Ct - I Repair Riding Gear

Discussion in 'Vendors' started by akarob, Sep 29, 2010.

  1. TonyKZ1

    TonyKZ1 Long timer

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    Nah, the liner just attaches to the pants via velcro.
  2. Mad Dog Cycles

    Mad Dog Cycles Adventurer

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    Haven't read through all these posts, so I apologize if I'm asking again, but do you do leatherwork? I have an older Vanson one piece suit I'd like to make into a two piece pants and jacket.
  3. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    That sounds like a bit more than I'd be comfortable doing. A repair or alteration is one thing, but splitting a suit in half sounds like it would be really difficult to make both pieces come out right.
  4. Mad Dog Cycles

    Mad Dog Cycles Adventurer

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    OK, I figured it might be. Thanks for considering though. I may hit you up for some bags at some point.
  5. Dons1911

    Dons1911 Been here awhile

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    Hey Rob, I've got a Givi XS308 locking tank bag that needs a zipper. The main compartment just pulls open without being unzipped. Also, the clear top is all scratched up, like to see about having that replaced too. Sound do-able?
  6. akarob

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    It's something I've done a few times before, shouldn't be a problem. I'll PM you details.
  7. Dons1911

    Dons1911 Been here awhile

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    Thank you Sir!
  8. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    I know the answer, but I will ask anyway. I have a one-piece Aerostitch Roadcrafter with a Riri zipper that shed a tooth and now opens every now and then. Anyway to replace just a zipper tooth? If not Aerostitich does a replacement of the entire zipper. Is this something you can also handle and have access to the zipper?
  9. akarob

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    Can the zipper tooth be replaced? No. It's pooched.

    To answer your other question, yes. I can certainly replace the entire thing. The zipper is a special order and will be about $25 for the part, but I can get any size, any style zipper (including water resistant) made to order. I would estimate that my charges, including the zipper cost, to be about $75.

    I'm sure Aersostitch will be significantly more, so if you want to move forward, just shoot me a PM or email.
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  10. akarob

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    Yesterday, I picked up a new fabric sample to play with.

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    What we're looking at here is some orange tinted mylar with (Dacron?) reinforcement fibers. Interesting stuff.

    I just played around with it making some little bags and such. Below is a toiletry bag that came out pretty well. I'll probably be picking up some more of this material as well as some clear reinforced mylar. If anyone has some ideas for projects that uses this type of material, let me know. I think the next project may be a wallet. The material is FAR thinner and lighter than leather or nylon cordura.

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  11. 9Realms

    9Realms Drawn in by the complex plot

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    Neat stuff, that looks like fun to work with.
  12. Bikehigh

    Bikehigh Not Dead Yet

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    Looks a lot liike a sailcloth bag my girl has. Cool!
  13. urbancowboy

    urbancowboy Vicious Cycler

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    Just wanted to publicly thank Rob. Great job and fair price.
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  14. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Thanks for the kind words.

    From time to time, I will take on a project that pushes the limitations of my available space to work. Once I even had to move my machines outside.
    Anyway, this current project is a big fabric roll-up wall with a window in it for my cousin's fishing boat.
    I don't have any pictures of me awkwardly trying to sew it up, but I do have a short clip of how I marked the raw material.
    What you see below is a CNC fabric cutter that has a ball point gel pen installed and it's just marking the cut lines for me.
    It would be a lot more difficult to mark by hand. This machine uses a hot cutter attachment and isn't really set up to cut heavy duty Sunbrella so I opted to just mark it and cut by hand. The project is all sewed up now and I'll post some pictures of the finished job after I do the install tomorrow.

    You might want to lower your volume for this video.

  15. CavReconSGT

    CavReconSGT Just the right amount of evil.

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    I actually worked at Gerber Garment for several years and worked on the firmware and software for marker plotters and cutters. Many years ago,

    KR
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  16. akarob

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    Here's the finished panel installed. It lays flat and it's attached with stainless snaps all around which gives the Captain the option to roll it up when it's hot out. The large vinyl window allow him to keep an eye on the customers and the action in the back of the boat. There's also a bench seat right inside the window that I'll make a matching cushion for.

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  17. Dracula

    Dracula Dust in the wind

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    Hi @akarob

    I have been following your thread with interest, knowing sooner or later was going to need your services. My relatively new R3 Aerostich would require zipper replacement for the third time around - and I would rather try a better craftsmanship than send it back to them, wait a month and pay them what amounts to the suit value in just few zipper replacements.. Is there any better choice of more durable zippers than the cheap plastic ones they use currently? To me, the zipper quality and durability are seriously lacking as they appear to be suitcase type zippers not meant to bend and kink like they would normally on a clothing garment, which to my mind is the reason they keep failing with just regular, daily use. The teeth simply fall off!
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  18. Dracula

    Dracula Dust in the wind

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    I just read this post now.. I know, in reverse order. But, their zipper choices are crap. If you notice how on other garments manufacturers use the "self healing" zipper types, which have very small fine coiled type teeth (am not too familiar with zipper terminology), but Rukka and Revvit do use them, and I had never had one of those fail on me over years of use. Aerostich older brass type teeth zippers were much more resilient and frankly I no longer care how waterproof the new zippers are if they fail exactly when least expected, but invariably after few months of use!
  19. akarob

    akarob Green Cantern

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    Just curious, what kind of zipper to they use? The zipper pull should say the brand. Sometimes a company buys enough zippers to justify having their own name put on the zipper.

    Anyway, to answer your question, yes. I have no problem getting high quality zippers that are made right here in the USA. They're the highest quality.

    Just a quick lesson in zippers - there are two kinds of plastic zippers, the ones with teeth like you have are called Vislon. The other "self healing" are simply called "coil" zippers. They're actually not self healing, but they do put up with a lot of abuse and aren't so prone to losing teeth, because it's a continuous coil.

    They are sized in millimeters by measuring across the teeth. The picture below shows an aluminum tooth zipper, size 8. You can tell because it's 8mm wide.

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    Anyway, if you want your zipper replaced with the strongest waterproof coil zipper available, I happen to have that in stock. I use that kind of zipper on all my crash bar bags, and haven't had a single complaint yet.

    If you need a separating zipper, with ends that come apart like a jacket, I can still get it but it's a special order made to length. It takes about 2 weeks.

    Either way, I can fix you up. No issue there.

    We can work out the specifics in a private message.
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  20. Dorito

    Dorito Dreamer and Doer

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    You do use very nice zippers, buttery smooth. In fact, I happen to think of you every time I use that crotch zipper, which you replaced last fall for me! :jack
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