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Old 04-16-18, 08:46 AM   #1
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Pantsaver, gaiter or?

I usually just tuck my pants into my sock if I wear pants on a bicycle but usually it is tights or shorts so nothing is necessary.

However I got these neat rain pants that I want to wear on an upcoming bicycle tour when it rains and I do not want them to get stained with chain grease. I was thinking that for those situations I should perhaps wear gaiters? I have a pair from Outdoor Research that I wear during winter fat biking but perhaps they are too much for June in Pennsylvania...?
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Zipper closed gusset ? Elastic cuff ?
Velcro, a couple patches sewn on will let you fold over the extra fabric, and stick the velcro together..



Rain , but Warm? Cycle Rain cape , and your legs are covered from above.. stay in your shorts.





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Reflective bands that attach with Velcro?


But I'm with @fietsbob, you're gonna cook in rain pants when it gets warm.
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Yeah. I agree but I thought in case we got into a stretch of all day rain, continuous exposure probably chills me out.
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Yeah. I agree but I thought in case we got into a stretch of all day rain, continuous exposure probably chills me out.
purpose of rainpants is not to keep you dry, but rather to keep you warm(er)
and more comfortable(r). you're gonna get just as wet inside those not-as-
breathable-as-advertised pants. only difference is instead of clean rainwater
cascading down your body, you'll be trapped inside a festering pool of bodily
fluids, brewing up a suppurating dose of essence of walrus. yuck!
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I use velcro to keep pant legs out of the drive train. Simple, easy, light, has other uses.

One can overthink rain gear. In cold conditions, I use cheap Walmart rain pants and a quality hooded cycling rain coat. They have kept me dry and warm in all-day rains. On hot days, I wear light quick-dry polyester shirts/shorts and sandals ... and get wet. Its the tweener days that get dicey ... rain gear too warm, getting wet too cold.
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Just did a 6 day tour on NC Coastal/Outer Banks & used these each day. This works great. Does triple duty: Keeps pant cuffs, including rain pants, out of drive train, Hi-vis in daylight, reflective in low-light.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Thanks. Ordered them. Can't go wrong for $6



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Just did a 6 day tour on NC Coastal/Outer Banks & used these each day. This works great. Does triple duty: Keeps pant cuffs, including rain pants, out of drive train, Hi-vis in daylight, reflective in low-light.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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...only difference is instead of clean rainwater
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Any bike shop will have either the Velcro straps or spring metal clips specifically for that purpose. Both work very well. Velcro has the advantage of often coming as reflecting material. The metal ones will outlive you and go on and off faster.

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Rainpants are often slippery on some velcro straps, thus some straps can slip down to the top of the ankle and the rain pants can escape from the strap. Velcro leg bands with some rubber on the pant side can make them less likely to slide on the nylon. Or, bring some rubber bands as emergency backup.

Try your rain pants on your bike to make sure they are long enough. I find rain pants that are cut at the right length for walking or hiking are often too short when I start bending my knees on a pedal stroke.
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Reflective bands that attach with Velcro?


But I'm with @fietsbob, you're gonna cook in rain pants when it gets warm.
Agree, on both parts. Been using reflective velcrobands for a couple two or three years now. They work great. Got mine for free actually Just wraps right around the pants cuff and keeps the pants both away from the chain grease, but also from the chain, aka getting caught up in the travel of the chain and ripped as result.
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