Need A Pair of Cycling Jeans? Here’s What To Look For…


Every­one who has cycled in reg­u­lar jeans knows the dis­ad­van­tages: bunched up in the groin, wide cuffs eat­en by chain rings, and the best case sce­nario for the seat is a fad­ed bot­tom and dis­em­bow­eled dec­o­ra­tive stitch­ing. The worst case? A frayed hole show­ing the world whether you’re the briefs, box­ers or com­man­do. What’s a mor­tal to do, sport span­dex to the office? Cer­tain­ly not. Look for these fea­tures and you’ll avoid such dun­ga­ree disasters.

Safe­ty should always be the first con­sid­er­a­tion as a cyclist. It’s a dan­ger­ous road out there, so addi­tion­al reflec­tive­ness is a must — unless, of course, you pre­fer to don the high­ly vis­i­ble but unsight­ly tri­an­gle tor­so reflec­tor vests. The more com­mon place­ments of reflec­tive mate­r­i­al are on the cuffs (often exposed after they are rolled up), on pock­ets and belt loops.

Fab­ric and Cut
Old fash­ioned den­im does­n’t cut it, which is why most cycling jeans fea­ture upgrad­ed mate­r­i­al like Cor­du­ra (top-notch stuff that adds a near wear-proof invin­ci­bil­i­ty) and pro­pri­etary nylon woven into den­im. It’s cost­ly, but extreme­ly stur­dy. Most com­pa­nies also rein­force the inside of the dri­ve-side leg, and some offer water­proof­ing capa­bil­i­ties. A straight or nar­row cut leg can save your den­im from the 50 teeth look­ing to make a meal of your cuffs.

Look for pants with a gus­set­ed crotch and artic­u­lat­ed knees for added com­fort and mobil­i­ty. Some brands also add a chamois, just like rac­ing tights, for some much need­ed cush­ion. A prop­er­ly designed pair of cycling pants will ride high­er in the rear to keep your back cov­ered, and so the low­er front won’t bunch up and pinch del­i­cate skin.

There are many con­ve­nient fea­tures avail­able, but it’s unlike­ly you’ll find all of them on a sin­gle pair of cycling jeans. Cell phone pock­ets, rein­forced belt loops for the de rigeur cara­bin­er, over-sized back pock­ets to fit mini u‑locks, pen or key pock­ets and an adjustable waist­band are some of the more prac­ti­cal stan­dard features.

While you’ll ante up a bit more for cycling jeans, think of it as an upgrade to your rid­ing expe­ri­ence — like new tires or com­fort­able seat. Now get out and pedal.