I’ve been looking around for a while for a good pair of cycling knickers (quit laughing…) but the ones I’ve found are either:
- Not something I would ever wear without also wearing a mask…
- Really expensive
- Just not what I’m looking for (not enough pockets, etc.)
However, I came across a great post on easily hacking some existing pants and making your own pair.
So… why knickers?
Spandex cycling shorts are great on hot days but have a number of drawbacks on not-so-warm days. Then there’s the “stuff” — cell phone, card key for the parkade at work, digital camera, munchies… Stuffing all these into a pair of spandex shorts would probably earn you some strange looks, not to mention it would be rather uncomfortable (and potentially hazardous to your health.)
Basically, the DIY knickers are a pair of hacked BDUs, and I know I’ve got some kicking around somewhere. They’re perfect for the job and are significantly less than buying a “real” pair of cycling knickers.
If you don’t have any BDUs, check out bdu.com and look in their clearance section. You can get a pair for as little as $13. Try finding some good cycling shorts with pockets at your LBS for that price…
Once you’ve got them, or something similar, follow these simple steps: