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Best Casual Cycling Trousers for Commuters: Top 17 Bike Pants

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One of the most important considerations to make for urban cyclists and commuters is your pants – after all, this is what surrounds your cycling engine.

Urban cycling trousers can come in many shapes and sizes, depending on your needs. If you live in the a wet climate (the UK for example), then waterproof cycling trousers may be an everyday requirement, or at least an option to have in your bag. But if you’re riding to the office in fair weather, maybe you’ll just want some smart cycling trousers.

Best Cycling Commuter Trousers Men

Find the Best Women’s Cycling Trousers here.

  1. DUER All-Weather Denim

  2. Sigr Riksväg 99 Cycling Chino

  3. Ministry of Supply Pace Chino

  4. Mission Workshop The Division Chino

  5. Osloh Denim Traffic Jean

  6. DUER Performance Denim Slim Jeans

  7. DUER No Sweat Pant Slim

  8. Endura Hummvee Chino Trousers

  9. Levi’s Flex 511 Jeans Men

  10. PEdAL ED Cycling Chinos

  11. UNIQLO Selvedge Stretch Slim Fit Jeans Men

  12. Bluffworks Ascender Chino

  13. UNIQLO Ultra-Stretch Chino

  14. Chrome Storm Rain Pant



Best Cycling Trousers for Commuting for Men

Of course, while you want your trousers to be practical, when you’re looking for the best urban cycling pants, you should also love the style. There’s no need to make the compromise between the style of regular pants and the functionality of cycling trousers. These days there’s plenty of choice when it comes to finding stylish cycling pants boasting tonnes of practical design features.

With that in mind, let’s push off and start our journey to find the best cycling trousers for urban commuters.

Key Features of Smart Cycling Pants

When you’re on the lookout for cycling commuter trousers, there’s a few things to keep in mind, primarily: fit, function and style.

One thing the best cycling trousers all have in common – whether they be waterproof, jeans or chinos – is that they should always be a little more stretchy than your everyday keks. When I’m trying out new pants, I always do the “squat test” in them – if squatting is easy, so too should be cycling.

Another thing to consider with urban cycling pants is the fit – in particular: do they cover your rear? One of the most disconcerting things about seeing a cyclist in “regular” clothes is when their backside has been exposed because the pants they’re wearing don’t quite fit right. This can easily be combated by a raised-rear to the trousers, or a longer drop to your t-shirt or jacket.

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Best Bike Commuter Pants

1. DUER All-Weather Denim

  • UK Flag £199
  • US Flag $199
  • EU Flag €135

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two buttoned rear pockets

Materials:

  • 70% Cotton
  • 28% Coolmax® All Season Polyester
  • 2% LYCRA® Spandex
  • Membrane: 100% Polyester

Waterproof membrane to keep you dry

Reflective detailing on cuff and waistband

Discreet gusseted crotch

I first came across DUER in 2017 and even visited their HQ in Vancouver not long after.

Back then, they claimed to produce the “World’s Most Comfortable Pants” and they weren’t far wrong. Now they’re producing a greater variety of pants and jeans, including a growing collection of water-resistant trousers.

The All-Weather Denim is the best pair of water-resistant trousers I’ve ever come across and it’s pretty amazing that they’re able to achieve this with a pair of jeans.

These jeans are made from a blend of cotton, polyester and Lycra, which provides a comfortable and breathable stretch to the material, but the waterproofing comes courtesy of the polyester membrane of the eajns.

But these aren’t just practical waterproof jeans. These are beautiful jeans. Even those with the most discerning of eyes wouldn’t label them as ‘cycling jeans’ based on their appearance.

The All-Weather slim fit denim jeans from DUER are a practical take on a classic wardrobe staple. Coming in a choice of two colours your outfit doesn’t have to be compromised due to your choice of transport into work.

These jeans also benefit from being both water and windproof thanks to the specialist membrane used, you’ll be covered no matter what and kept both dry and warm while riding to work.

Fit wise the All-Weather jeans are also a comfortable and flexible fit due to having 2% LYCRA® included in the blend, ensuring optimal movement and comfort.

The only downside to these jeans is their hefty $199 price tag. However, DUER also have a cheaper “Stay Dry Denim” jean which is very similar although not quite as waterproof (but can still protect you from moderate downpours) and retails for $139.



2. Sigr Riksväg 99 Cycling Chino

  • UK Flag £90
  • US Flag $120
  • EU Flag €100

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two buttoned rear pockets

Materials:

  • 48% Cotton
  • 48% Polyester
  • 4% Spandex

Stretch

Breathable

Cycling fit

Reflective detailing

If there’s two things the Scandinavians know about its cycling and style.

