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Old 05-02-13, 09:35 PM
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Off the Bike Clothing

While we're on the subject of clothing, I was wondering what fellow tourers do when off the bike - you throw a pair of shorts on to wander around town in the middle of the day?

My tour start is coming up and I suppose I never really thought about it before. Will be taking my time to enjoy the scenery and imagine that I might want to relax in town or pop in somewhere to get lunch, but might feel a little funny walking in somewhere clad in Lycra. Do people carry a pair of easy to access shorts with them to throw them on and look a little more 'pedestrian' when entering such an establishment?

I will of course have day clothes with me for the evenings and all and was thinking I might just throw my rain pants on when I stop places for lunch or to walk around a bit.
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I almost always carry a pair of pants where the legs zip on and off allowing them to be worn as shorts as well. Mine are made from newer high tech synthetic materials which are extremely light weight and they dry very quickly, a plus when they get wet or when you need to wash them as needed. I also try to keep as many of my bike riding clothes serviceable as off the bike clothes as well.
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Originally Posted by mcallaghan
While we're on the subject of clothing, I was wondering what fellow tourers do when off the bike - you throw a pair of shorts on to wander around town in the middle of the day?
That's what I do. I have a pair of baggy shorts that I can easily step into without needing to remove my shoes. I don't bother with them if I just need to zip into a convenience store for a beverage or a snack, but I'll don them for anything longer. If nothing else, it's nice to have pockets which can hold a wallet, change, etc.
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Depending on the length of the tour, I carry convertible pants (zip-off), stretchy capris and/or shorts ... and I either wear them over my cycling shorts, or with underwear.
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I have a pair of zipoff long/shorts for offbike. I also have a pair of baggy cycle shorts which look like normal shorts. They have a separate lining which can be left off to leave a baggy short only.
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I ride in shorts and boxers, so luckily this is a non-issue for me. I can't stand biking shorts.
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Depends, I don't wear the skintight lycra cycling shorts. I have several pair of the baggy shorts with the lycra underneath, those look like "normal" shorts. On short ride days I may just wear regular shorts. For shirts I usually am wearing a loose fitting button up shirt, something similar to the Columbia PFG. They have vented backs and lots of pockets.

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For shorter tours and weekend trips, I take a pair of under armour heat gear running shorts. They weigh almost nothing, pack up small, and have a lining. I throw them on off the bike for restaurants and general off bike wandering. They also double as my swim trunks. I am still new to touring though and figuring it all out, and I may think differently when I really start evaluating gear lists for a longer tour. However, since these weigh less and pack up small than any other piece of clothing, I will keep taking them - especially on summer trips.
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For the majority of riding on our recent trips, I wore plain underpants made of lycra-like material, and plain old baggy shorts complete with various pockets. This arrangement obviates the need for padded bike shorts, and ensures that I am ready for socialising or anything else that happens both during the day and at the end of the day.
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Originally Posted by robow
I almost always carry a pair of pants where the legs zip on and off allowing them to be worn as shorts as well. Mine are made from newer high tech synthetic materials which are extremely light weight and they dry very quickly, a plus when they get wet or when you need to wash them as needed. I also try to keep as many of my bike riding clothes serviceable as off the bike clothes as well.
Robow whats the name of those pants you have (link) are they good fitting.
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Originally Posted by robow
I almost always carry a pair of pants where the legs zip on and off allowing them to be worn as shorts as well. Mine are made from newer high tech synthetic materials which are extremely light weight and they dry very quickly, a plus when they get wet or when you need to wash them as needed. I also try to keep as many of my bike riding clothes serviceable as off the bike clothes as well.
Do you have a link to the ones you have?
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Columbia make a good pair of zip-offs. I have a pair that are 10 years old, and still wear them for colder rides. The material is microfibre or similar, it's quite wind resistant, comfortable, and quite quick to dry.
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I have several baggy biking shorts in neutral colors. They're great for visiting sights (including churches), lunch break cafeterias or whatever else we come accross during our day while riding. It can take a bit of searching to find a pair that does NOT have the brand name, logo or other "design" elements printed in huge size and/or colors that cause your salivary glands to bleed instantly.

My riding shirts are also neutral colored, merino wool t-shirts. For evenings / rest days I carry a pair of pants with zippered legs, made of synthetic materials.

