I don't really walk a lot. I use a bike as my transport means, but even before riding it, I use to tear my jeans quite soon, for instance as in this picture. They usually split sooner as 18 months with the following approximate frequency of use: I use them 4 times per month, i.e. 4x12x1.5=72 times were they worn; I washed them like once a month, i.e. washing them 18 times. That's the only spot my jeans are actually worn out, whence I don't want to throw them.

There are some hints as how to repair them but I'd like to know, if it's possible to avoid the formation of those holes.

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    How long it takes you to make these holes? I have the same problem – vladiz Feb 21 '15 at 12:32
  • It is material fatigue....according to my knowledge no help there. Most likely it is related to the way you are wearing jeans, walking driving bike etc.Things which are really hard to correct. I had the same issue, I found good tailor who fix it perfectly, plus 15 months isn't short life span for a pair of jeans :) – python starter Feb 21 '15 at 14:36
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    You're kind of stuck with buying jeans that aren't pre-aged or putting bike shorts on top. – Minnow Feb 21 '15 at 16:01
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    Few jeans will last much longer than that with regular wear. It is a high wear area and I don't think much can be done besides washing them as little as possible and having many pairs to wear so that you aren't wearing them consecutive days. – Doug Watkins Feb 22 '15 at 1:23

The holes develop for three reasons:

  1. The pants are being stretched excessively.
  2. The seat is rubbing on the pants.
  3. The fabric is not sufficiently durable.

I ride a bike to work, so know from experience. Cheap, thin, coarse-weave polyester fabric is best. It is cool and doesn't hold water when you get hot and sweat. Not being jeans they are a bit looser and the fabric holds up better than denim. Such are surprisingly inexpensive costing less than jeans if one looks around. They can be bought at places like blair.com. I have several pairs from there lasting several years of daily bike riding. Riding a bike regularly requires a change in clothing style to facilitate comfortable riding.

The seat can be changed. Harder seats work better than soft ones for several reasons, and you are best off getting a thin racing-style seat with a small bit of springiness to it. A racing-style seat will cause less wear to clothing and offers more comfort.


Subjectivist's answer is right.

Regarding the third issue which he raises:

Most jeans are made of 100% cotton, so they aren't very durable. It's wisest to choose pants or shorts which are more durable.

For example, you can wear:

  • Cotton/polyester blend jeans. (Even just a little bit of polyester might help make the fabric last significantly longer.)
  • Or dress pants, which are made of polyester and/or wool. (Some are dry-clean-only, but most are machine-washable. I prefer wearing black or dark-gray dress pants; these colors seem to go fine with a T-shirt, a hoodie, and sneakers.)
  • Or track pants, which are made of nylon or polyester.
  • Or athletic shorts, which are made of polyester. (Don't choose casual shorts which are made of cotton.)

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