So, when you get a Swedish brand producing urban cycling clothing, you should pay attention.

Sigr’s Riksväg 99 Chino is a perfect blend or urban style and cycling functionality. These elegant bike chinos are study with a good amount of stretch and have been cut with commuters in mind – so that pedalling is easy in the Sigr chinos.

The Riksväg chino also boasts lots of discreet reflective detailing, including on the pocket flaps on the rear, as well as on right leg if you turn the trouser leg up.

These pants both breathable and comfortable, with a nice blend of cotton, polyester and spandex ensuring a nice balance between form and function.

Sigr also produced a similarly styled cycling chino short, the Strandvägen.



3. Ministry of Supply Pace Chino

  • UK Flag £110
  • US Flag $150
  • EU Flag €120

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two deep front hand pockets
  • Two deep rear pockets
  • One small in-seam earbuds pocket

Materials:

  • 58% Polyester
  • 31% Nylon
  • 11% Elastane

Stretch

Breathable

Cycling fit

Water repellent

If you’re on the lookout for smart-looking, office-friendly cycling clothes, then Ministry of Supply is probably your best option.

The Momentum Chino is just one example of their outstanding cycling to work range. The Chino is extremely lightweight, breathable, soft, stretchy, yet durable, and has a DWR coating to repel light rain.

It comes in a very sleek, minimalist style and is available in six different colours. The chinos are also abrasion and wrinkle resitant, which means you don’t need to worry about them creasing if you ever need to throw them in a bag.

Ministry of Supply also provide customers with the option of a slim or standard fit based on your own preferences.



4. Mission Workshop The Division Chino

  • UK Flag £210
  • US Flag $230
  • EU Flag €210

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two deep front hand pockets
  • Two deep rear pockets
  • One zipped side pocket

Materials:

  • 100% Nylon

Stretch

Breathable

Cycling fit

Water repellent

Although a very pricy pant, Mission Workshop’s Division Chino is built-to-last.

These are great all-round stylish cycling chinos that will be able to keep up with you – regardless of what your day entails.

Importantly, the Mission Workshop chinos are water-repellent, so they can keep you dry in all but the most severe of downpours and are made from durable four-way stretch nylon fabric – so cycling in these chinos is no problem.

Another thing I love about these urban chinos is that they include a zipped pocket on the side of the trouser to keep any of your valuables secure.

While these trousers look good, they are a little stiffer than typical chinos and so don’t quite fit into more formal or office environments. That said, these are great chinos for the outdoors and ambling about in a city: they’re warm, flexible and durable.

You can read the full Mission Workshop Division Chino review here.



5. Osloh Denim Traffic Jean

  • UK Flag £135
  • US Flag $100
  • EU Flag €150

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Four front pockets
    • Two front hand pockets
    • Coin pockets above each hand pocket
  • Three rear pockets
  • One side pocket high on right thigh

Materials:

  • 98% Cotton
  • 2% Spandex
  • Button Fly

Durable stretch jeans

7 pockets (inc. a side pocket)

Gussetted crotch, reinforced seams and double lined pockets

Osloh have done a great job in producing cycling denim jeans that are strong, stretchy and practical.

Durability is at the forefront of what Osloh bicycle jeans are all about. Not only do they feature a sturdy gusseted crotch, but they’ve also reinforced all the areas of the jean that are likely to wear out when they’re frequently used for bike rides. That means you’ll also find a quilted reinforced chain side leg panel, a double lined phone pocket and binding at the seams.

When it comes to reinforced cycling jeans – it doesn’t get any better than this.

Osloh’s Denim Traffic Jean is also packed to the rafters with pockets. There’s four front pockets, three rear pockets and a side pocket that I really like for putting in my earbuds (a phone fits too, but peaks out of the top).

The Traffic Jeans utilised buttons throughout the pant, with a button-up fly and a double-buttoned closing at the waist. There are also snap waistband adjusters on either side if you want to bring in the waist at all and avoid wearing a belt.



DUER PERFORMANCE DENIM

6. DUER Performance Denim Slim Jeans

  • UK Flag £155
  • US Flag $129
  • EU Flag €130

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two deep front hand pockets
    • Coin pocket on right side
  • Two deep rear pockets

Materials:

  • 70% Cotton
  • 28% COOLMAX Polyester
  • 2% Lycra Spandex

Stylish stretchy jeans for bike riding

Classic 5-pocket design

Gussetted crotch and reinforced seams

I’m a big fan of DUER, having previously reviewed their No Sweat Pants and paid a visit to their Vancouver HQ in 2018.

The DUER Performance Jeans have tonnes of stretch and are pretty durable too. But, importantly, they look just like good-looking every jeans.

