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I don't use mine nearly as much as I should. Sometimes I think to put it on and sometimes I end up with grease stains. I try to make it a point to wear it when I'm getting really nasty (rebuilding hubs, bleeding brakes, cleaning the drivetrain, etc...). Starting to use rubber gloves has been my biggest step toward cleanliness.
 

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I like my apron if I know I will be working on my bike for an extended amount of time. A.) It is easy for me to organize having all the frequently used tools right in the pockets, so I work faster and B.) it has a bottle opener attached to it so I am always prepared for the job!

For me though it is about the convenience of the tools and not cleanliness. I have enough shop shirts and old jeans for that.
 

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I have a park apron that I use about 25% of the time I work on my bikes. The longer the work session the more likely I am to wear it. It's nice to have and I should use it more.

As an added benefit, you have good place to sew on all those event patches that end up just laying around.

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+1 on the rubber gloves. I use those every time I work anything like bearings, chains or hubs.

Guess I'll check out an apron, because enevitably I'll get the notion to work in the shop when I'm in a good mood due to wearing my favorite T Shirt which means I'll get it ruined. A nice shop shirt might be cool to have as well. Crap, this means my wife will have excuse to buy another purse.
 

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Another useful aspect of aprons is that they form a place to set small parts if you're seated, which is sometimes handy.

I used to wear an apron a lot at work, but not much these days. With back, neck and shoulder injuries, and a work area that tends to run about 78F-80F in the summer, I don't need any more weight or insulation hanging from my neck. Instead, I wear shorts and these cheap black "easy care" work shirts: http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_046B011210080001P?prdNo=1&blockNo=1&blockType=G1

Regarding gloves, nitrile's really good. Fred Meyer has some tough nitrile gloves in the paint section.
 

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I won a Park Tool shop arpon at a local time trial in 2002, and have been wearing it in my shop ever since. Love it.


Before that, I used to just wear beater shirts and pants.



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Depending on the job at hand I wear one quite often both at the shop and at home. If I'm just cleaning the bike, adding air to tires, suspension etc. then no. But anything that involves lubricants or solvents I'll use the apron. So that means probably about 90% of the time I'm working on a bike. At work I spend the majority of the time in the shop, but I do have to get out on the floor and meet and greet customers occasionally. The boss don't like a grease ball greeting the customers, so the apron is a BIG plus. I also like the handy pockets for frequent use tools and small parts. Keeps me from having to run back and forth to the work bench so often. At home it keeps the wife happy as she doesn't like a grease ball sitting on the furniture, and it keeps the crud out of my car should I have to run for parts, pop, beer, etc. before I'm done with the project.

I like em! I know some don't, but I've ruined to many shop shirts and pairs of work pants with various lube stains and such. I use mine a lot.

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mtnbiker72 said:
I wore a apron all the time as a bicycle shop mechanic, it was part of my "uniform". Now that I just work in my garage I don't wear one much unless I know I'm going to get dirty.
Same here. I keep them around for long/dirty jobs, or if I end up in the shop wearing nice clothes, or if I've got a guest working in the shop (if they want one).

I should probably use gloves more, but I never did while I worked as a wrench, so the habit never caught on.
 

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I've always just worn "shop shorts and t-shirts" when I worked on my bikes. These were generally very old worn out, stained clothes. I always like the thought of using a shop apron, caused it looked very useful and kept one clean and it also looked "professional".LOL
I finally broke down and bought a Park SA-3 apron. (Been on a buy Park Tool stuff kick lately) Yeah it's $$$ but hey I ain't got a whole hell of a lot of years left.....so I'm "spending my children's inheritance" as they say....LOL LOL It is a great apron protects my clothes and has handy pockets for tools. I really like it.!! Wear whatever ur comfy with, I say!
 

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I don't wear a shop shirt, but ....

I don't wear an apron but I do wear a beater Utilikilt workman - lots of pockets and slots for allen wrenches. A little pricey to poney up initially but they last forever and just get better with washings and grease stains. http://www.utilikilts.com/customer/photo-gallery/ Maximize the link and then check out the welder and the blacksmith on page 1. Then highly recommend you go to page 5 and page 9 to decide which kilt suits you best. The kilt on page 9 is a little large and is an original, not a workman.

Regarding the title, I deleted this post from "shop shirt" and moved it to "shop apron", as this is a little more on topic. I just forgot to change the title. Can't edit the title after the fact.
 
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