Dry bag repair?

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joe don baker

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Jul 25 2013 at 9:03am #

On the way to work this morning, I noticed a small tear in my waterproof pannier. About 3/4″. Right at the seam where the fabric and the vinyl overlap, so that’s great.

Now, I’m headed out on a ~350 mile tour in a month and I really need this guy with me, and functioning at 100%. I’ll be in Oregon. I’ll probably be wet at some point.

My first instinct is to get one of those fabric repair kits, something like this:

…buuuuut, have any of you made one of these repairs before? Successfully? Used Tear-Aid before, or have a better suggestion? (The tear, to be more specific, is on the fabric side on the outside, and right on the overlap seam on the inside).

Any recommendations/DIY tips/home remedies/cheapskate solutions welcome.

Thank ya!


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Jul 25 2013 at 9:22am #

Many dry cleaners have people to make repairs — you might check with them.


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Jul 25 2013 at 9:32am #

Use contact adhesive & a piece of heavy fabric (blue jeans, etc.) cut slightly larger than the tear. Contact adhesive is cheap, very waterproof and remains flexible. It’s basically what’s inside that patch kit – only more versatile and cheaper. BTW, I’d put the patch over the seam to prevent the tear from getting any bigger.


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Jul 25 2013 at 10:41pm #

Stop by REI, they have tape specifically made for this type of repair. I keep it in my bag for field repairs.

Both have worked fine for me. I like the DIY method, but you might as well have some with you on the road.

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