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No, I don’t mean the one-eyed giant from Greek mythology; that’s Cyclops.

I mean cycle-clips; made out of spring steel, usually coated in plastic, and they hold your pant leg at the bottom so they don’t get caught in your chain.

Very important if you ride a fixed gear bike as Fritz found out recently when his entire right pant leg was ripped from his leg.

Growing up in England, cycle-clips were standard equipment; as common in any household as a can-opener. If you owned any kind of bike you owned cycle-clips.

I don't understand why they never caught on the US.

Footnote: Cycle-Clips also can be used in the sport of Ferret Legging.

Reader Comments (8)

Clips are readily available in California bike shops and -- honest! -- I own a set along with a couple of straps. In this instance I just felt like rolling my pants up, but I didn't roll them tight enough and *rip*.

Thanks for the link love.
January 27, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter Fritz
I was surprised to find some steel trouser clips in our local shop. I hadn't seen them for years. These are heavily chromes and I added some reflective tape. Very useful.
January 27, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter Ed W
I used to have a pair of steel cycle clips back when I used to ride my bike to high school and used them while riding around campus in college. That was back in the late 70's-early 80's. I wonder if I still have them? I'd forgotten all about them until I saw this post. The clips worked great when riding around in street clothes.
January 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter Doug
... the same reason fenders, chain guards, fat tires, bells, and wheel locks haven't caught on. In America cycling is not transportation or practicality; it's hyped up recreation.

January 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous
I couldn't see buying clips, so I used rubber bands around my pant legs; easy enough to store in my pockets also.
But then I had a paper route, so plenty of rubber bands were around.
January 29, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter VintageSpin
Yes, I too used them in the mid-70s... in Wyoming of all places!
January 31, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter HRlaughed
In my box of old bike parts, I found my trusty blue spring steel pant clip with yellow reflective tape. I rode with it 30 years ago. I will settle for the plain steel ones and put my own tape on it, I guess! Although I can't read the company name on it fully (SEE-BA?, the place of manufacture was N.B. Connecticut, which stands for New Britain, an old factory town there.
September 9, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous
I always use pants clips to protect my clothes. I have been using them since the early 1970's with those unprotected chainguardless "10 speeds" now called road bikes. I never used proper "cycling wear" that is so trendy and popular nowadays. I just whip up a velcro secured pants clip and I am ready to go anywhere-even business meetings!
February 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous
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