[CR]Re: floss, not waxen flaxen

(Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor)

Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 23:12:23 -0700 (GMT-07:00)
From: <worthy2@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: floss, not waxen flaxen

> Waxed dental floss - the linen thread type - is great for repairing
> tubulars (which probably is of little interest to members of a touring
> list) but also for sturdy, general repairs when touring
> Paul Woloshansky

Speaking of touring, even thru Montana, me and my pygmy pony, have used dental floss for sewing canvas and nylon panniers. It even got us out of a more desolate part of the Apache Reservation by sewing up (using butterfly stitches) a 2 inch rip in the rear tire. It held, and supported a full camping kit to boot.

Craig "Overnight Sensation" Montgomery in Tucson

Hah, Nice Zappa references, Craig! At the risk of swerving into OT territory, I will add to this thread (pun alert) only to assert that dental floss is made of some synthetic fiber...nylon, polyester, whatever; and not linen. Even the Tom's of Maine organica is not linen AFAIK...but the waxed linen thread that sew-ups were sewn up with is linen just like it claims and that natural fiber (derived from flax) is very strong when waxed, maybe just not quite as strong as the synthetics (or as hemp would be if the Feds would permit that). alan "weasels ripped my flesh" goldsworthy San Francisco "where everybody thinks they're heavy business"CA