Race belts

dangly bits

13 messages
29/05/2008 at 14:09

OK got my first triathlon in a couple of weeks, it got suggested that i purchase a race belt so i did as i was told, purchased said item, now a really random question. What are the dangly bits for? The only reference i can find is to secure your race number - how does that work?

I look forward to some serious and not so serious answers as re-reading i realise this can be misinterpreted but how else to describe??? elastic cords???

29/05/2008 at 14:12
do the dangly bits have any cord shocks on them (spring loaded clamp type thingies)?

if so the cord goes through a hole on the number (you may have to makes these yourself) and the shocks go on the other side to the belt to hold the number in place.

if there are no shocks you may need to get some

BUT - does the belt also have any pop studs?? if so, use them to hold the number in place - they do take some pressing to get them to work but they will hold
29/05/2008 at 14:20

Ah ha, it all becomes clear. Yes i do have cord shocks, but no there are no pop studs. I was trying to work out if you looped them around something, didn't consider removing the cord shocks first.

We live, we learn!

 Thanks Buddna

29/05/2008 at 14:27

Exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks, you two. * Was going to thread everything thro' the holes and tie knots. ' Cord shocks' is a new compound noun for me. Had no idea..*

cougie    pirate
29/05/2008 at 14:28
Prob easier using safety pins though !
29/05/2008 at 14:34
be careful if making holes - some numbers are not so robust so can tear if you make them too big and the paper is stretched. if that's the case - use some safety pins instead. numbers made of Tyvek (nylon like material) are rip-proof however
Edited: 29/05/2008 at 14:35
29/05/2008 at 15:57
I made my own number belt because I am special.
Doozer.    pirate
29/05/2008 at 16:13

Number belts cause loads of drag, you are better using safety pins and fastenning the number as flat as possible.

Its all about being Aero

29/05/2008 at 16:15
but when you have the aerodynamics of a housebrick like me it makes not one jot of difference Dooze
29/05/2008 at 16:33

Yes, but the flapping noise does get rather annoying!!

I will be trying new pinning techniques on my next tri.

Symes    pirate
29/05/2008 at 16:45
You go quick enough to get flapping noises?
29/05/2008 at 17:01
No, there must have been a strong wind
PSC    pirate
30/05/2008 at 07:55

Once you have clamped the number on with the shocks you might also want to tie the two loose ends of the dangly bits together otherwise they will bang against the number and drive you nuts.

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