Safeguarding that $60 SportIdent Stick

New to mountain bike orienteering (MTBO)? Read on…

Elastic loop

Elastic loop

Losing a SportIdent (SI) stick is not uncommon for riders new to MTBO. What seems secure turns out to be not so in the heat of battle. So here are two tips.

SI stick on your finger

SI stick secure on your hand

SI stick secure on your hand

Cheapest but less secure in my opinion. Plus some riders have reported that it does get in the way when braking, gear changing. You can improve the security by using common elastic loops. With the demise of airline luggage tag loops came the fortunate rise of elastic hair loops.

Loop two of these together as in the photo. The extra long ones in the photo are my favourite Lady Jayne brand 🙂  Then similarly loop onto the SI stick. While the photo shows that loop onto the SI stick elastic, it is even more secure to remove the elastic and loop onto the stick itself.

Then the other loop goes over your hand to provide that extra security.

SI stick on your bike

SI stick affixed to bike

SI stick affixed to bike

This is the preferred and most common method as it is simply more secure than on your finger. Quickly accessible and able to reach properly placed ride-up SI units.

Purchase a ‘zinger’ from a stationery store. Zip tie the SI stick to the zinger elastic cord (if the zinger attachment  triangle has a gap then either close it up or remove the triangle). Then zip tie the zinger clip to your headset. With this setup you can even dip the SI stick on the fly.

Affixing the SI stick to your bike is compulsory in normal MTBO but we will not be enforcing this.

SI stick in use

SI stick in use

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Unless something dramatic crops up, the next post should be the results and selected course routes from the 4 and 6 hour.

Enjoy your ride!

 

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