They’ve not been built specifically for bike commuters, but instead for active people going about their business. But that means, whether by design or not, DUER have created jeans for bike riding in style.

Indeed, as well as being great stretch jeans, DUER’s Performance Denim is also breathable thanks to the COOLMAX fibres wicking moisture from the body, while the jeans also feature reinforced seams and DUER’s signature gusset to ensure they’re durable too.

The DUER Performance Denim Jeans come in a range of colours and are also available in both a slim fit and relaxed fit design.



7. DUER No Sweat Pant Slim

  • UK Flag £100
  • US Flag $130
  • EU Flag €110

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two deep front hand pockets
  • Two deep rear pockets

Materials:

  • 66% Cotton
  • 34% TENCEL Lyocell
  • 3% COOLMAX Polyester
  • 1% Lycra Spandex

Stretch

Breathable

Reinforced seams

Duer’s No Sweat Pants aren’t built specifically for cyclists. They’re just great pants that handle every day activities really well.

I reviewed these back in 2017 and they’re still amongst my favourite trousers.

But why are they so good? Well, for starters, they look great with a slim fit design and come in lots of different colour options.

The material also has a premium look and feel and offers plenty of stretch due to its blend of Cotton, Tencel, Coolmax Polyester and Lycra Spandex.

The No Sweat Pants are also pretty sturdy with reinforced seams and a hidden gusset. Another big plus for cyclists is that they are also breathable due to the Coolmax Polyester fibres ingrained into he material.



8. Endura Hummvee Chino Trousers

  • UK Flag £70
  • US Flag $100
  • EU Flag €70

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two deep front hand pockets
  • Two deep rear pockets
  • Button on rear left pocket

Materials:

  • 73% Cotton
  • 25% Polyester
  • 2% Elastane

Stretch

Breathable

Cycling fit

The Endura Hummvee range has proved to be a huge hit with urban cyclists for years. The range includes padded baggy shortsreflective jacketsgloveshelmets and these great-looking cycling chinos.

One thing that’s never in doubt with Endura is how comfortable and functional gear is for cycling. And it’s no different here: although rugged, these Endura chinos are soft to the touch and offer plenty of stretch to make it easy to get your leg over the saddle and while pedalling.

But Endura have also done a great job on the style of these bike chinos. They look smart and you’d never identify them as “cycling clothes” unless you already knew them.

Although not cheap, these chinos certainly aren’t overpriced and provide real value for money when you consider the quality of the pants.

Solid chinos for commuting by bike.



9. Levi’s Flex 511 Jeans Men

  • UK Flag £110
  • US Flag $70
  • EU Flag €110

Prices are approximate

  • Pockets:
    • Two deep front hand pockets
      • Coin pocket on right side
    • Two deep rear pockets

    Materials:

    • 99% Cotton
    • 1% Elastane

Added stretch due to cotton and elastane blend

5-pocket design

Classic Levi’s look

Undoubtedly the most famous producer of cycling jeans are Levi’s and their ‘Commuter’ range. Sadly, this isn’t quite what it was circa 2011, but the Levi’s 511 Flex jeans are still good jeans for commuting by bike, with added stretch built into the jeans thanks to their 99% denim, 1% elastine blend, while the fit is also great for outdoor lifestyles – including those who get about on their bicycle.

The 511 is the best Levi’s cycling jeans option now available and they come in around 10 different colours, so you’re bound to find a finish you like.



10. PEdAL ED Cycling Chinos

  • UK Flag £100
  • US Flag $140
  • EU Flag €130

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two deep front hand pockets
  • Two deep rear pockets

Materials:

  • 98% Cotton
  • 2% Elastane

Stretch

Breathable

Reinforced seams

Reflective detailing

PEDal ED have really come up trumps with their range of cycling chinos which look simply fantastic.

Made from a blend of cotton and elastin, these bike chinos boast a four-way stretch and are available for £94 – not bad for a premium, practical and stylish product.

A reinforced insert means that the PEDal ED Cycling Chinos are hard-wearing on the most delicate areas and won’t wear out in a hurry, while discreet reflective detailing is valuable for cycling at night.

They also boast four-way stretch to make cycling a breeze, while they also offer a tapered leg and a slighly higher raise to prevent “exposure” and guarantee bike comfort.

Basically, PEdALED cycling chinos are ideal for your commute and destination.



11. UNIQLO Selvedge Stretch Slim Fit Jeans Men

  • UK Flag £40
  • US Flag $50
  • EU Flag €50

Prices are approximate

  • Pockets:
    • Two deep front hand pockets
      • Coin pocket on right side
    • Two deep rear pockets

    Materials:

    • 98% Cotton
    • 2% Spandex

Added stretch due to cotton and spandex blend

5-pocket design

Classic styling

If you’re on the lookout for some cheap stretch jeans, UNIQLO have you covered.

