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Spray adhesive for afixing numbers to jersey?

Old 02-29-12, 10:51 PM
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Spray adhesive for afixing numbers to jersey?

Tired of using safety pins to attach my race number. Does anyone have any suggestions for a spray adhesive that will securely adhere the number and easily wash out later?
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Old 02-29-12, 11:06 PM
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"...numbers shall be attached securely at least at the four corners with pins..."
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Old 02-29-12, 11:21 PM
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Yeah, still got to use pins but you can do both. All the below are between $10-15. GL

Scotch 77 spray
Racertape
Killer Red Tape
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Originally Posted by kleinboogie View Post
Yeah, still got to use pins but you can do both. All the below are between $10-15. GL

Scotch 77 spray
Racertape
Killer Red Tape
I use the Scotch on my TT numbers. It doesn't wash out easy. The tape is iffy depending on heat and humidity.
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Originally Posted by NitroBike View Post
Tired of using safety pins to attach my race number. Does anyone have any suggestions for a spray adhesive that will securely adhere the number and easily wash out later?
i also find it exhausting.

hell, i need recovery days after pinning my numbers.
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My skinny arms get so tired.
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Old 03-01-12, 07:05 AM
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I know one or two guys who use adhesive on their numbers. Their kits looks like crap.
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Old 03-01-12, 08:12 AM
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I tried sticky back numbers for a year, it was really expensive and really stressful making them. Therefore for 2012 they'll be normal.
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I use the scotch '77' on the back of my numbers, but I've used the weaker 'general purpose' stuff by Scotch and had the same results. I just happened to buy the 77 before trying the weaker stuff, no real preference. There are two tricks - let the spray pretty much dry before putting it on (e.g. it *barely* sticks to your fingers when touching it); and if there is residue left over, use goo-gone to get rid of it.

As mentioned above, you still need to use pins. The advantage is that the number doesn't flap around and the pins don't rip your jersey. I hate when that happens.
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Tried a few products, and agree, that most cause a royal mess as residue from the numbers just won't come off.

> 3M Super 77 Adhesive - stickiest, won't completely wash out
> Loctite Spray Adhesive - also sticky, but not as bad as 3M
> Elmers Craft Bond Adhesive - washes out completely but less sticky

I opt for the Elmers these days, coupled with pins, just to protect my jerseys.
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Dang CDR that's a lot of pins.

I mentioned this before but I am incapable of pinning my own numbers....
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Originally Posted by carpediemracing View Post
I tried sticky back numbers for a year, it was really expensive and really stressful making them. Therefore for 2012 they'll be normal.
Good call--I wasn't a fan of the sticky back numbers. Something about the way the glue would mix with my sweat would make them all heavy and noticeable after a while, and you had to pin them anyways.

Plus number pinning is probably my true strength as a bike racer--I have finally found a use for the skills I developed during all those hours spent pinning/sewing patches to my clothes as a punk kid.
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i'm quitting racing because of the stress and exhaustion from pinning on my numbers. c ya.
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Originally Posted by GirlAnachronism View Post
Good call--I wasn't a fan of the sticky back numbers. Something about the way the glue would mix with my sweat would make them all heavy and noticeable after a while, and you had to pin them anyways.

Plus number pinning is probably my true strength as a bike racer--I have finally found a use for the skills I developed during all those hours spent pinning/sewing patches to my clothes as a punk kid.
You bought a car, you're no longer punk
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i'm quitting racing because of the stress and exhaustion from pinning on my numbers. c ya.
Thanks for all you dedication to the sport, I hope that your new ventures are as rewarding as cycling has been. Stay safe my friend.
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Originally Posted by Monkeyclaw View Post
I use the scotch '77' on the back of my numbers, but I've used the weaker 'general purpose' stuff by Scotch and had the same results. I just happened to buy the 77 before trying the weaker stuff, no real preference. There are two tricks - let the spray pretty much dry before putting it on (e.g. it *barely* sticks to your fingers when touching it); and if there is residue left over, use goo-gone to get rid of it.

As mentioned above, you still need to use pins.
The advantage is that the number doesn't flap around and the pins don't rip your jersey. I hate when that happens.
solvents and adhesive residue are so much better than those pesky little holes.
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number pinning causes carpal tunnel syndrom and arthritis, plus it's just too hard.
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Save your breath I never was one.
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Another thought: If you take the jersey off it's a lot easier to use pins.

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Save your breath
I bury all my saved breaths in a can in the back yard. I used to put them under the mattress but it got smelly. I tried going to the ATM and depositing them in the machine but they wouldn't fit in the envelope.

One day I'm going to dig up all my breaths and go on a breathing bender.

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One day I'm going to dig up all my breaths and go on a breathing bender.
dont let them find the empty breath bags.
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So do you need to hold your breath before you save it or do you save it so that you can hold it?
And if you take a bag of breath with you should you put a breath mint in the bag to keep it fresh for when you need it?
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
solvents and adhesive residue are so much better than those pesky little holes.
I agree, especially when those holes are big enough to require buying a new jersey!
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Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
I know one or two guys who use adhesive on their numbers. Their kits looks like crap.
If you rarely wear them without numbers it doesn't really matter. I had skinsuits that I only wore for racing, so the gummy parts were always covered with numbers anyway.

With 3M 77 you can also glue them so there isn't a lot of residue:
1) put a heavy coat on the back of the number and let it dry completely.
2) when you're ready to glue it on, put a light coat and let dry about 30 seconds, so it's just tacky
3) Stick it on.
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Originally Posted by bitingduck View Post
If you rarely wear them without numbers it doesn't really matter. I had skinsuits that I only wore for racing, so the gummy parts were always covered with numbers anyway.
except for that whole left side / right side thing.
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