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How do I fix the hole(s) in my bike shorts?

Old 09-19-04, 10:20 PM
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How do I fix the hole(s) in my bike shorts?

I can't afford to keep buying bicycling shorts at the rate I seem to be wearing them out. I now have holes in 2 out of 3 of my shorts. One is quarter sized and the other is about the size of a kernel of corn. Should I just buy in to the "they only last so long" school of thought? Should I sew then up with regular thread? Do they have special thread for lycra? Should I use some form of glue and or a patching material? Should I use a black magic marker to paint my altar linen white ass cheeks black where the holes are? Or should I just ride nekked? Help if you can, please.

And...No - I'm not wearing underwear under my bike shorts.
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Old 09-19-04, 11:22 PM
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g'day Joe,

how long are the knicks lasting?......I normally buy reasonable quality Bib & brace & normally the chaois is 'cactus' before the actual lycra (I'm not even sure it is Lycra anymore is it?).I find assos, nalini & gist to provided very good value for money (although assos are on the expensive side)...sometimes the cheaper stuff is a false economy if you have to keep replacing it. .......either that or take the sandpaper off your saddle!....

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Old 09-19-04, 11:26 PM
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I got a snag on the inside of a pair of shorts and there is a small hole. Some repair advice would be great.
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Old 09-19-04, 11:32 PM
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I'm curious as well. I crashed and got a decent sized hole on the right side. Wouldn't complain except it was a relatively new pair of Pearl Izumi Microsensors.

I thought about taking a worn out pair and cutting them up for "patching".

Anyone know if it would work?

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Old 09-19-04, 11:50 PM
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You Are washing them in baby shampoo arenít you? Not making the mistake of washing them in detergent or heaven forbid Woolite.

Cut apart an old pair and make patches if you like but truthfully the only guys around the bike shop that donít have tears in their shorts are the posers.
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Old 09-19-04, 11:59 PM
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If you get a big hole and want to patch be sure to make the patch plenty big and put it on the inside. Use a zigzag interlock stitch so it all can still stretch. At the perimeter of the patch and again around the perimeter of the hole.
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Old 09-20-04, 12:29 AM
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I just get a needle and thread and sew two sides of the hole together. Looks a bit... amateurish... but it works and extends the life of the shorts.

FWIW, good quality lycra should last quite a long time. I have three pairs of Cimas, made in New Zealand, that I have been wearing pretty continuously for the past year (ie, they serve as my everyday wear). They are wearing a little thin between the legs, but still probably have another six months and a total of 6,000km in them.

Are your holes caused by snags on bits of the bike? Or are they finger holes created as you try to pull them on?
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Old 09-20-04, 01:55 PM
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If you can find stretchy thread, like elastic sorta stuff, you can do an old-fashioned darning job on them (regular thread would probably work too, but it might put undo stress on the area around the patch making it rip again). Should be pretty unnoticeable if you do it the right way.

Painting your ass black in those 2 places would also work, if you're not very good at sewing.

I sew things up by hand all the time, so a hole in some shorts doesn't seem like a big deal.
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Old 09-20-04, 02:38 PM
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Look for the ones that use Cordura, that stuff is 10x more abrasion resistant than lycra/spandex.
Also, I know this sounds stupid but make sure there's nothing on your seat that can potentially wear a hole in your shorts, like a seam that's sticking out too far or something.
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Originally Posted by WorldWind
You Are washing them in baby shampoo arenít you? Not making the mistake of washing them in detergent or heaven forbid Woolite.

Cut apart an old pair and make patches if you like but truthfully the only guys around the bike shop that donít have tears in their shorts are the posers.
Hmmm.... I have been using Tide on my Cycle shorts for 20+ years...no problem.... but I haven't used that devel Woolite on them.... am I bad?

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Originally Posted by Rowan
I just get a needle and thread and sew two sides of the hole together. Looks a bit... amateurish... but it works and extends the life of the shorts.
I ripped a pair of new-ish shorts and just hand-stitched the holes closed. The repairs are innocuous and durable and, if anything, are like battle scars. Hand-stitching is a great repair option for holes.
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Old 09-20-04, 09:48 PM
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Thanks for this thread, I was wondering the same thing. I had a saddle bag that put a hole in all of my pants, including a nice pair of fleece-lined Pearl Izumi tights, before I figured out the source. Very sad.
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Originally Posted by JoeTown244GL
And...No - I'm not wearing underwear under my bike shorts.
I just wanted to point out that contrary to your picture you are also not supposed to wear underwear over your shorts.
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Old 09-21-04, 03:12 AM
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My cycle shorts are more than a tad torn & worn thin (not a good look!!) I just wear a pair of running shorts over the top of them ,I have a pair of shorts with reflective strips down each side I wear over the top when cycling to & from work in the dark.
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Originally Posted by Virago
Thanks for this thread, I was wondering the same thing. I had a saddle bag that put a hole in all of my pants, including a nice pair of fleece-lined Pearl Izumi tights, before I figured out the source. Very sad.
I notice the velrco stip on the seat pouch pulling the nylon out of my bike pants/saved them in time, may help others.
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Originally Posted by WorldWind
You Are washing them in baby shampoo arenít you? Not making the mistake of washing them in detergent or heaven forbid Woolite.

Cut apart an old pair and make patches if you like but truthfully the only guys around the bike shop that donít have tears in their shorts are the posers.
Whats wrong with the detergent, I just make sure the water isnt hot for the elastics
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How about melting the plastic together?
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Originally Posted by collegeskier
I just wanted to point out that contrary to your picture you are also not supposed to wear underwear over your shorts.

Very Good! Not many would get that and even fewer could appreiciate a fine codpiece.
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Old 09-22-04, 08:08 AM
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So, are up for a little "in-out, in-out"????

Great movie!

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