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When Cycle Shorts Begin to Unravel....(6 posts)

When Cycle Shorts Begin to Unravel....jagiger
Jun 25, 2002 7:22 PM
I've noticed that a thread or two looks like it's starting to let go. I've used these shorts for 1.5 seasons & I was wondering is there anything to do or is this the begining of the end.

Also, I got these gel shorts at Performance & I was curious to know how there stuff holds up compared to the big brand named stuff? Any thoughts??
re: When Cycle Shorts Begin to Unravel....sievers11
Jun 25, 2002 8:13 PM
I have had good luck taking them to my Grandma, she is pretty good at fixing stuff like that, there is a zig-zag pattern that a sewing machine can make that will fix them up right, quick.

Don't give up on your shorts, they should last more than a 1.5 years, look for a local tailor or grandma. The tailor will be 10-15 bucks, the grandma free, but either way that is a hell of a lot cheaper than new shorts.
re: When Cycle Shorts Begin to Unravel....MVN
Jun 25, 2002 8:56 PM
I have a pair of Performance Elite bibs (oldest pair I have, 2 years)that have started to unravel in a couple of places, and also have a hole on the top of the right thigh courtesy of my Boston Terrier's claw. I sewed them up and they've held up for about three months now. They are my favorite, most comfortable pair. All my bibs are Performance and aside from the aforementioned problems, they've held up pretty well even through some mtb crashes.
re: When Cycle Shorts Begin to Unravel....cp123
Jun 25, 2002 11:46 PM
i usually wear out the lycra bits long before the chamois, but feel they look too sad to be seen in public. then i relegate them to winter shorts and only wear them under tights in the winter. if the comfort factor is still there, i'll still wear them. just not on the outside. i just spare others the sight of having to view a pair of faded, perished or loose shorts
quick fix if they're plastic...cory
Jun 26, 2002 7:34 AM
If they're the standard Lycra/whatever shorts, you can stop a ravel by melting the edges of the hole with a LIGHT touch from a candle or match. Go easy--you just want to melt the loose threads, so it won't come apart any farther.
Beyond that, I just run a sewing machine back and forth over the hole until it looks like it will hold. But as somebody said the other day, "at my age, I'm not susceptible to peer pressure."
IMO the Performance gel shorts are the WORST (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 26, 2002 8:25 AM