We realize that bike-specific jeans (bike-to-work jeans) are not a typical product we’d review here at RoadbikeReview. Most bike-to-work jeans, while being functional, are much too skinny for this reviewer to even consider wearing, or they aren’t made of jean material, which also immediately disqualifies them from being considered. In this case, the Betabrand Bike to Work Britches made their way into my hands because I happen to know the designer/ proponent. He knows I commute to work on my bike and rock climb. I have been looking for a pair of pants that I can do both of those in, so snagged a pair for review when the opportunity came up.
The Betabrand Bike to Work Britches I reviewed, the 1st edition, are made from 3% spandex and 97% cotton. The cuffs roll up to reveal a reflective inner liner and the back left pocket pulls out to reveal a reflective triangle. The rear pockets are large enough to comfortably handle a small u-lock. The rise is also lower in the front than the back to keep your belt from digging in, and to keep your rear covered. Other than that, the rest of the pants are just like normal jeans. The front pocket bags on this 1st edition are rather small, but that has been corrected in the 2nd edition. The second edition material has also been altered. The Bike to Work Britches are now made with 88% cotton, 10% poly, 2% spandex for more stretchy goodness.
I have put down 15 mile + rides, climbed both in doors and out, worm them on wild nights out on the town, and they have, in fact, done it all. The Bike to Work Britches are now actually my “go to” jeans for outside climbing and on bike commute days to the office.
The jeans have held up to many washes but I let them hang dry to retain their wear in stretch. The crotch area shows almost no sign of wear from the saddle. Which is better than I can say for a lot of other, normal, jeans, of late. Is it me, or do “normal” jeans these days seems to be made of cheaper and thinner material? My last two pair developed holes in the crotch area after a couple months with limited saddle time. Which is pretty much weak sauce.
While all these benefits; great stretch, leg mobility, reflective cuffs and back pocket flap for getting a drivers attention, are indeed awesome, there is something I’ve noticed that hands down beats any of their functional benefits. Since I’ve had these I’ve caught at least 7 or 8 girls checking me out on B.A.R.T. (Bay Area Rapid Transit) or on the elevators at the office. Now I’m not single, but if I was, I couldn’t possibly put a value on that. I would highly recommend the Bike to Work Britches not only for their well performing functionality, but also for their devilishly good looks that seems to encourage attention from the opposite, or same, sex.
Betabrand Bike to Work Britches
Images courtesy of Jason Van Horn