Anyone make their own cycling kit?
To me cycling specific stuff is hideous or expensive or often both. ( you may have differnt opinions)
Anyone on here make their own? T’missus is a decent seamstress but we are struggling to find patterns for stuff and a decent selection of fabrics
Any ideas?Posted 2 months ago
I was just thinking why are all flat pedal shoes £100+ must be an opportunity for decathlon. If only I was clued up enough.
I recently bought some bike UV sports jerseys from Mountain Warehouse, £10 and £15 without stupid logos.
I’ve got both troylee and decathlon shorts. The troylee are a bit nicer and not too many logos.
Gloves are worth paying for I think.
Your main problem will be the stretch of the material, it’s not going to be like making a suitPosted 2 months ago
TJ, we need pictures of this, please. 🙏🏻😂Posted 2 months ago
Not a problem No beer – I am sure I will look suave and sophisticated as usualPosted 2 months ago
Have to agree with cycling kit being overpriced. Some companies must be making a fortune.
Not just on the cycling kit but also on the bikes. Compared to the cost of motorbikes cycling is ridiculousPosted 2 months ago
Perhaps we could summon flashy north to design the footwear? 🤔Posted 2 months ago
Sbtouring, it’s not really the same, riding a motorbike is a completely static activity, like sitting on powered couch.Posted 2 months ago
Nobeer, I get that. But motorbike kit is there to protect you in the event of an accident. And protect you from the weather.
Cycling kit, I get it wicks away moisture and is classed as technical fabric. It has to fit to your body while cycling, but I still see it as overpriced for what it is. I know there is the r&d cost, but after that it will be made in some Chinese sweatshop for next to nothing.Posted 2 months ago
I was just thinking why are all flat pedal shoes £100+ must be an opportunity for decathlon. If only I was clued up enough.
Plenty of good value places to buy cycling clothes eg
Aldi / Lidl (whichever one does the Crane stuff)
Tis a bizarre market, most of my cycling Jerseys cost £50-£70, yet I wouldn’t dream of spending more than £25 on a cotton shirt, which has 5x the amount of fabric in it…Posted 2 months ago
I’ve not and I can’t use a sewing machine (I’m not even very competent with scissors), but I’d like to be able to. I have an idea for a jacket/jersey. It’s not a particularly original idea, but It’s what I want.
I found a place in Colorado that does outdoor fabrics. Not particularly handy if you live in the east of Scotland, though.Posted 2 months ago
TJ, when making any kit you might need a special sewing machine to do the flat stitching that you find on most kit, it has a proper name, but can’t remember what it is called. Most home sewing machines can’t do that, or at least that is what my wife tells me when I’ve asked her to repair any of my kit when the stitching has come away. And she is pretty handy with the sewing machine.Posted 2 months ago
To me cycling specific stuff is hideous or expensive or often both.
Doesn’t have to be, there’s plenty of places where you can find cheap stuff, you just need to look for it. Amazon, Ebay whatever. Doesn’t even really need to bit cycling specific does it?Posted 2 months ago
There are some useful tips on this website for sewing shorts and jerseys and shows a commercial sewing pattern you can buy:
Also look in bikepacking.com u see their MYOBG hashtag for a cap pattern for beginners:
Also the Dill Pickle Project has a cap and other gear patterns:
For fabric try Pennine Outdoor, Point North or eBay.
I’m just starting some bits. Made the kids wallets so far, now trying a tool pouch. Starting easy and slow. Hope you manage to make that dream jersey design.Posted 2 months ago
Thanks for the tips folk
Mrs TJ can do the fancy stitching. I have a bunch of aldi and lidl stuff – most of it utterly hideous. I stick by my view that most cycling kit is designed by a blind 4 year old.Posted 2 months ago
Fancy flat stitching is probably from an overlocker machine – my wife is also a seamstress and has one – allows her to make stretchy items (dresses etc).
