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<p>Anyone swim with velcro-strap wrist accessories?  I used to wear my Timex Ironman watch during races, but stopped after the velcro came undone during a couple races, forcing me to pause and re-stick it.  Lately I've taken to wearing my Road ID band during races, but again had to pause twice during a recent race to re-stick the velcro despite having squished it down vigorously before the race.</p>
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<p>Anyone have a solution?  I was thinking of maybe using a safety pin to hold the strap in place, but I'm not sure I like the idea of having a safety pin on my wrist during a mass-start swim.</p>
 

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<p>Hmmm...duct tape? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/dontknow.gif" style="width:37px;height:15px;" title=""></p>
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<p>Hmm, I use a safety pin to secure the velcro timing chip ankle straps all the time and I've not had any issues.  And I know a lot of other people that do this and I've never heard of anything bad happening.</p>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Theia</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69260/wrist-strap-issues-during-swimming#post_1929534"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Hmmm.  Do you need your Road ID during a race, given that your name and info are connected to your race bib and chip? </p>
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Well, the Road ID gives some pretty useful information that the RD wouldn't have access to.  Blood type, allergies, spouse cell phone, and my full legal name as opposed to the shortened nickname I use (Matt) for registrations.</p>
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<p>Guess I'll try the safety pin.</p>
 

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<p>how about an ankle road ID that you can tuck under your wetsuit leg?</p>
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<p>my wrist road ID has never come off in the water, although my timex ironman watch was banned for velcro issues long ago.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>MBannon</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69260/wrist-strap-issues-during-swimming#post_1929552"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-right:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-bottom:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p><br>
Well, the Road ID gives some pretty useful information that the RD wouldn't have access to.  Blood type, allergies, spouse cell phone, and my full legal name as opposed to the shortened nickname I use (Matt) for registrations.</p>
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True.  I have a Road ID that velcros to my shoe when I run, and I have a laminated copy of my license when I bike.  I guess I don't worry as much during a race b/c they at least have my name, address, age, etc. via my chip. <br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Theia</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69260/wrist-strap-issues-during-swimming#post_1929559"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><br><br><p><br>
True.  I have a Road ID that velcros to my shoe when I run, and I have a laminated copy of my license when I bike.  I guess I don't worry as much during a race b/c they at least have my name, address, age, etc. via my chip. <br>
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Chip?  You haven't done enough races yet, then (triathlons, that is).  Some of the smaller ones can be pretty rinky-dink.  Forget about the chip timing - I've done a couple races that didn't even have body marking.  Pretty sure one didn't even have a bike number.  Get knocked out during that race and you're headed to the hospital as John/Jane Doe.  <shudder></p>
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<p>Monica - Tucking my safety ID under my wetsuit seems (to me) to defeat the purpose, doesn't it?  The whole idea is for the thing to be immediately visible.  That's why I originally chose the wrist version over other versions, figuring that emergency personnel would see that a lot quicker than a small tag on my shoe or an old driver license in my tool kit, etc.</p>
 

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<p>Road ID makes a non-velcro strap that you can use.....</p>
<p>I have it, and that's what I wear for triathlons.  The velcro one gets funky with sweat, anyway.</p>
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<p>My watch for the water isn't velcro, either.</p>
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<p>I think that the funk that develops from fabric straps isn't worth it for water-based sporting activities.  So, I just use the non-fabric watch bands.  Plus, they then don't come unstuck.</p>
 
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