 03-13-13, 09:28 PM
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Binder clips... often a free solution or at most, $3.00 for a pack of 25-50
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I have a pair of Levi's slim fitted straight legged jeans that don't usually cause problems with the chain. I haven't noticed any marks on them from the chain and they don't get caught. They're a step up from a skinny jeans in terms of looseness—which is nice because my legs are way too beefy to wear skinny jeans.
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Old 03-14-13, 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted by rbrsddn View Post
Just wear Capri Pants. Problem solved.
With tights or long wool socks when it is cold
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Old 03-14-13, 06:56 AM
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Get you a pair of these, No clips, binders, cuffs needed. And yes, they're for guys.

http://levistrauss.com/blogs/deconst...-ex-girlfriend
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Old 03-14-13, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by commo_soulja View Post
Get you a pair of these, No clips, binders, cuffs needed. And yes, they're for guys.

http://levistrauss.com/blogs/deconst...-ex-girlfriend
I can't even imagine my dad's or grandfather's reactions if I walked in wearing those.

I've been wearing Levi's slim straight jeans (I think they are either the 513 or 514). I used to wear the 527 bootcut, but I got a pair shredded while riding so had to replace them. There's still some room there for comfort, but I haven't had any issue yet with rubbing the chain. Plus, I won't be mistaken for wearing my wife's jeans either.

I also have a pair of Eddie Bauer slim straight corduroys I like to wear on rides around town. I definitely recommend those if you can find them. I came across them at an Eddie Bauer outlet. Very durable and comfortable.
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Old 03-14-13, 09:05 PM
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The bad thing about binder clips is when you forget to take them off and you walk into work.
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long sockes wore over jean might work.

When I found out about leg straps I was in heaven. Guess to each his own.
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Originally Posted by Nermal View Post
I tried lots of ideas, and the best seemed to be a large paper clamp, sometimes called 'Binder Clips'.

I haven't found any chain friendly pants, and when they end up between the chain and chain ring, they do more than just get dirty.
I use binder clips too. I find them quicker to put on than a leg band, and they don't crease slacks. Not to mention you can grab a spare from the office when you lose one!

The only jeans that won't rub your chain are those tight-around-the-ankle ones. Occasional rub isn't usually a problem, as long as you don't mind a little smudge of grease by the cuff. I find jeans snagging or getting caught in the chain to be rare, maybe once every few months if you ride daily. So I just don't bother clipping/strapping/rolling cheap pants.
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Chain-friendly jeans

Stuff 'em into sox
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The problem isn't chain-friendly jeans, it is jeans-unfriendly chains. Solutions as above, or:

1. Chain guard
2. Belt drive.
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The bad thing about binder clips is when you forget to take them off and you walk into work.
That's bad? Suggest HTFU
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Maybe cut the foot off of varying colored socks to match what ever pants you are wearing. They should just slip on/off.
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Old 03-17-13, 09:02 AM
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Levi 508 ankle taper jeans. I actually am wearing a pair after a bike trip as we speak.
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Chain friendly jeans = rolled cuffs. You're only a hipster if you walk around all day like that.

Stop making this difficult.
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