I just got off the phone with the esteemed homey Stevil Kinevil and he’ll be here next weekend to ride Homey Fall Fest and do an article for Paved on Bandit Cross.
Holy shit do I love this song.
On this, the anniversary of my birth, I wanted to give a shout out to the amazing woman whom I am lucky to share my life with. You da best.
*since it’s that time of year, I figured now would be a good time to dust off this classic post from 2010
I’m cheap and hate fashion. I just can’t justify spending $120 on cycling knickers. I don’t care if they’re water resistant, stain resistant have a chamois built in, or massage your balls while you ride. I think they’re dorky as hell, and make you look like you’re trying way too hard to look like an “urban Cyclist” with a capital C.
However come the spring and fall seasons, knickers make a lot of sense, especially when paired with a nice high wool sock or leg warmers; they are often just the ticket to dressing perfectly for the cool 25-45 degree weather.
So the solution here is to simply make your own out of some Dickies. A broken in pair of Dickies are pretty much the best thing ever. They’re great as pants, the best cutoff shorts in the world, and they make a great pair of knickers for under $20. Dickies will always be awesome in the same way that a pair of Chuck Taylor’s will always be awesome. And nobody can give you shit about your stupid little shortpants.
Ok, that’s not true. People will still totally give you shit about your stupid shortpants, and you know what? They’ll be right. To the non cycling world your shants are fucking ridiculous and you should grow up and get a real job already. But if looking silly gets you down at least you’ll be able to fall back on your morally superior DIY punk rock* ethos.
*punk rock died when the first kid said, punk’s not dead… punk’s not, dead
So how do you make a set of Dickies knickers? The answer is obviously to just cut them off. However in the years I’ve been doing this I’ve gone the extra mile and built in some extra features that I’d like to share with you.
A: Sew it on the ass
The ass is the first place you’re going to wear out your pants while riding, especially if you ride an embroidered saddle. Sew that extra material where you think you’ll need it. This was the first attempt at an ass gusset. As you can see my aim was a little low. (I use the word “my” but I’ve got to come clean, I can’t sew for shit. I provided the direction and B.Ridget’s mom, M.P.B., did the sewing. She’s a real whiz with that kind of thing) Next time the patches will get sewn on higher.
P: You’re using these things in the cold weather and you’re looking for some extra warmth.
A: Line them with flannel
Keeping the knees warm makes life so much better on the bike. These are lined 360 degrees around the knee up to the mid thigh, if I had to do it over though I wouldn’t bother with the rear and would just line the front from seam to seam.
So yeah, if you’re looking for knickers I recommend you skip the bike shop and head to a workwear store and get yourself some Dickies. Kid tested, mother approved.
*sorry for the black and white images. At first I thought it would be sweet, but now I realize that they’re hard to look at and that color would have been way better. Next time..
At homecoming this weekend Andy from Trash Bags laid these Halloween themed goodies on me for the upcoming Track or Treat race next Friday.
A set of his Picker Mittens in black and orange, and a real sweet hat (I think he’s calling these Garbage Lids, but IDK) in a marvelous pumpkin scheme.
Big thanks to Andy for supporting as always.
It was Messenger Homecoming, and everybody was celebrating.
Some photos were shot by me, but most were shot by Beff.
check out the action, and don’t miss next year.pants off dance off to crown the king and queen
to see all the photos click here