For under £40, obviously these jeans aren’t going to boast all of the fancy features of the previously mentioned bike jeans, but you’ll still be getting a decent pair of jeans that provide some added stretch for bicycling.

Essentially these UNIQLO jeans are everything you’d expect from a normal jean, except that they are made from a blend of cotton and Spandex, which explains how they’re able to provide some extra stretch to the material.

Available in navy blue and black.



12. Bluffworks Ascender Chino

  • UK Flag £100
  • US Flag $130
  • EU Flag €110

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Seven front pockets
  • Two hand pockets
  • Two internal zipped pockets
  • Phone patch pocket on right
  • Multi-tool utility locket on left
  • Money pouch pocket with velco close on left
  • Three rear pockets
  • Regular pocket on right
  • Zipped pocket on left
  • Built-in phone pocket below waistband on right

Materials:

  • 100% Polyester

Stretch

Breathable

Moisture-Wicking

Crease-Resistant

Bluffworks is a brand devoted to producing stylish, comfortable and practical gear for travelling. So while they’re not creating gear specifically with cycling in mind, there is a great deal of crossover.

And it’s not just pockets that the Ascender Chinos are blessed with… they’re also extremely lightweight, moisture-wicking, odour-resistant, crease-resistant, stretchy and breathable.

The Ascendor Chinos are also very customisable and come in two different fits (Tailored or Regular) and four different colours.



13. UNIQLO Ultra-Stretch Chino

  • UK Flag £35
  • US Flag $40
  • EU Flag €40

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two deep front hand pockets
  • Two deep rear pockets

Materials:

  • 97% Cotton
  • 3% Spandex

Stretch chinos

4 pockets

Range of fits and colours

Another cheap chino options for bike commuters is the UNIQLO Ultra-Stretch Chino range.

If you’re on more of a budget but still want chinos with some good functionality for cycling, I often ecommend checking out UNIQLO, a company with a reputation for providing lightweight, stretchy fabrics on stylish garments for pretty cheap.

UNIQLO’s Ultra Stretch Chinos are one great example of their budget cycling-friendly gear, with the chinos made from 97% cotton and 3% spandex to ensure stretch.

You obviously won’t be getting the same level of quality and superstar features as those seen in our list of the best chinos for cycling, but you’re still getting a product that will provide some extra comfort and give on your commutes.



14. Chrome Storm Rain Pant

  • UK Flag £125
  • US Flag $140
  • EU Flag €125

Prices are approximate

  • 100% polyester

Stretch

Breathable

Cycling fit

The Chrome Storm pants can, much as the name suggests, withstand commuting in a storm – that’s just how resilient these trousers are, with a 10k mm / 5k mvp waterproof rating. They are built using 100% taped seams and are more of an overtrouser style: you could definitely fit a pair of slim cut trousers or padded cycling shorts underneath for commuting.

The trousers, though slightly baggier in fit, are still very stylish with the added bonus of being very stretchy and maneuverable, keeping you flexible and comfortable while in the saddle.

Other features also include ankle zippers, a water resistant zip pocket (keeping your phone safe and dry) and a reinforced two layer back panel to ensure that the road spray cannot seap through the material on long wet commutes into work.

In Chrome’s own words, ‘the Storm Rain Pant is our ultimate layer for your urban commute’.



Best Women’s Bike Commuter Pants

  1. Ministry of Supply Momentum Chino

  2. DUER All-Weather Denim

  3. Vaela Cycling Jeans Women

  4. Sigr Riksväg Cycling Chino

  5. DUER No Sweat Everyday Pant

  6. Bluffworks Palma Chino Pants

  7. DUER Performance Denim Slim Jeans Women

  8. Levi’s 311 Jeans

1. Ministry of Supply Momentum Chino

  • UK Flag £110
  • US Flag $159
  • EU Flag €139

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two deep front hand pockets
  • Two deep rear pockets
  • One small in-seam earbuds pocket

Materials:

  • 58% Polyester
  • 31% Nylon
  • 11% Elastane

Stretch

Breathable

Cycling fit

Water repellent

These chinos are cool in every way: they look great and they’re light and breathable. They’re so great, in fact, that they are our #1 recommend women’s cycling chinos.

The Momentum Chino for women is a trouser that does a remarkable charge of feeling really good, stretchy and breathable while you’re cycling to work but it still manages to look extremely sharp and can fit into an office-environment without anyone suspective that these chinos are built for active performance.

