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« on: July 19, 2008 12:56:24 PM »

Hi everyone!
I hope I've posted this in the proper place.
I'm making some bar pads for an old school bmx bike. I can't seem to find any good fabric. I'm looking for something synthetic like nylon. Something that would be fairly dirt resistant & tough (I already thought about dying the cotton checker fabric that I can find, but that'd dirty easily, I think).

basically, I'm looking to make exactly this:

but instead of yellow, hot pink & black.

does anyone have a good supplier for fabric like this? I've looked all sorts of places, even industial upholstry shops, ebay, google, & the like. I know some must exist because the company yanco pads that makes top tube pads for fixed gears makes a pad using the exact fabric I'm looking for. It's just not the same type of pad I'm looking to have, otherwise I'd just support them.

any ideas at all would be greatly appreciated. thank you so much in advance!

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2008 01:26:23 PM »

you would probably be best looking for the fabrics sold for dance competitions. I used to work in a fabric store and once a year all these fabrics would be bought in becuase it was competition time.

best I can suggest - sorry.

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2008 01:31:57 PM »

that might be worth a try...
does anyone know if there is a way to dye synthetic material like the kind pictured above? I can purchase the pads already made (don't really want to though) in black/white. I thought maybe introducing some bright pink dye might suffice, but I don't know the rules about dying synthetics like nylon, or if it is even possible?


edit: I think I could try acid dye on the fabric part? I'm just iffy because I would only want the white part to be pink and leave the black part alone. I'm not sure how all that works.
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2008 04:46:30 PM »

... As far as coloring I might test out a Sharpie marker or a paint pen on it, testing a smallish area to see what the run factor might be... if that's a No GO then...
 I would browse the endless pages of that HUGE auction site that starts with an "E"
and see if you can spot a bit of it there. I bet you could prob find it for next to nothing on there.

Good Luck!
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