Don’t Fear the Chain with Exposed Seam’s StaySharp Commuter Cuff

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Velcro strap just not cutting it anymore? Maybe it’s time to check out the StaySharp Commuter Cuff from Exposed Seam. We all know that if you’re riding to work in your casual pants, you had better do something about that cuff before it gets greasy, or worse – caught in the chain and torn up. Many cyclists simply roll up their pant legs, though this isn’t always practical especially in the colder months of the year. Feeling that they have a product that is better, and only slightly more expensive than your average velcro strap, Jonathan and Jenifer Stark have launched their Boston based business with their Massachusetts made StaySharp Commuter Cuff.


Made with a patent pending design, each cuff is made in the USA from Cordura fabric in a variety of colors. Basic black will retail for only $12, while Khaki, Denim, Slate, Oxblood, and Alert are slightly more at $14. The shape of the Cuff is designed to keep you pants out of the chain, while also protecting the laces of your shoes. Designed to be worn of the right leg, the cuff closes around the ankle using velcro and includes a reflective panel on the rear for added visibility.

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While the first batch was made in the Stark’s live/work studio at the 300 Summer St. Artist’s Building, they moved production to a local Fall River, MA manufacturing center to keep up with demand.

Comments

mudrock - 12/17/13 - 9:59am

Love that idea. Surprised nobody thought of it sooner.

Alan Alan Alan - 12/17/13 - 10:17am

One of the reasons that I and many others choose to cycle is the “environmental” factor, cycling is thought to be somewhat better for the planet. With all of these idiots now popping up re-inventing things that do not need inventing and creating future landfill cycling is fast becoming one of the most wasteful pastimes around. For every crowdfunded/kickstarter hipster brainchild unnecessary invention that now comes out we all may just as well go out and set fire to tyres for all the “environmental” good our cycling hobbies are doing.

nathan - 12/17/13 - 10:20am

Don’t bathe your chain in tri-flow. No hipster cuff needed. Fixed that for you.

Jesse - 12/17/13 - 12:02pm

There is totally a market for this. I ride hard on the weekend, and I ride to work every day (rain or shine) in professional clothes. For my commute, I ended up buying pants straps on Wiggle because the ones sold in the US were crap.

I understand that a 6″ strip of Cordura could be considered unnecessary, but its way more wasteful to destroy a pair of pants.

This is a late add to my Christmas list.

mudrock - 12/17/13 - 12:05pm

More thought and energy has gone into making commuting easier than ever before. nothing wrong with that. These things are not disposable, made of durable cloth, in the US. What’s not to like? The entrepreneurial spirit shown by all these Kickstarter campaigns is what’s going to help this country get off it’s ass.Trolls!

BikeHoarder6 - 12/17/13 - 1:54pm

I totally agree with Jesse’s comments above. I have been riding to work about 3 days a week lately and I have a Jannd reflective ankle strap. Since I have huge calves, the ankle strap stays low near my ankle and my pant cuff seems to partially work it’s way out of the strap. So last week I’m looking at this problem and thinking “I need an ankle strap that’s 2 or 3 times wider”.
And lo and behold someone made one. And to those who spout off about environmental damage, you’d be better served using your time by hanging out at any one of your local cell phone retailers and screaming at it’s “I gotta have the newest phone/gadget now… even tho my current phone/gadget still works fine” crowd.

Mud Skipper - 12/17/13 - 2:11pm

Looks a lot like short hiking gaiters I see folks use on the AT.

Actually, why not just use hiking gaiters? I have a long pair that covers just below the knee that would be great for keeping the slush & salt off during the winter. Never occurred to me until now.

Champs - 12/17/13 - 4:10pm

Mud Skipper, I was thinking the same thing. If Chrome or any of the other usual suspects wanted to make ankle gauntlets ith snap or hook-and-loop attachments for pants and shoes, even better. Waterproof shoes might as well be buckets if you’re not closing the gap.

DDD - 12/17/13 - 4:56pm

rofl@alan

muf - 12/17/13 - 6:15pm

yeah this is a fancy version of the hiking gaiters
but at $12 i think the fancy is ok.

Timbo - 12/17/13 - 6:20pm

I’ve been commuting for nearly 30 yrs in normal everyday clothing *gasp!* and never felt the need to use an ankle strap or clip… just rolling up my cuff… and can’t remember the last time I had grease stains or torn pants.
Each to their own though I guess, and if these guys can make a business out of it then good on them – they are obviously fulfilling a need for some people.

Mindless - 12/17/13 - 6:37pm

@Alan Alan Alan: Your farting when cycling more than offsets any perceived “ecological” benefits from cycling. True story.

#backfat - 12/18/13 - 9:20pm

Pretty bespoke spats. If only the steampunks knew about this.

David - 01/15/14 - 11:59am

Get ‘em here: http://www.pedalanything.com/exposedseam/

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