These Ministry of Supply ladies’ chinos are soft, durable and strechy thanks to their blend of “hollow-core” Polyester, Nylon and Elastane.

They’re also quite customisable in terms of style as they have an adjustable inseam so they can’t be worn at full length or ankle length. There are also drawstrings on the inside of the pants and these can be left hanging out or tucked in,

2. DUER All-Weather Denim

  • UK Flag £150
  • US Flag $200
  • EU Flag €170

Prices are approximate

  • 70% Cotton
  • 28% Coolmax® All Season Polyester
  • 2% LYCRA® Spandex
  • Membrane: 100% Polyester

Stretch Reflective Detailing

Breathable

Cycling fit

We love these jeans so much that they’re our #1 recommended cycling jeans for women. A little while ago our co-founder, Pete, reviewed the men’s version and was blown away. The women’s version are equally brilliant. Not only are they fully waterproof and windproof, but they look gorgeous too.

A lot of cycling trousers are water resistant, but the Duer All-Weather have a waterproof membrane to keep you fully protected without compromising on style and comfort.

And these jeans are so comfortable that you’ll forget you’re actually wearing jeans. They have more than enough stretch for cycling (or any activity), and also feature the Duer signature hidden gusset for greater flexibility and range of motion.

The look of these jeans is flattering and chic. Available in two styles, the Straight fit are slim-fitting (without being absolutely skin tight), and the High-rise offer a more relaxed fit.

They also have reflective details under the cuff and at the waistband, and four pockets that are deep enough to keep your keys, money (and anything else) totally safe while you’re on the move.

All in all, these are outstanding jeans that combine beauty along with a host of tech features to keep you warm, dry and super-stylish in the winter.

3. Vaela Cycling Jeans Women

  • UK Flag £160
  • US Flag $160
  • EU Flag €160

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Three front pockets
    • Two front hand pockets
    • Coin pockets above right hand pocket
  • Three rear pockets

Materials:

  • 97% Organic Cotton
  • 3% Degradable Elastane
  • Zip Fly

Raised waist to prevent “bum cleavage”

Single seam design to prevent rubbing

Look and feel fantastic

Vaela are a new British start-up on a mission to produce women’s cycling clothing that “looks beautiful off the bike and works wonderfully on it”.

And Vaela’s Cycling Jeans are proof of this.

As we’ve shown in our in-depth review, these jeans are ideally for cycling. They are extremely comfortable, have a stylish straight fit and have plenty of stretch to make riding easy.

These bicycle jeans also have nice deep pockets that have plenty of space for a smartphone, have a zip fly and just about tick every box.

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4. Sigr Riksväg Cycling Chino

  • UK Flag £90
  • US Flag $120
  • EU Flag €100

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two front hand pockets
  • Two buttoned rear pockets

Materials:

  • 48% Cotton
  • 48% Polyester
  • 4% Spandex

Stretch

Breathable

Cycling fit

Reflective detailing

Available in navy blue, khaki or black, the Sigr cycling chinos for women are a stunning pair of trousers that look great at your destination and are packed with discreet functionality for cycling.

As well as being stretchy and breathable, the Riksväg 99 Ladies’ Chino also featured reflective detailing on the rear pockets as well as on the right leg when the trouser is turned up.

They’re made from a blend of cotton, polyester and spandex which ensures ensures they’re lightweight and offer plenty of stretch for cycling, while there’s plenty of good pockets that won’t let your valuables fall out when you pedal.

5. DUER No Sweat Everyday Pant

  • UK Flag £100
  • US Flag $139
  • EU Flag €110

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

  • Two deep front hand pockets
  • Two deep rear pockets

Materials:

  • 66% Cotton
  • 34% TENCEL Lyocell
  • 3% COOLMAX Polyester
  • 1% Lycra Spandex

Stretch

Breathable

Reinforced seams

No Sweat Everyday Pant come in both a skinny fit and a straight fit and are great for people who move a lot everyday.

They’re not necessarily built specifically for cyclists, but they work great on and off the bike anway.

Made from a blend of cotton, lyocell, polyester and spandex allows these chinos to provide a happy balance of stretchiness and breathability, while also managing to retain a smart style.

Like the men’s No Sweat Pants, the women’s version also comes in lots of colours, as you can see below.

6. Bluffworks Palma Chino Pants

  • UK Flag £90
  • US Flag $130
  • EU Flag €110

Prices are approximate

Pockets:

Three front pockets

  • Two hand pockets
  • hone patch pocket insde right hand pocket
  • Three rear pockets
  • Regular rear pockets
  • Built-in phone pocket below waistband on right

Materials:

  • 100% Polyester

Stretch

Breathable

Moisture-Wicking

Crease-Resistant

The Bluffworks Palma Chino for women is the ideal pant for active people who travel alot.

