Okay, to start off I have no affiliation with Nationwide Insurance and they did not ask to be involved in this post, however I was reminded of one of their commercials when we received an email for WV Cycling. The hack passed on has to do with adjusting a brake cable for a cyclo-cross bike and made me think about how many times I wish I had a third hand.
WV Cycling wrote to us and stated: Easy trick for adjusting the straddle wire on a set of cyclocross brakes. Gives you a third hand and halves the time spent setting them up!
Setting up Cantilever brakes in the past was something I did not enjoy so I made the jump and saw the following picture on the site:
Photo and Italic Text Credit to WV Cycling
A simple bungee cord pulled over the seat actually provided two extra hands. The following text sums it up:
I attached it to one side of the brakes, then over the seatpost for some mild tension, back to the other brake. Tadaa! The brakes were touching the rim, and I could eye things to an accurate adjustment.
Brilliantly simple use of a bungee. Do you have third hand hacks? Feel free to let us know.