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    Pants that donn't get caught up on the sprockets?

    Any recommend types of pants that don't get caught up and ripped on the sprocket?

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    Not exactly what you asked but I run a bash guard for exactly this reason. I commute on my bike so I can't afford to get my work pants caught. Works great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReturnOfTheMTB View Post
    Any recommend types of pants that don't get caught up and ripped on the sprocket?
    At the risk of being "THAT guy"... Shorts.

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    Cycling pants, or a rubber band....

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    Shorts are awesome. Otherwise, velcro leg strap. for example:
    http://www.amazon.com/Bicycle-Reflec...ike+pant+strap

    Riding in the big ring up front help, but isn't always an option. I just use the leg straps for commuting. Wrap it around the stem when I'm not wearing it.
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    Tights.

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    1x gearing.

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    Wait for it, I call them " shorts" Or shorts+ tights in colder weather.

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    Yep. Tights, shorts, or a velcro strap. Or you could do the hipster thing and roll the cuffs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Or you could do the hipster thing and roll the cuffs.
    leather toe clips. damn, he's cool!

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    Capris...

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    piece of bailing twine. tie around you leg. when not in use, tie around your frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    Shorts are awesome. Otherwise, velcro leg strap. for example:
    http://www.amazon.com/Bicycle-Reflec...ike+pant+strap

    Riding in the big ring up front help, but isn't always an option. I just use the leg straps for commuting. Wrap it around the stem when I'm not wearing it.
    Do the leg straps work for you? I tried those at first and about 10 seconds into my ride they have worked their way off the bottom of my pants and end up around my socks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpgolf14 View Post
    Do the leg straps work for you? I tried those at first and about 10 seconds into my ride they have worked their way off the bottom of my pants and end up around my socks.
    They work fine for me. Where are you attacjing them? I put them right above my ankle.

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    Brace yourself... Jorts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jpgolf14 View Post
    Not exactly what you asked but I run a bash guard for exactly this reason. I commute on my bike so I can't afford to get my work pants caught. Works great.
    +1. I also do the bashguard thing. (Blogged about this issue a while back on Loose Screws, btw). What's annoying is that many newer design cranks seem to preclude the installation of a guard. I have to be careful when I shop to buy a crank that'll accept one.

    When I'm on a bike with no guard, I'll tuck my pant leg into my sock. Not my favorite solution, but it works.

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    Jorts, genius. It's like 1996 all over again, and yes, I still have jorts.

    No problems using those leg straps. Have to leave some pant material below them to "bunch up" and prevent the straps from sliding down. They also cause the pant legs to ride up a bit, but once they get the first stretch from bending your knee, they don't move any more. They look goofy when you first get off the bike though, so first thing I do is take them off.
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    By the way why do roadies wear such long socks ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiang Mai View Post
    By the way why do roadies wear such long socks ?


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    Are you talking about compression socks ? Supposedly compression socks help with oxygen delivery, decrease lactic acid, prevent cramps, etc ...
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    He may just be talking about the general fashion towards longer socks. MTB riders are starting to use them, too. I wear longer socks in cooler weather for warmth. Doesn't matter what I'm doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ReturnOfTheMTB View Post
    Any recommend types of pants that don't get caught up and ripped on the sprocket?
    I just don't wear any pants when MTBing. I wear shorts generally or capris and long socks for cold days. I'm always wearing pads and they don't play nice with any pants I've tried. Not to mention they keep my knees pretty warm.

    Troy Lee and others sell MTB specific pants if you need full leg coverage. They are tapered so they won't get caught in the chain.



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    A simpler alternative to leg straps or ties is shock cord. The softshell pants I wear for winter riding and hiking have shock cord and a cord lock built in, and I made a couple of loops for my wind and rain pants, since they are both baggy at the ankle.
    http://www.amazon.com/Trimming-Tarpa.../dp/B00EF1Q12Q
    ^^just an example I googled up, but most outdoor shops and places that sell paracord online will have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    He may just be talking about the general fashion towards longer socks. MTB riders are starting to use them, too.
    I wear longer socks when mountain biking because I coat them in permethrin. Keeps the ticks and chiggers away.

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    JORTS! Whahahahahahhahaha!! Cyclelicious- I think you have mastered this internet forum. Keep it up!

    ........

    I wear 5.11 Tactical pants or similar. And...

    a hunk of duct tape. It's a helluva fashion statement, I'm sure. Not everybody would want to try to pull it off. But do it once and you may just have to keep doing it. Velcro straps and such sophistications are only a gateway accessory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    He may just be talking about the general fashion towards longer socks. MTB riders are starting to use them, too. I wear longer socks in cooler weather for warmth. Doesn't matter what I'm doing.
    Oh ... there's cycling fashion ...?


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    I mean like these type. Are these compression socks? If I wear shorts I wear short socks.


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    Probably ride em high for the logo advertisement (gotta get paid $$$), and to help cushion their ankles from smacking stuff (crank arms, other riders shoes, the road)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiang Mai View Post

    I mean like these type. Are these compression socks? If I wear shorts I wear short socks.


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    They are popular. Who cares? If you like silly designs on your socks, it's more space for said design. If you want high vis stuff, it is a larger area more likely to be seen. Sponsor logos as mentioned. Some just like them.

    Whatever. Why does it matter? Shorter socks are still plenty available.

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    I have sewn velcro onto the bottoms of paratrooper cargo pants (they used to have a drawstring) and that got caught up in the ring gear as well at that time I didnt carry a knife now I do. The velcro works but it is very uncomfortable and they tend to ride up or bunch.

    I wear pants when i go xc riding because of bushes and thorns. I know there are elastic cuff pants available but they are awful to look at.

    Edit: capri and 3/4 pants weren't all that bad.
    Last edited by SlickWilly8019; 04-29-2016 at 06:54 PM. Reason: skinny leg pants more ugly than capri style pants

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