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Convertible (zip-off) pants ... and as Rowan says, Columbia is a good brand ...
https://www.sierratradingpost.com/s~convertible-pants/
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Originally Posted by robow
I almost always carry a pair of pants where the legs zip on and off allowing them to be worn as shorts as well. Mine are made from newer high tech synthetic materials which are extremely light weight and they dry very quickly, a plus when they get wet or when you need to wash them as needed.
I have a pair of Columbia "Titanium" zip-offs. Besides the advantages you mention, they're nearly stain proof. One night we were having dinner and a mate knock a jug of red wine over and it spilled right into my lap. I thought the trousers were ruined, but I went into the bathroom and, after cleaning them with a couple of paper towels and a little water, they were like new again.
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what? no "real" cyclists on the touring forum? classic tight lycra shorts!
they're comfy and sexy. why change into something less becoming?
i don't spend much time in towns during the day, usually just stopping for lunch.
sometimes an hour or so at a local sight. no point in changing. i've got
regular clothing for the off days in the cities.
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I will second the Columbia stuff. I probably wear more Columbia products than anything else, other than possibly Carhartt.

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Originally Posted by robow
I almost always carry a pair of pants where the legs zip on and off allowing them to be worn as shorts as well. Mine are made from newer high tech synthetic materials which are extremely light weight and they dry very quickly, a plus when they get wet or when you need to wash them as needed.
+1. I pair of covertible pants is all I bring for off-bike pants. You can get some insanely light pants these days. Pay for a quality pair. I got a cheap pair from Columbia. They were poorly made and didn't last a year.

In the U.S. I have never bothered changing or putting anything over my cycling stuff when I have been on the road and, say, wanted to stop in a place for breakfast. Never been looked at funny or been asked to leave. I only change or cover up after the day's riding is done. When I toured Andalucia, I did put put more normal cloithes over my cycling stuff a few times when I went into restaurants or cafes (but not grocery stores) in the middle of a day's ride. And I never wore shorts when I ate out. This was for cultural reasons. Adults simply don't wear shorts in that part of the world.
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Originally Posted by mcallaghan
you throw a pair of shorts on to wander around town in the middle of the day?
I have never bothered to wear anything during the day in town other than my normal bike clothes unless maybe I was done riding for the day. I would just as soon be instantly recognized as a touring cyclist. I figure that most places they cut me more slack than they would if they saw me as a dirty stinky sweaty guy in basketball shorts. In the evening I slip into either running shorts, running shorts over tights, or zip off leg pants.
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Yea, mine are Columbia GRT pants and I have other Columbia versions as well that are "Omni Tech" or "Omni Wick" or whatever marketing term they are using this year. And did I mention all the cargo pockets that come in so handy.

And to Saddlesore's question, yea, I don't mind eating lunch or walking into a gas station/store to pick up provisions in my lycra, but if I'm going to be stopping for a significant length of time to shop or view a museum, then the pants come out and can be quickly pulled on. Oh and some of the redneck bars that I'll stop in for the greatest burgers in the world, generally not a bad idea to throw those pants on as well.

One other thing to the fishermen out there, these make for great wet-wading pants because they don't soak up water and won't get heavy and of course they dry so quickly once done.

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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Pay for a quality pair. I got a cheap pair from Columbia. They were poorly made and didn't last a year.
I guess I am a cheapskate, but I don't think of anything from Columbia as cheap unless maybe it is on closeout.

What did you replace the Columbia ones with?

I have several pairs of Worldwide Sportsman nylon zip offs that I think I paid about $20 a pair for. They have a built in mesh brief I got them from Bass Pro Shop, but I didn't see the model I have on their web site last time I checked. I am pretty happy with them. My first pair was my only off bike shorts for about 5 months of touring, a few short backpacking trips, and some wear around home. They are a bit worn looking, but still serviceable.
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Originally Posted by staehpj1
I guess I am a cheapskate, but I don't think of anything from Columbia as cheap unless maybe it is on closeout.

What did you replace the Columbia ones with?
I think they may have been a closeout. And my cheap, I mean inexpensive by Columbia standards. I soon realized that the belt was poorly dsesigned. It kept getting twisted. Then the seat seam split within a year. I purchased them from an "Army-Navy" store. Couldn't return them by the time they failed. Probably could have taken it up with Columbia but I didn't bother. I have had other pairs from other sources that have lasted longer.

Cannot remember what brand I placed them with (might have been Northface), but my current pair is on the heavy side. I use them for things other than touring, like riding to work when it's cool in the morning and warm when I leave at the end of the day. I plan to get a lighter pair for touring.
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I carry a pair of thin shorts with one pocket, they pack much smaller than my cargo shorts. I also carry some full length polycotton travelling pants, not zipoff ones.
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One pair of black nylon running shorts, light poly T-shirt, long sleeve Columbia nylon shirt, light poly dress than can be crumpled up for my wife. If we want more warmth, we put on bike stuff, leg warmers or tights, jacket, etc. Gore-Tex trail runners for shoes and wife has a pair of light black flats. We fit in fairly well with non-bike tourists and can tour a museum, hike a trail, go shopping, eat at a casual restaurant all in the same clothes. Wouldn't do for spending big bucks in Paris, though. But we don't do that.
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Same clothes.....
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