10 Bike Hacks for MTB and Beyond

10 Bike Hacks for MTB and Beyond

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posting schedule should resume by next week, but for now I’ve got another 10 bike hacks
to hold you over. Let’s get started. One of the best ways to make a quick chain
repair is with a master link. Just remove the broken part of the chain,
join it again with the master link and you’re on your way. You can keep a master link in your backpack
but storing it on your bike means it’ll always be at the ready. I stuffed two links into my bar end and left
a piece of string dangling to pull them back out with. What other ways can you think of to secure
spare links? Have you ever been stuck without a bottle
opener? Platform pedals seem to have been designed
for the job. Just hook the lip of the bottle under the
cage and pry it off. I’m sure there’s a spot you can do this
even on clipless pedals. In the comments of the last video someone
said that you can clean a chain by tying two toothbrushes together. Let’s try it. I’m assuming that you fasten them at the
base so they meet here and pedal the chain between them. Actually, not bad. Using a solvent would help too. If you do this, make sure to clearly label
them so you don’t mix up your toothbrushes. On some bikes, the cables rub against the
frame and cause damage to the paint. After a while it can wear it down right to
the metal. Velcro pads will not only stop this from happening,
but eliminate the noise caused by the cable hitting the frame. If you don’t want to stick velcro to your
frame you can also just stick it to the cable. Velcro is available in different colors to
match your bike. Keeping your rotors clean is essential for
good braking power. In fact, the oil from your skin can make them
practically useless. You can clean them with alcohol and paper
towels, but on on the fly these prep pads are really easy. This whole box was 1.50, and the pads can
be kept in your travel toolbox, car, or backpack. It’s even good to do this after taking your
bike off the rack with all the grime from the road. Energy gels, or goo packs, are quite useful. They’re basically disgusting syrupy packages
of pure calories that you can suck down while training or racing. In a pinch, you can use honey instead. It’s 100% natural, available in packets,
and not nearly as disgusting, in fact it’s awesome. In many cases, it’s also much cheaper. If you have a pickup truck you can carry a
bike like this, but protecting your tailgate is essential. They sell really good products that do this,
and they even hold the bikes in place, but there’s a cheaper way. Just get a piece of cardboard and cut it to
size. You can even customize it to look just like
real ones. Fold it at the top, and lay it over your tailgate. Function, economy, and style. Even a nice clean hydration pack will have
that rubbery taste and smell. You can freshen up your reservoir with a drop
of citrus. Lemon or lime juice is sold in bottles but
you can also use the real thing. Now, you enjoy nice lime-infused water for
your ride instead of rubber. Do avoid dropping whole fruits in there though,
as a Camelbak sangria will ruin your reservoir in a hurry. A drop won’t though. Even good hydration packs make your back sweaty,
but you can take the edge off with some ice. Fill the pack partially with water, and fill
it with air. Lay it in the freezer and take extra care
not to block the water outlet. Once it’s frozen solid you’ll have a nice
layer of ice right along the back of the reservoir. Top it off with water, and it’ll stay icy
cold. This will melt way slower than ice cubes,
while still providing enough meltwater to drink as you go. More than one commenter said that tying a
zip tie or string around your hub can keep it clean, and I’ve seen this on cruisers
and novelty bikes. Out of curiosity, let’s see how well this
works. Maybe it would work eventually? Yeah, a bigger piece of string, leather strap,
or zip tie might work better, but let me show you a better way. So there you go, 10 more bike hacks. To keep doing these videos I need you guys
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  1. I wanna work soo much on my bike.. I wanna treat her soo good.. I want her to be in top condition but i m soo bad with using tools..

  2. I’ve got one every one might know this but put a piece of gum in your mouth will make you not get as thirsty

  3. the dollar store sells folding picnic blankets with velcro straps to keep the blanket in a nice bundle. I use this as my tailgate protector when needed as its cheap, folds up super small, is water proof and padded and of course it can be used for many other things versus a store bought tailgate protector.

  4. I would take hot sauce instead of honey because the hot sauce is burning hot so that it gives that quick movement

  5. Who uses a master link on a chain for derailleurs? I don't even use 'em for one – speeds! A good chain rivet tool/ link loosener can be had for about 15 bucks, and your drivetrain will be so much smoother ; a master link is quite unnecessary.
    Keep at least one chain tool handy! 🚲

  6. I have a hack. It works every time. Watch Seth's ten bike hacks! (It was a great video i found useful. Seth, i would be nice if you made some camera hacks for people who want to film themselves trail biking… Cheers!

  7. I used a burst inner tube to make pouches for loose screws so they aren’t laying around in the bottoms of my toolbox. Cut off a section and seal up the end with some electrical tape

  8. You can open a bottle with anything that has a relatively hard edge – a quarter dollar or 2 € coin would do the trick.

  9. I think a good hack to spread around is when you’re replacing a spoke you can use the broken one to prevent losing it in the rim by threading it halfway to hold in in place while you thread the new one on. Idk about you, but before I learned this from my friend I lost many spokes to the abyss of my rim (much like a pick being dropped into an acoustic guitar).

  10. Hey Seth, you should make a video (lets say on April fools) where you show hacks that are bad for your bike or just contain awful tips. I think that would be hilarious.

  11. two nail brushes (non-handled) used to clean chain. Sandwich the chain between the brushes and turn the crank. Voila! works as well as one of them chain cleaners tools. Best Part – The brushes came in a two pack and the local dollar store!

  12. Two tooth 🦷 brushes is working chain I been checking shifting gears but I have to disc in the back which was make me happy because I love seeing spinning disc break

  13. If you want an extremely tough, durable, and high capacity camel back, go with a military grade one. They hold 1 gallon of water and are like stupid strong and durable. They cost $30-60.

  14. If you tie a shoe lace to your hubs loosely it will clean your hubs after about a week of solid riding, I do it to my bmx hubs

  15. Dakine…nice touch. Instead of cardboard, I use some outdated patio chair cushions. Pre folded and 3 or 4 cover the entire tailgate or just use 1 for a single bike.

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