What makes the bicycles in Amsterdam suitable for riding with jeans on?
The Dutch are known to wear regular clothes while cycling rather than cycling specific clothing.
In cycling forums, people often say that jeans are uncomfortable for cycling especially in the rain. When jeans are wet, friction increases which can cause chafing and increase the wear and tear on the jeans and the saddle. The Dutch must have a way of wearing jeans comfortably since regular clothes include jeans. Cycling friendly pants tend to be silkier and thinner so that friction decreases, and more flexible so that there's less pressure on our perineum. Even with a saddle cutout, the seams on jeans can put too much pressure there.
I'm thinking that these are the possible factors:
- Saddle height
- Saddle setback
- Upright posture
- Coasting percentage
- Saddle shape
- Pants sold in the Netherlands tend to be more cycling friendly such as jeans with softer seams
- The commuting times are too short for the discomfort to develop
Also, can you have a fast or powerful human powered bike that's jeans friendly? Like hybrid, cyclocross, MTB, and road bikes.
Someone who's into fitness and speed, bikes to work, and wouldn't want to carry an extra pair of pants would be interested in getting that answer.