Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Puget Sound
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I went low-tech with my answer for the riding jeans issue. For my city commute, 25-35 MPH max, I wanted to get away from heavy armored over pants, with jeans underneath, during the warm weather. And also something I could walk around in at the store / party / etc and look fairly "normal" (or as close as I ever usually get!).
Carhart work pants, with double-thickness material over the knees. I don't need to worry about very significant abrasion resistance at city speeds, when I'm on the highway I do wear the full armor. I do want some impact protection though, should I hit the pavement during the commute, so I picked up a pair of under-the - pants tights with foam padding on knees / hips / tailbone, Daianese. Thin padding but it does feel like it offers a decent amount of low-speed-fall protection. This combo won't do much at 65MPH but at 35 I feel pretty safe around town, and I'm much more comfortable both riding and walking around afterward.