No-Slip Bicycle Accessory Hack

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This is a simple Instructable to show you how I secure items to my bicycle. Not all bike components are compatible, some items fit the diameter of handlebars, while others do not.
My bike light and beverage holder didn't fit quite right and often slipped during basic rides. It's a drag to have to keep readjusting my components as I ride, so I figured out a way to keep my light from pointing down and to keep my drink holder steady and level while holding 16 ounces of "liquid".

Items Needed:
Kitchen cupboard/drawer liner (Dollar Tree)
Loose bicycle components - lamp, cup holder or bell

Tools Needed:
Scissors
Allen Wrench or Hex Key
Screwdriver

Step 1: Securing Your Components

The trick I learned is to use the rubber liner that you use in drawers and in cabinets. It's really simple, actually.
1. Remove the loose component (light) with the proper tool (hex key).
2. Using the black rubber piece that came with the light, measure out a piece of drawer liner the same size.
3. Cut the drawer liner.
4. Place the piece of drawer liner on the handlebars first, the light's rubber piece over that and secure your light's clamp over both.
5. Adjust until you have the right fit. Always remember to not over-tighten as you may strip the threads.

It's really that simple and effective. My drink holder now stays level and my light doesn't droop.

Step 2: BONUS: Shelf Liner Hacks

We had some shelf liner left over from our kitchen project and have used it for other means. As a bonus to my bike hack, I've decided to list a few ideas here - enjoy.

1. Place under rugs to keep from sliding on slippery surfaces.
2. Use under your cutting board.
3. Secure bicycle components.
4. Set your dog's water and food bowls on a piece.
5. Open stuck jar lids.
6. Glue to slippers to keep them from slipping.
7. Hold your mobile phone on your dashboard.
8. Place under a mixing bowl to give yourself grip and to keep from banging the counter.
9. Drink coasters for the glass patio table.
10. I'll add more as I think of them.

This could be an Instructable all on its own.

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    BatonTwirler

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I came here trying to figure out how to get my cup holder to stay put and lo and behold, you even have the same cup holder as me :D Great advice, thanks!

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    SGutshall

    4 years ago

    Nice idea; I've used some small pieces of wet/dry sandpaper to keep my saddle from sliding backward in it's mount. It works very well for a situation where there's no gap but still slippage. The wet/dry sandpaper is essentially weatherproof so it doesn't fall apart.

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    pbrux

    4 years ago on Introduction

    As a fellow ciclyst, I like this very much, super handy!!

    Foamy also seems to work, and micropore tape.

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    JW5

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea, I tried electrical tape and it was fine......for about two days. Thanks for the idea

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