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Old 02-07-19, 01:12 PM
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Can someone recommend a shop apron?

Park Tools and Finish Line have some that are reasonably priced on Amazon, but I'm wondering if anyone around here has a fave - and why do you like it?

Ease of putting on and taking off gets bonus points, since I work on my bikes sporadically.

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!
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How about a canvas farrier's apron ?
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My wife is an artist and runs through a lot of aprons. She either buys them from restaurant supply houses when they are on sale, or simply sews a few straps on pieces of canvas or denim she cuts out of old jackets/dresses/etc. She also keeps a few oversized shirts around to throw on.

Why spend money on something you're just going to smear grease on?
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My wife is an artist and runs through a lot of aprons. She either buys them from restaurant supply houses when they are on sale, or simply sews a few straps on pieces of canvas or denim she cuts out of old jackets/dresses/etc. She also keeps a few oversized shirts around to throw on.

Why spend money on something you're just going to smear grease on?
Because I'm not good with a needle and thread, and I'm tired of getting grease on my clothes. I'd also like some pockets for holding tools.
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Google Carhart apron, $30-40 depending on model and vendor.

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Because I'm not good with a needle and thread, ...
You can Pay people, who can sew , for you , in your town
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I use a Park Tool and also an ACE Hardware, The Ace has one pocket and the Park Tool has 3, 1 pencil and 2 larger ones

https://www.parktool.com/product/shop-apron-sa-1

https://www.parktool.com/assets/img/...l/SA-1_005.jpg


https://www.acehardware.com/departme...p-aprons/21020


https://cdn-tp3.mozu.com/24645-37138..._1548787477951

Park Tool also has a heavy duty one
https://www.parktool.com/product/hea...hop-apron-sa-3
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Denim apron

Originally Posted by calstar View Post
Google Carhart apron, $30-40 depending on model and vendor.

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I have a Carhart denim apron that I purchase from Sierra Trading Post, on-line, for $20. It is well made and should last a long time. It has a total of 13 pockets of various sizes, including one with a zipper. I am pretty sure STP no longer has them, but you should be able to find them somewhere with a google search. I really like because it has very good coverage, and I have a tendency to set tools down and then not be able to find them again with out searching. With all the pockets I can keep what tools I need with me. I can get a picture of it a bit later. The same style was also offered in duck brown material.
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Pix of apron

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All the mechanics I know (and at the shops I worked at) use the heavy-duty Park apron. It was the only one I found that was still comfortable at the end of a 12 hour, first nice weekend of the spring, shift.
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This is the brand I am partial to for all my work wear:
https://www.round-house.com/collecti...sa-shop-aprons
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I too get mine from a restaurant supply place. Can get them cheap. When they are no good throw them away. I can get them for about 5 bucks.
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Picked up a gardening apron. It is heavier duty than kitchen types and has 3 pockets
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My favorite apron is the one made by Silca. https://silca.cc/products/apron-premio

Not only is it heavy duty with great straps but it has a split up the middle.This allows you to test ride your bike with the apron on and tools won't fall out. This feature alone makes it worth it to me. I also have a nice apron from OPUS cycles that I like. Lots of great pockets and again great straps to help distribute the weight of the tools on your shoulders.

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My favorite apron is the one made by Silca. https://silca.cc/products/apron-premio

Not only is it heavy duty with great straps but it has a split up the middle.This allows you to test ride your bike with the apron on and tools won't fall out. This feature alone makes it worth it to me. I also have a nice apron from OPUS cycles that I like. Lots of great pockets and again great straps to help distribute the weight of the tools on your shoulders.

Nice apron.... but a little pricey
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That Silca apron would be at the top of my list if I worked FT in a bike shop...But for home use, it's a bit pricey.

I appreciate all of the other recommendations...Am looking them over on the 'net. I figured there would be some good options from companies that are outside of the cycling goods industry.
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A cheap denim apron works fine for me. I have a bit of an apron fetish and have lots of aprons and wear them often. I look like I'm not wearing pants when my apron comes down below my shorts. I once showed up like that at a guy's house. The guy was selling a Hoosier cabinet, and he asked what's with the apron. I didn't have an answer, except, I wear aprons.
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Since we're on the subject, I'm looking for a pencil to keep behind my ear. I'm wondering if anyone around here has a fave - and why do you like it? Where did you get it and how much did it cost? Could you loan it to me to try-out? Where's the best place to go shopping for a pencil? Which one is absolute best and why?
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A cheap denim apron works fine for me. I have a bit of an apron fetish and have lots of aprons and wear them often. I look like I'm not wearing pants when my apron comes down below my shorts. I once showed up like that at a guy's house. The guy was selling a Hoosier cabinet, and he asked what's with the apron. I didn't have an answer, except, I wear aprons.
Tom, that one actually looks serviceable, and it's hard to argue with the price.

As for your sartorial decisions, well... :-)
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Shop has Park, Got it from their wholesale Distributors of other Park Stuff , tub of Grease ,& so forth ..
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I'm partial to a leather machinists apron from my machine shop days
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I'm partial to a leather machinists apron from my machine shop days
Leather is comfortable and gives great protection, and this one is cheap and surprisingly nice: https://www.harborfreight.com/split-...ron-45193.html
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didn't think about Harbor Freight...that is a good price actually. what doesn't HF have cheap???
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I have a new Park and a new FinishLine apron.
Lots of pocket each and the FinishLine has a neat magnetic chest pocket for small parts and tools.
Bike Shop Tai Chi to put them on.
I don’t undo the straps, instead I kinda climb up into them.
Now, the eBay NOS Park apron has just simple apron strings...reach back, tie a bow and go.
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I'm weird, I just use an old t-shirt!
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