Get Your Kicks With These Knicks! - The Origins of Women's Cycling Knickers
The Definition of Knickerbocker & Its Role in Women's Cycling Apparel
Knickerbockers: Similar to capris, a form of baggy-kneed trousers customarily worn in the winter in the early 20th Century and are popularly in sports such as golf, fencing, and cycling. Baseball players wear a stylized form of knickerbockers, although the pants look less baggy in recent decades. The white trousers worn by NFL officials are also knickerbockers.They can also be known as the shortened term knickers, although not to be confused with the British term which refers to women's underwear.
The term "Knickerbocker" first kicked into gear in America around the early 1800's, with Washington Irving's "History of New York", which featured the fictional author Diedrich Knickerbocker, an old-fashioned Dutch New Yorker in Irving's satire local history.
With the publication of Irving’s book, the term Knickerbocker defined anything relating to New York City, similar to how Yinzer describes Pittsburgh. Knickerbocker got its first use in the sports arena in 1840's, with the "New York Knickerbockers", an an amateur athletic baseball club organized on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
In the late 1940's, New York City was granted a charter franchise by the Basketball Association of America. The team was called the Knickerbockers, which later was shortened to the New York Knicks.
Knickerbockers were part of cycling attire for nearly a century. Many cyclists tucked them into their long socks. In the US, they were referred to as knickers, eventually being replaced by racing tights or quarter-length capris equivalents to be used for colder-weather cycling.
Spandex knickers are great for road cycling because of the extra warmth and muscle support they offer. Baggy Cycling Knickers offer extra protection in the woods from brush. Typically, knickers designed for mountain biking features thicker, abrasion resistant materials, paired perfectly with our trail jeserys. Commuting knickers offer placement for U-Locks and reflective on the sides for a touch of extra visibility on the road. On the other hand, knickers for road cyclists are made from light spandex, or lightly brushed spandex fleece and the extra material is designed to offer compression through the calf muscles keeping you going longer, stronger. If you haven't tried riding in knickers yet, we highly recommend it.
Cycling knickers are available with both the Aero Tech Designs Elite chamois and our Classic pad. The Aero Tech Designs Elite pad would be for rides longer then 3 hours and the Classic pad would be best for casual one to two hour excursions. Perfect for spring and early morning rides, show off your style in a pair of Wild Print cycling knickers. Women's Cycling Knickers cover the knees and add an extra layer of support by keeping the joints warm. Some experts believe that you should keep your knees covered at any temperature below 70 degrees. This is to keep the knee warm and protected. The women's cycling capri is below the knee with a easy to wear leg cuff that stays in place. Cycling apparel is made in USA by Aero Tech Designs.