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    not so ghetto pogies. advice needed.

    some of you may remember my ghetto pogies, made out of walmart shopping bags and an old t-shirt. then my ghetto pogies v 2.0 made from a discarded tote bag and the liner of an old work coat that i brought up with me in february.

    this weekend, i began construction of my not-so-ghetto pogies. i purchased good material and taught myself how to use a sewing machine(poorly) for this set. they're warm, as far as i can tell, fairly water repellent, and unfortunately sag like an elephant's bag 'o nuts...

    construction is: ripstop, wool felt, arctic fleece, ripstop. i can access the area in between the fleece and felt still, and am thinking this would be the ideal place to give them some structural support. my problem is i can't think of what to put there. i've sewn in a loop inside each that hooks around the bar end.

    i know some of you have made your own and others' pogies before, and am looking for some advice. any ideas?

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    Angle iron. Give me a shout one of these days Sean. Also, polyester tape will help support those "bags of nuts."
    Speedway Cycles owner http://fatbackbikes.com

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    ... and if we just ... Crappy sewing machine?

    I bet its cause of a crappy ass sewing machine! It's not some handmedown worn out piece of crap that you borrowed from somebody elses wife that her husband got for free? A quality sewing machine sews pogies that stand erect like a porn star!

    Actually, mine sag too, so there may be some truth to it!

    I'll be watching to see if anyone has any good ideas, besides blaming my old sewing machine!

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    Elastic

    My pogies sag, too. I'm too ADHD to mess with a sewing machine (nice job, by the way) so I put big rubber bands around each pogie at wrist-level. It solves the problem for me and keeps the opening at the proper angle. Seems like it helps keep cool air from circulating, too. You could probably march yourself back down to Three-Sisters Fabric (or wherever they know you best) and get a yard or two of elastic to sew in there.

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    Maybe its just plain stuborness. But with the money we all spend on bikes around here is it really going to break the bank to buy a good quality set of pogies ? I have some, love them, some of the best $$$$ I spent last winter.

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    i just like making stuff, and pogies are easy enough.

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    I need to pick up a set, what does everyone recommend?

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    smooth inside, to make it easy to slide your hand in and out, some form of support(stiff fabric, ribbing, wire) to keep them from sagging, water repellant is good. some insulation. roomy. look around and see what's out there. i'm sure most shops in anc have a set or two either on display or in the back.

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    Those things will be the Escalade of Pogies....

    "...with the money we all spend on bikes around here is it really going to break the bank to buy a good quality set of pogies?"

    Are you kidding me? Holmes rocked the Pogie. By the time he's done, those things will be so pimp he'll have to install a LoJack so they don't get stolen.

    Mine were the cheap ones from REI, and I think they still cost forty bucks. I'll bet he can get run-flats and spinny rims on his pogies and still not spend more than thirty bones. Really nice ones are lots more, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alhansen
    "...with the money we all spend on bikes around here is it really going to break the bank to buy a good quality set of pogies?"

    Are you kidding me? Holmes rocked the Pogie. By the time he's done, those things will be so pimp he'll have to install a LoJack so they don't get stolen.

    Mine were the cheap ones from REI, and I think they still cost forty bucks. I'll bet he can get run-flats and spinny rims on his pogies and still not spend more than thirty bones. Really nice ones are lots more, right?
    I was teasing.... Yes they are nice ..... And yes the really nice ones are kinda pricey.... Plus I am just way to lazy to make my own !

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    Quote Originally Posted by JordyB
    I need to pick up a set, what does everyone recommend?
    Both Paramount and Speedway have nice ones. They are not cheap , but if you like to ride year round and have trouble keeping your hands warm they can't be beat. Plus you can store your snacks in them.

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    Winter sucks

    I've been riding the Pugs all summer and it's been great, love it. Last night, my buddy and I decided to ride from my house up to Glen Alps (Flattop) parking lot, then down the Powerline/Gasline trails to Hilltop. I put my cheap pogies on (but couldn't find the rubber bands), dressed lightly and wore summer gloves. After all, it was pretty warm yesterday and all melty and the sun was out, so night-time would be just fine, right? Er, it's $#%@&-ing wintertime out there, people. Like, 20 degrees (American). My buddy did not put his pogies on (he has the cheap ones, too) and we both froze our hands and feet. It wasn't too bad going up, but we still got cold. By the time we rolled into the parking lot, he didn't want to ride down the Powerline so we took the road back. It was (I'm not English, but I know some English people and if they had been there they would have agreed) bloody cold. By the time we got down to Hillside Drive, I had to get off the bike and do the Ho Chi Mihn Shuffle beside it for about a mile just to try and warm up a little. We were alternately yelling in Horrible-Pain-Harmonics as the ice cream headache in our hands and feet penetrated deeper and deeper towards the marrow. I guess I thought it would be more like summer, just with white everywhere. The message I'm going to take away from this little experience is "Dress appropriately, summer is over". I know what you might say, and I would agree with you, "Winter doesn't really suck". It just sucked yesterday.

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    Nice work sean, maybe they'll last a whole ride this time!
    They will be floppy, just live with it. unless you use box construction or or start using wires and plastic then they are just going to be floppy. You made them seriously long enough that you might want to consider some other means to get them to attach to your arms. As long as your wrists arent exposed they are fine.

    Alhansen - winter was great yesterday what are you talking about? 3 hr ride with studs all over the place that dead fall is a pain though...

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    It was dark, I was cold. I'm a big baby. Had to break myself into winter with a proper death march through the bitter night. I'll do better next time, I promise. Here, let's try an enthusiastic cheer now: "Yay winter" (I'll have to work on that).

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    I am very excited its winter again ! I know it sounds kind of sick but I beleive I rode more last winter than I did this summer.I love it, in fact I love it so much I have two snow bikes for this season.My pugs from last year and a new bike with snowcats and studs for icy packed conditions. I am sick, truly sick....

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    i love the fact that winter is arriving. i love riding in to work in the snow, taking it slowly and turning obtusely on the slick spots. i might hate it after ten years here, but i'm a newb and winter rules! bring it on. let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

    i insided out the pogies and sewed a bunch of 'ribs' into the liner fabrics to stiffen em up a bit. it worked. they're upright enough for now. they stay mid forearm. super warm though. at 25 my bare hands were sweating a little bit. i incorporated a little flap that tucks down in between the brake lines and the bars, and it covers that gap up really well.

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    awesome, you'll be making your own frame bag inspector gadget shelter in no time!

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    if you could make me a helicoptor hat i would be set. i still want that bag btw. dunno when i'll be in anchorage next.

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