Accidental Vintage Rider
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: San Francisco
Bikes: '67 Schwinn Varsity, late 70's(?) (Mike) Melton
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The Velo answer to duct tape, these little plastic straps are the ultimate weapon in the war to securely attach bits and pieces to the whole. However, I was surprised to count 18(!) on my bike, holding the necessaries in place (in other words, no "rack" or "pannier" related attachments).
From front to rear:
3 small to attach cyclo-puter magnetic ring to front wheel hub via spokes
4 small on fork for securing the pickup and pickup-wire
1 small for securing pick-up wire to stem shift derailleur cable while on its way to the cyclo-puter
2 (1 med. and 1 small) for a loop to "loosely" guide the rear brake cable away from bell at front of handle bar during turns.
1 med. for "extending" the bell's bar clamp (made for a smaller dia. bar)
1 med. for "guiding" thicker-than-spec derailleur cables at a right angle to the down-tube braze-ons
2 med. at rear of saddle to provide "loops" for attaching a wedge bag
4 small at pedals to hold on a total of two reflectors
Is this typical.. off-the-chart.. or not even close to the limit of what can be done with these miraculous little securing straps? Show us your tie-wrap list and be counted!