I’VE spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find some trousers that would be suitable for bike touring. Lycra certainly has its place but for winter touring I wanted something a little warmer and more robust, something that I could also wear to pop up a hill or two, and a pair of trousers that I could wear to the pub after a day’s cycling.
Then, out of the blue, I discovered these RoadRunner pants from Glenrothes-based Keela.
These specialist trousers were apparently developed for emergency services cycle teams and the wonderful thing about them is their four-way stretch. Keela uses a fabric called Stretch-Tec Advanced and it really is stretchy, and ideal for cycling. I’ve used a few pairs of mountain-biking ‘baggies’ in the past for cycle touring but they have all been too baggy. They flap in the wind and get caught up in the chain whereas the Roadrunners are designed to be streamlined – not as tight as bib-tights or even Ron Hills but tight enough to stop the material from flapping.
To make them even more streamlined they come with an adjustable, Velcro-type ankle closure and ankle zips so you can take the trousers off over your cycling shoes. I wear them with a pair of padded Gore undershorts and the combination is ideal. If I get too warm in the Roadrunners – and they are warm, then I can slip them off and cycle in the Gore Shorts.
The Roadrunners also have two zipped sidepockets, a rear zipped pocket, belt loops, a reinforced seat area, articulated knees and 3m reflective piping at the calves. I’m delighted to have found what I’ve spent a long time looking for. You can get them for around £65.
Disclaimer: These trousers were supplied to me free of charge by Keela
This feature first appeared in the winter 13 issue of Scottish Cycling