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    Making stretchy less

    Yeah, so I have a fat gut.

    I have a few lycra and elastic things that I can't wear because they are too tight around my waste. They fit other than that.

    Is there a way to kill some of the elasticity? I've tried stretching them out for a week but it didn't work.

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    Wait a few years and the lycra will sag of its own accord. If you're in more of a hurry then Vanish Oxi Action stain remover will eat away at the elastic component.
    Hose me down till the water runs clear.

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    +1 for bibs. I rock them under my baggies. Unless you're mark cavendish with 0% body fat I'd suggest using bibs to comfortably "contain" anything you've got going on above the hips.


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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
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    I have a set..pair of bibs but the straps are too tight on those as well! Give me a wedgey ;0)

    There must be something you can do to demoralise the elastic?

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    Yep. Bibs. Of course with bibs, as Mr Pig relates, there is the added dimension of the straps fitting. I've tried on a lot and only found a few that fit well and comfortably.
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    Bibs. Of course with bibs, as Mr Pig relates, there is the added dimension of the straps fitting. I've tried on a lot and only found a few that fit well and comfortably.
    I only have one pair. I see the atraction but, with the straps being too short, they try to give me a sex change when I wear them! ;0)

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

    So no one knows how to reduce the elasticity of elasticy things?

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    Put em on, man up and ride through the pain,
    do that everyday and theyll either stretch or youll lose weight.
    Bibs work better with Kilts anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    ...the straps being too short, they try to give me a sex change when I wear them!...
    With short straps my issue has only been them being uncomfortable on the shoulders, not getting a wedgie, but that's with bibs that have a chamois.
    Do the math.

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    XXXL bibs.
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    Quit wearing lycra. Problem solved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig
    So no one knows how to reduce the elasticity of elasticy things?
    Vanish Oxi Action stain remover. Also ruins silk, wool, wood and conventional elastic. For added effect, combine with a biological washing powder as that'll have a similar effect.

    The elastane stretchy stuff in Lycra is synthetic, but the recipe does use amino compounds so maybe the protein-knacking agents in stain removers and biological powders eat away at that.
    Hose me down till the water runs clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grassington View Post
    Vanish Oxi Action stain remover. Also ruins silk, wool, wood and conventional elastic.
    Excellent! I'll try that.

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    Straps can be lengthened. Elastic can be removed but it is an incredibly labor intensive, tedious, deentsy job ($$). Certain MTBR forum members specialize in alterations and repair of bike gear and technical clothing.
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    Bib straps should be pretty snug on the shoulders whilst standing, but in a riding position fit more comfortably.

    Or get the straps lengthened. Try finding someone that does sports apparel repairs nearby.

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    Cornfield, feck off :0)

    I have successfully sewn lycra before actually. Not very tough biker image but years ago I used to make teddy bears for a hobby. Yeah, really...

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    I couldn't imagine trying to ride a bike in that thing, lol.

    I just recently went from being size large to size extra large, so I could use something like that too!

    I didn't want to buy a new XL wardrobe so I cut out bread and sugar and started eating smaller portions. I'm down one belt hole since I started about a month ago. I need to buy a scale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PUNKY View Post
    Bib straps should be pretty snug on the shoulders whilst standing, but in a riding position fit more comfortably.

    Or get the straps lengthened. Try finding someone that does sports apparel repairs nearby.
    Doesn't have to be nearby, they just have to know what they are doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pig View Post
    Cornfield, feck off :0)

    I have successfully sewn lycra before actually. Not very tough biker image but years ago I used to make teddy bears for a hobby. Yeah, really...
    Sewing machines are just another power tool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by formica View Post
    Doesn't have to be nearby, they just have to know what they are doing.
    True. I guess it helps having a real competent person down the road from myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cornfield View Post
    I need to buy a scale.
    Helps a lot as you can see exactly what your diet etc is doing to you.

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    Yes, for all I know I could be heavier and my belt just stretched.
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    If they're giving you a wedgie, it sounds like your bibs are too small - bibs are the traditional way to eliminate waistband tourniquet. Heat destroys the elastic in spandex, hitting it with an iron or hot dryer cycle is normally pretty catastrophic.

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    Some baggies with built in liners/chamois tend to be an easier fit than straight Lycra. A few I have are a loose knit stretch mesh fabric.

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