10 Best zip tie fixes

10 reasons why you should carry a bunch of zip ties

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Zip ties may be the ultimate fix it accessory.

The Brits of GMBN call them cable ties but we all know they’re really zip ties, the ultimate mountain bike fix-it accessory. Invented in 1958, they were designed to cinch down airplane wire harnesses by Tennessee-based company Thomas and Betts.

Zip ties are a great accessory to re-attach items that have fallen off your bike, hold things in place, re-join two items that were once one and generally patch your bike up for the ride home! On top of that they’re lightweight and a small, simple thing to carry or stash around your bike for emergencies!


Little did the inventors know that they’d be used widely for mountain bike fixes. They’re light, cheap and strong… the elusive trifecta.


Riding back with your shorts flapping open is no longer necessary.

Have zip ties saved your ride? Or have they save you from the dreaded walk of shame back home? Tell us your zip tie stories!

It’s not covered in this video but can anyone explain the logic behind this zip tie fix? Got any of odd uses of your own?


Zip ties can save a ripped tire. Or it might give you some traction on icy roads.

What’s more useful, zip ties or duct tape?

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.

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