From my experience there seems to be a stigma associated with purchasing "As Seen on T.V." products. I never recall hearing someone openly brag about such a product purchase, rather it is more common for friends to make up excuses when I have spotted such a product in their homes. The most common retort is, "Oh yeah, my Mom/Dad bought that and gave it to me but I never use it."
I have made three "As Seen on T.V." purchases and none have really lived up to the hype. The products function alright, they just do not pack the same super powers they are played up to have in the commercials (surprise, surprise).
My first purchase, about a decade ago as I recall, was a tub of Quick n Brite. It now appears to be sold in a fancy squeeze measure bottle - before the super substance came in a small bucket, was the consistency of lard, and the instructions were to heat small quantities up in the microwave and then mix with water.
I found that the stuff clean okay, but I still have some left all these years later as I consistently buy other products like Windex, Simple Green, and bleach for cleaning purposes.
My second purchase was a Gator Grip socket. It works okay but many of the times I have tried to use it, it simply does not fit around the bolt I am trying to loosen due to space or configuration issues. This is not to say that it is not effective, it is to say that many of my needs have proven to be challenging for any socket.
The third product I purchased and was not necessarily wowed by was the Sham-Wow. Vince just makes it look so amazing.
I did purchase the Sham-Wow for bike related purpose. I park my bike in my apartment and it is not always dry when I bring it in. I purchased the Sham-Wow hoping it would help solve some of the wet mess that ensues after a commute in the rain or snow. While the Sham-Wow does soak up liquid, it does not seem to do so in the super fashion Vince gets so orgasmic excited about in the commercial.
A recent T.V. commercial for a product peaked my interest, even though I do not currently see a bike related need it would help me with. That is where all you reading come in. I am curious if anyone has purchased Flex Seal and found a bike related use for it.
The Flex Seal commercial reminded me of a hack submitted back in August of 2009. Brendan, a self proclaimed Aussie living in the USA, wrote to us concerning a shoe hack he came up with. Our mate stated -
Thought I would share a little equipment repair I recently tried. My old road shoes where dieing and I can't justify or afford buying new ones for $300 rods! So I got some black 'tool dip', smeared a couple of coats on around the shoes worn coating and fabric and it work well. Nice and neat and a flexible texture. $10 and the shoes should keep kicking for a while. Cheers!
Below are a few pictures of his shoes, and here is a a link to the Plasti Dip product page, which comes in various colors by the way.
Have you used a "As Seen on TV" type of product for a bike related purpose. We would love to hear from you so we can post.