The Palma is wrinkle-resistant, quick-drying and stretchy – i.e. perfect for cycling. The material (made from polyester) is also incredibly lightweight and ideal for warmer days.

Like most Bluffworks pants, the Palma chinos offer an abundance of secure pockets so that you can carry all of your essentials safely.

The Bluffworks Palma chino comes in both a standard fit and petite fit for women.

7. DUER Performance Denim Slim Jeans Women

  • UK Flag £150
  • US Flag $140
  • EU Flag €160

Prices are approximate

  • Pockets:
    • Two deep front hand pockets
      • Coin pocket on right side
    • Two deep rear pockets

    Materials:

    • 70% Cotton
    • 28% COOLMAX Polyester
    • 2% Lycra Spandex

Stylish stretchy jeans for bike riding

Classic 5-pocket design

Gussetted crotch and reinforced seams

When it comes to creating stylish jeans with stretch, not many do it better than DUER.

Like the men’s version, the Women’s Performance Denim Jean is available in a range of cuts (mid-rise or high-rise), fits (skinny, slim, straight or carpenter) and colours (including various shades of blue and black).

The DUER Performance Jeans provide lots of stretch due to the blend of cotton, polyester and Lycra Spandex in the material, but the jeans are also durable and look great.

These are also some of the most breathable cycling jeans around, while their durability is aided by the gusset and reinforced seams throughout.

8. Levi’s 311 Jeans

  • UK Flag £80
  • US Flag $90
  • EU Flag €50

Prices are approximate

  • 60% Cotton
  • 17% Lyocell
  • 16% Viscose
  • 7% Elastane

 Stretch

Lots of colour options available

5 pockets

 

If you’re looking for women’s skinny jeans for cycling, these are well worth considering.

They’re not exactly packed with cycling functionality, but have been made from a blend of cotton, lyocell, viscose and elastane, they’re certainly stretchy.

READ: Best Women’s Cycling Trousers [Top 7]



Best Urban Cycling Trousers Guide

Just because you want to feel good on your ride doesn’t mean you can’t look good too.

Find stylish cycling trousers, jeans and chinos for everyday life by reading our reviews and style guides below.

If you want your cycle pants to stand the test of time, a gusseted crotch is one of the most valuable features as it can really protect against wear and tear. Don’t know what a gusset is? Fear not… 

What is a Gusseted Crotch?

Shorts or trousers with a gusseted crotch are the holy grail for cyclists. But  exactly what is a gusseted crotch?

Basically, gusset pants – AKA diamond crotch pants – feature a diamond-shaped piece of material that is sewn over the crotch area of trousers. The purpose of this is to stop the four seams of the trousers coming together in a high-pressure area – increasing freedom of movement, comfort, as well as the durability of the trousers. For cyclists especially, the trouser crotch faces a lot of wear and tear, so the best cycling pants usually have a gusseted crotch too.

Urban Cycling Gusset Pants

Some examples of stylish urban cycling trousers with a gusseted crotch are the Resolute Bay Cycling Jeans, Osloh Bicycle Jeans and Levi’s Commuter range. The likes of swrve and Rapha also provide top quality gusset pants for cyclists.

READ: Best Cycling Chinos for Men and Women

Do Waterproof Breathable Cycling Trousers Exist?

Most trousers aren’t waterproof. And for good reason. When you make something waterproof, it’s near impossible to make it breathable too – and it’s important that your legs can breathe. Otherwise, while you’re keep the moisture of the outside world out, you’re creating your own moisture inside and locking it in. And no-one wants to be wet (well, only in that way, you dirty git).

Generally speaking, you only want to be wearing waterproof cycling trousers in torrential weather – it’s overkill otherwise. If you do live in a rainy climate though, there are some cycling rain pants options for you.

What are the Best Waterproof Trousers for Cycling?

I should start with a disclaimer here: you’ll find it near impossible to discover waterproof cycling trousers that are comfortable enough and good-looking enough for everyday life.

Breathable and waterproof aren’t two things that go very well together, so waterproof cycling trousers should generally kept back for those awful downpour days – the days when it is actually best to sacrifice style for out and out functionality.

Best Cycling Rain Pants

If you want impenetrable waterproof trousers for cycling – the kind of stuff that can withstand a monsoon, you’re probably best looking at waterproof overtrousers as the best bicycle rain pants. Otherwise, you’ll be hard pushed to find anything that comes close to resembling stylish cycling trousers.

Types of Bike Commuting Pants

Getting a comfortable pair of bike commuting pants can really make your commute significantly more enjoyable. For me, they’re the most important piece of kit for urban commuters.

