After reading the Large Fella’s glowing review of Rivendell’s MUSA bicycling pants, I ordered a pair for myself. I took them for a 25 mile ride tonight to see how well they worked.
Holy shit, they are awesome. 25 miles with normal underwear, and no sore butt. I walked into a 7-11 for some refreshment, and didn’t look like a bicycle weirdo at all. The only way the pants could be any better is if they looked more like khakis so I could wear them to work. I give them 4 jihadis out of 5.
4 Jihadis out of 5
Speaking of work, tonight’s ride was reconnaissance for a commute route. I think I have one figured out. I found a gym about 1.5 miles from the office. They were running a special, $150 for a year’s membership. I signed up so I can use the showers. I figure I’ll ride 12 miles, stop to shower and change, and ride the last 1.5 miles in my office clothes. (Another reason I wish the MUSA pants looked like khakis.)
I’m honestly not sure I’m up to riding 30 miles a day, so, to start out, I might drive part way, and ride in from a parking lot. I’ve located parking lots from which I can make my commute 3, 6, or 7.5 miles long in each direction. Hopefully, I’ll be able to build myself up to doing the whole thing. If not, I’ll move. I don’t like the idea of living farther away from the office than I can sustainably ride.
Anyhow, these pants have me wondering how hard it would be to have a gusset sewn in the crotch of actual dress pants. I bet it wouldn’t be too hard to hide some shock-cord in the cuff to knicker them up…dress pants are often made of wool, which is very a bicycling-friendly material. Hmmmm… MUSA formal-wear?
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Glad you dug the MUSA’s… they are great pants, and yes I agree… some heavier, wool, formal type designs would be a great addition too.
Peace & Happy 2007-
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