TJ – depends on your wife’s experience, but something my wife does is makes patterns from previous clothes to make new ones – has made me shirts and other people dresses. You could take to bits the old clothes you have (carefully) and add seam allowance to make patterns etc. If you or your wife want more detail, my wife had done online courses that might help.
Material wise – we’ve bought ripstop from a place called abakhan – mainly in the Northwest, but also in Estonia where my wife is from.Posted 2 months ago
I’ve made all sorts of stuff over the years – chalk bags, Pertex wind shirts, a Buffalo type pile and pertex copy, bike packing bags, neck warmers and a bike bivy/tent sheet thing. All made with a second hand standard sewing machine and no pattern, so all custom made to fit my lard arse body.
However I’ve never made ‘light’ duty stuff as (like others have said) Mountain warehouse etc supply functional stuff that costs less than the material from the likes of Point North. Check out the ‘iso-cool’ stuff from MW.
The best things to make are stuff that is very specific to your needs. Frame bags would be a good example.
HthPosted 2 months ago
When Decathlon or Aldi/Lidl can do you a very decent wicking tshirt for £3.99 (see this week’s Lidl special buys) you have to value your time very, very cheaply and your skill super amazing to even think this is a good idea.
There is a bit of a modern cult for thrifty home made over elaborate shite so this would be right on trend with that.Posted 2 months ago
Its also about making them as a hobby – hopefully she can make them less garish than the aldi / lidl stuff and cheaper than decathlon stuff – and of course fitted properly with the features wantedPosted 2 months ago
You won’t make it cheaper. The factories can buy the fabric far cheaper than you can and they have more choice – technical fabrics are hard to get as a consumer.
As for cycling kit being expensive – jerseys abound for £15, likewise shorts. I don’t think you’ve looked very hard. Also as above, for non-cycling specific technical tshirts and other clothes, go to Mountain Warehouse. They used to be cheap crap, but in the last few years they’ve managed to create some really great clothes. I’ve got MTB t-shirts from there that are by far the best I’ve had in terms of wicking and keeping dry in hot weather, and I paid like £8-10. They are labelled iso-cool, and in particular a hot weather t-shirt that weighs nothing and wicks amazingly.
My wife sews a lot, but sewing stretchy fabrics is really difficult and the kind of machines that they use in these factories are in a different league to what you use at home. So unless your partner is highly skilled and experienced AND has great kit, I don’t think you should lump this on her!Posted 2 months ago
This sounds weird but in the old days sewing blackout lining was tricky, even on an industrial sewing machine, so I used to sew through strips of tissue paper over the top. This might help when sewing jacket weight fabrics.Posted 2 months ago
^^ I’ve also heard that for sewing stretchy fabrics. Also I’ve had plenty of gear with what looks like tissue paper on the seams that I’ve had to remove.Posted 2 months ago
I stick by my view that most cycling kit is designed by a blind 4 year old.
So what would you like your kit to look like? Give us an idea in terms of cut, patterns, colour, style, etc. We may be able to find some readymade stuff for you.Posted 2 months ago
Molgrips – someone suggestted decathlon – £30 a shirt. tech fabric can be had for £3 a metre
Anyway its not about cost – its about making a hobby that produces something useful and also to get the features we want
Long back, no rubbery strip round the hem, secure pockets but not many of them but a key pocket as well.
Edit – ie they are for walking as well – and I often wear two layers – so do not want back pockets on both and of course no back pockets for walking stuff
colours – single plain colours that are not garish ( but perhaps contrast panels) No stripes, no spotty designs, no pink flowery stuff for her and most importantly we do not want to match!. NO LOGOS. No zips at the neck, raglan sleeves, Variety of weights and some with the long back but no back pockets Not full length sleeves but not too short.
Turquoise, jade are two good colours. Perhaps royal blue.