I used to wear cheap trousers and jeans on my rides and always found that my legs would get uncomfortable pretty fast, either because the material would start chafing, my movement would be restricted, my legs would get really hot and sweaty and I’d often be doing my best builders’ bum impression.

If you cycle regularly – or even live a somewhat active lifestyle for that matter – investing in a good pair of urban cycling trousers is a very wise move.

Obviously, there’s lots of different types of cycling trousers out there though, ranging from waterproof cycling trousers, to waterproof overtrousers, water-resistant pants, urban cycling chinos, urban cycling jeans, casual cycling pants and more office-friendly smart cycling trousers. In the below sections, we’ll take a more in-depth look at each of these to find what is best suited for you.

Waterproof Cycling Overtrousers

One of the most popular forms of waterproof cycling trousers are over trousers, i.e. waterproof trousers you put over your existing trousers. This is an option I tend to go with as its near impossible to find good-looking waterproof trousers. Therefore, I wear regular cycling trousers – maybe water-resistant cycling trousers – but will carry an emergency pair of waterproof overtrousers in my bag, if I suspect the weather may turn.

My personal preference is the Regatta Pack It Over Trouser. You can find these from £7.99 on Amazon (for both men and women) and are – as the name suggests – extremely easy to pack away in a small bag which you can throw in with the rest of your carry.

READ: Best Waterproof Cycling Overtrousers Under £50

Water-Resistant Cycling Trousers

Now while it can be difficult to find good-looking waterproof cycling trousers, there are plenty of stylish water-resistant cycling trousers out there. The difference between “waterproof” and “water-resistant” simply comes down to how much water the material can handle. Water resistant gear will usually do a good job in light rain, but won’t last in the downpour.

However, absolute downpours are relatively rare, so my preference is to wear stylish cycling pants with a bit of water-resistance in them.

Cycling Commuter Pants

If you’re looking for a good pair of bike pants for your ride to work or just ambling about the city, cycling commuter pants – like most pants – come in many shapes and forms… there’s cycling chinos, cycling jeans and smart cycling trousers. The following sections will take a more in-depth look at each.

Urban Cycling Chinos

I love chinos. For me, they’re the perfect middle-point between casual and formal attire. They look good with a t-shirt or a dress shirt and they can also be great bike commuter pants.

But you don’t have to don stiff normal chinos when riding around, there’s a great selection of stylish urban cycling chinos around.

Indeed, I recently completed a thorough round-up of the best cycling chinos around for both men and women urban cyclists. I’ve reviewed quite a few stylish cycling chinos in the past few years, with the Spoke Bulletproof Chinos being one of my favourites.

READ: Best Cycling Chinos for Men and Women

Casual Cycling Trousers

While I talk about “cycling in style” on Discerning Cyclist, this doesn’t mean we are overtly fashion or style conscious. I am certainly no fashion guru. The idea is mainly about finding everyday-looking clothes that are comfortable and functional to cycle in.

So rather than ‘stylish cycling trousers’, a better way of putting it may be ‘casual cycling trousers’ – i.e. regular pants that are great to cycle in – whether they be chinos, jeans or whatever type of keks you like to go about your business in.

Smart Cycling Trousers

Many people cycle to work, with many having the same dilemma: should I cycle in sports gear and then get showered and changed at work or are there smart cycling clothes I can wear that will feel good on the bike and be suitable for a day in the office? I’ve always preferred the latter.

“But Pete, aren’t you a sweaty stinking mess all day?”

No beautiful fantasy stranger, I’m not. I don’t commute more than 30 minutes by bike and I don’t ride in a frenzied state. I take my time and enjoy the ride – and by doing so, don’t become a sweaty mess.

Whenever I’ve worked office jobs, finding smart cycling trousers has always been one of the greatest challenges. And that’s why I wrote a guide about exactly that: smart cycling trousers that are suitable for the office.

Again, I tend to opt for cycling chinos or cycling jeans as my go to smart cycling pants options as these types of trousers can transcend styles.

Urban Cycling Jeans

I used to ride around in cheap everyday jeans – and it’s okay to do so – but you’ll often feeling hot, clammy and uncomfortable, with chafing a real risk. But if you get jeans that are real bicycle trousers – you’re in for a treat.

The first time I tried a pair of urban cycling jeans (the Resolute Bay Cordura Jeans, in fact), I was hooked. The jeans looked damn good, but they were also stretchy and breathable – which once you’ve experienced on your commute, there’s no going back. Resolute Bay also include reflective striping on the rear and side of their cycling commuter jeans – which is a massive benefit when cycling at night.

