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Old 03-14-19, 03:39 PM
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My bike pants rip on every single ride and I'm running out of options

I am in need of some serious help. I bought two pairs of cycling pants recently and I can't even go on one ride without finding a tear on one of both of them at the crotch. Luckily I have a girlfriend who sees them up for me but they rip again on the very next ride. I've tried adjusting my saddle height and the position of the nose of the saddle both to absolutely no avail. I've tried swapping out the saddles on my bikes too, still no help. All the local bike shops are stumped too they say theyve never seen anything like it. Nothing else on other forums either, this seems to be a problem no one else is having but me. To make matters worse I'm on a tigtt budget so when the pants finally do give out for good, I'm not going to be able to get more. I am about ready to give up .oh and it happens with my regular clothes too, but to a slightly lesser extent. I am at wits end. Help!!!
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Old 03-14-19, 04:51 PM
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Polyester track suit warm up trousers , (Im Old & Retired)
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What saddle do you have? Does it have rivets?
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Old 03-14-19, 05:48 PM
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Answer seems obvious. Ride with no pants.
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Old 03-14-19, 05:58 PM
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How are you tearing them? Catching them on the nose of the saddle? Catching them in the chain? Too big for your britches?
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Pants aren't defective if he also rips his other pants while riding.
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Old 03-14-19, 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
Pants aren't defective if he also rips his other pants while riding.

Agreed. Sounds like you need a larger size.
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Old 03-14-19, 06:41 PM
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Originally Posted by 02Giant View Post
Answer seems obvious. Ride with no pants.
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Old 03-14-19, 06:55 PM
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Is it a rip? Are these regular cycling shorts, made of stretchy material? A rip would be very unusual, even if the shorts were way too small.

Or is it a scuffed / badly worn area on the shorts at the inside of your thighs? That's quite common, and is caused by the seat bag velcro strap around the seatpost. The end of the strap can catch on the fabric. Taping down the strap is a good temporary fix. This is usually just on one leg, the side with the end of the strap.

How to test: Sit on the saddle in a doorway to keep you upright. Reach down to the strap around the seatpost, and feel the shorts at the location of the saddlebag strap. Is that the worn spot on the shorts?

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Old 03-14-19, 07:20 PM
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Ok, now I'll show myself to the door...
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If you stop letting it rip while riding maybe the pants would not rip.

Seriously I have no idea how that could happen.

pixs of them and your saddle?
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Uhhh, bike shorts work well. Mt bike ones are what I use. Any kind of track suit, wind pants or such should work.
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Originally Posted by Bikeadventure View Post
I am in need of some serious help. I bought two pairs of cycling pants recently and I can't even go on one ride without finding a tear on one of both of them at the crotch. Luckily I have a girlfriend who sees them up for me but they rip again on the very next ride. I've tried adjusting my saddle height and the position of the nose of the saddle both to absolutely no avail. I've tried swapping out the saddles on my bikes too, still no help. All the local bike shops are stumped too they say theyve never seen anything like it. Nothing else on other forums either, this seems to be a problem no one else is having but me. To make matters worse I'm on a tigtt budget so when the pants finally do give out for good, I'm not going to be able to get more. I am about ready to give up .oh and it happens with my regular clothes too, but to a slightly lesser extent. I am at wits end. Help!!!
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instead of resewing the split seam. which is splitting do to not enough material/stretch. Sew in a 'diamond' shaped stretch fabric gusset
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Do you mean your rubbing holes in the inner thigh area . I have that issue with my cheaper tights nothing but crotch holes . You could try vasiline on your saddle or outside your shorts or pants , it might reduce friction . I can assume you might have fat legs bro 😂 ? mad friction heard? You could try cutting some cheaper compression tights and sliding them up to your ripped area . I think most Walmarts carry easy compression sleaves in the sports isle .
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Polyester track suit warm up trousers , (Im Old & Retired)
+1, I have a pair of Brooks Utopia which are not a loose leg. I still like to Velcro them tight though. But despite road biking, I don’t have to be with the cool kids. Plus not retired but old enough not to care (53).
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First find the contact point with the rip. If it is at the seam in the crotch, you probably just need to buy a bigger size or higher quality shorts. But, if it is happening lower down your leg, here is a thought:

I had a similar problem after getting a new bike and putting on a new saddle. Turned out the real issue was the saddle bag I put on the new saddle because I wasn't going to put a rear rack on my new bike and I hate carrying anything on my body. My chubby inner thigh was rubbing on the rough edge of the saddle bag. Achieving slimmer thighs would take too long - I bought a more narrow Topeak saddle bag and the problem went away.

The key was figuring out the contact point - my wife rode behind me and narrowed down the problem.
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Old 03-15-19, 07:11 AM
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Lots of good suggestions here.

Maybe some more info. Where it is ripping, how it is ripping, brand of shorts/pants, where you bought them, etc.

Were these from some screaming deal you found on Amazon/Ebay, or did you buy them at the bike shop?

Oh, also material. Lycra should be pretty stretchy, so size shouldn't make that much difference. Actually, that could be a problem with sewing repairs. Make sure the stitching stretches to match the material. No straight stitches. Zig-Zag?
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Is it the fabric tearing or the seam pulling apart? What brand and model pant are they? What size are the pant and what is your waist size and thigh circumference? What saddle(s) do you use?
There are a few more questions, but I don't want to overwhelm you with them, yet.
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I've had this happen, and like jpescatore it was my saddle bag.
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I'm a big guy and have never had this problem except after putting some miles on very cheap shorts. I've used Bontrager, Aerotech and Primal shorts and bibs for years and can wear them pretty thin over lots of miles before I have to be concerned about a failure. My guesses are very cheap shorts, way too small, not pulling them up well (you ain't no gangsta), or some sort of edge on the saddle (damaged vinyl, worn out bottom edge, hole, etc).
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Originally Posted by Bikeadventure View Post
I am in need of some serious help. I bought two pairs of cycling pants recently and I can't even go on one ride without finding a tear on one of both of them at the crotch. Luckily I have a girlfriend who sees them up for me but they rip again on the very next ride. I've tried adjusting my saddle height and the position of the nose of the saddle both to absolutely no avail. I've tried swapping out the saddles on my bikes too, still no help. All the local bike shops are stumped too they say theyve never seen anything like it. Nothing else on other forums either, this seems to be a problem no one else is having but me. To make matters worse I'm on a tigtt budget so when the pants finally do give out for good, I'm not going to be able to get more. I am about ready to give up .oh and it happens with my regular clothes too, but to a slightly lesser extent. I am at wits end. Help!!!
this is a dilemma,,,,, changed saddles, tore through different cycling shorts and does the same to his regular cloths hmm, for how long has this been going on? Only thing left is leather, maybe some of those leather shorts they sell in those exotic shops,,,, can't think of anything else except canvass get em special made,,,,,, unless there's something anatomically wrong with you,,,,,
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