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I have the unfortunate habit of always getting my jean pants stuck in my gears and end up with a nice rip on the seams.

I've used those velcro braces to keep the bottom of my pants leg close to my body but I guess I pedal too close to the gears as those get caught in the gears too.

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Velcro leg straps should work, if you put them on correctly. Sometimes you need two, though, one near the very bottom and one up higher, to remove the "blouse" effect. –  Daniel R Hicks Mar 5 '12 at 12:07
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As a Brit, this title just makes me giggle :) –  cjk Aug 13 '12 at 8:55
    
I never need any gear or trick, despite I use bikes naked chain, just wear slim jeans. –  Cesco Oct 9 '12 at 18:12
    
@cjk Is there some euphemism that us Americans aren't getting? –  jimirings Oct 10 '12 at 23:53
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In the UK, trousers are what you wear on your legs. Pants are your underwear :-) –  cjk Oct 11 '12 at 6:02

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There are basically four solutions that do not involve extensive work on your bike:

  1. Roll up the pant-leg on the gear-side high enough to stay away from the gears.
  2. Wear tight fitting cycling pants that don't flap.
  3. Use braces as you have, or clips such as these to keep your flappy pants close enough to your legs.
  4. Stuff the pant-leg on the gear side in your socks.

Since option 3 doesn't work for you that leaves you with options 1, 2 or 4. However, when applying the braces or clips, (or stuffing your pant-leg in your socks) are you taking care to make sure all the excess pant-leg material is collected on the outside of your leg, away from the gears?

On the bicycle side: Chainring guards might help a bit, even better is a full chainguard but these may be hard to find for your bike.

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Besides that useful strategies, using a chainring guard can also be useful. Not every crankset allows for them, but might be a necessary measure to completely solve the OP's problem. –  heltonbiker Mar 5 '12 at 14:46
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Also, as this answer says, the excess pant material should be always, tightly brought to the outer side, away from the chain, and then strapped/clipped. –  heltonbiker Mar 5 '12 at 14:47
    
I will see if tucking more neatly will help me. Never had much luck with #1 either, always need to readjust -.- If not I will def look at seeing if I can put a Chain guard on my bike. Thanks :) –  Mallow Mar 5 '12 at 15:05
    
The best choice is definitely number 3. After trying all of them extensively and using rubber bands for the longest time the clips provide the best of both worlds. Unlike rubber bands or bands of any kind you don't need to get them over your feet to take the off. Also unlike rubber bands you are not afraid of them snapping and so you don't have to carry around extra with you. Some of the clips will also come with a reflective strip so you will be more visible at night. –  Chris Belsole Mar 6 '12 at 22:49

I have found that the top of and old sock over a neatly folded trouser leg works well.Cut the top of the sock long enough to cover your pants with leg fully extended to the top of the sprocket.The plus side is you don't ruin good socks stretching them over your pants.

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In addition to velcro and clips, you can use "slap bracelets."

Badge holder lanyards from conventions work well, too (but only the ones with alligator clips). Wrap it once around, put the clip end through the closed end and pull it tight. The clip will hold it tight. (pics later)

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This product should work, Leg Shield. Covers your pant leg from your ankle to right below your knee.

http://www.bikelegstrap.com/

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That would be a "gaitor", a well-known variation on the leg strap, though also used by cross-country skiers, et al. And very much similar to Scrooge McDuck's "spats" (AKA "ankle blankets"). –  Daniel R Hicks Aug 12 '12 at 2:24

Get a 8 - 12" piece of velcro, loop side, then adhere a 3" self sticking hook side on the end of the inside. Tuck and wrap. $1.50 cost.

I have had mine for 5 years, using it almost daily with no issues.

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You're essentially describing the standard leg strap. –  Daniel R Hicks Mar 5 '12 at 21:45
    
Correct, with a little DIY instructions i guess. –  Matt Adams Mar 6 '12 at 12:40
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My LBS charges $1 for a similar strap and it includes reflective material as a bonus. –  James Schek Mar 7 '12 at 17:08
    
Manufactured leg straps may include elastic, but I'm guessing the home-made velcro doesn't stretch. I have velcro leg straps, and the elastic helps it stay secure and comfortable. –  amcnabb Aug 8 '13 at 16:01

Simple: Just take two rubber bands and stretch them around the bottom of your pants.

Done! :)

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When I was a teenager, the "tight roll" was in style. Nowadays I use it nearly every day to keep my pants out of the chain. It works better than anything else I've ever tried, is totally free, and you don't have to carry anything around with you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tight_rolled_pants

And here's a video about how to do it:

It's the best video I can find but the guy's a little sloppy about it, but you can get the idea. It's kind of like tucking the sheets on your be for nice, crisp corners. If you're careful and methodical, you can get a good, crisp, clean roll that stays nice and tight all day.

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Nice no-equipment solution. Fashionable, too! –  MrBoJangles Aug 8 '13 at 17:33

I found it easiest by taking some light weight sheet metal cut it to shape to my gear cover/guard and had a friend wield it over the cover it helps a lot. If u want it to match your bike paint it first. Make sure u use heat resistant paint.

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