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Denim you would bike in

whiskeybeard

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I use my bike a lot to get to work/school, and just to get around. Not long distances usually, but there are some hills etc. What jeans would you get to feel comfortable biking in? Crotch wear is obviously a huge concern, so overall it seems you'd want:

- Sturdy crotch/stitching in general
- But not too heavy/rigid denim
- Overall awesome looking

The look I'm going for is basic slim, but not skinny-jean tight, in raw indigo. Suggestions?
 

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I honestly think riding in denim is the worst. Check out pants from Swerve, Swobo, Chrome, etc. No pair of jeans I've ever owned has held up to bike riding.
 

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This is true, it's not ideal. However, I wear denim almost every day and bike almost every day (for transportation, not for kicks.) So it seems my options are - Stop wearing denim so much - Stop biking so much - Find a pair of jeans that's workable (though not ideal) for biking And unfortunately the first two aren't really options, so...
EDIT: Maybe I should clarify -- in general I'm talking about 2-3 miles max. And it's not just work/school, I often bike to go out across town, so it's not like I want to be the guy who gets to the bar in his Chrome riders then dips into the bathroom to put on his denims..
 

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swerve make 'cycling' jeans...I haven't tried this particular product, but I enjoy other products from this label

http://www.swrvestore.com/servlet/Ca...=pants%26jeans

Originally Posted by whiskeybeard
This is true, it's not ideal. However, I wear denim almost every day and bike almost every day (for transportation, not for kicks.) So it seems my options are

- Stop wearing denim so much
- Stop biking so much
- Find a pair of jeans that's workable (though not ideal) for biking

And unfortunately the first two aren't really options, so...
 

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Huh, those IHs do look cool. Too bad they're not available but I'll keep my eyes open for something similar.

I like the look of the Swerve cycling jeans a bit less to be honest, but they do look super comfortable. Would be interested to hear what others think.

In the end I do have the option to continue my current strategy of mostly wearing beater jeans (i.e., 511s) when I bike, and usually making the walk when I want to wear my nicer raw jeans, but it would be nice to have the best of both worlds..
 

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Something with a bit of stretch to it like uniqlos t-000. They are cheap too.

2-3 miles on a bike is nothing unless you live in the mountains, so I wouldn't even bother trying to change when you arrive. Especially if you're just riding somewhere to hang out.
 

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If its only 2-3 miles and nothing far any denim would do...

I rode a full year and 1/2 in nothing but my LVC 47s. I was doing ~20 miles a day though (to and from work).
 

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just bike in whatever denim u have
there are some expensive models that have reinforced layer in the crotch but honestly, i find to have that is too expensive and u may not like the fit
i would just ride in watever u got, and when push comes to shove, just patch up the holes, but get them while they are still small
 

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It's true 2-3 miles isn't much, but that's each way, and my experience is that 5 miles daily -- with considerable hills -- does add up suprisingly quickly, depending on the fit/quality of your jeans.

Uniqlo is one I had considered. Not quite as easy to obtain, but you do see it on ebay sometimes. Can anyone comment on whether their raw/selvedge is worth ebay prices (around $70-90 I think)?

Maybe I can rephrase my original question slightly. For durability I was considering something like Iron Heart, which has a reputation for taking a beating/having great stitching. However, I had some concerns about how easy it would be to bike in such heavyweight denim. Does anyone have thoughts on this trade-off? (I've never handled IHs in person, so honestly I don't know how "heavy" feeling they really are in practice.)
 

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