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Old 04-16-10, 11:22 PM   #1
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lycra seat cover and jeans fading

So I ride a fixie, and as you all know, fixed gears can't coast so therefore our legs are continuously in a spinning motion. My seat, I'm thinking, is made out of leather, and I wear dark blue levis most of the time. I love levis <33. Anyways, recently, my levis started to fade in the butt area. The part of the jeans that keep rubbing against the seat because of my legs keep spinning finally started to fade. So if you look at me from the back and look down there, you'd be able to see two lines in my butt area.

Fortunately, I have another pair of levis, same jeans but in new condition, and I washed the two together to get the new jeans to get some of its dye off and donate it to the faded jeans. It worked a bit. The butt area in the faded jeans is a lot less noticeable and I'm satisfied now.

A friend of mine told me to get a seat cover thats made out of fabric or cotton and put it over my leather? seat to get the fading to stop. I bought a lycra seat cover for like 3 bucks on amazon. Would this lycra seat cover keep my jeans from fading?

Any of you guys have similar experiences as me? What was your method on stopping this?
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Old 04-17-10, 12:01 AM   #2
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So I ride a fixie, and as you all know, fixed gears can't coast so therefore our legs are continuously in a spinning motion. My seat, I'm thinking, is made out of leather, and I wear dark blue levis most of the time. I love levis <33. Anyways, recently, my levis started to fade in the butt area. The part of the jeans that keep rubbing against the seat because of my legs keep spinning finally started to fade. So if you look at me from the back and look down there, you'd be able to see two lines in my butt area.

Fortunately, I have another pair of levis, same jeans but in new condition, and I washed the two together to get the new jeans to get some of its dye off and donate it to the faded jeans. It worked a bit. The butt area in the faded jeans is a lot less noticeable and I'm satisfied now.

A friend of mine told me to get a seat cover thats made out of fabric or cotton and put it over my leather? seat to get the fading to stop. I bought a lycra seat cover for like 3 bucks on amazon. Would this lycra seat cover keep my jeans from fading?

Any of you guys have similar experiences as me? What was your method on stopping this?
Simple. Have one pair set aside just for riding in and a second "Nice" pair for wearing. You have to face it, clothes wear out. The other choice is to wear proper cycling attire (Bike shorts) and switch to jeans when you get to your destination.
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Old 04-17-10, 12:50 AM   #3
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I just noticed I wore a hole in my favorite jeans today, right where the seat rides on. It isn't a tear either, it wore out. So yes, I have that problem. Now I'm actually thinking of buying something else for riding.
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When I rode my bike to school back in the 70s, you could always tell who rode their bike by their Levis. Ours were always patched on the inside thigh and the sit-bones. It was a badge of honor--especially if you'd managed to keep them out of the chain all that time.

Forty years have made no difference in Levis, bicycle saddles or human anatomy. Cycling still wears out Levis. Only now, you throw away jeans with holes instead of patching them.

Oh, and I wear lycra now.
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When I rode my bike to school back in the 70s, you could always tell who rode their bike by their Levis. Ours were always patched on the inside thigh and the sit-bones. It was a badge of honor--especially if you'd managed to keep them out of the chain all that time.

Forty years have made no difference in Levis, bicycle saddles or human anatomy. Cycling still wears out Levis. Only now, you throw away jeans with holes instead of patching them.
Speak for yourself. The jeans I'm wearing have at least a dozen patches in them.

One of the things that makes denim denim is the way it's dyed. Most denim is made with indigo warp threads (the length wise threads in a fabric are called the warp; the ones crossing the width way are weft. On jeans, warp threads run the length of the legs), and plain undyed white weft theads. the way the the fabric woven (called a "warp faced twill") means that right side of the fabric has more of its area covered by warp threads than it does weft, so it looks fairly dark blue. (the wrong side, conversely, is much lighter). The dying of the warp threads is a peculiar process ("ring dyeing") that results in dye on the outside of the warp, but not all the way through the fabric. So, as denim wears, and the dye is worn off, you get the various marks that make worn denim worn denim. In any other fabric, these would be serious defects, but in denim, they're style.
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A friend of mine told me to get a seat cover thats made out of fabric or cotton and put it over my leather? seat to get the fading to stop. I bought a lycra seat cover for like 3 bucks on amazon. Would this lycra seat cover keep my jeans from fading?
It'll make it worse since it'll create more friction and it'll wear out your jeans faster. I don't know whose bright idea it was to use fabric of ANY kind to cover a saddle, but they should be run outta town. I can't stand grippy saddles.

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Buying new jeans.
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I also get thin white lines running from the crotch to inside of the knee due to the folding of the jeans when I ride.

Remember, in some circles cycling is considered cool... I wouldn't hide it. People pay big bucks for jeans with unique wear. Cycling wear is pretty unique .

My recommendation? I'd get another pair of jeans if you're on a hot date or something... and just ride your current pair of jeans out and deal with it.
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I can't stand grippy saddles.
Me neither. My Terry Cite Y used to drive me nuts, though it's not fabric. I polished it often with cornstarch, and either that worked, or the tacky finish finally wore off.
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