Knickers, 3/4 pants, pedal pushers, capri pants, manpris, shants, the basic mid-calf riding pant is a good piece of bike riding gear for cool crisp mornings. I'll cover my knees in weather with temps below the mid-60s. My knees thank me for keeping them out of the cold air. When I wear lycra, I've got a pair of knee warmers that I got from RockShox years ago before they were owned by SRAM. They are one of my favorite piece of bike gear. Definitely top 5. I don't know who made them for RockShox and I wouldn't mind another pair or two to use when these finally give up the ghost.
When I want to be less racy and more casual, I like knickers. At least I want to like knickers. You see, at 6'3" tall, I'm tall, but not giant tall. However, my legs belong to someone much taller than I am. And it's those legs that prohibit me from finding knickers that work like they're supposed to - by covering my knee. The knickers that I really want to like are the Endura Humvee 3/4. I've got a pair and they are very nicely made. They come with a liner with chamois which you can use or not. Lots of pockets. Heavy duty double stitching. There's just one problem. When I ride with them, they come up over my knees exposing them to the cold air. I'm not talking about a little riding up, they settle in completely above my knee.
My PBH is 976mm (and that's about the extent of person information, I'll be giving out). Based on the Rivendell method to size a frame, I am hors categorie. Their frame sizing chart goes up to a 950 PBH. Interesting side note, my seat height has been the same for years - 853mm. I've set my road and mountain bikes to this height since I can remember. Based on Rivendell's method to get seat height (PBH x .873), I get 852mm - 1mm difference. Pretty good method to get your seat height.
So, with that inseam, I just can't fit the cycling knickers I want to like. The Swobo and Chrome knickers are longer than the Endura model, but still not long enough. It appears that the tall folks out here are being left out of being hip. There's got to be other tall folks who want something like a large/long size. The Swobo and Chrome versions only need to be 3 to 4 inches longer. The Endura, on the other hand, well, that's got to be a good 9 inches longer.
And in case you think I'm joking, here's the Endura 3/4 Humvee in action. These things are supposed to cover the knee. And because I've got to limit my rides to the morning, they rarely see the sun or they see only the weakest of rays. My SoCal tan lines have all but disappeared. Probably a good thing in the long-run.
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