Cordarounds Bike-to-Work pants with reflective Teflon cuff

Cordarounds newest khakis, called the "Bike to Work" pants, have a clever secret: the rolled up cuff exposes a reflective strip for added safety and Teflon for resistance to scuffs and chain grabs. They're $95 a pair because that's how Cordarounds makes their money: prices. Bike to Work pants product page []
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39 Responses to Cordarounds Bike-to-Work pants with reflective Teflon cuff

  1. chef says:

    ugh – a bit *too* specialized for my tastes and wallet. I think it’s far better to just get large, reflective velcro cuffs to put over the bottom of your pants than to wear the “work/bike” pants. A for effort, C for end result.

  2. Thinkerer says:

    One word: Gaiters.

  3. Anonymous says:

    At last! Rejoice!
    –Saint Christopher

  4. Lilorfnannie says:

    What on earth- why would someone need an Instructable for this?

  5. Stfn says:

    Nice. I happen to wear khakis or similar and ride my bike to work with the cuffs rolled up 5 days a week.

    What I’d *really* like to see in a pair of bike-to-work pants (trousers) though, is some kind of fabric that doesn’t pill-up and wear through in a year.

  6. Anonymous says:


    (1) If you move out of SF, shouldn’t your costs drop a bunch and (2) is reflective material really that expensive?

  7. grimc says:

    Makes sense for people who not only bike to work everyday, but wear the same pants to work everyday.

  8. Anonymous says:

    What does one do with their wallet when one is using the reflective “mud flaps”?

    Being hit by a car is bad, but losing ones wallet and having to cancel and re-issue everything can be almost as bad as a minor accident.

  9. altgrave says:

    yes, kudos to you, cordarounds, for your reply and its, er, goodnesses. might i suggest an extra flap that comes OUT of the pocket, though, so that one may retain items therein?

  10. cordarounds says:


    To St. Christopher: Rejoice indeed.

    To THINKERER: Are you suggesting we design Gaiters that work equally well on bikes and at the office? Fascinating.

    To Anonymous: Yes, it would cost less if we moved to China and had them made there. Is reflective material really that expensive: It adds up to about $12 per pair. If we made these things in batches of thousands, that would probably go down to $6. So, in the name of saving fellow future consumers some cash, please purchase now so that we may quickly reap volume discounts.

  11. tedtippler says:

    I’d like to see them made of all reflective fabric for a Tron look.

  12. PhiCancri says:

    I wear pants! These would be perfect for my pants-wearing lifestyle!

  13. elguapostrikes says:

    I have been lusting after a Cordaround Smoking jacket for like two years now. I am soo getting one when I grow up.

  14. cordarounds says:

    The latest replies:

    1. Velcro strips do indeed possess reflectivity, but they offer a thin band of brightness, while Bike to Work pants offer a far greater expanse of light. A twinkling star to supernova analogy comes to mind.

    2. Yes, we’ll be making them in other colors. We too realize that work can be experienced in non-khaki trousers. But for the purpose of making a new product statement, what’s better than reflectoizing common, work-a-day khakis.

    3. Stuck in the 90s? By that, my guess is you mean khakis were the uniform of the era. And while that’s true, there are still enough khaki-pants-wearers to attract the interest of a two man pants company — our estimate: about 45 million of them.

  15. mappo says:

    Lately I’ve been considering wearing pants during my commute to work, what with winter coming and all. This cinches it!

  16. Marley9 says:

    The idea is great. The price – ridiculous.

    I hope there is a hack on MAKE soon.

  17. bazzargh says:

    Yeah….. aren’t reflective socks under $10 a pair?

    Ok so then you won’t have the bright a*** patches from the video, but here’s a product idea, Cordarounds – fluorescent thongs.

    “See cyclists at night? I can’t *un*see them!”

  18. dculberson says:

    Reflective thread in the stitches would be pretty cool.

    Oh, and:

    “that’s how X makes their money: prices.”

    is pretty dang funny.

  19. gabrielm says:

    The complicated steps to hacking:

    Step #1 – Own pants. If you do not own pants, you may need to buy a pair.

    Step #2 – Sew in reflective fabric. Reflective piping is available at many fabric stores.

    Step #3 – profit!

  20. cordarounds says:

    Greetings readers. Cordarounds here to address comments and questions.

    Reflective thread: Yes! We’re looking into designs that incorporate that.

    Tron: Yes! We’re looking into designs that incorporate that.

