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Monday, September 20, 2010

On the mend - bibs that is

I bought a pair of bib shorts on a post Thanksgiving Day sale last year. They have almost made be a bike snob. I have worn them extensively for about 10 months. I would wager that they have seen thousands of miles. However, they have developed a small hole where the leg meets the chamois. I started to notice it about a month ago. It still used the bibs on the trainer.

I wore them on a group ride a couple of weeks ago and someone pointed out the small hole. Not wanting to be that guy I decided that I needed to take action. I went to the fabric store last week looking for an iron on patch. At first all I could find was decorative patches. I picked out a penguin at first but I then I would the denim type patches. Right next to them was a black nylon type iron on fabric.

The follow pictures show the procedure. I will report back in a week or so on how the patch holds up.


The hole in question.


The hole once again.



What the rider behind me saw.  Or the behind that they saw.


The iron on fabric.


The patch.


Ironing.


The mended hole.


To be honest the patch started to peel almost instantly.  I pulled out some rubber cement from my inner tube patch kit and gooped it up.  I will report back after I wear them again.

Speaking of being on the mend - I did take it easy Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week. I had two very good rides this past weekend and a satisfactory ride. On Saturday there was a small group of us. My friend had a new bike and it started to shift sporadically during the ride. We were on a hilly section and he only had the hardest 3 gears. The chain was jumping out of the higher gears when he went to apply power. Out of sympathy and to build strength I decided to tackle the rest of the ride in my hardest gear. It was very difficult. You see, I am a spinner not a masher. I do not have the leg strength. This workout was very valuable. My legs burned from the exertion. I need to incorporate this workout on a regular basis. This will make me a stronger rider.

On Sunday I did an easy 6 mile run. It was uneventful. The run was hot and humid but successful.

The Sunday afternoon ride was also successful. My friend had his shifting all sorted out. After Sumrall we had a pretty aggressive ride through the country side. I was feeling pretty strong and attacked a couple of times and chased down a couple of attacks. It was a good time.  All in all I ran 100 miles and ran 6 miles.  A little light on the running but the cycling was solid!

9 comments:

  1. Maybe you could iron it on on the inside...that way, it won't show. Hmmm but then maybe it'll chafe...or maybe not. Just a mom suggestion :)

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  2. Bib shorts are awesome. I don't ride in anything else.

    Usually when holes appear, its time for a new pair. I think you got your $$$ worth out of these!

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  3. Haha at Jon. Yeah, I hate buying patches because then you have ALL that fabric to lose.

    I am "that guy". Heather get's mad when we are in public together. She often dresses me haha.

    I would still wear those until it was a few inches or didn't protect me anymore :)

    Nice weekend makeup man.

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  4. I'm sure your riding partners thank you for not being "that guy!"

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  5. Hah, I probably wouldve left it haha. I am so lazy! Hope it holds up, or that you can figure out how to sew.

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  6. Perhaps it's time to invest in another pair?

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  7. I applaud you for your resourcefulness and frugality!
    I have used iron-on patches to mend a number of Joe's and the kids' expensive swimsuits. I iron the patches on the inside. Because of the fabric, you can't iron it as hot as you would a regular iron-on patch to cotton. I iron on both sides for as long as I think I can without damaging the garment. When you patch from the inside, no one can really tell it's been patched.
    Our patches have actually held up pretty well with careful hand washing--really extended the life of the suit many more months/years. When I patch jeans and clothes made of tougher fabric, I actually tack or sew around the edges of the ironed on patch, but for these silkier fabrics, I don't.
    I'm not familiar with this type of shorts or fabric, but there is also a product you can use to make your own iron-on patches. It has different names and comes in different adhesive strengths. Maybe you could use that to make a chamois patch that would be more durable and comfortable on the inside?

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  8. Nicely done James! I would have thought that the heat from the iron would have melted the spandex. (I guess not.)

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