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Littering and PRO's

Guest_Smimby_* 12 Nov 2014

Last night on Supersport I noticed one of the pro cyclist taking a Gu and biting the plastic top off and spitting it out then he eats the gu and put the packet back in his pocket.

That is still littering in my mind. This is not the first time I see it.

It seems to have become acceptable to tear of that little plastic bit and drop it?

It is PLASTIC not good for the environment or animals.

I also notice an increase in this habit ping the rest of the field. And DARE you say something, you get the F----off etc
Edited by Smimby, 12 November 2014 - 07:23 .

TDFN's Photo TDFN 12 Nov 2014

Hmmm, At least he put the big part in his pocket so he is trying.

Oxter's Photo Oxter 12 Nov 2014

Saw it as well and i agree with you. Irritates me to the core. I do think however that their mind is on other stuff at that stage and that you would not change it that easy. To change we should take on the company to alter their design a bit so you cant tear it off completely, because if you think about it they are causing the problem. With even the best intentions sometimes you do drop stuff without you even knowing it

Mojoman's Photo Mojoman 12 Nov 2014

Rich or poor, black or white, educated or not....South Africans generally litter.

 

BLACKvoodoo's Photo BLACKvoodoo 12 Nov 2014

The best thing is to tape your gel sachet tops to your top tube, Easy to reach and rip.

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AlanD's Photo AlanD 12 Nov 2014

Perhaps the manufacturers need to re-look at their packaging, making opening it more enviromentatlly friendly without tearing off peices or making a more biodegradable tear off tab.

Guest_Smimby_* 12 Nov 2014

I don't think there should be any excuse.

Letum911's Photo Letum911 12 Nov 2014

The best thing is to tape your gel sachet tops to your top tube, Easy to reach and rip.


That is brillaint! Never thought of that, we normally just bight a cut into the corner of the GU so no messy top flap and then just put the empty one in the back pocket. Will this idea work for mtb or will the shaking cause it to tear off? No use in losing a few much needed GU's as well as littering
Edited by Letum911, 12 November 2014 - 08:26 .

Guest_Karma_* 12 Nov 2014

Hmmm, At least he put the big part in his pocket so he is trying.

 

Not really. 

 

If every rider at W2W only dropped a small piece of plastic, we'd still sit with a big heap of rubbish.

BLACKvoodoo's Photo BLACKvoodoo 12 Nov 2014

That is brillaint! Never thought of that, we normally just bight a cut into the corner of the GU so no messy top flap and then just put the empty one in the back pocket. Will this idea work for mtb or will the shaking cause it to tear off? No use in losing a few much needed GU's as well as littering

 

That is brillaint! Never thought of that, we normally just bight a cut into the corner of the GU so no messy top flap and then just put the empty one in the back pocket. Will this idea work for mtb or will the shaking cause it to tear off? No use in losing a few much needed GU's as well as littering

Yes MTB as well.

rudi-h's Photo rudi-h 12 Nov 2014

Gu packets are impractical. Even of you try, they are so sticky that 1/10 times you will drop one unknowingly even of you try to get both parts back into your pocket. Im all for, bananas, nuts and jelly babies. Littering amongst cylists is very common and totally disgusting

Letum911's Photo Letum911 12 Nov 2014

Yes MTB as well.

Awesome thanx. Learnt something new today, will try it on my next ride!!

Patchelicious's Photo Patchelicious 12 Nov 2014

The problem is that is us noobs see the Pros doing it, we think it's ok and start doing it too.

This is just how it's works, "we" emulate them, so they should set an example as always.

Paulst12's Photo Paulst12 12 Nov 2014

The Ener-B sachets are the way to go... Other distributors should go this route?

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b-rad's Photo b-rad 12 Nov 2014

It's very easy and cheap to make your own energy gels and put the mixture in a small plastic bottle or tube which has a flip cap.

Wez-O's Photo Wez-O 12 Nov 2014

Perhaps the manufacturers need to re-look at their packaging, making opening it more enviromentatlly friendly without tearing off peices or making a more biodegradable tear off tab.

One or both of those solutions would definitely be the best resolution to this issue.

 

 

In all due respect to the OP, when you are riding in an elite peloton with the gutter on one side and a cross wind on the other, where to place a piece of 1cm x 1cm plastic is not foremost on your mind...