If history continues to repeat itself in NYC, I think it is safe to say that New Yorkers can rid themselves of the notion that we are a four season town. I actually cannot remember the last time we had a spring in NYC. It seems that we have brutal winters and then one day it suddenly is 85 and muggy with scattered thunderstorms.
It was a particularly brutal winter in NYC and all winter long I was looking forward to temperate spring commutes that would afford me the opportunity to wear knickers rather than winter pants. I should have known better. I have been commuting in my knickers, however as I mentioned, Mother Nature decided to skip comfortable spring temperatures and has moved right into sticky summer conditions.
When it comes to riding in temperate or warm weather, some readers might recall that I am a fan of hacked knickers. I wrote a post on why I like knickers and how I made them my wife made them that can be found here. Reader Leo also is a fan of knickers and sent along the following text and picture. If you have clothing hacks/preferences, feel free to send them our way.
Take it away Leo . . . .
I’m not necessarily fashion forward, but I am willing to look different. When it comes to bicycle clothing, I really don’t mind wearing lycra shorts, because having to mess with rolling up a pant leg on regular pants, or using a rubber band, I find a hassle. Even when I do protect my pants, I still seem to end up with a grease smudge sooner or later.
Shorts? I’m solar challenged and prefer fabric sun block to lotions or sprays plus I ride a recumbent, so having each leg inside a parachute is not very aero. Air conditioned, but not aero.
My answer? Convert a pair of pants into knickers. I’m into repurposing, as well as che-, part Scots, so I contacted a friend of mine’s mother who has a sewing business. It cost $15.50 a pair to convert a pair of Dockers into a pair of knickerdockers! From what I’ve seen on the internet, that’s at least half the price of either bike or hiking specific products and even less for golf or prepared costume knickers.
Originally I went to a thrift store and purchased 2 pairs of pants for $5 or $6 and had them adjusted. I have a pair of pants that the cuff is fraying, so I’ll have those converted as well in a couple of weeks.
I guess depending on your calves, and where you wear them, you may need to spend some money for knee high socks to complete the look, but I still consider it a practical alternative in bicycle clothing.