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Old 10-10-22, 04:10 PM
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Wanting to prepare (and repair) my winter clothing

With October being unseasonably cold, I have already brought out some of my winter apparel. I don't mind the crisp, sunny days and will start rides with temps in the 30's if I know that it will be warming.

I have some thermal knickers that I damaged the fabric on by spraying them with too strong of stain remover. I was thinking of trying to get a seamstress to sew some windstopper fabric panels on the thigh area of these knickers in order to continue to get more use out them. Has anybody done something like this, to make a garment better adapted to the cold? Just wondering.

On a similar note I have a long sleeve jersey that is slightly too large that I fould I can wear as a jacket over the top of another thermal long sleeve jersey and a goose down vest I have. But the sleeves and the front of the jersey would be much better it I could have some windstopper panels sewn in. Once again - has anyone done something like this? Thanks for any conversation on this winter type apparel topic.
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Worth trying if you can find a seamstress and the appropriate wind stop fabric. Price it out, you might be ahead to just purchase the right gear. My down vest already has wind stop fabric and I sometimes layer it on top for a cold day. I have some decent nylon pants found at a thrift shop. Over Merino wool long johns, they work fine.
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Is this something you can fix with a bottle of Nikwax?
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Concur with what ‘inusuit’ said above. If you’re going to spend the money…you might as well just spend it on a new garment. I mean I would try it myself (depending on the cost of the proper fabric)…but I have a sewing machine, and do a bit of sewing. What a seamster/seamstress charges you might not make the alteration cost effective.

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FWIW - lots of pre-owned cycling clothing on Poshmark & Ebay for way less $$ than buying new
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
With October being unseasonably cold, I have already brought out some of my winter apparel. I don't mind the crisp, sunny days and will start rides with temps in the 30's if I know that it will be warming.

I have some thermal knickers that I damaged the fabric on by spraying them with too strong of stain remover. I was thinking of trying to get a seamstress to sew some windstopper fabric panels on the thigh area of these knickers in order to continue to get more use out them. Has anybody done something like this, to make a garment better adapted to the cold? Just wondering.

On a similar note I have a long sleeve jersey that is slightly too large that I fould I can wear as a jacket over the top of another thermal long sleeve jersey and a goose down vest I have. But the sleeves and the front of the jersey would be much better it I could have some windstopper panels sewn in. Once again - has anyone done something like this? Thanks for any conversation on this winter type apparel topic.
I run into these sorts of quandries all the time: finally find a garment I really like, only to damage it, or have a seam split on me. Then it's always a question do I repair or try and replace?

As mentioned here previously, might be best to simply discard and move on to a new garment. Too often, so much of your focus will be on the repair, how it's 'holding up' or is it starting to fall apart again that your energy and focus is directed in the wrong place: your clothing and not your ride.

But, with that said, depending on the repair, before totally discarding, I do try and either make repairs myself (I have a sewing machine) or where they are a bit more extensive, go to a professional seamstress. I always check to ensure they use a polyester or synthetic thread and make sure they use the proper stitch on the fabric repair.

Good luck and more importantly: peace of mind and a good ride!
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Old 10-17-22, 08:59 AM
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I wouldn't bother trying to fix. Just get these. A ton of us my cycling community all wear these for winter fat biking.

Front panel is windblock. Back side is breathable. Just pay attention to the sizing. I'm a 32 waist and 32 inseam. XL fits me. L is a little snugger.

https://www.amazon.com/4ucycling-Fle...-1-spons&psc=1


I have 3 pair of them. They haven't failed in any way yet and work aweseme during the cold months.
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