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Leather Moto-Gear Zipper Repair in D.C./NOVA (or Near)?

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by Iron Cross Junction, Nov 30, 2020.

  1. Iron Cross Junction

    Iron Cross Junction Long timer

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    So, I have a pair of Hein-Gericke leather pants. Astonishingly, they still fit. :clap

    But, since they are a POS item, after only 20 years of use, the zipper failed. :fpalm

    Don’t go there; it’s a mechanical, not a “strain failure” issue. :D

    Seriously, the zipper closer or whatever that gizmo is called just fell off. I am not smart enough to figure out how to reinstall it. Besides, suspect it needs to be replaced.

    So, might anyone had experience with a leather-repair place doing this sort of thing on heavy moto-gear? Able to recommend a place to go to … or stay away from?

    We live at the top of Virginia — the “Real Northern Virginia” :augie — but get into the other NOVA to visit grands, etc., fairly often.

    Thanks.

    Bill
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  2. Riteris

    Riteris Dessert Runner

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  3. KingOfFleece

    KingOfFleece SplitWeight(tm) waterproof seat covers Supporter

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    +1. They do a good job.
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  4. Stasher1

    Stasher1 Been here awhile

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  5. Iron Cross Junction

    Iron Cross Junction Long timer

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  6. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    Any shoe repair place should be able to do it if you provide replacement zipper. They used to be in every mall but not anymore.

    Talk to MFG many have a repair department.
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  7. Hijack

    Hijack Adventurer

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    This may too late for the mentioned issue but if you have future needs I just used Waldorf Shoe Repair (just S of the junction of HY5 and 301) for a similar requirement and they did a great job for a fair price.
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  8. Iron Cross Junction

    Iron Cross Junction Long timer

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    Many thanks. Will file that.

    I should have come back sooner with a back brief, but, per Chris's recommendation -- @Riteris -- I took mine into Bedo's Leather Works in Falls Church -- http://leatherrepair.com -- early last month.

    Great folks.

    The Main Guy told me that he might be able to "persuade" the slider. If so, <$30. If he needed to R&R assembly, c.$100+. OK'd both, but he called a few days later. "Come get 'e; $28." :clap

    They are still there, darn it. Hard to get motivated to get into the MetroBlob. He said "No problem; whenever." Naturally, I'll up the $ for "storage." :-)

    Bill
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  9. Hijack

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    Thanks for the reply. Last year I had the zipper replaced for over $100 on an old leather riding jacket that I mainly wear on my touring bike. That zipper was too light and failed within a few months. This fall I did some searching and found Waldorf Shoe Repair. He installed a heavy duty zipper that is awesome and re-soled a pair of Thursday boots both for $90. I will go there again for future repair needs. Safe riding....
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