How to make a “Enduro” Kit Strap

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
  • Scissors
  • Matchs or lighter

Method

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.

How to make a mtb kit strap 2

Start by attaching the rectangular loop. Thread the webbing through the loop and then fold over roughly 3 cm of the webbing.

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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.

Enduro bananas

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.

 

In Search of Epic?

Mountain biking is a tribe with a vocabulary all of its own.

Gnar, loam, brap, berm, lip, kicker, stoked, flow, table, gap, double, roost to name a few.

Some of those words, like the vernacular of any facet of life, have a tendency to be overused, none more so than the word epic. Epic is a strange one as it is so overused in everyday language, but it is more defined in MTB.

It is both a description of a feeling and of the physical geography a trail winds over. A ride or a trail can be epic because the adrenaline and speed mixed with the accomplishment of cleaning a trail, creates a feeling that can easily (and inarticulately) be described as “epic”.

Start of Stage 2 Tour De Ben Nevis 2014

A trail can also be epic due to scale of the landscape it traverses, the speed, technicality or sheer quality of ride that it offers. The scale and raw beauty of a landscape can be great enough to imbue even a modest trail with that ephemeral epic quality.

We mountain bikers as a tribe seek it out, we actively try and capture that epic quality and feeling. It may be like trying to catch and hold sand, but the experience of it running through your fingers can be enough to sustain you through many a work place meeting.

But one persons epic is an others local loop.

We swap stories of trails and routes, descriptions of the qualities of trails and enthuse over where is riding best. In hope that acts of positive karma will help us find that feeling for ourselves. But one persons epic is an others riders local loop, it is all a matter of location, experience and perspective.

Mount Battock desert Mountain Bike Scotland Stravaiging

if you eat cake everyday it will just become bread

The local trails you ride, as epic by someone else’s scale they may be, will become just another local loop by your personal measure. If you ride alpine singletrack every week, whilst the landscape will still be awe inspiring at times, you will, in time become accustomed to it and will expect that level of trail for your weekly riding. Likewise if you never ride groomed fast trail centres with man made drops and jumps, when you do it will feel pretty epic.

Tour De Ben Nevis 2014 Callum Kellie race Stravaiging

But ultimately, if you eat cake everyday it will just become bread. So how do we recapture that sense of “epicness“?

Leave your local, venture out of the routine loop and push beyond your comfort zone. The trail may be no more technical than your normal trails, but the unfamiliarity and blind nature of the riding has a habit of heightening the experience.

Does every ride need to be epic? No, but some of them should try to be.