Pinning your number before a big race or organised ride can seem like a pain - especiallly if you've never done it before. With these simple tips, though, you'll soon be pinning like a pro.

Before you pin your number, take into consideration the material it's made out of. Fabric numbers are easier to pin, while paper numbers tend to be stiff and don't sit against your body as nicely. Most riders will crumple up a paper number before pinning to make it more flexible and aerodynamic.



You can pin your number on a flat surface as shown in the video (courtesy of our American sister title Bicycling), or while sitting in a chair, zip your jersey around your legs to mimic the stretch it gets when you wear it.

It's personal preference whether you want to place the number above the pockets or over them. For longer events, you're going to want access to your pockets for snacks and gels, so pinning above them is probably your best option.

It's important to keep in mind that numbers will be pinned in different places, depending on the event. Some races require two numbers on your back, or even smaller ones on your shoulders - be sure to check with the event organisers about number placement if you're unsure. (This is important because you want to make sure the cameras and officials can easily identify you).