A few weeks back, I did a review on Iron Mend – an iron-on fabric marketed mainly towards scuba divers. A search of ways to repair cycling shorts led me to someone who recommended this product.
For a few bucks, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try out the product – with the hopes that those few bucks would save me big bucks in the long run. My review pointed out that it was easy to apply – and I was looking forward to putting the Iron Mend to the test.
My first pair of mended cycling shorts immediately had a loose patch. I think I had worn the shorts one time – and they went through the wash. Needless to say, I was a bit dismayed to see the patch coming loose already.
I chalked it up to my inexperience with an iron. Yes. I’m a 42-year-old man and I only have a little experience with an iron (chalk that one up to a fantastic wife who allows me to be too lazy to learn how to properly use an iron)! I figured that, perhaps, I just didn’t press it down long and/or hard enough.
Just last night, I went to go on a road ride. I pulled out another pair of cycling shorts, and I noticed the patch was already loose. I reached down – and with very little effort – was able to peel the patch right off. Not happy!
Maybe it was another case of iron-user error. I’ll need to see if that fantastic wife of mine will try one or two pairs. If it holds up, at least I’ll know (AND – it’ll definitely cement my reputation as a no-ironing-kind-of-guy!).
Will post updates as I test out this latest theory.
In the meantime, if you have any other ideas for patching cycling shorts, please let me know!