Review: Sugru

Think of what would happen if duct tape and Play-Doh mated

Price: starting at $18 for eight mini packs (5 grams per pack)
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Nothing is perfect. Even your fancy new bike might not be perfect, no matter the price you paid for it. There’s always going to be something that was overlooked or isn’t ideal for your exact requirements. Which is why Sugru might just be the rescue medicine you need.

Forget wrapping your expensive machine in a dirty, heavy, old inner tube, just smear some Sugru along your chainstays exactly where you need protection. Even a thin layer will protect and you can customize Sugru to the precise requirements of your bike.

Forget wrapping your expensive machine in a dirty, heavy, old inner tube, just smear some Sugru along your chainstays exactly where you need protection. Even a thin layer will protect and you can customize Sugru to the precise requirements of your bike.

Sugru is like duct tape had a baby with Play-Doh. It’s a self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand, molded to any shape or bonded to anything, and turns into a strong flexible silicone rubber.

Anyone can use it, anyone can buy it. It’s cheap, it’s soft, it’s resistant to a wide range of temperatures, it’s waterproof and it’s removable, which makes it pretty much perfect for a range of fixes, repairs and redesigns for mountain-bike applications.

This is my favorite fix. Rather than those little clear stickies that never cover enough area or fall off or get dirt under them, just roll up a line of Sugru and stick to the sides of the headtube. Bingo, no more rub.

This is my favorite fix. Rather than those little clear stickies that never cover enough area or fall off or get dirt under them, just roll up a line of Sugru and stick to the sides of the headtube. Bingo, no more rub.

It’s an incredibly versatile material so the only limits are your imagination. I’ve used it to make chain stay protectors (or add extra coverage to too-short chain stay protectors), I’ve plugged stealth routing holes I have no time for; I’ve made new cable guides; made cable rub protectors; and fixed shoes with it. I’m sure there are many more uses for it, which is why I know keep a packet in my backpack for emergencies, much like I do with a roll of duct tape around my pump.

Sugru’s mantra is ‘If it’s broken, fix it. If it’s not broken, improve it.’ Mountain bikers have to cope with often-expensive fixes so this might help ease the burden of long walks home or just those niggling issues. More so, it might help turn that nearly perfect bicycle into a mega machine.

Got extra holes on your bike? Hate knowing water, dirt and sweat is probably running into them? Plug them with tidy custom Sugru covers. Make them any shape or size, then sleep well at night knowing there won’t be anymore errant squirrels running around in your tubes.

Got extra holes on your bike? Hate knowing water, dirt and sweat is probably running into them? Plug them with tidy custom Sugru covers. Make them any shape or size, then sleep well at night knowing there won’t be anymore errant squirrels running around in your tubes.

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