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Chopsicle

Member since Sep 2007 • Last active Jan 2023

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    the tapes will be basically the same, just the laminate version has got a fine knit scrim on the outer surface, the PU will just be plain PU (flat, matt slightly rubbery looking) - meaning they look similar to the fabrics you're using them on. So I think you'll want the Laminate version, dead easy to iron on, just make sure what you're pressing onto is flat (most ironing boards these days are open mesh, and it doesn't get an even fix across the hot-melt film).

    ....sorry I missed HDIJ, looked cracking out here!

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    Yes, definitely use a cotton layer/tea-towel in between iron and the patch. Scroll to bottom for full instructions;

    https://www.albioncycling.com/repairs/
    Or if you’re not living in 2003 like me, there’s a 30-sec vid here;
    https://www.instagram.com/reel/CjQh6GTgj­s6/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

    @exteroceptive yes, thank you, back on it :)

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    hi all, apologies as ever for absence, lots going on here (inc a trip to the CTT Champions lunch at the weekend)

    @pacef8 cheers for re-posting, that's the one. In a really lovely dark/drab olive too (flipside to the orange of the Baby Burner)
    @ghostface sorry it's taken so long to get to this - often glitches with codes when sale is running, but back online now. Cheers for the heads up
    @scraplab nice one - if the patches aren't peoples thing, a trick is to apply on the interior of the scuff instead (use a lighter to singe/finish loose threads first)
    @jps2904 ...keeps getting bumped! I will post here as soon as I know
    @Jameo yes, definitely difference in the cuts, and mens will have broader shoulders and squarer to the waist, but(!) proportionally the hem/hip is narrower, so can come up too tight on female form even if a good fit across shoulders - and obvs chest is another consideration. Not sure where you are, but let me know if I can help if your partner would like to drop into Deptford (or Condor & Pinarello stocking too).
    @gdkhgd great to meet, perfect timing with that weather crashing in!
    @pacef8 got some other irons in the fire for Pertex products too :) Will post info here as soon as I can.
    @exteroceptive gahhh, sorry about that - I thought you were about the same size (Medium) as me??! Let me know if I/we can help, basic adjustments would be a pleasure!

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    But just to add more complexity to the issue, not all fluro-polymers are equal it seems. - I mentioned I was frustrated at the lack of info around different formulas, but it seems ePTFE has been deemed ok to continue using, its just the chemicals used in the formulation are the nasty stuff;

    https://www.gore-tex.com/en_uk/sustainab­ility/protect-the-planet/reduce-chemical­-impacts

    I originally thought - wrongly - that ePTFE membranes would be phased out.

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    @greentricky lovely :) My brothers bought me a pair as a (very generous) birthday present a few years back. The clarity and colour is astounding, and so compact (although I frequently kick myself for not having them with me day-to-day). Enjoy!

    @Ludd stunning photos as ever, thank you!

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    @ElGonzo I'd love to say yes (and see you!), but afraid we don't keep any stock at studio - this is all warehoused where the experts can take care of it

    @Sergeant_Pluck cheers for the feedback & thank you, normal service now resumed.

    @bur70n_ which jacket did you try, and I'm guessing mens style? The 'on-bike' jackets like Rain Jacket 3.0, Lightweight Insulated, are cut with shoulders/arms forward, so might feel tight across the shoulders if stood upright? I'd say fit is consistent with Rapha, and a typical male body type. Hello if we met at Bespoked!

    And thanks for all the feedback on the Zoa insulated - totally agree, it's got to be cold-cold to wear if you're putting a bit of effort in (but great to have stashed if stopping). I mentioned before xmas there's a lightweight version in development, click through to the Zoa hat draw vid for a sneak peak, ~60% of the weight/volume of the standard version.

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    No worries to post if you don’t mind me folding, can’t be too expensive

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    Any bag-makers out there interested in waxed cotton fabric? We have some rolls in SE London/Deptford SE8, previously used for zip-up cases. I'd love to use but the wax will contaminate surfaces and machines which sew lightweights/waterproof fabrics.

    Dark olive and Navy blue, £5 pm

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    hi all, happy new year, sorry I've been off here; was out sick most of xmas break :/ and trying to reduce screen time. Recovering now, but an absolute bummer of a year end (following the recurring leg infection and rage-rage smashed ribs) having been the fittest I'd been for ages in September....!

    @ghostface well spotted - we have a new gen coming in Spring, with a few additional tweaks. The cuff closure is similar to the Zoa Rainshell, with the wrap-round, meaning easier to get on/off, greater adjustment, and venting if/when needed. Rear elastic has been refined/eliminated, and it has the function of two-way front zip but with convenience of single slider (going to be interesting to see peoples reaction to this!). ...will post more details as and when I can

    Thanks for the feedback/guidance on the Zoa Rain trouser all, agree with all the points. I found a Large fitted me (6ft 4 long legs, L in bibs) as well as other Large body types in the studio (stockier, proportionally shorter legs), with the ankle cuff allowing a wide range of fit in leg.

    @snoops great to see :) If you need, you can cut a patch into shape, fuse edges with a lighter/hot knife - and if you're not feeling the colour and can handle a scuffy look to the fix, just apply the patch on the interior and wave a lighter over external to fuse loose threads

    @Sergeant_Pluck it's got a soft, fine inner layer on the laminate, so v comfy against skin and not clammy.

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