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home-made map holders?(22 posts)

home-made map holders?JS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 9:37 AM
so i'm doing some long rides that follow a cue sheet.

my 'cross bike has shimano STI, and i'm using clothes pins to affix a folded map to the cable out in front of the handlebar, and using a ziploc baggie when it's wet.

however, my fixie and 'campy bikes don't have this exposed cable luxury. has anyone made their own map holder for this type of setup? i'm wanting the map to be readable, horizontally placed, ahead of the bars.


re: home-made map holders?hycobob
Mar 19, 2003 9:52 AM
To keep it small and (most important) cheap, you can tie-wrap a child's paddle ball wooden handle to the underside of your stem. Then you can use whatever type clip is most readily available to attach a map to the wide part.

I generally print out directions or map and then Xerox/reduce it to credit card size and laminate it. This is good for unexpected rain and sweaty jersey pockets. Also, its easier to read after laminating...don't understand why.
This works for me. . .Mike P
Mar 19, 2003 10:03 AM
I hate having to try to ride and unfold a map or cue sheet and they aren't much good if they fall apart from being wet.

For rides I am not familiar with:
I type up my own version of the cue sheet, print it out and cut off the excess paper.
Then I'll print a copy of the map and cut it down to size.
Next I glue or tape the cue sheet to the map, back to back, so the cue is on one side, map on the other.
Then I laminate it with a sheet of plastic laminate and cut off the excess plastic.
If I think I'll need it frequently, I'll punch a couple holes in it and tie-wrap it to my cables, otherwise, I just put it in a jersey pocket.

It's pretty easy to match the cue and map size, it does not get messed up by foul weather and you don't have to be digging through a bag and unfolding stuff while riding.

Is $15 too much to spend?tarwheel
Mar 19, 2003 12:38 PM
Saw one of these at REI the other day. Seems like a good option for a long ride where you want to see a map or directions. Not bad for $15, and comes in 2 colors so you can coordinate with your pea-green Surly.
not looking for a bag...JS Haiku Shop
Mar 19, 2003 12:44 PM
actually i was considering a piece of wire somehow wrapped around the handlebar and stabilized so it wouldn't turn, and sticking straight out from the bars about six inches, with an "L" bend at the end, so a map in a plastic bag could be attached. not sure how i'd accomplish that, though.
in that case ...tarwheel
Mar 19, 2003 12:59 PM
I've got an old handlebar back with a metal frame that sounds just like that. It loops around the stem and sticks out about 6" in front of the handlebar. You might be able to find one of these at a place that sells handlebar bags. I've also got a couple velcro map holders that I picked up on organized rides as freebies. They attach with velcro strap and have a small plastic clip, like a very short clothespin. Not sure where you can buy them, but two different organized rides I rode in were giving them away.
Cheap solutionStmbtDave
Mar 19, 2003 1:01 PM
Check out for a $6.95 solution. I took their idea and made my own out of an old velcro watch band and a metal clip from a convention name tag.

Mar 19, 2003 1:04 PM
i'm sorry to say that you have won absolutely nothing but my respect and gratitude. :)

and, just when i was about to take wire cutters to a coat hanger.

thanks. good solution, easily duplicated.

Many commercial solutionsKerry
Mar 19, 2003 6:06 PM
If you look in the classifieds in the League of American Bicyclists magazine or Adventure Cyclist magazine, you'll see several map holders for not much money.
that's what I was talking aboutbianchi boy
Mar 19, 2003 6:33 PM
I've got a couple of those. They work fine.
thanks. will fabricate one and report after 3/29 'test run' nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 7:14 AM
My 2cents worth-about what this will cost.MB1
Mar 20, 2003 7:21 AM
Use a folder clip from work and zip-tie it to the handlebar.
I see you cross rice paper without leaving prints, MB1! nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 7:23 AM
On the bike it looks like this.MB1
Mar 20, 2003 7:29 AM
I put the route slip behind the bars, Miss M prefers the slip ahead of the bars. Just point the clip which ever way you prefer when you zip it to the bars.

Put the money you save aside for Jr's first road bike.
wow, you sure sweat alot nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 7:32 AM
Saving money is hard work!MB1
Mar 20, 2003 7:44 AM
Riding in rain is a joy.
agreed. thanks for the simple answer. simple=better. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 20, 2003 7:55 AM
By fer the nices and most user friendly is this one!Live Steam
Mar 20, 2003 8:46 AM

It is called Bycue. They were a freebee at the Kent County Spring Fling in Maryland last year (link below). They keep the cue sheet or map from flinging around and easily clip on to the bars.
Good pic of it!Live Steam
Mar 20, 2003 9:22 AM
Hey MB1:blownpupil
Mar 20, 2003 5:54 PM
Since all your pictures have Miss M riding directly ahead of you, SHE could be your map holder.

Just clip the map/cue sheet to her back and follow!

If she "puts down the hammer" and leaves you in the dust, you will certainly have photographed her (& the cue sheet) by that point,so then you'd look at the digital camera's screen playback to refer to your next turn.;)

Better yet, just photograph the sheet before you start and save the picure.:)
snicker nmMB1
Mar 21, 2003 5:39 AM
ok, here's the clip -n- ziptie problem...JS Haiku Shop
Mar 21, 2003 6:39 AM
works great and is space-conscious. how does one keep the map from sagging, though? please, no racy comments :) .