Found Bike gets repaired, ridden, and cashed in

Found Bike gets repaired, ridden, and cashed in

Last week we did some night mountain biking,
and my bright light caught the reflector of something off trail. It was a bike, 1400 feet and 3 miles above
the trailhead. That means the owner of this bike gave up
a serious descent, one he earned with great difficulty. But as far as I’m concerned the only thing
he earned was the title of idiot, for leaving his stupid mistake in the forest. So today, we’re going to hike up with a
bunch of tools and parts, try to get this thing running again, and hopefully ride it
down the mountain. If we fail, we’ll hike it back to the trailhead
like this idiot should have done in the first place. Since this bike does look like that of the
department store variety, I’m bringing zip ties, tape, spoke wrenches, a 15mm socket
wrench, and of course, a vice grip. WD-40 would most certainly come in handy for
this job, but I’d feel weird spraying it out in the forest. So we’ll make due without it. To be honest I have no idea what the story
is with this thing so hopefully we’ll be prepared. It’ll take about 30 minutes of uphill hiking
to get to this bike, and when we finally do, a story will unfold. What really happened on that day? Did this bike really get left up here purposely
or was this a result of a crash? Is there a body up there too? I don’t suppose any of you would just leave
your beloved bike unattended, let alone out in the woods. So what happened? Well, I don’t see a body anywhere, or a
path of destruction leading towards the bike. But the front wheel sure is taco’d. That means this bike was heaved off the trail
in what looks to me like a textbook rage quit. I think the story goes like this. Dude invested minimally in mountain biking,
and even less in maintenance. That’s fine, but he then rode his poorly
maintained bike up the mountain, experienced a failure less than a mile into the descent,
and was faced with the task of dragging it three miles back to the trailhead. Instead of taking responsibility and hiking
down with his mistake, he made the selfish decision to hike down without it. Very classy. Oh, by the way this dude whose name is also
Seth, stopped to help me pull this bike out, which was
very cool. It’s worth mentioning that this bike could
have very easily been wheeled out like this, as I’m sure many of you have done. Now to get to work on this front wheel. When a rim is this mangled it can’t be made
perfect again. But it can be made better. First, start by bending it back manually as
much as you can. The fact that this wheel bent back so easily
is not surprising, but the initial bend was likely the result of really loose spokes. Indeed these spokes are loose as frig. So I’ll start by putting an even amount
of tension on them all, and then adjusting the spokes to get the wheel as straight as
humanly possible. This is called truing, and it’s normally
done on a truing stand. These pins help determine where the rim is
bowing out. At the apex of the bow, you locate the closest
spoke pulling from the opposite side of the hub, and tighten it a quarter turn. You continue to repeat this process until
the wheel is dead straight. This particular wheel will never be dead straight,
but I can make it dramatically better than it was. I’m using this scissor to locate the bows,
and then a spoke wrench to make the adjustments. After about 20 minutes of futzing with this
wheel, it’s spinning freely and holding its shape. It might even make it back to the car. Now to make this bike safe, relatively speaking,
to ride downhill on. I could have supplied myself a little better
in the brake department, but even a full cable and housing set would be too costly for this
endeavor. I’m using a smaller gauge gear cable in
the original front brake housing to cut down on friction, and it seems to be working. The rear brake is pretty much seized, but
we can get it kind of working. I’m also installing this very simple chain
guide to prevent the drivetrain from getting jammed up on the way back. Many of you know all too well the kind of
destruction that can cause. As for the tires, they dry rotted but miraculously
holding air. So, we’ll get them back up to a reasonable
pressure and call it a day. Now, we’re ready to take the plunge. This isn’t going to be like the other videos
where I rip down the mountain irresponsibly fast on a death trap. The tires on this bike are dry rotted and,
let’s face it, the front wheel has been brought back from the dead. I already booked a trip to Whistler this summer
and intend on surviving long enough to enjoy it. I have more self control than to try anything
stupid on this thing. If you’ve ever descended on one of these
bikes, you know that it’s even more exhausting than climbing, but I still maintain that it’s
always a great day when you’re on a bike—even this bike. I have no room for this bike at my house,
and to make it safe again would require two new tires, a new rim, a set of cables, and
brake pads. That vastly exceeds the cost of this bike,
so we’re going to do a little experiment. This five gallon bucket will be filled with
any and all ferrous metal glommed from this bike. In this pile, the aluminum. All else, unfortunately, will end up in the
landfill. But these metals will go towards building
a better tomorrow, and getting me reimbursed for my time and labor. That’s right, I could make a pretty penny
off of all this scrap metal. Ball bearings, spokes, bolts, they’re nothing
but dollar signs to me right now, and considering the morning I had with this thing it’s only
fair that I profit as much as possible. After all, for others to do their part in
cleaning trash from the forest, there needs to a proper incentive in place, and today
we’re going to find out just how much that is. When the dude didn’t even bother to take
the metal out of the bucket, I knew I was in for a meager payout. The very fact that I forgot my bucket at the
scrap yard means I’m out almost three dollars right there, not including fuel. So what consolation prize can I purchase with
this $3.06? I did have to come out of pocket 15 cents
for this taco, but it came with chips and free run of the salsa bar. So what did we learn today? Maybe a bit about truing wheels, and perhaps
a better understanding of what one should bring when embarking on a bike retrieval. But I think most of all, we learned that you
shouldn’t ride into the forest with anything you’re unwilling to bring back out with
you. This video isn’t meant as commentary on
department store bikes. This is idiot’s fault. His taco’d bike has officially been converted
into an actual taco which I am enjoying very much. With that, thanks for riding with me today
and I’ll see you next time.

