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Old 06-28-13, 08:34 AM
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Paint the Transparent Spots in Bike Shorts

I've got bike shorts that are perfect, except for the worn, transparent areas in the back. I'm too frugal *cough* cheap *cough* to throw them away. Has anyone found a way to fix this?

My current thought is some pliable black fabric paint.
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Old 06-28-13, 08:46 AM
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https://www.walmart.com/ip/As-Seen-on...-Seal/20850472

This is flexible..........................
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Old 06-28-13, 08:52 AM
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Even better:



Hell, I might even be able to loan you some. What color do you need? lol
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Old 06-28-13, 09:13 AM
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Just paint your visible areas black--meaning your skin. Get some non-toxic paint.

Here's a company that states that the paint is completely safe for even 100% coverage: https://www.starlight.com/bodypaint.html
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Old 06-28-13, 09:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Bikey Mikey View Post
Just paint your visible areas black--meaning your skin. Get some non-toxic paint.

Here's a company that states that the paint is completely safe for even 100% coverage: https://www.starlight.com/bodypaint.html
A whole-butt tattoo would be more permanent.
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Old 06-28-13, 09:18 AM
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This thread cannot possibly end well........................

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Old 06-28-13, 10:04 AM
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Get your butt tattooed. One time expense - done!
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Old 06-28-13, 10:30 AM
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This thread cannot possibly end well.......................
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Very true Bill . . . but it could still be funny
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Old 06-28-13, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by berner View Post
Get your butt tattooed. One time expense - done!
I was thinking the same thing, but perhaps Al could be creative. The tattoo could be something like:

"If you can read this, you're too close!" Or

"Whatya looking at?" Or

other suitable expression.

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Old 06-28-13, 12:05 PM
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You're asking too late.

Shortly before Father's Day you should have worn them someplace where your kids would have seen you in them.
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Old 06-28-13, 12:05 PM
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They become winter-only-worn-under-the-tights shorts.
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Old 06-28-13, 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
I've got bike shorts that are perfect, except for the worn, transparent areas in the back. I'm too frugal *cough* cheap *cough* to throw them away. Has anyone found a way to fix this?

My current thought is some pliable black fabric paint.
Take up mountain biking!

I use my worn cycling shorts under a pliable shell (such as a running short) for mountain biking. Works perfectly. Or you can do as some of friends and wear them... for some reason they don't care what others can see...

or what Doctor J says...
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Wear black underwear under the shorts.
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Old 06-28-13, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by kenji666 View Post
Wear black underwear under the shorts.
Not a good idea as the seams will chafe you.
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Old 06-28-13, 01:30 PM
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But he could wear black Compression underwear from Under Armor or Jockey. They are thin, spandex/Lycra and seamless where they should be seamless.
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Personally, people seeing my butt through my shorts doesn't bother. It's me seeing other guys' buts through their shorts that I find repulsive.
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Old 06-28-13, 01:42 PM
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My swimming suits are black and rapidly change color in the pool water, and don't look very "spiffy." Otherwise, they are fine. They are nylon, and I ordered some fabric paint to see if that would get them black again. My wife and son giggled the whole time I was trying this experiment, and, of course, all the black fabric paint rapidly washed out.
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Old 06-28-13, 03:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
Personally, people seeing my butt through my shorts doesn't bother. It's me seeing other guys' buts through their shorts that I find repulsive.


My son- in- Law recently bought hideous Spider tights to go with his spider top. What he did not realise was that they were only meant to be outer clothing and he had bought a size too small.

He was quickly informed that they were showing his credentials and he hasn't worn them since.
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Hi,

Sacrifice a pair of black boxers, cutting out the shape you need.
FWIW cheap polyester / cotton mix is about the toughest.

Overlock the edges and stitch into the pants. Add a crisscross
pattern to hold the two together. You need a sewing machine.

rgds, sreten.
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This place is getting more and more like the 41. Clearly 50 is the new 20.
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We really need to get this thread, ah, behind us....
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Originally Posted by groth View Post
I was thinking the same thing, but perhaps Al could be creative. The tattoo could be something like:

"If you can read this, you're too close!" Or

"Whatya looking at?" Or

other suitable expression.

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Ummm....at the risk of being cheeky, so many choices....butt which one will you choose to help keep your finances from going into arrears...that is assuming you have not already put the problem behind you.

*black shoe polish on your cheeks...easy on, easy off
*ride a recumbent...be 'cool' and nobody sees the holes in your shorts
*train harder...if they can't catch you they can't see you
*captain a tandem...your wife would be the preferable stoker and the only one with the view
*dye your shorts to match your complexion...no-brainer
*wear a fanny pack...cover-up plus you could start a seventies retro thing

I hope we haven't given you a bum steer with all these numerous suggestions, we're just trying to help keep your backside covered. We've got your '6. Please tell us how you resolve this issue as we are all anxious to learn how you got the bottom of this cover-up issue.
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Old 06-28-13, 07:38 PM
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I just wear a long tail cycling or safety style shirt that extends down long enough to cover the area.

Seems much easier than some of the suggestions above.
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