10 Hacks for Mountain Biking and Beyond

10 Hacks for Mountain Biking and Beyond


This video is sponsored by Skillshare, an
online learning community for creators with more than 17,000 classes in design, productivity,
photography, and more. A hack is a way to do something not by the
book. It’s how you do a job without having the
right tool, or experience. Today we’ll be exploring 10 such hacks that
relate to mountain biking. Some of these hacks may help you on the trail,
and some in the shop. Others may be totally useless. With that, let’s get started. I’ve heard it said that master links can
be undone by hand, but I don’t think this works on today’s chains. I use a plier. In an emergency though, you can use part of
your shoe. Just undo your shoe lace, wrap it around the
link once, and pull it with both hands. The link will compress inwards and release
the clip. To get it back together, all you need to do
is pedal. When transporting your bike without the wheels
on, chocking your disc calipers will prevent them from being accidentally compressed. So what do you use if you don’t have a chock? First, get your hands on a popsicle stick. How you do that is your choice. The wider ones work the best, and you can
cut it in half if you need two. Whatever you do, make sure you clean it off
good. The next time you hit the trails, have all
your crap ready in a milk crate. Milk crates are great for your pads, gloves,
tools, and filthy mountain bike stuff. You can use them to keep your trunk organized,
and of course they ventilate well. For extra storage, you can drill a hole in
the top and add an S hook for your helmet. I can think of some terrible ways to clean
a mountain bike—like the automatic car wash at your local supermarket. This one sucks, and it costs $5. Instead go to the dollar store and buy a toilet
brush. Toilet brushes have long bristles which are
perfect for getting into your cassette and other tight spaces. With some dish soap and a gentle stream of
water, you’ll have everything you need to get your rims, drivetrain, and frame looking
perfect. Just be sure to label it to avoid—cross
contamination. Everyone knows that stickers make your bike
faster, kinda like nitro. But applying a sticker carelessly can cause
bubbles. Bubbles aren’t any fun. So the next time you put a sticker on your
bike, helmet, or toolbox, try applying it from the center and working you way out. By doing it this way, there’s no opportunity
to trap air underneath. A flat and precise sticker will always give
you maximum boost. Everyone’s familiar with glueless patches,
and of course vulcanizing patch kits which use rubber cement. If you’re really committed to not buying
new tubes you can make your own patch kit. Just buy a lifetime supply of rubber cement
from the store, and cut patches out of an old inner tube. Identify the hole and sand the surface around
it really good. Apply rubber cement to it and let it dry for
a few minutes. Sand your patch, and apply it by pressing
down around it. Your friends will laugh at you, but that’s
okay because you’re recycling. Of course, there’s a good chance you’re
not even messing with inner tubes anymore. Tubeless sealant eliminates tubes, and plugs
most flats. When a puncture occurs the sealant splashes
into the hole and plugs it. On the sidewall this doesn’t always work
reliably, but these handy repair kits do. Just stick one of these bacon strips into
the hole and it’s perfectly sealed. If you’re committed to not buying one of
these, you can use a piece of sponge. Just plug the hole with some sponge and a
small Allen key. The sponge will absorb the sealant, dry, and
stop the leak. Ahem, it will stop the leak. Okay, so it’ll stop the leak eventually. This is a hack, and it could get you out of
a pickle if you don’t have the kit. This rubber ring on your stanchion is used
to determine sag, but sometimes it breaks off. Many riders use a zip tie in its place, and
indeed that works. Still if you leave the zip tie on and end
up bottoming out your suspension, you could be forcing a brittle plastic zip tie into
the top of your seal. If you remove the zip tie, you’re making
a risky cut right next to your stanchion. To avoid this, apply the zip tie inside out. You’ll be able to set your sag, and pull
it right off when you’re done. Ever take a sip of warm rubbery water from
your hydration pack. That’s because you just drank the water
that was sitting in the tube all day. Most people spit out their first sip but this
can waste a lot of water over the course of a ride. Instead, blow into the tube first. This will mix the tube water with the reservoir
and give you a fresh sip. While water does keep you hydrated, a peanut
butter and jelly sandwich is the perfect fuel for long rides. It’s the perfect mix of carbs, sugar, and
protein, all in one delicious package. I’d forgive you for thinking there’s no
better mid ride snack, but there actually is: Introducing the peanut butter and jelly
burrito. Say goodbye to soggy bread. This is best done on a flour tortilla, not
corn. You can even put banana in it for potassium,
and toast the edges to keep it shut. If you haven’t tried this you’re missing
out. So there you have it. Ten more bike hacks. I hope you found these useful or at least
entertaining. If you want to see more hacks just check the
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100 comments

  1. 3:23 its a freaking hack wow….in nepal people in cycle repair shop use this to FIX THE BIKE IN OFFICIAL WAY WTF

  2. My bike hack is to use old Innertubes cut them into inch strips put them on your seat post or handlebars their stretchiness and rubberiness makes for a good hold saves using zip ties.

  3. You can take the pb&j burrito and make them into bites cause I’m assuming they taste better than gel and you can eat them faster

  4. I rarely go mountain biking, but often just go on normal bike rides on the sidewalk or whatever. Rather, I have a very old mountain bike that I once took a bet that I could keep it maintained until I was too old to ride it, and this video was very helpful.

  5. I modify your warm water tip in one way, I blow the water back into the bladder right after the drink, that way I am not blowing warm water back into the bag and warming up the water in the bag!

  6. peanut butter and honey is WAY better than jelly. The honey can last a couple days in your backpack in hot weather, and actually tastes better. Ever notice you don't have to refrigerate honey, but you do jelly. hmmm, "what a hack"

  7. I tried the ‘stickers make you faster’ concept and it worked: I had a flat which made me slow down, so I put a sticker over the whole and I got fast again! 👍🏻😉

  8. OMGosh…I almost turned it off and then saw the beginning of the Peanut butter and Jelly stuff! What great ideas! Thank you! Seriously!!!!

  9. fixing an inner tube with a piece of inner tube and rubber glue is a hack? didn't know I was a 9-year old hacker back in the day.

  10. I just went on my first ever good trail that pros do comps on and because of you videos I was ready for everything and was able to make quick repairs for me and my mates. Thank you and keep up the good work

  11. Hi, thanks for your great support Videos. Just a little question. Time 1:00 Minutes shows how open a Missing Link. Works it only with a Re-Usable Link, or also with a Non Re-Usable Missing Link?

  12. I keep an extra piece of trimmed inner brake or shifter cable that's been soldered on both ends in my pack. The shoelace hack works great… but substitute the 18" piece of cable for the shoelace!

  13. I’ve actually made a peanut butter and jelly burrito before when I was out of bread I recommend crunchy peanut butter 😁

  14. If you don’t want to buy a new inner tube why would you have old ones laying around?? That would mean at some time you have bought a new one

  15. Yeah, as someone who details cars for a hobby and sometimes cash jobs. The idea of using both a toilet brush and dish washing soap make me cringe…

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