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Mending ripped lycra(9 posts)

Mending ripped lycraTypeOne
Feb 11, 2003 1:29 PM
Ok, any tailors out there? So I took a corner on some ice this morning and down I went. Nothing hurt too badly except for some nasty roadrash on my knee. Of course the heavy lycra tights I was wearing are shredded in the knee area. I don't want to toss 'em, and I don't want to wear 'em either. What's the best way to patch it up? Heavy-duty threads and sew it closed, or patch it up from the inside? It won't look good, but so what.
Any advice that involves using a sewing machine is beyond my abilities.
I have no idea why this posted twice. Sorry.TypeOne
Feb 11, 2003 1:34 PM
re: Mending ripped lycramotta
Feb 11, 2003 1:43 PM
go to they repair and mend panels on shorts, jersey's, tights, etc.
The site above has no price for "patching" shorts/tightsKristin
Feb 11, 2003 3:58 PM
They only had a quote for panel replacement at $20 a pop. It doesn't need to cost that much. If the hole is less than say 2 inches, then patching should work fine and won't irritate your skin. I patched a pair of Volers on the inside of the thigh (where an exposed seat rail ate threw) and the patch has never bothered me. If the people above won't patch them for you, do this. Contact the short manufacturer and ask for some swatches (these make great patches and most places will send you some for free.) Then take the shorts to a local seamstress/tailor and have them do the patch. Any good tailor should be able to work with any type of fabric/thread.
re: Mending ripped lycraOverStuffed
Feb 11, 2003 2:46 PM
I had a similar problem a couple years ago. Depending on the size of the hole, you might be able to do it yourself if the holes are small enough. I had a couple holes about the size of a quarter, and was able to just sew them shut without a patch. That's the easiest fix, but I would guess it only works for the smallest holes.
Lycra doesn't run.Fredrico
Feb 11, 2003 2:53 PM
Lycra can be stitched together by hand with a looped stitch that rolls the fabric up in the seam, you know what I mean? Good heavy lycra doesn't run, y'know. I've been able to just pull the stuff together with a needle and thread, and it agreeably stretches to fit.

In fact I did this years ago on the hip and knee of the only tights I have. The fabric will thin out and separate before the seams come out. So don't throw em away. Get your momma to give you a needle and thread.
Lycra doesn't run.TypeOne
Feb 11, 2003 8:50 PM
Thanks for the tips. Once my wrist heals up I'll try stitching them. As the day wore on, I realized a scraped knee and torn tights weren't my biggest problem - it's my sprained wrist. Damn. Riding home was near impossible. Now I am even more in awe of the pros who finish a stage with a broken bone in their arm, shoulder or hand, because that hurt like hell.
Now that I'm done typing this I'm going to put more ice on...
..and bruised wrists eventually heal..Fredrico
Feb 12, 2003 11:13 AM
Been there, man. I've broken both collarbones twice trying to save the bike in crashes. Bones and ligaments hurt like hell for a week, and then take 5 more to heal. Bummer.

Riding with one arm isn't that hard! Take care.
duct tape_rt_
Feb 12, 2003 6:39 AM
well, it works on ski stuff.

i'd just wear 'em ripped. makes you look studly. ;-)

rt - remember: if it can't be fixed with either duct tape or asprin/advil, it simply can't be fixed.