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Old 09-06-17, 05:54 PM   #1
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Repairing a small round hole in bike shorts lycra

I'm talking not much more than 1mm, it hasnt grown much but would like to either patch it with some old lycra or something before it gets bigger.

who has done what, and how did it work?

I'd prefer to glue a small patch of old lycra on it, to avoid any rubbing, as opposed to doing a stitch job with some thread, which will leave a slight bunch and a "clump" of thread, but am curious to what sort of methods others have actually used to do this.

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I've done this a few times using either lycra or a fine jersey material (left over from crashes). I prefer the jersey material actually as it holds up better. Just like you said, I used some sort of rubber cement applied sparingly. I can't remember exactly which one, but obviously you want the most flexible one you can find. It worked really well actually.
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At 1mm in size, I'd just sew it.
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I've done this a few times using either lycra or a fine jersey material (left over from crashes). I prefer the jersey material actually as it holds up better. Just like you said, I used some sort of rubber cement applied sparingly. I can't remember exactly which one, but obviously you want the most flexible one you can find. It worked really well actually.
fantom and ray, thanks for the responses. I've done sewing repairs on stuff before, which works well, but was interested in trying the glue a patch option, so glad to see that rubber cement will work reasonably well. I've been looking at this little hole for ages now, so knowing that the glue option does work, I'm willing to give it a try.

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BITD as I recall reading, for run stopping in nylon panty-hose the use of nail polish would stop the un raveling..


so rubber cement seems to have the same function.. lycra is a rubber thread, after all , that's how it clings & stretches.








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fantom and ray, thanks for the responses. I've done sewing repairs on stuff before, which works well, but was interested in trying the glue a patch option, so glad to see that rubber cement will work reasonably well. I've been looking at this little hole for ages now, so knowing that the glue option does work, I'm willing to give it a try.

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On the other hand, you could just ignore it. Lycra doesn't run so it's not really an issue. I've got shorts and tights that have had holes in the for 10 years or more without issues.
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On the other hand, you could just ignore it. Lycra doesn't run so it's not really an issue. I've got shorts and tights that have had holes in the for 10 years or more without issues.
+1. I've got much bigger holes on shorts I've crashed in and the holes don't seem to grow. Not worth worrying about.
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Ha, which would just be a continuation of what's been happening since I first noticed it!
(Which how long now I've lost track of)

I have been keeping an eye on it and it doesn't appear to have gotten bigger.
What I may do is to do a test repair on one of my super old ratty stretched bike shorts, and continue to ignore this until I see how a small rubber cement patch works out.

The holey shorts in question are faded, but are good quality ones still with good life in them.
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I'm talking not much more than 1mm
A dab of this would fix it permanently, alternatively a less costly, quicker solution:

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McNett Iron Mend Repair Kit, Black?

https://www.amazon.com/McNett-Iron-M.../dp/B000GT471S
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