Glue your race numbers to your expensive jersey/skinsuit? Sound crazy? There is actually several benefits ditching the pins and gluing your numbers.
- They won’t blow around like crazy
- The numbers lay flat and visible
- The pins put little holes in your expensive kit and rip big ones in a wreck
- It’s way quicker, especially if you’re doing back to back races and need to change numbers
- The adhesive washes right off and doesn’t ruin your kit
I learned this technique from Patrick of Bike Science Coaching. I was extremely skeptical of putting spray adhesive on my $200 skinsuit at first, but after my first race I was a believer. I did 13 races last season and glued the numbers every time. There is no sign of residue, discoloration, or deterioration on my kit. I’m a believer. You’ll need a can of 3m Super 77 spray adhesive and a spray bottle of Goo Gone Spray Gel. It’s probably very important you stick to this exact recipe. I won’t guarantee you won’t melt your skin off or start your washer on fire if you use something else.
Here’s how we do it:
- Grab your numbers and crumble it up several times until it is pliable and soft.
- Flatten them out and set it on the ground number side down
- Spray them with 3M Super 77 adhesive
- Wait a minute or two for the glue to get tacky
- Have a friend help you stick your numbers on (it helps to crouch over a little like you’re riding)
When your race is over the numbers usually peel off pretty easily. If they’re really stuck, you put on too much glue or didn’t wait long enough for it to get tacky. Don’t worry though, just strip off your kit and spray the back side (inside of the kit) with some of that Goo Gone Spray Gel. They’ll peel right off.
When it’s time to wash your kit:
- Liberally spray the glue residue with Goo Gone Spray gel.
- Rub it in with a washcloth.
- Throw it all in the washer (cold).
- Always hang dry your cycling clothing.
Last but not least: Whether you pin or glue your numbers: here’s how you put on CX race numbers. The officials will tell you what side of your back on the day of the event. Don’t bug the promoter about it before your race. They don’t know. (Apologies to Matt, Jeff, and Bill)
Nicholas Moroder is the everyday face of Belgainwerkx. He has been wrenching on bikes for 10 years and is a Certified Retul University fitter. He’s the kind of guy who can tell you what tire is best for your wet rides, or what brake pads will make your rims last the longest. He manages the service, product , fitting, and day-to-day operation of the shop.