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    How do you keep your pantleg out of your chain??

    I tried a redline chain guard, but it doesn't fit very well. Any other ideas (besides the obvious cuff pants / rubber band pant leg)?

    I'm trying to fit it on a converted c.1999 schwinn mtb frame. I like the redline one because it's just a smoke grey, and isn't too flashy.

    thx,
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    Donno, I don't do anything with my pants and i've got no marks on my pants to show. You could just wear one tube sock and pull it up over the pant leg.

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    Yeah, well, i read the archives... Seems that most people just shove the pantleg in sox....

    Bah! Product innovation please!!

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    Pull your sock over your pants

    Free, works great.

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    Sock, velcro strap, or just ride fast enough that the wind pushes your pant leg back and out of the way.

    You really shouldn't have to spend more than $3 to solve this, and that's if you go for a nice reflective velcro strap.
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    U need a pair of SS pants.

    Read more here: http://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/ss-pants-392079.html#post4210617
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    i found a good alternative to the rubber band bit (they snap too easily & hang up on the fabric); ball-end bungees! slide the ball off the cord, tie a knot in it to fit your ankle (just enough to hold the pants, not enough to cut off circ.), and roll. because my cuffs flap around so much, i tie both legs back; i just let the things "drift" under the cuffs when i'm at work, and pull them back up into place when it's happy-go-home time....
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    Last edited by bigpedaler; 03-20-2008 at 07:24 PM.
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    I can't help you on how to mount it better. If I was in front of the bike I'm sure I could make it work.

    Pants in sock, Velcro strap, or my favorite... shants!

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    1. stop wearing flares
    2. wear shorts
    3. I love the word pantleg
    4. Another favourite word is trousers. Have you tried riding in trousers instead of pants?
    5. Read Dr Seuss's Pale Green Pants:

    after that a week went by.
    then one dark night in gri*****
    i had to do an errand there and
    fetch some grinitch spinach.
    i was starting back through town
    when those raced around a corner and
    they almost knocked me down.


    i lost my grinitch spinach
    but i did nor even care
    i ran home believe me
    i really had a scare
    now bicycles were never made for
    pale green pants to ride 'em
    especially spooky pale green pants
    with no body inside 'em

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    My sock. Just tuck in the pant cuff.
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    i'm a roller. just roll the one cuff. if you're worried about wrinkles, you wouldn't be riding in those pants to begin with, so it shouldn't matter. a pants cuff or shoelaces can still get caught on the chainring with anything short of a full(top, bottom and inbetween) chainguard.

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    I use a velcro strap

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    The hipsters are rolling up one pantleg nowadays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinman
    Yeah, well, i read the archives... Seems that most people just shove the pantleg in sox....

    Bah! Product innovation please!!
    Back in the flare-leg days, I bought a set of velcro straps with a reflective surface. All the bike shops used to carry them. Haven't seen them for years. The patents are probably expired. You could contract the manufacturing to China & sell them on eBay. Have at it!
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    SF solution

    A phallus - I mean phalanx - of riders in SF have found a perfect solution to this problem.
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    I've got a bash plate for plaing with all the trees locally and it helps. If I have to wear long pants and it's warm, I usually use a velcro band. If it is cold, I have shoe covers that go up the leg a fair bit.
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    Ok, I stand corrected, $4, not $3
    http://www.rei.com/product/631128
    Planet bike has a $12 one, but why?
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    When I first saw this thread, I read "pantleg" as panties!
    Then I see that picture from Cycledelic. And I always thought commuting was such a mundane topic.

    I use reflective velcro straps that I have used for 20+ years.
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    My 5 gram "integrated" trouser guard solution

    I bought a box of snap buttons ($3.99 gets you 4 sets per box) from Joann fabrics and hammered them on all my jeans,that way I don't need to remember to carry an ankle band around with me or worry about rolling up my pant leg in cold/ wet weather or have my sock stretch out and get chain lube on it.My trouser guard is always there and ready when ever I need it

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    I use this velcro thing-a-majig that a buddy of mine gave me. It's original use was two hold skis together.

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    I use a safety pin

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    Reflective velcro strap i got from WABA (Washington Area Bicycylist Assosiation

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    Leave the pants at work.
    The wood is being bent! Let me know what you need!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cycledelic
    A phallus - I mean phalanx - of riders in SF have found a perfect solution to this problem.
    SF..that's a surprise...at least they were smart enough to wear helmets
    The wood is being bent! Let me know what you need!

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    I've been using the large size office binder clips for years. You can see it in the picture here.


