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Raw Denim For Cyclists – Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans

Denim industry heavyweight Levi’s has done it again.  Just released last week, Levi’s have crafted their first pair of jeans aimed at a very particular market. Their new 511 Commuter Jeans are designed specifically with urban cyclists in mind and are packed to the brim with features that are intended to provide comfort, style and safety for those who prefer to bike.

While they aren’t the first jeans-maker to target cyclists (That distinction goes to Self Edge & Ironheart‘s discontinued SEXIH03, seen below), these jeans certainly take the cake thanks to a number of innovations that have been introduced in the Commuter line.

SEXIH03 Self Edge x Iron Heart Cyclist Jeans

Self Edge x Iron Heart Cyclist Jeans (discontinued, source: selfedge.com)

Using their tried and true 511 cut, the slim silhouette helps reduce the possibility of catching one’s pant-leg in the bike’s gears. Inside those pant-legs is yet another clever idea. Although the Commuters are not made of selvedge denim, Levi’s has covered the outseam’s overlock stitching with 3M reflective material, helping boost visibility for night time riding.

Other biking-specific details include the reinforced rear pockets, belt loops and seat; additional waistband loop, which is designed to fit a standard bicycle U-Lock; as well as a hidden center back pocket allowing riders easy access to their phone or iPod.

Even the denim, itself, has been specially engineered for biking. Levi’s has created an 11.5 Oz. denim with minor stretch properties to retain comfort and allow for a greater range of movement. On top of this, a NanoSphere treatment has been applied to make the jeans water resistant.

These jeans are a definitive must-have for anyone with a shared love of denim and bikes. Though we here at Heddels are partial to the rigid indigo version, Levi’s also offers the 511 Commuter jeans in a twill khaki. A matching indigo denim Commuter jacket is also available.


  • Name: Levi’s 511 Commuter Jeans
  • Weight: 11.5 Oz.
  • Fit: Slim
  • Other: 3M stitching, reinforced rear pockets, belt loops and seat, waistband for U-Lock, hidden phone/iPod pocket
  • Price: $78.00 USD



levis 511 commuter Jeans

Levis Commuter 511 Selvedge

Levis Commuter 511

Levis Commuter 511

The 511 Commuters can accommodate most U-Lock styles

The 511 Commuters can accommodate most U-Lock styles

Levi's Commuter 511 Jeans Iphone Slip

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