The "what have you made today" thread

Discussion in 'DIY & MYOG' started by Gadget, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    Had a play with using my traditional fabrics last night. Punched xpac lined with cotton jersey as the inside filter. This pattern is very easy to sew and the fit is great. Mimi G on YouTube provides a pdf pattern and easy to follow walkthrough. Just remember to turn it right side out after sewing the top and bottom

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  2. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

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  3. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Replaced the laces on my shoes from thin hard to 2.5mil shock cord. As these are barefoot shoes, tight lacing and flexibility is the key.

    2 months ago I ordered a pair of Primus Trail FGs. I have a long foot with relatively narrow heel & midfoot, which means I have to lace up tight to prevent foot slippage inside the shoe. This lead to laces being very long, catching and ripping a loop. Thankfully Vivo replaced my shoes for free. To be fair, I wasn’t happy about the lace material to begin with as it’s thin and non-elastic, so it presses my toe tendons when extending (see photo). Looser laces meant slipping. I replaced the laces with 2.5mil shock cord (elastic) and cord locks. This allows the cord slightly stretch when extending the forefoot and having even tighter lacing (see comparison in video). I tightened the shock cord tighter than original laces and they were comfortable whereas original was digging into my skin (see photo). My hack also allows to shorten the lace so that it won’t flop around when walking/running.

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  4. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I've been using shock cord laces ever since an ironman mate recommend them after I had metatarsal pain.
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  5. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    If you've low, thing and fitting shoes, especially around the midfoot/metatarsals, I think the elasticity is vital. I'll probably be fitting my other shoes with shock cord as well.
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  6. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Interesting, do you still knot them or use a cordlock?
  7. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I have a big cord lock on them, but I haven't tested these out yet. Hopefully I can get away with the lock rather than having to lace. The old system was similar.

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  8. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    I’ll be interested to hear if they slip under use when covering mileage.

    I have cordlocks on my Vivo Ultras but they’re only used in camp so don’t get stressed too much.
  9. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Fitted Salomon Quicklace laces to all my shoes and boots for years now

    Works great with no slippage
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  10. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Yeah I had them in my old Speedcross 3’s and thought they worked well
  11. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    10mins 'hard' work = a couple of stoves.

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  12. Balagan

    Balagan Thru Hiker

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  13. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I start with cordlocks, then when I'm happy where I want it I just knot the shock cord. But then I have my trailrunners pretty loose.

    That works for the lowland trails I do mostly, useful to be able to tighten if you get to trickier terrain though.

    I kept the stock laces on the mudclaw 300 I use in the winter, no way they'd stay on with shockcord and the clay round me!
  14. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Might try that....but I always wear my shoes 'baggy' anyway...
  15. slovhike

    slovhike Thru Hiker

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  16. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    A bit OT but today I built a 26" MTB out of bits from my spare parts stash.
    A bead blasted Merlin Malt-1 with Mainly NOS Shimano XT, Kona project-2's, handbuilt deore/Mavic wheels.

    Off for a test ride now than it will be boxed up and sent to a friend who finds he now has 'enhanced personal leisure potential'* due to coronavirus.

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    *As I believe a certain government used to refer to unemployment.
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  17. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

  18. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Nice job, where do you get the tins & wadding from?
  19. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Looks great
    I know where to come for when i need older cycling spares now :whistling:
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  20. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    I forgot your diamond back is probably of around the same vintage. You are on disc brakes though aren't you?

    I don't like the look of the high rise stem and have a couple of alternatives but I don't think he will like the bum up-heads down position the bike otherwise command's
  21. gixer

    gixer Thru Hiker

    Nahhhhhhhh not on the DB, i bought it in 1994
    Discs brakes weren't really mainstream then, V-brakes were the new thing :D:D:D:D:D

    Yea saw the stem
    Thought "bloody hell he must have put some weight on during the lockdown" :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
  22. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Just got back from a 5mi walk on the SWCP and no slipping, they were almost too good, I need to loosen up them a bit for the next time, but this is how I had them.

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  23. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Turn your trainers into slip-ons :)
  24. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    That's quite a box of spares you have :D
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  25. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Still persevering with the cotton mask fiasco, mkIV kind of works, not that I’m gonna show you lot lol.

    Fabric rucking up, tangles of thread after finishing a run of stitches, but now we have one reusable and washable mask to share

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