Several female bicycle bloggers have expressed a certain dislike towards cycling in pants, and one of the most prominent reasons is due to pant leg cuffs rubbing against the chain and crank arm. I, too, have experienced this sensation, yet I do not have enough skirts in my wardrobe to completely avoid the possibility of wearing pants to work.
I have also noticed that pants give me that business-intimidating look. (Aside: I have a theory where people take you more seriously in the work environment when you wear pants and jackets with strong collars). Being on the road, however, I’m not the best at remembering to pack bike-specific pant-leg straps; therefore, last week in Arizona, I had to utilize my creative problem solving skills and come up with an alternative means of securing my trouser cuffs to my ankles.
Behold! The scrunchie.
As they were adequately loose and soft, these little fabric-covered hair rubber-bands worked like a charm to keep my trouser cuffs away from the drive-train.
Due to their softness, when I arrived at my office, I sometimes left them around my ankles, underneath my pants, so as to make it easy to tuck the cuffs back in during the lunch ride.
There was a day where I did not leave the scrunchies on my ankles, and misplaced them within my tremendously large Brompton T-bag. Now that I was aware of the many possibilities of elastics, I found some rubber bands in the office supply cabinet which did the trick equally well, but they were not quite as comfortable as the soft scrunchies.
Although I cannot promise that you will be the most fashionable one in the bike lane while utilizing this trick, it just goes to show that you do not need fancy-pants velcro pant leg straps–rubber bands of all varieties will usually work in a pinch.