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Duct Tape...(14 posts)

Duct Tape...UncleMoe
Aug 20, 2001 7:09 AM
Just a helpful riding tip that may come in handy for someone else. I took a backpacking trip in the spring and one of the things they taught us was to wrap stuff like water bottles with duct tape, just 2-3 times around the middle. It helps with grip and duct tape comes in handy in the event of an emergency.

Yesterday I was 55 miles into an 80 mile ride. I stopped for a rest and snack, just as I got on my bike, POP. Seems my cruddy stock tires had a side-wall hole and the tube bulged out and blew. I put in a new tube, blew it up, and the new tube bulged right out of the whole. (I am glad I wasn't cruising downhill when it blew!)

I had some duct tape on my water bottle, so I tore off a few small pieces and reinforced the inside of the tire with two pieces. Blew the tube back up and it got me thru the next 25 miles.

Just an idea for anyone. The duct tape looks goofy on the bottles, but it helps with grip and I certainly am glad I had it to repair the tire. The alternative was calling the wife to come get me. Sunday, most bike shops closed, and I wasn't within 10 miles of any of them anyway.
re: Duct Tape...Lone Gunman
Aug 20, 2001 7:17 AM
Moe,
Another alternative to the tape is to cut out a piece of plastic from a plastic container, trash or otherwise into a rectangular shape, little glue to hold in place, and that should get you home.
What about a tube patch? I have read the dollar bill,bill
Aug 20, 2001 7:35 AM
duct tape, etc. suggestions here for a tire cut, and no one ever has suggested a patch. I guess the cut would have to be small enough. I tried it last week; seemed to work okay.
re: Duct Tape...Mike Prince
Aug 20, 2001 7:41 AM
I have found that in an emergency that the collar label (the one with size, etc. on it) from a jersey can be torn out and stuck into the tire with a little spit. Once the tube is inflated the "patch" will stay in place. Did this last year and it lasted the 35 miles home. Having done that I now have a neat little square of duct tape in my seatbag for the next time.

It's amazing how self-sufficient and resourceful we can become when faced with a long walk home in funny shoes and tight clothes :)
world's dumbest emergency fix...(not duct tape)cory
Aug 20, 2001 7:58 AM
When I got back into cycling 15 years or so ago after a long layoff, I started as a mountain biker. I live near two national forests, so we did lots of long treks, and occasionally had to make emergency repairs. I carry more stuff than I need (I'd rather haul an extra tube I don't use than push the bike five miles because I don't have one), but I have a couple of friends who pride themselves on going light.
One of them had a sidewall cut on a solo ride a few years ago, and eventually wound up cutting the tongue out of his mountain bike shoe to use as a boot to hold in the tube. Worked fine, and he got home. Somebody asked him why he didn't use a dollar bill, the traditional fix when you don't have anything else.
"All I had in my wallet was a ten," he said. So to keep from (maybe) trashing a $10 bill, he ruined a $70 pair of Nikes....
For a 2nd I thought you said he cut out HIS tongue, lol (nm)UncleMoe
Aug 20, 2001 9:26 AM
Baxter Black and Duct Tapemike mcmahon
Aug 20, 2001 8:08 AM
A year or two ago "cowboy-poet, philosopher, and former large animal veterinarian" Baxter Black did a great piece on all the uses of duct tape that was run on NPR. If anyone's a fan, it might be worth doing a search to track down the audio file. His piece this a.m. on a surly acquaintance who almost croaked was pretty good too.
Duct tape and THE FORCEalex the engineer
Aug 20, 2001 9:15 AM
Duct tape is a lot like "The Force" (as defined in Star Wars), because:
It has a dark side, and a light side.
It holds the universe together.
That's not all it holds togethermike mcmahon
Aug 20, 2001 9:23 AM
A great picture has been widely circulated on the internet recently. It shows a young woman and her date with another couple at a college formal. She looks like she's had a few cocktails and she's got her arms around the other people in the picture, causing her dress to drop down a bit in the front. With the frock dropped a bit, you can clearly see that she has duct taped her boobs together to enhance the cleavage. Ah, the old days before the web when an embarrassing picture wouldn't be seen by more than a hundred or so people.
Until now, I had thought that duct tape was one of thosebill
Aug 20, 2001 10:10 AM
things that still separated boys from girls (i.e., boys stand in worshipful awe at the wonder of duct tape; girls just don't get it). But, it appears that the majesty, the utter supremacy of duct tape over other inventions providence has allowed us to create has become apparent to all.
Seen it! Part of the never-ending "priceless" theme LOL (nm)RhodyRider
Aug 20, 2001 10:15 AM
My mantra:look271
Aug 20, 2001 12:36 PM
If it can't be fixed with duct tape, epoxy, zip-ties, or an adjustable wrench, it can't be fixed!
also try wrapping some around your tire levers (nm)Tig
Aug 20, 2001 9:29 AM
NM
Candy wrapper, dollar bill all work too (nm)Live Steam
Aug 21, 2001 6:32 AM