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mdallyn 09-21-09 03:04 PM

Best use for zipties
Hi guys,

I'm doing a little research on all the cycling-related uses for zip-ties - useful, unusual, or otherwise. Any suggestions?

The weirdest use I've found is as magpie defense in Australia. Check it out:


bicycleflyer 09-21-09 07:45 PM

I have some of the re-usable kind that have a little release latch. I have used those to lash onto my baggage just about anything from a rain coat to a part that fell off my bike. The part was not crucial to performance, so I just elected to lash it on and fix it at home.

hmmm..lets see, I know of someone who broke his rear der and lashed a short length of PVC pipe to his chain stay. By running the chain through it, it acted as a sort of chain tensioner.

There are literally thousands of uses, this ought to be an interesting thread.

SlimAgainSoon 09-22-09 03:14 PM

Best thing since baling wire!

Halloween 09-23-09 08:16 AM

Among other uses, I put a ziptie through each hub quick-release lever and then around the fork arm/chainstay (I have XTR QRs, which have a convenient openwork handle... put them around other types). It's my eyes-only tamper-indicator since I have to park outside in busy areas.

They're not anti-theft devices, but a quick glance tells me that the QR hasn't been opened or loosened.

swwhite 09-23-09 08:29 AM

My front fender stays are attached near the front axle with zip ties. When I bought my mountain bike for commuting, I did not notice that it had no attachment points for front fenders. In my ignorance, I thought all bikes did.

theguyfromplt 09-23-09 09:01 PM

I was given an el-cheapo headlight...
I was given an el-cheapo headlight... ...come to find out some critical piece was missing from this "piece" inside, rendering it non-functional. It had a "quick release" mount for the handlebar and, coupled with two zip ties, now mounts my LED mini-Maglite quite well. (Beats the heck out of a hood ornament for now)!:roflmao2:

Creakyknees 09-24-09 08:11 AM

Well not to bag on zipties, because I love'em. But lately I've been going with velcro straps instead, you can get big rolls of it for cheap from Home Depot / Lowe's. Great for helmet mounts for flashlights, etc.

ItsJustMe 09-24-09 08:38 AM

I've seen cases where people have had their freehub dogs freeze up in the winter, and they use some zipties to lash the big cog to some spokes, making the bike a kind of a multispeed fixie to get them home.

alicestrong 09-24-09 09:47 AM

I carry extra zipties with me all the time. In addition to being useful for my own emergency repairs, they are sometimes as handy as extra tubes to give to other riders.

atheist 09-24-09 05:35 PM

i use zip ties as replacement laces for my brooks b17 imperial. i just don't have the fingers to reach through the rails to tie knots...


TRaffic Jammer 09-24-09 05:48 PM

zip ties would hold my DIY winter fenders on all through the crappiest of seasons

dfarinwi 09-28-09 09:09 PM

Was on a bus that lost control over the accelerator on the interstate and idled to a stop. A farm girl crawled back into the engine compartment and zip tied the linkage back together. Said her sister was a diesel mechanic. I carry them in my tool bag. Zip ties seem as essential to a cyclist as duct tape is to a canoeist.

Totaled108 10-05-09 09:09 PM

I've used it one Planet Bikes weakish head light mounts, attaching one to my helmet, so I don't have to worry about it falling off. Works great, I did the same for the other one on the handle bars. I use zip-ties and those Velcro straps like someone else mentioned, all the time, great stuff.

I bought this light before I learned about fenix lights, but I'm still happy with it. :)

fisheye1987 10-09-09 06:31 AM

Not exactly bicycle, but I've seen zip-ties used to attach electrical wiring to fuel, and oxygen lines on aircraft. :( I generally make a fuss.

SlimAgainSoon 10-09-09 02:02 PM

Once, when riding my MTB, my seat bag broke lose. I zip-tied it back on. In fact, it is still held on with those zip ties.

My helmet lights are zip-tied on.

My headlights are ziptied as well.

By the way, according to Wikipedia, zip ties were invented ... in 1958! What took them so long to be discovered?

I carry a few in all my bike seat bags.

caloso 10-09-09 02:14 PM

My rain bike doesn't have any fender bosses or even a bottom bracket bridge, so I've had to use P-clips and zipties to attach fenders:

Jeff Wills 10-10-09 11:51 PM


Originally Posted by dfarinwi (Post 9762510)
Zip ties seem as essential to a cyclist as duct tape is to a canoeist.

"Duct tape is like The Force: it has a Light Side and a Dark Side and it holds the Universe together." :rolleyes:

I have a Third Eye "Pro" mirror on the side of my helmet. The adhesive attachement sucks, so mine is held on with zip ties. Been there forever.

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