Road Cycling

13 Nifty Ways of Using Duct Tape on the Bike

Duct tape is a cyclist's best friend.

Duct tape is a great temporary solution for fixing things on the bike. It may look rather unattractive on your precious steed, but it’s cheap, flexible and very strong.

Using duct tape on the bike is great for cyclists as it’s water resistant (you can buy a waterproof version of it as well) and isn’t a pain to carry with you on-the-go. You can even get a handy pocket sized version of it.

It now comes in a multitude of styles and colours, so you don’t just have to suffer with that dull looking silver shade.

Here’s a list of things you can do with the mighty tape that we’ve found very useful on the bike over the years…

  1. Make your shoes more waterproof. Duct tape can help to prevent water from seeping into your broken shoes (you might want to buy the waterproof duct tape version first). It will also help to keep the warmth in!
  2. Patch an inner tube. When there’s no puncture repair kit in sight use a little tape to cover the hole until you’re able to properly fix it.
  3. Tape up loose cables. In a matter of seconds those loose annoying cables won’t bother you anymore.
  4. Mend your saddle. Duct tape will hold a broken saddle together nicely until you get home.
  5. Fix a broken light. The mounts on bike lights just don’t seem to last at all but a bit of duct tape can sort that out in no time.
  6. Silence a noisy pannier. Broken panniers can rattle an awful lot, secure it tightly to your bike with duct tape.
  7. Pretend it’s rim tape. Protect your inner tube from a broken rim using two layers of the mighty strong tape until you can get your hands on the real stuff.
  8. Use it as a sling. This might sound bonkers but it can be used to secure a broken arm or wrist until proper help arrives.
  9. Put it on a deep cut. Create a make shift plaster out of duct tape to cover a cut until you get home.
  10. Make an extra bottle rack. If you’re in a hurry but need to add an extra bottle rack to your bike before a ride secure it in place with duct tape!
  11. Make a helmet mount. Duct tape a light to your helmet for a temporary helmet light/cam.
  12. Create a saddle cover. To keep your saddle dry when left outside you can use a funky duct tape to create a new saddle cover!
  13. Use it on your handlebars. Duct tape has a good grip to it and is a much cheaper version than handlear tape.
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