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For other uses, see Pedal Pusher (disambiguation).
A woman wearing denim pedal pushers on Broadway in SoHo, New York City

Pedal pushers are calf-length trousers that were popular during the 1950s and the early 1960s.[1] Often cuffed and worn tight to the skin, they are related in style to Capri pants, and are sometimes referred to as "clam diggers". The name "pedal pushers" originated from the style originally worn by cyclists, but the style quickly became identified with teenage girls.

They are the subject of "Pink Pedal Pushers", a song by Carl Perkins. A novelty song from the 1950s on MGM records was called "Skin Tight, Pin Striped, Purple Pedal Pushers" by Sheb Wooley, who had his biggest hit with "Purple People Eater".


  1. ^ "GLAMOROUS NEW PEDAL-PUSHERS.". The West Australian (Perth: National Library of Australia). 26 December 1952. p. 5. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 

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Salina Journal

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Sun, 24 May 2015 01:03:45 -0700

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Santa Fe New Mexican

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Wed, 06 May 2015 17:37:59 -0700

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Doncaster Today

Doncaster Today
Tue, 12 May 2015 02:33:45 -0700

Pedal pushers are invited to join the charity fun at the annual Misterton bike ride which takes place this weekend. Entitled the “Give it to the charity of your choice” ride, the event is on Sunday, May 17, and individuals, families and teams can all ...

Buffalo News

Buffalo News
Mon, 25 May 2015 11:58:05 -0700

But what's happening where the rubber meets the road, where two-wheel pedalers mix with four-wheeled gas-pedal-pushers? Local bicyclists say that while the relationship they have with drivers is sometimes fraught, especially with the dreaded “dooring,” ...

Lincoln Journal Star

Lincoln Journal Star
Sat, 23 May 2015 21:13:09 -0700

For those not able to pedal, pedicabs will be available outside Gomez Art Supply, 120 N. 14th St., with rides sponsored by Pedal Pushers. More information and maps are available online at dargerhq.org/pages/lbat and at Gomez Art Supply and Pepe's ...

Scotsman (blog)

Scotsman (blog)
Sun, 24 May 2015 15:52:30 -0700

Now in its 17th year, it has grown from 400 riders in 1999 into the largest cycling event in Scotland with more than 10,000 pedal-pushers hitting the highway last year, raising a record £110,000. Dobbie says he jumped at the chance to associate his ...


Wed, 06 May 2015 09:01:42 -0700

Pedal pushers of all levels will love getting out and about on their two wheels when visiting the San Juan Islands. There are three tiers of cycling adventures to be had on the islands. For a fairly gentle and leisurely ride, try Lopez Island. Lopez is ...

Albany Times Union (blog)

Albany Times Union (blog)
Tue, 19 May 2015 03:32:57 -0700

I was a lilac princess in pedal pushers until a bee would chase me inside. Then I would lean out my bedroom window and gulp the cheerful perfume coming from my own lilac church. My birthday is not in the spring, but I nominate lilacs as a universal ...

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