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    My pants exploded!

    A few years back I bought a pair of Giordana bike shorts, the following year I bought a second pair. Well the first pair seems to have lost all its elasticity instantly and you can actually see where the fabric seems to be falling apart, it has happened almost instantaneously. The second pair is looking like it is on the edge as well. I threw the first pair out. I sure wish shorts would last as long as shirts.
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    You have exceeded the freshness date.
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    I've been using PI Attack shorts for quite a while and they look as good as new. My oldest pair is over a year old and for the amount of riding I do, it's had it's fair share of washings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    ... the fabric seems to be falling apart, it has happened almost instantaneously...
    Made from carbon fiber, no doubt. Typical asplosion without warning.

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    Good thing the OP is not from the UK. He had me worried for a moment...

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    Did you/wife use too hot water or fabric softener?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclinfool View Post
    A few years back I bought a pair of Giordana bike shorts, the following year I bought a second pair. Well the first pair seems to have lost all its elasticity instantly and you can actually see where the fabric seems to be falling apart, it has happened almost instantaneously. The second pair is looking like it is on the edge as well. I threw the first pair out. I sure wish shorts would last as long as shirts.
    Reading that title, and having a six month old baby in the house, led me to draw a very image in my mind, to the truth spelled out above.

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    I like Giordana shorts but I also found they don't seem to last very long. I stopped buying them because of that.
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    On the Bacchetta forum someone posted a video they took with an IR camera on a group ride at dusk. The IR made any well-worn cycling shorts translucent. The images were deeply disturbing.

    Dont let your cycling shorts get too much wear.

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    Dudelsack, T.M.I. my man. What I just do not want to think about while riding. Hope no one scans me, some of my riding shorts are 4 years old!

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    A might bewildered... Dudelsack's Avatar
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    Here's the evidence. Skip the first 5-10 minutes.

    http://vimeo.com/42551063

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    Good luck on getting onto an airplane next time you want to fly! I am sure that the Dept. of Homeland Security is already onto your exploding pants!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
    Here's the evidence. Skip the first 5-10 minutes.

    http://vimeo.com/42551063
    Creepy -- Definitely glad no video was taken from the front.

    Supposedly the IR setting on some Sony Handycams can "see" through certain types of clothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigAura View Post
    Did you/wife use too hot water or fabric softener?
    I wash them, use a mild detergent, gentle cycle and line dry. No fabric softener.
    I think these lasted about 4 seasons, maybe not so bad but I usually alternate between 3 pairs during the bike season.
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    When I saw the the title of this thread, the Muy Grande Burrito at the Mexican restaurant, down the street from me, instantly came to mind.

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    You wash and dry them in a machine , or hand wash and air dry?

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    Has anyone else here discovered that a tube patch will work on bike shorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yumadons View Post
    Has anyone else here discovered that a tube patch will work on bike shorts?
    ...or an empty hot sauce packet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
    ...or an empty hot sauce packet?
    No Thankyou!!!

    As an occasional cook I have spent a lot of time cutting up hot peppers and know what capsaicin can do to the tender bits on ones underside.

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    "Tube patch". Hate to ask what tube you were patching...

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    Silly me---------I thot I was going to read something about nylon static spark and methane gas!!!

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    I only wear compression shorts as undies. old baggy shorts go over that. No human should be subjected to the sight of me in skintight clothing. Ever.

    In an aside, I wonder if the "exploding pants" keywords have triggered the Homeland Security search bots!

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