So I went riding on Monday, a long route with eight zillion turns provided by somebody who seemingly went out of their way to send me out of mine. It had directions like this:
- R on Hwy Z 1.5
- L on Cherry 0.8
- R on Market 0.1
- Quick L over RR tracks, then R on Festus Road 3.9
- L on N. 5th (under RR tracks) 0.6
- R on N. Mill and cross Hwy A 1.2
- R on American Legion Rd then L at fork in the road 0.6
When it's a new route, as this was for me, with those types of directions you obviously need to keep your map and cue sheet handy. You can't be riding down the road trying to read a map at the same time, and stopping every three-tenths of a mile would be maddening. And so that's why I was glad for the Cue Clip, a simple device that is basically a thick strip of velcro and a stout little clip designed to hold your directions hands-free and always in front of you. I wrapped the Cue Clip around my handlebars before I left, and at the end of the day, the clip and my directions were still there.
A couple of observations:
- No matter how fast I rode (> 40 mph on a couple of steep descents) the Cue Clip held the directions securely.
- Even when I folded my cue sheet into eighths, the clip had no problems clamping down on the thick folds of paper
- The simple design of the Cue Clip could probably be easily recreated at home, but for seven bucks, why even bother fooling with it?
- Cue Clip can be mounted to handlebars or stem (or anywhere else, for that matter) to fit your need and personal preference
Any experiences you've had, with this or other map-holding devices? Comment below.