Old 02-02-2012, 03:47 AM   #1
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For pants suitable to ride in, MEC ain't got much. Who does? There's got to be something better than jeans or work pants. Something other than full on compression style road gear.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:04 AM   #2
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:17 AM   #3
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I ride in lycra, but that's because I'm a poseur 24X7. I find pants don't really matter because my legs are working all the time and generate their own heat. My biggest issues are hands and feet.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:46 AM   #4
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I like the stuff from Swrve. Their midweight shants/manpris/knickers do the trick from +15C to -25C. I'm not a fan of long pants for riding, so I use the knickers and some leg warmers for the really cold days.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:46 PM   #5
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I do MEC pretty much head to toe. If it's really cold, I throw on the stretchy long johns and the knickers over top. Wear a base layer and sometimes the arm warmers underneath. On top, the wool cycling jersey. I've got some Helly Hansen pants if needed and just a regular waterproof shell with not-so-good venting in the rain.

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I am the same, unless it is raining or snowing, I am in shorts. I dont really find that cold is a leg issue. If its raining, I just throw on a basic set of waterproof pants (which I got from MEC). It's not great but it is cheap.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:30 PM   #7
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I am not Scottish, but I am cheap. Kind of rules out swrve.com.
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I am the same, unless it is raining or snowing, I am in shorts. I dont really find that cold is a leg issue. If its raining, I just throw on a basic set of waterproof pants (which I got from MEC). It's not great but it is cheap.
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #8
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Swrve gear is so nice, they're having a 'Groundhog Day' sale until Monday (15% off).

I'm mostly a fair-weather commuter (go ahead, flame away). It was a pretty chili ride in at 7am today so I wore MEC softshell Roubaix pant and Ferrata hoodie.
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Old 02-03-2012, 11:32 PM   #9
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I need some over pants to wear on rainy days. My commute is just a couple kms here in N.Van so no need to change into riding gear.

Anyone tried on the Secteur pants?
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:22 AM   #10
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I need some over pants to wear on rainy days. My commute is just a couple kms here in N.Van so no need to change into riding gear.

Anyone tried on the Secteur pants?
My commute is only a few km's as well. I use the cheap mec pull over pants. They dont breath but they keep you dry and in a few km you dont heat up that much anyway. personally I dont see a point in spending $100 when $30 will do the job.

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Old 02-09-2012, 07:16 PM   #11
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I ended up with a pair of the Hydrofoil pants.

http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/MensCl...pants-mens.jsp

They pull on nice over jeans and have big long zip on the side.
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:46 AM   #12
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Pair of MEC knickers, goetex shoe covers, aquanot jacket and a old pair of Kona air time shorts. I stay dry for the most part . 12kms each way .
I wear this in all but snow ( a few days a year) when comuting .
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:41 PM   #13
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A pretty nice alternative to MEC is Rapha.
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Old 02-15-2012, 04:06 AM   #14
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Cadence and Outlier stuff is really nice, too - Outlier's jackets are made in the Arc'Teryx factory, I believe.
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Old 02-15-2012, 06:34 AM   #15
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I started my 22k commute this week. Cap Rd to Bby Lake; GoreTex Shoe Covers, Hydrofoil type pants, light weight Gore tex jacket, Under Armour skull cap (for the follically challenged warmth factor). Surprised how dry I am after this hour long ride. Nice to begin your workday with a stoke on. The only thing I want is a more substantial (warmer) skull cap.
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