READ: The Best Cycling Jeans Around for Men and Women

There are plenty of other biker jeans brands out there too, including the famous Levi’s Commuter jeans range – which have unfortunately dipped in quality in recent years. Other urban cycling jeans brands to keep an eye out for are  the outstanding Osloh Jeans, as well as Rapha and swrve cycling jeans.

You can also read a guide on the best cycling jeans in the UK – including the best women’s cycling jeans and the best men’s cycling jeans – below.

Breathable Cycling Pants

When you’re looking for trousers for commuting, ensuring that you get a good pair of breathable cycling pants is key.

If you’re ever running a bit late and end up cycling faster than you’d like too – your legs are gonna start heating up, but if you’re wearing breathable cycling pants (and ideally moisture-wicking ones) the damp damage (dampage!?) is going to be massively offset compared to if you were wearing heavy regular pants.

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Reflective Cycling Trousers

In the past, reflective cycling trousers meant finding awful hardcore hi-vis cycling pants. The stuff that is clearly cycling gear.

One of the best innovations in recent years, though, came from British start-up Resolute Bay, who introduced reflective cycling jeans. And, no, the denim isn’t entirely hi-vis. They include reflective detailing on the rear and side of the trousers – i.e. where you need to be seen in low-light. It’s crazy how subtle this detailing is and people are always astonished when I point out that these are “cycling jeans” and then show them the reflective detailing and other cycling-friendly features, because they just look like a damn good pair of jeans.

Best Urban Cycling Trousers for Men

When it comes to picking out the best urban cycling trousers for men, I have a couple of favourites.

As I’ve already talked about in great detail, the best cycling jeans in the UK for me are undoubtedly the Resolute Bay NX1. A pair of bike jeans with plenty of stretch, a gusseted crotch and reflective detailing. I’m also a big fan of Osloh Bicycle Jeans which again are a superb pair of bike jeans with plenty of stretch and outstanding build quality. Osloh Jeans are also based in the New York, so are recommend for American and Canadian visitors as to avoid excessive shipping and import costs.

In terms of the best men’s cycling chinos, I’ve talked about this in great deal in the guide below, with the SPOKE Bulletproof Chinos and the swrve Chinos amongst my favourites.

READ: Best Cycling Chinos for Men

If you’re on the lookout for cheap cycling trousers though, I’d highly recommend checking out Japanese brand UNIQLO. This is one of my go to places for finding cheap, functional and stylish activewear. The gear isn’t built for cyclists especially, but you’ll find a great range of breathable t-shirts, merino jumpers and stretchy trousers – all at affordable high street prices.

The UNIQLO chinos I’m especially fond of come in a slim fit but with plenty of stretch. They’re superb comfortable and cost just £34.90. They won’t last forever, but they’re great value.

Where to Buy Cycling Commuter Trousers

When you’re looking to buy cycling commuter trousers online, the breadth of choice can be a little intimidating. However, with Discerning Cyclist, there’s no need for you to trawl the web for the best urban cycling commuter trousers – I’ve done that for you.

Plus, in the tables below, I’ve put together some of the best places to buy urban cycling trousers in the UK, US, Canada and Europe.

Cheap Urban Cycling Trousers and Jeans

The downside of truly fantastic products that combine style with top-level functionality is unsurprisingly the price tag to go with it – and for a lot of people, it’s just not viable to spend more than £100 on a pair of trousers – even if they can last for years.

But don’t worry if you’re on a budget, there’s still some really good and cheap urban cycling trousers out there. They may not have all the flashy functionality – but they do a damn good job.

If you don’t have a fortune to spend, the key features to look for in affordable trousers that are good for commuting are stretch and fit – essentially, are they comfortable to ride in?

With stylish cycling clothes in general, I usually recommend UNIQLO if you’re on a budget. There gear isn’t built specifically for cycling, but most of their range features breathable and stretchy materials in classic designs. I love this gear.

The UNIQLO Slim Fit Chinos are one of the my favourites and a staple of my wardrobe. They look great and provide plenty of stretch, making cycling in them very comfortable. There’s no gusseted crotch or reflective detailing and so on like you’d find in premium cycling trousers, but for £34.90 you really can’t complain.

Urban Commuter Cycling Pants Reviews

I’m also reviewing the latest urban commuter cycling trousers on Discerning Cyclist – figuring out exactly if cycling trousers are as good as they say they are.

Below is a list of some of the best urban cycling trousers for commuters that I’ve reviewed…

But these are also worth checking out:

Find Stylish Urban Cycling Trousers for Commuters

Discerning Cyclist was created to help bridge the gap between and style and functionality – and showcase the most stylish urban cycling clothes for commuters. Thanks for reading this guide on the best cycling commuter jackets, but you can read more about other topics in the links below.

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