Around six months ago I decided to take the plunge and buy some jeans specifically made for biking. I was tired of the massive holes the the crotches of my Levis that obviously were not up to the task. I ride probably around 12 miles a day - not a ton but I would say on the high end for riding in jeans. Over 30 miles and I prefer switching to something with more padding.
My wife, who's a big fashion and clothing nerd, suggested I look at Swrve. I noted that Push Bike here in San Francisco carries Swrve, so I stopped in. They didn't have any in stock but were happy to order a small selection for me to try on. Yay!
Once the jeans were in I picked up a pair of 33/34 'Trim Fit' indigo jeans. They came to $90 after my San Francisco Bike Coalition discount. They have a lot of really cool details that make them a pleasure to wear:
- low waist in front to prevent your belt from digging into your gut
- higher waist in back to stay respectable and to keep you warm
- articulated knees for a better fit on a bike or barstool
- seamless gusseted crotch for comfort
- back pockets fit a mini U-lock
- cell phone pocket on side to stay connected
- reflective strip on inside right leg that is exposed when you roll up your cuff
- high quality YKK metal zipper
- rivets to make them more durable
- stylish trim fit for everyday use
I also very much prefer to support US-made goods, so a big plus that they're made here.
Six months of riding in them and I can say that they're comfortable and are the best pants I've worn for biking. I am fond of 3/4 length knickers, but they are a different animal altogether (and I would love to try Swrve's knickers, actually). No sign of the dreaded crotch wear. I've gone ahead and picked up a second pair of the Swrve jeans, this time in 32/34 because I've lost a bit of the 'tech startup belly' that I've earned from long hours in front of computers.
The cut is a little unconventional because they're tailored for ease-of-movement (especially around the knees). But, I've even gotten some compliments when wearing them so I'm not gonna worry about it.
So congrats to Swrve for reinventing a classic! It's been inspiring to decide to orient my wardrobe around biking.