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Date: 1/27/07 4:45 PM

I know there are one or two cyclists on the list and I am hoping they will be around to ask. I need some cycling gear but I cannot find a pattern in my size (24!) so I will have to grade up. Also, I was wondering about making bottoms with a chamois insert - has anyone had a go at this and did you have to adapt a pattern?

Any comments or thoughts on this subject will be very welcome!

Wendy

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Date: 1/27/07 5:10 PM

I'm in the larger sizes and have had success using basic knit top patterns as cycling jerseys, adding about 4" of length and pockets to the back.
Green Pepper make a cycling short pattern that goes up to about 50" hips. I personally don't like this pattern, but the fit may be fine on you. Kwik Sew makes a mens cycling short pattern (2881) that goes up to a 53" hip. I used this to make swim "jammers" for my better half and he found them too big in the size that I carefully measured him up for, so I'm guessing it's a generous fit, as Kwik Sew often is.
Putting in the chamois... ah yes, that's the challenging part. You want to do it before sewing up the side seams, so if you're not certain of the positioning, baste the side seam with a loose ziz-zag stitch, put the shorts on inside-out, and get on the bike (ideally it's mounted on a trainer) with chalk pencil close at hand. Shift the chamois pad around underneath you on the saddle until you think it's in the right place, then mark the shorts on the approximate edges, front and back. (Or, take a cue from an existing pair, if you have them.)
When I deconstructed some old shorts, I found that the pad was about 1" longer than the stitched area of the shorts where it had been, so you'll want to stretch the crotch seam a little lengthwise underneath. I pinned it in four places; front, back and sides, and sewed it in place very slowly (basic medium-wide zigzag) curving around the shorts inseam and stretching and smoothing the lycra slightly underneath the pad. Think in terms of paralleling the crotch curve on the sides of the chamois and you'll be more likely to get a smooth placement.

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Date: 1/27/07 6:20 PM

Green Pepper patterns has a few multi size patterns for cycling gear.

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Date: 1/27/07 6:52 PM

Jalie has some cycling patterns as well.

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Date: 1/27/07 9:36 PM

I have used the Jalie cycling pattern 2216. The sizes are: children 2-14
adults x-small [34] to xx large [50]. The hip measurement for xx large is 126 cm. I made the shorts for my 6 yo sans chamois pad. They went together very quickly.

The problem with making knicks is the chamois pad. The commercial pads are anti bacterial and I've never seen them for sale here (Aust) in cycling shops.

Perhaps you can get them by internet shopping? Does anyone know?

I think that using anything but a properly designed commercial chamois pad would making riding uncomfortable.

For this reason we purchase our knicks and I make our tops. (Some of the KS patterns can be adapted for cycling tops as well by extending the back and adding pockets).

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Date: 1/28/07 2:14 PM

Thankyou to everyone for very useful replies. I now realised that I haven't explored all the patterns out there. I did look at a few websites that stock Greenpepper or Jalie, for example, without realising that the whole range of patterns might not be there!

The chamois pad thing sounds like it will be a challenge - thanks for your advice on this, Rhoda. And like Cat1 said, where on earth do you buy these pads? I am in the UK which is not the best place for things sewing either!

Wendy

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Date: 1/28/07 3:08 PM

Since posing the question about chamois pads, I have done a search and there are one or two companies selling a piece of chamois (the real stuff not synthetic) to do what you want with, eg. cleaning cars, glasses etc. I wonder if a piece of this could be used.....


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Date: 1/28/07 6:23 PM

You can buy premade chamois pads from Textile Outfitters (www.justmakeit.com). Possibly there are other sources. I've found that the Textile Outfitters pads are a bit short.
I made a pad by using the deconstructed shorts pad as a template. I used Polartec 100 fleece, doubled it up and covered it with a wicking knit in the middle, covered a single layer with a synthetic suede left over from a dress at the sides. I couldn't tell you about the long term comfort of this (only just finished it) but so far it seems okay for a half hour on the turbo trainer.
You could try one of those synthetic chamois clothes, but I think it would be as clammy and damp as real chamois (yes, I'm old enough to have worn cycling shorts with real chamois) after a few hours. Also, if it's the same as the swimmer's chamois towels, it will be as stiff as cardboard when completely dry.
Antibacterial properties aren't as big a deal for synthetic pads because most people are going to wash them after every use and they'll dry quickly, usually overnight. In the days of real chamois, people would sometimes try to squeeze an extra day out of their shorts due to that long drying time and that would lead to skin infections. I've noticed that the pads in triathlon suits are just straight fleece - not much padding but it would breath and dry very quickly.

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Date: 1/29/07 11:45 AM

Thankyou, Rhoda. I can picture exactly what you are describing. It will be a while before I can get the pattern and fabrics together so in the meanwhile, would you drop me a quick note to let me know how the pad works over a longer period of time?

I have joined a ladies cycling group and we are aiming to do a ride of about 40 miles in May, over to Stratford (Shakespeare country) but my undercarriage could do with some protection on the shorter distances we are doing at the mo

Wendy

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