By Greg Conderacci
Many years ago, when tires were much more delicate than they are today, riders mounted “flint flickers” – little wires to keep small stones and pieces of glass from sticking and causing flats.
The wires hovered just above the rubber. Press down on the wire with your finger and the debris was gone – without sticking in your finger.
Today, riders don’t need to wipe their tires as much – until that little chunk of glass sticks into your rear tire. You hear it, reach back to wipe it off, and it winds up in your hand. Or, even worse, you hand jams between your rear tire and the seat post.
The simple solution is to attach a fairly large zip tie to the seat stay. It’s not elegant, but it can save both your tire and your hand!
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.