By Greg Conderacci
Recently, RBR launched this new series to enlighten our ultra-cool readers about the benefits of dorkiness. In Part I, we explored screening your helmet; in Part II, we messed with your handlebars; in Part III, we reflectorized your machine; in Part IV, we prepped you for flats.
Today, we’re singing the virtues of electrical tape and zip ties. Careful readers (I know you don’t want to admit it) of this series will recall that I’ve already praised duct tape and reflective tape. The indispensable third leg of the tape stool is electrical tape.
First, take an 8-inch strip of it and wrap it around a pencil stub. On the same pencil, wrap a similar length of duct tape. In addition to a handy writing instrument, you now have enough tape to save you in most emergencies, especially if you add a couple of zip ties. These are especially useful for reattaching things that fall off, like lights, speedometer wheel sensors, Garmin pedal sensors, pumps, etc. etc. And duct tape can boot a torn tire.
Why are those things falling off your bike? Because you merely used the rubber band or plastic clip that what supposed to hold them on. If you zip tie them and/or tape them, they won’t fall off… as easily anyway. (See photos)
Do you have a dorky tip to share? Don’t be shy. We’ll withhold your name upon request. Remember a dorky tip has one or more of these characteristics:
- Pro riders do not do it (nor does just about anybody else)
- It’s cheap or maybe even free
- It usually adds weight
- It will NEVER be featured in fancy bike catalogs, because, well, there’s no money in it.
Greg Conderacci is a marketing consultant and a former Wall Street Journal reporter, non-profit entrepreneur, and investment bank chief marketing officer. In Getting UP!, he brings you the same skills he teaches at a top graduate school and Fortune 500 companies. Lots of people promise better performance … Greg proves it. Using his energy techniques, in 2015 he rode a bicycle across America in just 18 days — averaging 150 miles a day.