But as I said its not about the cost – its about having a hobby that produces something we likePosted 2 months ago
Tis a bizarre market, most of my cycling Jerseys cost £50-£70, yet I wouldn’t dream of spending more than £25 on a cotton shirt, which has 5x the amount of fabric in it…
A bit like housebuilding the cost is in the corners. The volume of material doesn’t really matter so much as the time taken to put the bits together. Otherwise different sizes of the same garment would be different prices. Cycling kit tends to be made of more panels than more conventional clothes so theres a lot more labour in putting all those bits together.
The t-shirt I’m wearing is made of 4 panels of fabric – first cycling jersey I pull out of the drawer for comparison is made of 14 panels and doesn’t have a single straight seam on it. And as mentioned above – sewing stuff that is stretchy is difficult – not only in getting everything and in register as you sew, but if the and method of stitching is wrong the garment will just unstitch itself again.Posted 2 months ago
I owned an outdoor apparel company, let’s just say there’s not a lot of money in it ! I can dig out all the patterns for bike shirts, shorts and gilets.Posted 2 months ago
that would be brilliant NZCol. IIRC you moved to Edinburgh as well did you not?Posted 2 months ago
Looking for something else and stubmled across this site that has a pattern for baselayers, including the requested raglan sleeve. Might be worth a go.Posted 2 months ago
I love all these random projects. If only there was more time …
TJ – yep I live in Colinton. Had an initial hunt to no avail but will have a more concerted dig later. I can categorically state that the only way to make money in bike stuff like that is get it assembled in China. We looked into it and visited factories and the associated housing etc but elected to shut up ship rather than support that industry. And Icebreaker basically Tesco’d us out of business anyway, that stuff is sh1te, overpriced rubbish.Posted 2 months ago
Cheers – as above its not about the money – its about having a hobby and making stuff to our spec.Posted 2 months ago
Managed to find some patterns in the local sewing shop and a website with a good range of materials. I will be sure to post up the results good, bad or uglyPosted 2 months ago
STW sewing bee!
What’s your first project? A jersey? Are you going to try shorts? jackets? gillets?
This is quite exciting. 🙂Posted 2 months ago
Shirts first. We have found a supply of pads for shorts so might have a go. Softshell jackets is a possibilityPosted 2 months ago
sweet, can’t wait to see the result. Good luck with itPosted 2 months ago
First shirt done as a trial run in tee shirt material. 8 panels in the shirt – really nice fit but something went awry in the neck / collar.Posted 2 months ago
Only in a minimally underachieving way ie cut the feet off Mrs Rider’s old winter overknee-socks and hey-presto perfectly good (rainbow-striped) arm-warmers.
Other prints/designs are available. Stretchy so stay up and are easily adjustable mid-ride from full-length to bundled-up around the wrist where they become an effective sweat-band on hot climbs
Posted 2 months ago
I thought an update might be in order.
Mrs TJ decided a new sewing machine was needed to do the fancy stitching and it took a while to arrive. Then we went away so not a huge amount has happened. 3 shirts made now. 2 cycling and one walking. Still very much in the trial / learning stage but we found some very cheap material to practise on but it only came in red.
the last of the shirts is a decent fit so its time for stage 2. get the expensive material and some other colours. Mrs TJ has found some silk / Lycra mix which sounds great for hiking and cycling shirts. Only £50 for a shirts worth!
I don’t think cheap is going to happen! Nice fit and look tho is going to happen. Nothing worth a photo really yet.Posted 1 week ago
So, has this made you re-think what expensive is in reality?
So far you’ve made what? 3 pieces of clothing of which 1 is a go-er, you bought a new sewing machine, and £50.00 has bought you enough material for another shirt, and we’ve not even started on pricing your time…I know you said this wasn’t an attempt at making cheap clothes, rather as a hobby, but has it made you re-evaluate at all?Posted 1 week ago
Sounds like a fun project for something a bit different. I’ve been tempted to make my own board shorts for riding, because that seems easier than actually trying to find anything the right length.Posted 1 week ago
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