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Trimming my helmet straps

Old 08-17-07, 07:13 PM
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Trimming my helmet straps

I have a Bell Sweep R helmet and it is adjusted the way that I want it. Normally I just use the rubber o-ring to hold the excess chin strap. But it was so bulky that I decided to cut off the extra length. The ends want to unravel and my wife thinks that the strap is too thick for her sewing machine to handle. For now I have put duck tape to stop the unraveling. I sure did not anticipate this. Any thoughts.
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Old 08-17-07, 07:16 PM
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Burn the ends. It's just nylon, it will melt nicely. Just don't let the melted part harden in a sharp edge. Use the flame sparingly, it doesn't take much.

Or cut it with a piece of hot wire. Effectively, like they do at the factory.
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Old 08-17-07, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by CommuterRun View Post
Burn the ends. It's just nylon, it will melt nicely. Just don't let the melted part harden in a sharp edge. Use the flame sparingly, it doesn't take much.

Or cut it with a piece of hot wire. Effectively, like they do at the factory.
Thanks. That was my first thought since I used to do that with nylon rope but I did not know if it would work on these straps.
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Old 08-17-07, 07:25 PM
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Pretty much the same stuff, just finer strands woven in a different way.
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The only reason I keep a cigarette lighter on hand is to burn the ends of nylon straps and belts and ropes, etc. It's also handy for softening the sharp ends of nylon cable ties (after you trim them to size).
If they ever develop cigarettes that are free and don't muck up your breathing and other body parts/functions, I might use the lighter for that, too.
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