    Prices: Yes! And now a few words on that. Sticker shock is what fashion’s all about. But consider:

    – we make them in San Francisco, not China.

    – we use sample fabric direct from Illuminite and 3M. And you wouldn’t be surprised to discover that a two man company can’t get the same kind of volume discounts that, say, North Face can.

    – take a look at fancy bike knickers that are on sale these days. They run around $110-$140 and they don’t even come with ankles.

    – How to hack them: You should be able to buy reflective tape from 3M Scotchlite resellers — but they only offer it in limited widths. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could easily band the inner fringes of your pants. You could even make decorative stripey things if you’re a whiz. As for the illuminite fabric, I doubt you can buy that. You won’t be able to pull off the mudflap effect too easily, but if you do, here’s some guidance:

    get a pair of pants with a welt back pocket, remove the pocket, create a large, square pocket with reflective lined cloth, apply, deploy at will.

  21. cubby96 says:

    agreed, el guapo – they are nice.

    If only I could be certain that the XXL would match up to my 50L jacket size. I’ve seen smaller manufacturers make an XXL anywhere from a 46(!) to a 54, though it’s usually a 50-52. Too bad they don’t have comparative sizes on their site and I am far too lazy to call the phone number…

    I also long for the day when these guys and/or the bonobos cats make pants just one size bigger. Maybe they would do a custom pair or two for the right price.

  22. Halloween Jack says:

    I have a couple Velcro strips with reflecto-tape that secure my flapping pant cuffs when I bike. I don’t remember what I paid for them, but I’m pretty sure that it was less than $10 the pair.

  23. vespabelle says:

    I’m glad cordarounds has a sense of humor and is taking all this ribbing (har har) in stride.

    $95 isn’t a bad deal for a pair of pants with specialty features, and specialized materials made in the USA.

  24. tedtippler says:

    I’m a sumo wrestler and bike to work. Will Cordarounds be making reflective mawashis?

  25. Anonymous says:

    I can’t wait until the cordarounds rip-off pant company, bonobos, copies this product and jacks up the price by 200%. It makes the capitalist in me swoon…

  26. niels says:

    Is it completely unheard of to have lights on your bike in the US? I live in Copenhagen and cycle everyday and here it’s mandatory to have lights on your bicycle. A bright one in the front and a red one in the back. Kind of like any other method of transportation. I suppose in rural areas with no street lights reflective pants would be practical too. As an extra precaution.

  27. The Life Of Bryan says:

    Excellent product. While I won’t be buying this particular item, I’d say there’s an excellent chance I’ll buy something from your company somewhere down the line. But for now, I use these when circumstances warrant; reflective, and also self illuminated..

  28. Anonymous says:

    I have several Cordarounds and also bought 1 Bonobos to try it out.

    Bottom line, Cordarounds are awesome. They feel good to me and my wallet and they are on a altrustic mission. The Bonobos are copycats who think by being in NY they can jack up prices 50% more than Cordarounds. Their pants are not bad either, but the prices kill them.

    Advantage and honor to Cordarounds. Good job guys.

  29. muteboy says:

    Regular (trousers) pants + velcro anti-chain-grab clip thing with refective strip

    No need for special pants (this is my motto now)

  30. SomethingsAmiss says:

    shininess that serves safety and fashion is virtually impossible to find. Ask a street crossing helper about his dateability. Thanks for this tip!

  31. John Markos O'Neill says:

    #34 Exactly. I may very well purchase a pair, but only if you create a matching collarless denim shirt (also with reflective cuffs, of course).

  32. dculberson says:

    Cordarounds, thanks for the post!

  33. jornin says:

    The problem for me is both price and color. What’s left of the goth kid in me hates tan pants. If I’m wearing any sort of slacks they are black. I might be more willing to spring for a pair if there were some different colors.

  34. gabrielm says:

    Wow, you guys rock. Not only did you address the pricing issue with clear rational and humor – you also gave encouragement to those who wish to go the DIY route. Two thumbs ups!

  35. Thad E Ginataom says:

    I don’t wear pants (or ‘trousers’ as us Brits call them; the pants we wear underneath) and nor do I ride a bike.

    Don’t even work in an office.

    So why have I just read all the comments on this thread?

  36. aj says:

    I like. I too will need to add pants to my repertoire, if only to begin wearing pants like these.

  37. John Markos O'Neill says:

    These are perfect for cycle commuters who find themselves trapped in the 90s.

  38. Marley9 says:


    My point must flew right over your non-reflective cranium. Better wear a helmet!

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