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perfectly usable bib knickers except for transparent panel exposing butt crack

Old 12-14-20, 08:10 AM
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perfectly usable bib knickers except for transparent panel exposing butt crack

The loss of some fabric from my Pactimo bib knickers has led to a situation where the fabric at my upper butt area is now transparent enough to elicit an "EWW!" reaction from my riding peers.

These bibs are still serviceable otherwise.

What ideas do folks have on how to sew in a panel to block this transparency? I thought of asking my girlfriend to sew in a piece of terrycloth towel into the interior to block this and also absorb sweat. I just don't know enough about sewing stitches and I would think that Lycra might require an elastic thread and some type of zig zag stitch.

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I just use those worn bibs to ride the trainer in my garage, or wear them under tights. Never thought about repairing them, as I don't imagine it would work very well.
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Old 12-14-20, 08:24 AM
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HaHa - good answer!
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
These bibs are still serviceable otherwise..
"Serviceable otherwise". Can you explain what you mean by that? I'm having trouble figuring out what a pair of pants that expose your butt is good for.
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For the most part, lycra that is in the state you are describing, is not going to tolerate patching. I'd suggest wearing them under gravel/mtb shorts, if you wish to continue wearing them out in public.
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If you are wearing bibs that are threadbare, then take solace in knowing you have enjoyed your hobby to such an extent that you managed to wear out clothing. Toss the bibs then buy some new ones. Clothing wears out with use.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
"Serviceable otherwise". Can you explain what you mean by that? I'm having trouble figuring out what a pair of pants that expose your butt is good for.
Well, right now, just a couple threads down, this guy is looking for ways to discourage people from drafting him.
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Well, right now, just a couple threads down, this guy is looking for ways to discourage people from drafting him.
Good point. I hadn't thought of that.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
"Serviceable otherwise". Can you explain what you mean by that? I'm having trouble figuring out what a pair of pants that expose your butt is good for.
Well other than that thinned panel in the back, the pad is still good, the fabric on the legs is still good, the shoulder straps are still good and the elastic around the calf area is good. The logos have disappeared in the wash long ago but I don't care about the logos. I think I am going to ask her (GF) to use some elastic thread in a zig-zag stitch and graft in a panel in that area.
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It's winter. Getting cold out. Wear them under a pair of tights on frigid days
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
"Serviceable otherwise". Can you explain what you mean by that? I'm having trouble figuring out what a pair of pants that expose your butt is good for.
Plumbing.
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Trainer duty or wear them under tights on cold days.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
"Serviceable otherwise". Can you explain what you mean by that? I'm having trouble figuring out what a pair of pants that expose your butt is good for.
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Plumbing.
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Old 12-14-20, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Koyote View Post
Well, right now, just a couple threads down, this guy is looking for ways to discourage people from drafting him.
It's a double-edged sword -- it might discourage some random drafters, but encourage others.
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Originally Posted by Craptacular8 View Post
For the most part, lycra that is in the state you are describing, is not going to tolerate patching. I'd suggest wearing them under gravel/mtb shorts, if you wish to continue wearing them out in public.
This.

​​​​​Shorts/bibs in this condition become my mountain bike shorts worn typically under a pair of gym shorts.
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Don't be cheap. Buy something new
Fair enough. Time to check out offerings from different cycling apparel folks like Voler, Giordana, Castelli, Assos, etc...

Anybody out there like to ride the bib knickers? What is a favorite brand for you?
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
The loss of some fabric from my Pactimo bib knickers has led to a situation where the fabric at my upper butt area is now transparent enough to elicit an "EWW!" reaction from my riding peers.

These bibs are still serviceable otherwise.

What ideas do folks have on how to sew in a panel to block this transparency? I thought of asking my girlfriend to sew in a piece of terrycloth towel into the interior to block this and also absorb sweat. I just don't know enough about sewing stitches and I would think that Lycra might require an elastic thread and some type of zig zag stitch.
. Sew in a patch
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Old 12-16-20, 09:13 AM
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Hair club for bibs?

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Old 12-16-20, 09:47 PM
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
Fair enough. Time to check out offerings from different cycling apparel folks like...Assos...?
Ditch them before you experience a catastrophic failure. Yikes!
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I'd retire them to trainer and cold weather additional layer use. (You could wear black briefs like the UnderArmours under. That will fool almost everybody and even those who figure it out still won't see anything.)
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Old 12-17-20, 05:10 AM
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
Fair enough. Time to check out offerings from different cycling apparel folks like Voler, Giordana, Castelli, Assos, etc...

Anybody out there like to ride the bib knickers? What is a favorite brand for you?
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Well, right now, just a couple threads down, this guy is looking for ways to discourage people from drafting him.
Before or after rotation of the tires?
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Just curious on which Pactimo bibs you are using. I have a couple pair of their higher end bibs (summit 12 hour) and have not had that problem, or at least no one has mentioned it.
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