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What is the deal with zippers?(26 posts)

What is the deal with zippers?mr_spin
Dec 5, 2001 8:14 AM
The zippers jam on every piece of cycling clothing that I own. Is it me, or is this common?

I have a Pearl Izumi jacket and vest, and the zippers jam on both. I've got other things that aren't cheap, either. But on all, I zip, the material alongside the zipper gets caught and it's all over.

What is so hard about keeping the material far enough away not to get caught under normal circumstances?

Why don't I ever see Lance messing with a zipper?
re: What is the deal with zippers?x
Dec 5, 2001 8:21 AM
It's you. I never have problems w/Zippers, especially on my Pearl Izumi stuff.
Some are 9", some are 22"...they all go up and down...Kristin
Dec 5, 2001 8:29 AM
I don't have any problems with zippers personally. But, then again, I'm known in these parts for my zipper handling skills. Isn't it cool how Lance can zip up his jersey with just one hand? That's my primary goal for next season.

A real answer...if its really bothersome, go to the fabric store and buy some Frey Check. Apply one drop every two inches to the inside of the hangover seam allowance. Press it against the fabric and let it dry. It will hold the seam allowance against the fabric and it shouldn't get in your way. Caution: It may be noticable from the outside of the jersey. It also will stiffen the fabric and may cause chaffing.
It's MOSTLY you.MrCelloBoy
Dec 5, 2001 8:54 AM
I work in an industry that uses zippers as well. (Camera bags and packs) and the zippers are a problem at times.
Most jamming problems seem to be attributable to impatience on the operator end. I've done this myself by the way.
Everything Falls Apart -Husker DuTig
Dec 5, 2001 9:00 AM
Most of the zippers on my older (10 years +) jerseys are stuck. None have fabric jammed in them and none have any metal parts to rust. The zippers just fail. I usually only ride in old jerseys when it's hot due to the zippers.

"Everything Falls Apart" was an old Husker Du song from the 80's.
Haven't heard that on in a whilecioccman
Dec 5, 2001 9:02 AM
Old late 70s/80s musician here. Big on that scene.
Everything Falls Apart -Husker Dux
Dec 5, 2001 9:22 AM
Husker Du songs - man does that bring back high school/college memories
Land speed recordBricklayer
Dec 6, 2001 11:31 AM
I thought that might bring out some old punks! >;-)Tig
Dec 5, 2001 9:38 AM
When I was in school in Tulsa back in '83 they'd tour through every few months and play at the Crystal Pistol (a cowboy bar that went new wave/punk every Wednesday night!). I got to see many other decent bands play, including the Meat Puppets (the bass player was triping on speed and the drummer and guitarist were drunk beyond belief) who sounded like cr@p that night. Those were the wild days of skating and BMX.
I thought that might bring out some old punks! >;-)x
Dec 5, 2001 9:49 AM
Here's one for your Tig. I saw the Violent Femmes play in a college church. Very surreal, especially with chemical additives. Those were the days!!
"I don't wanna know if you are lonely" -Candy Apple GreyAhimsa
Dec 5, 2001 10:09 AM from the past....


I prefer mature ; )

Candy apple grey as my hair is getting.


hey--there's a fun new book outgtx
Dec 5, 2001 1:28 PM
shocked he didn't include DK and Bad Brains, and it's annoying at times, but on the whole it's a fun read for us old farts.
Ahhh, Bad Brains. GREAT band.nigel
Dec 5, 2001 4:58 PM
Regarding the zipper thing, though, I think a lot of it is that one generally must pull the fabric taut (tight and flat) before/while zipping and unzipping, allowing the zips to engage/disengage properly. I've never had a tough time, except on an old jacket of mine that comes unzipped (incorrectly) from the bottom sometimes due to improper engagement.

Don't let the bastards wear you down!

Everything Falls Apart -Husker Dumorey
Dec 5, 2001 9:47 AM
Reminds of a girl that came looking for a job, I asked how old she was? She said 18yo, then I remembered the underwear I was wearing was older than she was!
Dec 5, 2001 10:12 AM
I'm 38 and I hope for the local HAZ-MAT team's sake that your underware isn't that old!

I like being born when I did. Old enough to have seen the first lunar landing, to enjoy the days before "VD" became deadly "STD", and grow up listening to the Beatles and classic R & B tunes... young enough to jump on the information technology train in it's infancy and enjoy new music. I guess we all have to enjoy where we are in life and how old our driver's licenses say we are. The alternative is never pretty!

Ah, but I am straying... To make this post bicycle related, I'm about to finally buy a new frame and fork... a new Merckx Fuga for $275 over shop cost. It doesn't sound like much, but $1275 is better than $1550.
Dec 5, 2001 10:29 AM
Just a joke, however I was going through my closet and found a sweater that I was wearing in a picture I took when i was 17 yo, making it 41yo. That is yikes! I hate getting old, but in many ways it is fun, and has been fun.
Everything Falls Apart -Husker Ducioccman
Dec 5, 2001 9:50 AM
Oh yeah, the good old days of the Germs, Dead Kennedys, Adolescents, Vandals, Christian Death, Redd Kross, JFA, etc., etc., etc. Old Starwood dude here, best friend was *Shredder* a local punk writer. We were friends with Penelope when she made her groundbreaking movie, the Decline...
Does "The Daily Show" still use that Bob Mould songRhodyRider
Dec 5, 2001 11:13 AM
for their theme? I can't stand Jon Stewart, so I haven't tuned in since he took over. The song was called "Dog on Fire" or something, pretty sure it was Bob.
jon stewart is much better than the espn dude was (nm)Bricklayer
Dec 6, 2001 11:33 AM
Alright, Husker Du freaks--identify this image.Js Haiku Shop
Dec 5, 2001 1:42 PM
just what the heck is this? recurring image from their record jackets and etc.--any ideas?
Telescopic sight graticule lines, I do believe. NM.Mike P
Dec 5, 2001 5:07 PM
Looking out a periscope on a submarine? nmmr_spin
Dec 6, 2001 7:14 AM
looks like a gunsight...butBricklayer
Dec 6, 2001 11:34 AM
could be something to do with SST records. Their label until it went under.
that was a cr@ppy paintbrush image. here's the real thing...Js Haiku Shop
Dec 6, 2001 11:52 AM

That's the new symbol for the artist formerly known as Prince nmmr_spin
Dec 6, 2001 12:57 PM
You mean Eric Von Zipper? (nm)mickey-mac
Dec 6, 2001 2:27 PM