Here’s a valuable tip to help out the roadies out there: a DIY compression band made out of a section of old innertube. Use this to enable a bundled up fix-a-flat kit that is super compact and organized for stuffing into a jersey pocket.
Gather your materials:
C02 cartridge inflator head
brand new, un-used innertube
cross section of an old innertube
talc powder (baby powder)
ziploc bag or a sheet of food wrap
I took some left-over rim tape and used it to secure a C02 cartridge and an inflator head together.
Next sprinkle some talc powder on the new, un-used innertube.
To protect the innertube, wrap it in food wrap or a small ziploc bag. The salt from you sweat could ruin your innertube before you ever put it into service.
Now let’s put an old blown-out innertube to use by re purposing a cross section of tube into a compression band.
You’ll need to use an mtb innertube or a cyclocross innertube as a skinny road innertube will just be too small. Stretch the compression band so that you can fit the bundled innertube, tire lever, and C02 cartridge all into a very compact ride kit. Voila`
On shorter rides, you can probably leave the saddle bag behind and thus you’ll look PRO!