Some of you might be of the school of thought that any jeans are riding jeans, why spend top dollar just because someone’s labelled them ‘cycling” jeans? Is it a form of hipster trap? Why do I even want to ride anywhere in jeans? These are valid questions. Here’s why…
I rarely wear anything besides jeans unless I’m going for a ‘proper’ road ride. I live and work in a town which is a perfect size to get around by bike, and as a result I have worn clean through the arse area of the following jeans: Seven For All Mankind, Superdry, 2x pairs of G-Star, and my Hudsons are getting dangerously close. I love my jeans and these were all rather nice ones… It’s depressing when they go, and it’s pretty much impossible to fix. (I have tried, both with a sewing machine and with iron-on patches) The G-Stars in particular were useless – a new pair wore through in less than a year!
A few weeks ago I stumbled upon Creux Cycling – an Australian urban cycle clothing brand – and fairly rapidly decided I wanted to own everything they made, especially their jeans. At a glance they just have a style I love, and on closer inspection they’ve considered everything to make these the ultimate legwear for living and riding in.
Fortunately while at Bespoked Bristol a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting the man behind (iL) Soigneur who has been hand-making really lovely musettes since 2011, and doing rather well at it. (iL) Soigneur now stocks a selection of Creux gear here in the UK and I took away a pair of the men’s and the women’s jeans to see which I’d get on with the most.
(Size info: I’m testing the Men’s Small and the Women’s Large (12), most of my jeans are a size 29-30 waist. My waist is 29 inches, and my hips are 40 inches)
The men’s version of the Soigneur Jeans are, on me at least, a slim fitting straight-leg cut which fit comfortably around my waist, higher than most of my jeans which are all low rise cut, these come to about an inch and a half below my belly button. The lower legs are just loose enough to turn up a couple of times to avoid your bike chain, but I couldn’t roll them up any higher than in the pictures. When riding, I prefer the men’s because of the higher waist. It feels just right in the bike position, no pants on show.
The women’s cut has a lower rise, and a much skinnier leg. I LOVE how these look when I’m walking around, but when I’m riding I found that once they’d loosened up a bit, they were coming down a bit too low at the back. It’s no biggie if your shirt is tucked in, but if not; PANTS CITY.
The fit is really quite different from the men’s, and I’m surprised by how well the men’s cut fits me – I do not have boyish hips. So it really comes down to your preference – do you want slim straight leg or skinny leg? Higher waist or low rise? Both are super comfy on and off the bike.
Two things I love about turning these jeans up: The cyan coloured tape sewn over the seams on the inside looks ace, and on the men’s version, the large reflective Creux logo inside the right leg, which massively increases your visibility in the dark. Never mind products with a tiny bit of reflective piping here and there, there’s nothing better than a huge block of the stuff to catch driver’s eyes. Plus it looks freaking cool. It’s not there on the women’s, no doubt because they’re a lot skinnier so you can’t really roll them up.
Both versions are very slightly stretchy, but to be honest I think they could be stretchier, because it’s such a heavy weight denim. When these jeans first go on they feel heavier and stiffer than most jeans. Unsurprisingly though, after wearing these for a few days they loosened up a fair bit, became less tight around the waist, and altogether more and more comfortable as the days wore on.
The denim itself is such a big feature of these jeans, it feels so tough that I can’t imagine ever wearing through the arse section. Even if the bum was one layer thick I don’t think I would – but as it happens Creux have built in a double layered seat, complete with lightly padded chamois! I was a little concerned this would feel bulky and even too warm, but when I’m not riding I just don’t notice it.
Then there’s the Schoeller NanoSphere treatment, which is unbelievably valuable. Living in the UK, if I waited for it to stop raining, I’d barely ever get to ride so I don’t tend to shy away from wet weather. After all, skin’s waterproof, right? Turns out these jeans are too. Close enough anyway. I live a short distance from work, but even a short distance will soak regular jeans through if it’s pissing it down as it often does. I’ve sat at my desk for several hours with wet jeans, patiently waiting for them to dry out after the 5 minute ride in. It takes about 3 hours, I’ve timed it. So since testing these jeans out, I’ve had it rain on me a couple of times, once while riding, not overly heavy rain, and once when it just absolutely shat it down for 5 minutes, so I went outside and sat in it. Just to see what would happen.
