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Ankle Strap for Pants

Old 03-30-07, 08:15 PM
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Ankle Strap for Pants

So, I used to have this strap of velcro that I bought at the bike shop for when I'm riding around campus with jeans/pants on and I don't want my cranks to eat my pants.

I lost the damn thing and I'm wondering if anyone has any creative solutions or alternatives because I don't want to spend 5 bucks if I don't have to. If anyone has a site where I can buy one, that'd be good too though.

I just want to know what people do, and no tape is not fun.


Are those straps called anything specifically because I searched on some bike sites and couldn't find anything.

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Tube socks, tuck your pants into them.

Go to Walmart and buy an all-purpose velcro strip. Probably a lot cheaper than the one you bought at the bike shop.
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I wore them for a while, and then I just got tired of them and just roll up the leg.
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Home Depot has those straps as well. Look in the electrical section, since their use is to hold wires together. You might even find that they are the exact same thing, except they charge the same price for a package of them as they do for one at the bike store.
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I like the reflecty ankle straps that joggers wear. And it doesn't **** over my creases like rolling my pants does.
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What are they called?
Is there a specific name for them?
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I must be getting old. I can remember my Dad wearing these.



Not going to admit to it myself.
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Heavy duty rubber bands. When I reach destination, the bands roll down to the socks, and get covered by the pants.

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Originally Posted by scirocco
I must be getting old. I can remember my Dad wearing these.



Not going to admit to it myself.
Getting old because your DAD wore trouser clips!! Give me a break. I used to wear them and I'm not old enough to be your dad!

These day's I tuck my trousers into my socks for short rides wearing trousers.

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I roll unless it's too cold out. Then I use a simple rubber band.

Keep in mind, this is only for commuting, erronds, and tooling around. Never, I repeat, never do this on your serious road bike or in group rides. Way too many Fred points.
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Yeah, mine used to have the reflector stuff as well.
I just need a pair for getting around campus, so I don't get holes in all my pants.
Bleh.
Rubber bands? Sounds unhealthy...

The thing with just buying velcro is that it's not all one piece/strip. I don't have glue strong enough that I could fashion something out of it, but superglue is cheap.

I'm really bummed about losing that though. I hate losing things haha.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
The thing with just buying velcro is that it's not all one piece/strip.
It is if you buy the right ones.
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My commute to work is only 3 miles, so I commute in my work clothes - basically, dockers and a button-down. I always get the dockers with cuffs, and hide half a shoelace (black, to match my pants) in there and tie it up. When I get to work, untie and just leave it. I've been intending to modify the pants to put a hidden button + buttonhole in, but never got around to it.

That doesn't make me a fred, does it?
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Originally Posted by CaptainCool
It is if you buy the right ones.
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We just gave away a whole bunch of New Belgium straps at our MS150 fundraiser last night. I'll see if I can get my hands on a few extras for you.
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Originally Posted by scirocco
I must be getting old. I can remember my Dad wearing these.



Not going to admit to it myself.
I use these now. I got a pair of reflective ones at the LBS for about $2.50. They're faster than rolling or velcro and when you get where you're going you can just clip them somewhere on the bike.
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Yeah, that's pretty sweet. Thanks a lot mullet.

I found a pink elastic band that came with an old navy blanket i bought for laying out on the campus hill, and I'm using that till I have something better.

It's bright pink and I used to use it as a hair band when my hair was much much longer haha. I was working in central america for spring break so all of it had to go.

Alright, this 'fred' thing has me confused. I've read the term on here forever and I know what it entails. But what is a 'fred'?
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Originally Posted by CaptainCool
It is if you buy the right ones.
Yep. Those are what i use. You get a 100 of them for like $3.
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I think the least nerdy method is to roll (or rather neatly fold) up the legs. Pants in socks is most nerdy of all.
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
The thing with just buying velcro is that it's not all one piece/strip. I don't have glue strong enough that I could fashion something out of it, but superglue is cheap.
The ones I referenced from Home Depot are strips, I believe available in 4" 8" and 14" lengths, and as pictured and mentioned above, come in packages/rolls rather cheap. I bought a roll of like 20 or 50 for about $5, and have used them for almost anything:

ankle strap
wheel strap for roof rack
better securement of frame pump
attach mace to frame
hold spare wheels together
other household uses
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