I've seen this come up on a few other sites/blogs I frequent, and I'm wondering what the feeling is here.
How much would you pay for a pair of pants that you could ride in?
For me, it depends on the value [perceived or otherwise] that I get out of it. For example, I used to buy MEC Gore-Tex jackets and pants for snowsports. They offered great fabrics, but bad fit and weird colour combos [red + purple?]. Then I stumbled upon the Patagonia outlet store in Nelson. ["What? This fits, is made from quality fabrics and isn't red + purple? Incroyable!"]
The realization that you get what you pay for spread to other areas, but I still have a hard time thinking that $180 for a set of pants I ride in is a good idea. I have biked around in jeans a couple of times, and they are simply not comfortable. I usually wear a pair of shorts for riding around town, but they aren't really that attractive anymore [400+ wears will do that]. Also, I'd like to not have to worry about changing into something a bit more refined if I decide to ride my bike to a lunch meeting or something.
Then again, I already spend a sizable portion of my income on bike stuff, so why would fancy-pants bother me? What's your limit for stuff like this? Would you hem in your pant expenditure at $50? $100? $300?