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Old 04-04-14, 09:28 AM
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Race number tape

Does anyone know of a tape this is effective in securing a race number to your jersey? I've tried Scotch 3M double sided tape to no avail. I'm thinking about trying fabric tape from Walgreens. What about RacerTape?
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Everyone in the world has been using safety pins for about as long as they've been around. They work all the time, everytime.
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And are required by USAC.

You can use adhesive in addition, but you have to use 4 pins.
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Originally Posted by redtires
Everyone in the world has been using safety pins for about as long as they've been around. They work all the time, everytime.
Which lead to Bob Roll's awesome story about what happens when your jersey gets pinned to your bibs during an "emergency". He needs to write more books.
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3m Super 77 Spray Glue.
It does leave a residue on the jersey.

And 4 pins.
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I don't race, but I do occasional Gran Fondo and organized rides that require numbers. I don't want to poke holes in my expensive jerseys with pins, so I use this, which works great:

RacerTape
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I like the idea of those magnets so you don't get holes in your jersey.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
And are required by USAC.

You can use adhesive in addition, but you have to use 4 pins.
They've revised it, you don't have to use 4 pins anymore.

1J7. Racing numbers.

(b) Riders shall place their numbers as prescribed by the Race Director or officials and in such a way that they are visible when the rider is in a racing position. When shoulder numbers are provided for cyclo-cross, they are worn on the upper arm to be visible from the front. Hip numbers shall be attached securely at least at the four corners and no accessory or hair may obstruct a clear view of the number. If shoulder or frame numbers are provided, they too shall be placed as prescribed. Numbers may not be folded, trimmed, or otherwise defaced.
Of course, regional USAC officials have the authority to require pins, so there's that.
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the trick that I see people do is crumple it up and stretch it out so that it doesn't flap, and conforms to your body. It's hard for a flat piece of paper to fully adhere to your body's curvatures, unless it's like a fabric type material that stretches with your jersey or something.


I've seen a guy having to use scotch tape to make his number stay on, because they ran out of pins. hehe.
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Originally Posted by spectastic
the trick that I see people do is crumple it up and stretch it out so that it doesn't flap, and conforms to your body. It's hard for a flat piece of paper to fully adhere to your body's curvatures, unless it's like a fabric type material that stretches with your jersey or something.


I've seen a guy having to use scotch tape to make his number stay on, because they ran out of pins. hehe.
depending on the quality of the printing, crumping the numbers will break up and make the numbers unreadable = dnf
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Duct tape should do nicely
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Originally Posted by Nebby10
They've revised it, you don't have to use 4 pins anymore.



Of course, regional USAC officials have the authority to require pins, so there's that.
good. Seemed like a silly rule.
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Originally Posted by RIRview
I don't race, but I do occasional Gran Fondo and organized rides that require numbers. I don't want to poke holes in my expensive jerseys with pins, so I use this, which works great:

RacerTape
Little secret; you don't have to use those numbers. If I do a non competitive event with numbers, I just stick the number in my jersey pocket.

Unless there's a camera on the line ( or you want to buy event pictures) I don't see much reason to display a number.
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NCNCA officials frown on crumpling. I've never heard of anyone being DQ'ed but I hear them give warnings pretty much every early season race.

Anyway, I use 8 pins: one for each corner and halfway in between. As for holes, meh. If you race, your jersey will have holes in it. It's a cost of doing business for racing.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh
Little secret; you don't have to use those numbers. If I do a non competitive event with numbers, I just stick the number in my jersey pocket.

Unless there's a camera on the line ( or you want to buy event pictures) I don't see much reason to display a number.

I think there's a typo in your post. You meant to write "Unless you want to buy rediculously expensive event pictures."

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3m Spray 77, sprayed onto back side of number only. Allow it to dry for 5'. Spread jersey out, apply number. It has adhesion similar to a Post-It note at this point, but it's more sticky (will easily stay on jersey with no pins). Pin corners to avoid hassle with officials, and go race. After race, unpin and peel number off of jersey with zero residue. It works perfectly. The key is the 5' wait. Other types of 3M spray adhesive have been tried and only 77 has worked. Between all of us on my team we probably have 300 races worth of experience with thus 77 method in the last couple of years (we're a tiny team) and it always works perfectly.
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd
Does that come with a sleeveless jersey and bento box?
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Super 77, as described above. If you put it on when the adhesive is still wet then you'll have residue. If you let it dry to a tacky touch kind of thing then it'll peel right off. If you wait too long it'll peel right off while you're riding.

Pins. Go through twice.

I use a lot of pins. 8-10 is minimum, depends on how much time I have. If I'm dressing 3-4 minutes before the race starts 6 pins.


Adhesive numbers (still have to use pins just in case). They cost a fortune else I'd have issued them all the time. They were great, the number looked sublimated on the jerseys. In this clip there are a bunch of them stuck on. Some riders didn't realize they were stickers so they pinned.


When it's pouring I'll duct tape the number to the outside of the rain jacket. I use white or black so that it either enlarges the number or defines the borders of it. I thought I had pictures but I can't find any.

Wrinkling numbers will screw up some finish line cameras, especially in weird light situations. You're wearing the number because you want to be picked so wear it so that you will get picked. It's best if you don't wrinkle them. Use more pins and you'll never have a flapping number.
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Pins? Glue? Tape? Meh!

I always just take a new (expensive) jersey and get my number silk screened on it at the mall. Same place and time that I'm buying my beach tee-shirts and board shorts. That way I'll remember the experience forever.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Does that come with a .... bento box?
I'll have the sashimi special if you're taking orders now, waiter...
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Race Dots....google it
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Originally Posted by caloso
Does that come with a sleeveless jersey and bento box?
Hell, I'll even throw in a skin suit!
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Originally Posted by spectastic
the trick that I see people do is crumple it up and stretch it out so that it doesn't flap, and conforms to your body. It's hard for a flat piece of paper to fully adhere to your body's curvatures, unless it's like a fabric type material that stretches with your jersey or something.

The officials here specifically say that is not allowed.

I use 4 pins on the corners, and a 5th in the middle of the leading edge. No flapping
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I don't race anymore, but BITD I was a bit OCD about pinning on numbers. I always pinned from the inside (so much more aero ) and folded the edges if there was too much extra white. My teammates insisted I pin their numbers, too.
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