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  1. Probably one of Sam pilgrams bikes. I like how you load and unload your bikes, haha. 👍 would have been better off selling it in the parking lot for $20

  2. He made way more than just $3.06. He got 3.2m views on this vid. The ad revenue on his YT channel for this adventurous content will pay his mortgage for the month lol

  3. Yo si encontraria es bici seria muy feliz , full suspencion y de aluminio , es mi sueño tener una bicicleta como esa. Saludos desde Argentina 🇦🇷

  4. Why scissoring around when u got brakes? LOL

    Well, you do not know, if the actual owner got hurt or whatever, but he probably just chucked it there.. yeah.

  5. I hate to even admit this. But that’s literally the exact bike I ride right now. Same color and everything.
    Also, yes it sucks….it’s about 12 years old. But I got kids and can’t afford a better one right now. Still rode 12 miles last Sunday on it though.

  6. Dude could’ve wrecked and been seriously injured then someone took him to the hospital, leaving his bike. Kinda judgy to just call him an idiot…

  7. The scrap yards are putting more money in there pocket .. witch means the earth is getting more poluted cause it doesnt pay to bring it to them anymore.

  8. I find bikes like these all the time either free on the side of the road or for 5 or 10 bucks on Facebook marketplace. I keep a few really trashy ones in my backyard shed for parts. When I find ones like these, I check the wheels, tires and other parts, replace ones that are bad with spares from my shed, soak the chain in an oil mixture, adjust the brakes, shifters, replace tubes if needed, and sell them on facebook marketplace for cheap between 40-100$ depending on the condition of the bike. Having a few to use as spares is what really makes it super cheap. Most people who ride these bikes only ride on road anyway, and being able to buy a bike for 50 bucks is great for them, and great for me. Also with that brake cable, if you put oil down the connecting tube and put the brake line back in it will be smooth again.

  9. The bikes rider possibly ended up as damaged or more from how the bike was where it ended up.. or the end product of being called by the ex wife when out trying to do.. free man stuff.

  10. says he got just over 3 dollars.. spends more in fuel to the drive to get cash for the metal, then over spend on food.. from not understanding that it cost him more than what he's possibly ever going to make on you tube video's.

  11. Hey Seth today I found a perfectly good mongoose bike that’s worth $150 and tomorrow I’m going to bring it to the shop and repair it so do you think I should sell it or keep it. And I cant adjust the front suspension so any advice?

  12. Scraping that bike was not a good idea at all its worth 3$ to you but for some its worth more than that you could have gave it away to someone who could have actually used it on road for a while.

  13. Why not buy a new wheel, give it all a once over and donate the bike to some needy family. I rate this as the worst cycling video I have ever watched…

  14. He was most likely chased by sasquatch then left the bike to outrun the big fella. You could have rode a wheelie with that bent front wheel down the mountain to get views, likes and subscribes. When I take my scrap metal to the recycler to get my meagor 3 dollar average I tell the guy "cool that'll get me a Big Mac lol.

  15. I figured it still would have been good for basic street riding.
    I would have replaced the front.
    I've done alot more with alot less.

  16. What a waste in destroying the bike, the frame and a lot of the components could have been re used but you chose to chop it up. Don't blame someone else for being wasteful. You could have donated it to a charity shop or a school metalwork class.

  17. A few used parts and some kid who can't afford a bike would have been happy to get that bike, instead someone elses bike will go missing.

  18. Why the hell would you sell that bike for a few bucks? Could've done so much with it.
    Wait, I'm complaining?

  19. I have a bike like this I don’t go Mountain biking or anything but I was on a trail one time and the whole gear system caught the wheel and twisted up like hell it was crazy and amazingly it still shifts only 456 work tho not 123 or 7 it’s a death trap and the handlebars are detached pretty much because of rust

  20. Plot twist: The other Seth was the original owner coming back for his bike.

    Seth: Some idiot just threw this bike away…
    Owner: Well actually… 
    Seth: …I'm going to destroy him on YouTube.
    Owner: …riiiiiight.
    Seth: I'm Seth by the way. You?
    Owner: Uuuuh…I'm….Seth also? Yeah. Let's go with that.

  21. Speculation is strong in you. How do you know buddy wasn't air lifted out, and one of YOU mountain bikers sneered at the cheep POS bike and threw it in the bush ??? Obviously not your group, as you found it….. but I'm sure a lot of people use those trails. Hopefully I'm wrong….but since we're taking guesses and calling people "idiots" I thought I'd add an outside opinion.

  22. I find it more of a waste that you scrapped the bike, Only got 3.06 for the scrap that you did… You could of literally reuse those parts and or possibly use that bike regardless, I mean if you ride bikes all the time… Wouldn't it save you more money repairing the bike rather than chopping it?
    I hate to be honest, But the only idiot I saw was the one that Scrapped a bicycle. . . getting only $3.06 cents, Wasting gas… on top of that your time as well… I could of said you could of been 'Smarter' Rebuilding the bicycle and selling the bike as a whole rather than taking it apart like a Imbecile,

  23. A different and used front wheel, some better used tires, and maybe a new brake cable, and this could have been a commuter bike for someone working a low income job. Instead you chose to trash it. Why???

  24. So glad you found my bike! Just got back from being air lifted out of the hospital. Can you provide contact details to reimburse me for the bike?

  25. That guy was probably chucked in to the air when he crashed leaving his body decomposing a few meters away but all the branches, wood and leaves covered him up unknowingly missing in the forest.

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