I’d say that in extremely heavy rain, 95% beads and splashes right off you, and 5% begins to dampen the jeans. Dampen, mind, not soak. I came back inside, brushed them off and sat at my desk, and within 10 minutes the jeans felt completely dry again. My hood stayed wet for the rest of the day.
The men’s jeans have a few little features which the women’s jeans don’t have, although I’m not entirely sure why. There’s an extra pocket on the right hip which is much easier to dig into then the front pockets when you’re sat down, there’s a little loop for keys on the left side waist band, and there’s a D-lock holding loop on the back, which is pretty handy if like me you often pop into town without a bag.
The only thing to be aware of is that these jeans are very heavily dyed, and it will transfer to your pale coloured couch. I’m hoping that it will wash off the cushion covers. I’m told the denim is designed to fade with use, so I fully expect a lot of loose dye to come out in the first wash which will probably stop the couch getting any worse.
There’s not much else to add, so I’ll summarise by saying that, like me, you can test these jeans out without buying them because (iL) Soigneur is offering a no quibble try before you buy scheme. So if you’re still not sure, try them out for yourself! I for one will be putting my money where my mouth is and buying them. I’m just not sure which ones…
Screw it. I want both.
Chrome Industries announced today two new bags, the Welded Postbag and Welded Rucksack, weatherproof, utilitarian packs made for the city commuter. The Welded Transport bags use the same technology as Coast Guard boats to deliver the most durable waterproof protection with the least amount of weight. Chrome’s 100% RF welded waterproof bags with versatile and can be worn over the shoulder, carried in hand or strapped onto a bike rack or basket.
Chrome Industries’ Welded Transport bags include:
Welded Postbag: Heritage inspired postbag with high-tech welded waterproof seams. The Welded Postbag has an adjustable shoulder strap for cross body wear and interior haul handles for off-body carry. It’’s designed to be worn over the shoulder or strapped onto a bike rack or basket. Features included welded waterproof seam construction to keep contents dry; removable, padded laptop sleeve that fits up to MacBook Pro 15 inches; Daisy Chain mounting loops on back panel; and quick access exterior pockets to fit U-lock, wallet, keys, and personal items. Made with waterproof 600 denier TPU coated outer shell and custom gunmetal finished hardware.
Available in Charcoal
Available in-store and online: 5/1/2013
Welded Rucksack: Heritage inspired Welded Rucksack features high-tech welded waterproof seam construction that keeps contents dry. Features include a removable, padded laptop sleeve that fits up to MacBook Pro 15 inches; Daisy Chain mounting loops on back panel; quick access exterior pockets for U-lock, wallet, keys, and personal items; shark tooth closures that adjust for different volumes and load sizes; ergonomic shoulder strap design; and industrial metal cam lock compression buckles. Made with waterproof 600 denier TPU coated outer shell and custom gunmetal finished hardware.
Available in-store and online: 5/1/2013
Welded Transport bags can be purchased in Chrome Hubs located in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Portland, OR and online at www.chromeindustries.com.
The guys over at Marin Bikes are putting on a photo contest to capture your “Suffer and Stoke”. Simply go to the Marin Bikes Suffer and Stoke contest site, sign up upload your photo and get some votes! Top Suffer and Stoke photo gets a 2013 Marin Mount Vision XM6, top Suffer photo gets Oakley Radar Sunglasses, and top Stoke gets a Chrome Niko Camera Bag. Winners will be announced May 20, 2013. See the site for rules.
Civilian Bike Company of Portland, Oregon announced the pre-sale of four models in limited quantities. New for 2013 is now a more MTB rear spacing of 135mm, PF30 bottom bracket, machined head tube, belt ready frameset, and a Hart Design CXAR carbon fork.
