Looking for flexible, comfortable cycling clothes?
Stretch jeans, aka jeggings are the quintessential pants, so comfy and stylish even Conan wore them to strut his stuff on his show. NY DailyNews link http://articles.nydailynews.com/2010-12-03/gossip/27083188_1_jeggings-conan-o-brien-leggings
Several decades past my slimmer teen years, I was apprehensive about even shopping for them, remembering the “Glamour Don’t” photos from my youth, but two friends (fate and karma) intervened.
When I found a pair of stretch denims on the clearance rack at Old Navy, minus a price tag, I thought, hmmm perhaps this is a sign. I was unsure if I’d make the purchase, til the salesclerk told me they’d be $1.99. I automatically added them to my purchases. The zippered bottoms could be a plus or a minus, depending on your footwear options. They are okay with boots, but I don’t know about with flats. Also, they became a bit saggy and baggy shortly after dressing. I have put them in the dryer, but it hasn’t helped enough.
Pair # 2 were $9.99 again at Old Navy (originally $29.50). The label simply says “Old Navy Jeggings”, on the waistband, then “pull on waist, super skinny leg, super stretch.” Made with an elastic pull on waist, they lack a zipper or front pockets. They retained their shape nicely, and you could easily cycle or curl up on the couch in them comfortably. When I washed this pair, I hung them to dry.
My third version, with a button closure and zip fly, were $29.50, and they looked more like a typical pair of jeans. They’re part of the dark wash blues collection. They also held their shape all day. However while they felt more structured (in a good way) they were totally flexible and bendable! These are my favorite of the three pairs by far!
I am now thinking of buying another $29.50 pair, since I like them so much better than the other two. Or I may simply buy another brand. I have a somewhat long torso, and short inseam for my 5’ 5” height, so now that I know I will find them wearable (with a long shirt in my case) I may invest a little more time and money.
In conclusion, stretch jeans or jeggings are an excellent affordable option for casual riding to an event, for recreational fun or for transportation. You can still look neat, and stylish when pedaling as well as when you arrive at your destination!
Kara: http://knittinglemonade.blogspot.com/ mentioned a love/hate relationship, I am intrigued. Samantha’s thoughts from several weeks ago can be found here: http://dingdingletsride.com/, and Dottie looked fabulous in a pair on Valentine’s Day http://letsgorideabike.com/blog/2011/02/valentines-via-velo/