Is it a good idea to take duct tape on a bike tour? It sure is! Duct tape is the perfect item for emergency bike repairs when you need to hold something together.
Reasons why you should bike tour with duct tape
When it comes to choosing which pieces of equipment to include in your bike touring gear setup, don't overlook one of the greatest gifts to mankind – Duct Tape!
It's a perfect item to use in an emergency when you want to hold something together. It may not look very attractive, but it will hold up well until you can replace the broken part or find someone who can fix it better than you.
You don't need to carry around a whole roll of duct tape when cycling either. You can simply cut off a few feet and wrap it around a tire lever, bike pump, or perhaps even part of the bike frame.
Uses for Duct Tape when Bike Touring
There's many ways that duct tape can come in useful on a bicycle tour. Here's some ideas of how to use duct tape on a long distance cycle trip.
Patching Inner Tubes with Duct Tape
All you need is duct tape to patch up your inner tube – it's not ideal, but it might get you out of a fix.
You can use duct tape to cover the hole and at least go down the road for a short distance. If there’s no puncture repair kit in sight, use some more tape to cover up your hole until you have time to fix it properly.
Fixing broken sunglasses
When you break an arm on your sunglasses, duct tape can come to the rescue. With a little ingenuity and some patience, you can fix those broken shades so they're as good as new! Definitely a good tip if you're cycling miles from anywhere in the blazing sun.
Fix a broken bike light mount with duct tape
Did you know that one of the best ways to fix a broken bike light mount is by using duct tape? It's quick and simple but most importantly, it works! It will also work with broken Go Pro mounts and water bottle cages.
Emergency rim tape
Are you cycling in an area where you seem to be getting more punctures? Is your rim causing punctures? Protect your inner tube by using two layers of duct tape, saving you from a string of flats, until you can get to a bike shop to fit proper rim tape.
Tidy up loose cables
Want to get rid of those pesky loose flapping cables on the bike? Do it with duct tape! It’s quick and easy.
Repair a broken tent pole with duct tape
You can use duct tape to hold broken poles in place, or you can make a temporary splint out of sticks and boots if the pole has been snapped clean off.
Tape your cycling shoes together
You can use duct tape to seal any worn areas in the shoe so you don't need to worry about a hole, sole separation or mesh upper blowout.
You might have a hole in your panniers, or perhaps they're rattling a lot? Broken panniers can rattle an awful lot, secure it tightly to your bike with duct tape.
If you don't have a sewing kit, quick repairs to clothes can be made by taping any tears. Useful for Gortex jackets and the like! The same theory can be applied if you tent gets a hole.
Mend your saddle with duct tape
Duct tape along with string and perhaps a T-Shirt will hold a broken saddle together nicely until you can get it fixed properly or buy a new one.
For those who are planning a long-distance bike ride, you’ll be surprised to know that some of the most creative ways of packing food for your journey is by duct taping the containers closed. This way you won’t have to worry about spilling everywhere inside your panniers!
You might also want to check out these other bike touring tips and guides:
- How much does it cost to travel around the world on a bicycle
- Best saddles for bike touring
- How to change the oil in a Rohloff speedhub
- Multi purpose cycling shoes
– Dave Briggs
Dave wrote this travel guide about using duct tape for emergency bike repairs after years spent cycling all around the world.
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