Though it may come as a surprise to some, women do ride bikes. We’ve all heard that number is growing (Hooray!). They also, sometimes, wear pants. As a lady in the bicycle industry I’m frequently asked by other ladies I know, who ride either occasionally or everyday, where are the women’s specific cycling pants? Pants that don’t look like a riding kit or have a chamois? Does such a thing exist?
Yes it does.
Here are three pairs of women’s pants that I’ve been using on and off the bike this spring that I think are pretty awesome.
Giro Ride Legging
The Giro Ride Legging is a bike specific pant with a good amount of mobility and stretch. They have two of my favorite qualities found in cycling specific clothes: moisture wicking and quick drying.
The mild zigzag pattern fabric employed over most of the pants is just enough to be, dare I say it, fashionable? The inside leg panels are lack the cool pattern, but are abrasion resistant for when I’m in the saddle for an extended amount of time. I like the way the look off the bike as well.
The Ride Legging’s are super comfortable and I’ve found myself wearing them frequently, whether on the bike or not. I’ve paired them with Giro’s SL Ride Jersey and my clipless shoes, as well as a loose fit layered tank top and Toms for a more casual look. I’ve also found them to be fabulous for my morning yoga routine. Available in sizes XS-XL for $120.
Club Ride Transit Pant
The Club Ride Transit Pants have become my go to travel pant. Not only do they pack down small for space conservation in my luggage, there are no wrinkle issues when they emerge from transit, whether that’s a few hours or a few days.
Club Ride makes some great cycling apparel and the Transit Pants features quick drying, breathable fabric, a few, tasteful, reflective highlights and a good amount of stretch for riding.
They also dress up or down off the bike, depending on the situation. I can throw on a button up and be ready for formal business meeting or a t-shirt and flip flops to just hang out.
My favorite feature on these pants is the one that separates these slacks from the ones you bought from Target, the rise in fabric at the rear prevents any unsightly exposure when riding and reinforces the fact that, looks aside, these pants are made to be used on a bike.
The Transit Pant is a mid-waist pant and has a slack look to them that makes them the easiest out of the three to transition to office mode. Available in sizes XS-XL for $110.
Ibex Travel Pant
Full disclosure; these are not bike specific pants. But, they are wool, and I get weak in the pocketbook around wool. The Ibex Travel pants are thicker than the other two pants, so I wear them more on chilly days. They are 100% Merino wool, which means they are anti-microbial so you can skip washing them for a while and they’ll remain naturally stink free. They also have moisture wicking and breathability properties making them tolerant in warm weather.
On the bike they stretch in all the right places, allowing for good freedom of motion and while not bike specific, make a decent legging. The Travel Pant can also be a good yoga or exercise pant.
I did have to put in a small stitch in the waist to prevent the inner elastic from twisting; otherwise they are comfortable.
I like to roll up the legs on the Ibex Travel Pant and throw on a pair of oxford style shoes, sockless, for a beatnik look. Available in sizes XS-XL for $115.
All three of these pants can be worn to the office or to the bar and are stylish enough to not look like you just stepped off your bike. The Club Ride and the Giro pants are bike specific and have those extra bits that make them more functional as such. The Ibex wool pant are a little thicker than the others, and while not cycling specific, will be just the ticket when the temperature takes a dive this fall and winter.