    The pic is from the most recent post on my blog where you can click on it for a bigger pic.

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    You could always use the old pair of Zebra striped spandex pants available at many clothing resale shops....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Industrial
    The hipsters are rolling up one pantleg nowadays.

    i been doin that chit for 10 years on my bmx bike, now i just roll up both pant legs or wear shorts
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    Doesn't anyone remember the 80s? French-cuffs! It was a "style" thing then, and I say that very very loosely, cuz it sure looks goofy nowadays. In any case, for those retro-minded commuters...

    take your pantleg,
    fold it together once at the ankle, so it tapers towards your foot
    roll the bottom of the pantleg up a few times.
    Instant style

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy
    Doesn't anyone remember the 80s? French-cuffs! It was a "style" thing then, and I say that very very loosely, cuz it sure looks goofy nowadays. In any case, for those retro-minded commuters...

    take your pantleg,
    fold it together once at the ankle, so it tapers towards your foot
    roll the bottom of the pantleg up a few times.
    Instant style
    i dont know what you mean, are u talking about just rolling them up? if so thats the style i still use
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    Toe clip strap works great too.
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    i do a roll. simple, cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by martinman
    I tried a redline chain guard, but it doesn't fit very well. Any other ideas (besides the obvious cuff pants / rubber band pant leg)?

    I'm trying to fit it on a converted c.1999 schwinn mtb frame. I like the redline one because it's just a smoke grey, and isn't too flashy.

    thx,
    m
    Unless you get a full chain cover like this...


    ...like it or not you're going to have to go with the pant roll up or pant leg band of some sort. Why would you expect otherwise? Unfortunately, here in the States bikes are sold as play toys not practical transportation so you don't find many with these features ala European countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nepbug
    You really shouldn't have to spend more than $3 to solve this, and that's if you go for a nice reflective velcro strap.
    That was my solution - helped add some visibility during dark rides, and just flip it over, black side out, for return ride home.

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    Yeah, I'm not gonna lie. Velcro strap or sock, I still occassionally get grease stains on my pants. Nice pants can't always be rolled. Since stains are *not* acceptable on expensive work clothing, and chain guards don't seem to exist for multi-speeds, I've come up with my own solution.....

    Ready for it?



    Hiking gaiters.

    That's right. Hiking gaiters. They go up almost to my knee. No stains, ever.

    There has got to be a better way. I just don't know what that is. I could change at work, but I don't really sweat on my commute, and there's no shower anyway, so why bother? I'd easily pay $100+ for a good chain guard that worked on a multi-speed bike.

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    Don't wear pants. simple.
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    defnetly velcro straps,thay do for bike straps for cars too
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    Okay,okay,so how do I put it back together,and where did this spring come from

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    Simple.


    Wear shorts.

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    Cheap - go for style

    For the person truly with everything...
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    Good job!

    Velcro One-Wrap straps.

    http://www.velcro.com/consumer/products_sp.htm

    They are great for strapping up extension cords of all lengths and types. I just wrap it around my pant leg. The one I bought was too small, so I doubled them up. Got mine at Lowes.

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    Another vote for the reflective velcro strap. Been using it for years with only a handful of mishaps with chain rub.

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    Good job!

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    Cru Jones in the bmx movie Rad went with a red bandana tied around his leg. If your not afraid of gang affiliation, go for it


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    cheap solution

    My bf and I just came up with a great idea: You know those rubber bands that you get every time you buy asparagus? Well I always keep them thinking that someday I will figure out a use for them. That day is today! I looped together three of them and was trying to figure out how to close it to bind my pant leg tight - my boyfriend suggested a paperclip. Works like a charm. Free of charge.

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    You could become this guy...


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    ...but then you have to worry about the cape.

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    Varied over time, mood what I have. Shorts, sock over, roll up, large O ring, duct tape, reflective velcro, now often use a non reflective velcro strap that was free. One bike is now 1 x 9 and has an old 52 tooth chain wheel cut into a guard with no FD to catch on, I don't have a chain-pantleg issue, but in certain winds, the left pant leg one wants to catch the classic brazed-on FD cable guide a roll up brings it clear. If I had to ride arriving in nice clothes, I'd consider Velo-Orange's shorty fully enclosed Al chain case. I think ANT bikes has it too.

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    I've always wore 3 1/4 short's even in winter, when it gets cold, knee warmers from endura and if it gets even colder i wear ron hills underneath and hiking socks, never had any trouble ever with my rig up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ckeyeus

    ...but then you have to worry about the cape.
    Wonder Woman does not have such problems....
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    i use an old toe strap too
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