With this new release, 2013 season comes two new deluxe models. The Le Roi Le Vuet, the single speed to the stars, my personal ride, includes Ritchey accessories and FSA crankset, Avid BB5 stopping power, for $1199. The deluxe version, shown above, bumps you to belt driven awesomeness and Avid BB7, at $1499 and just the frame at $899. The Vive Le Roi adds a few gears to be a 1 x 10, with SRAM Apex guiding you through the shifts and stopping you with Avid BB5’s. The deluxe version offers a 2 x 10, with Shimano blend of 105 shifters, CX70 front derailleur, and Ultegra rear derailleur, and stopping you from lighting speed with Avid BB7’s for $2049. Sizing options below.
Ordering the 2013 models are simple, you pick your model and size, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your order, make sure to include your address, phone, and best time to call. They will give you a call to finalize the order and for you to provide them with your credit card information. Bikes are estimated to ship around July 1st, 2013. It is a limited order so if interested, act now! Operators are standing by.
You might have read our review of the Chrome Kursk shoes a couple of years back. The folks at Chrome have been busy as usual to create the most covert SPD on the market, the Truk Pro. It is perfect for commuters, messengers, and others who live and work on the bike every day—and need a durable and comfortable shoe for bike, street, and office.
Enter the Truk Pro.
For those who live in and ride the city and want SPD performance on the bike and sneaker comfort off it. Durable, comfortable, and walkable. Made to be worn on and off the bike—all day, every day—with zero foot fatigue.
It’s the most innovative SPD on the market, featuring Chrome’s dual-density FlexPlateTM technology, developed to provide a fully rigid sole from the heel to the ball of the foot but also a flexible toe area (five times more flex compared with any traditional fully rigid SPD shoe). The result? Total comfort while riding and while walking.
Other features include a contoured, impact-resistant PU footbed, skid-resistant outsole, and recessed SPD plate. The 1,000-denier Cordura outer shell is 25 times stronger than canvas. Add 100% vulcanized construction and you’ve got one thoroughly bombproof shoe, ready for the demands of life on and off the bike.
Like all Chrome footwear and apparel, the Truk Pro SPD comes with a 365-day warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else I the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.” ~ Susan B. Anthony 1896
fBig Shot Bikes of Ft. Collins, Colorado, celebrates its 10,000th bike build milestone and thanks their HTML5 based bike builder web tool for it.
Big Shot Bikes, maker of design-your-own fixed gear and single speed bikes, recently reached a significant milestone with the sale of its 10,000th bike. The company launched in Fort Collins, Colo., in December of 2009, and has seen steady growth in both direct sales and through key retail distribution since its inception.
“It kind of snuck up on us, but when we saw that this was our 10,000th bike, we definitely had a celebration,” says Big Shot founder and owner Matt Peterson. “We might have spilled a little champagne on that frame before it went out the door.”
Helping to support Big Shot’s sales growth has been the recent launch of its HTML5 optimized iPad bike builder application. The program, which has been in a successful test phase for the past two months, allows consumers to easily design their custom Big Shot bike on an iPad.
Introduction of the application has supported Big Shot’s significant sales growth in the early months of 2013. There has been a 30 percent increase in iPad sales during the first two months of 2013, when compared to all of 2012. With the launch of the new application, year-over-year sales conversion is up 444 percent on iPad devices, which maintain the highest conversion rate of all mobile platforms.
“With more consumers shopping on mobile devices, it is crucial for our mass customization business to have a seamless moblie application,” says Peterson. “iPads account for 10 percent of our total site traffic and visits are up significantly over last year, since the introduction of our bike builder application.”
In addition to supporting Big Shot’s direct sales business, the steamlined HTML5 application will provide brick and mortar dealers with the opportunity for customers to design a bike on an in-store iPad and complete the transaction.
Previously, Big Shot offered custom in-store kiosks to key dealers. However, the iPad program is significantly more scalable and instantly available to all retailers. The HTML5 application operates on the iPad without requiring any downloads or installation.
ABOUT BIG SHOT BIKES
Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, Big Shot Bikes has been building customized, fixed-gear and single-speed bicycles since 2009. Big Shot is a leader in mass customization, allowing customers to design their own unique bikes online at bigshotbikes.com. With a choice of frame sizes, handlebar styles and thousands of color combinations, Big Shot offers fun, durable, high-quality bikes at an affordable price.