General Cycling Discussion - How to extend undersized bib knicks?
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08-10-05, 08:32 PM
I bought some bib and brace cycling knicks awhile back, and although they seemed fine in the store, I'm finding myself pulling on the legs at traffic lights to relieve the tightness in the crotch. In other words, they're a fraction too small, and I'm thinking of cutting the bits that go over my shoulder and sewing in a piece of fabric to loosen things up. Has anyone done this, or have any other recommendations? Where should I cut it? What kind of fabric would be best to insert?
Did you bend into cycling position when trying them on instore? Standing up straight requires less material.
I would consider a strip of broad clothing elastic. It would not be easy to get a small enough strip of similar stuff that the bib is made of.
08-10-05, 10:02 PM
I just bought a set of LG bibs and at 6'6" tall I found the straps a bit tight. The fabric shops sell various types of lycra and my sister made 4" long straps and sewed them in. Now, I have a very comfortable fit.
08-10-05, 11:06 PM
Good idea. I was originally thinking just any old piece cloth would do, seeing as they go under your jersey. Where did she insert the 4 inch pieces? I'm guessing the top of the shoulders is not the best spot.
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08-11-05, 07:16 AM
I think that would actually work out just fine, because you would rip open the seam on the top of the shoulder and insert the extension, so you would have a small seam on either side of your shoulder, front and back. I don't see how it would be a problem unless the seam ended up very bulky (unlikely) or if you were planning on carrying a backpack, the straps of which hit on exactly the same points of your shoulders as the bib straps.
Edited to add: In the early 1990s, when bodysuits were the big fashion for girls, I liked wearing them, but because I've got a long torso, I always had to add an extension to the bottom of the bodysuit, below where it would be hidden by my jeans. For that, I always used tee-shirt fabric. If you had an old pair of shorts that are pretty much trashed, you could actually salvage scrap fabric from those for your strap extenders.
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