Enduro racers love to strap spares to their bikes, why ride with a pack when you have duct tape?
But that option as useful as it is, is both messy and is a, unrefined solution. Companies like Race Face and Back Country Research have solutions on the market that address this, simple effective velcro strap solutions, albeit with a small pouch attached in the Race Face offering.
But these are in essence, a velcro strap, and they aren’t cheap either, so why not make your own?
Materials & Tools
- 25mm Nylon Webbing
- 20 or 25mm Stitch on Velcro
- 25mm internal diameter rectangular loop
- Sewing Machine
- Matchs or lighter
To make a kit strap long enough for a spare tube and a CO2 inflator, start by cutting your materials to length. the measurements are;
- Nylon Webbing 37cm
- Soft Velcro 26cm
- course velcro 5cm
The nylon webbing will want to fray at the ends, seal the end using the flame from a match or lighter. Carefully pass the end of the webbing over the flame and lightly press down on the end once the nylon starts to melt back to make a solid end to the webbing.
With the materials prepared it time to move to the sewing machine.
Start by attaching the rectangular loop. Thread the webbing through the loop and then fold over roughly 3 cm of the webbing.
Sew a square around the edge of the overlapping webbing going over the start point to ensure the stitching wont unpick itself.
Turn the strap over and attach the course velcro onto the opposite end of the strap from the Rectangular loop.
Then stitch the soft velcro on the same side and next to the course velcro.
And that is literally it, you have now made a basic kit strap for attaching those vital extra spares to your frame.
Whether it is a race day or just a epic ride into the mountains, an easy way of attaching those extra spares can make or break a day if the worst were to happen.