World’s cheapest, best swimming lap counter – just put beads on elastic cord

World’s cheapest, best swimming lap counter – just put beads on elastic cord

– If you count laps easily when swimming, you can use a string of beads on an elastic cord. (Pull a bead down after each lap.)
UPDATES 19 Nov 2014
Best cord – Use a strip of rubber cut from an old bicycle tube.
– Zero cost.
– Doesn’t wear out (beads don’t loosen and slip so you get confused about the count.
– Much easier to thread into the beads (you trim the threading end to 2mm width that easily goes into beads hole.
BEADS AT *TOP* at start of count (NOT at the bottom)
– It’s easier in the water to pull a bead DOWN when a lap is completed
– After your 10 laps (all beads at bottom), to prepare for another complete set of 10, pull all beads up to top again.
BEAD SIZE, CORD SIZE?
– The clear plastic beads here are 15mm diameter, and I cut the rubber strip to about 5mm so they’re snug and tight but still pull along the strip when want to do it fast in the water after completing a lap. (For easy threading, trim 5cm the threading end to a tiny 2mm sliver that easily goes into the bead hole.) The total length of cord is 50cm.
ATTACHING IT
I use a key ring on my wetsuit or swiming shorts, and tie the cord to that.
STILL USING THIS
I’m still using this count method. I find it very handy. Let me know your ideas and experiences.