10 mountain bike hacks-selected from the web

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  • Sometimes little tricks can make a big difference, here are 10 bike hacks for mountain bikers, though useful to every kind of cyclist. These were selected from numerous sources and put together here:

 

 

1. Soda bottle fenders

This can be helpful both for you and the eventual rider behind you, if your fenders (mudguards) aren’t long enough to protect you from mud and debris, you can cut a couple of plastic bottles and secure them to your existing fenders; this might not be the best looking solution but it works just fine.

David B.Gleason Flickr
David B.Gleason Flickr

2. Straps

If you’re planning to go bikepacking but you don’t want to spend a lot on bicycle bags, consider securing objects (such as sleeping bags or a tent) with rubber straps, these come in many sizes to fit your needs, and will keep your things from rattling and shaking all around.

Black Diamond
Black Diamond

3. Making your cage secure

When you’re riding hard, especially on bumpy trails, it’s very easy for your bottle to fly out of the cage; to prevent this, you can bend the cage inwards, in case it’s a metallic one, or add some grip tape (the stuff on top of skateboards) to make it more secure.

Condor Cycles
Condor Cycles

4. Wrap your chainstay

You can protect your frame from chain-slap by wrapping an old inner tube around your chainstay with some electrical tape to secure it; plus, this can almost look cool.

Seth's bike hacks
Seth’s bike hacks

5. Clean the thru axle

If your bike makes creaking sounds, there’s a good chance the problem can be solved by removing your thru axle (or skewer), clean it properly and grease the threads, now put it back and enjoy a silent and smooth ride.

Douglas Sacha Getty images
Douglas Sacha Getty images

 

6. Makeshift chain cleaner

There are many chain specific brushes and cleaning tools around, tough this are made for the job, yiu can replace them by taping together two toothbrushes, run the chain through in between them and they’ll work great. Just remember to label them to avoid using them for your teeth.

Seth's bike hacks
Douglas Sacha Getty images

7. Wrap Duct tape on your pump

Duct tape can be useful in many ways, so wrap some around your pump to have it always with you.

Sacredrides.com
Sacredrides.com

8. Bring a bill

In case you made a hole in the sidewall of the tire, you can prevent further damage (to the tire itself or the eventual inner tube) by slipping in any paper money, the more plastic bills will work better, but anyway this is good solution to get you home, in fact they work almost as good as the specific made products. Additionally, you’re bringing some security cash, that in case of a lost wallet can help a lot.

Seth's bike hacks
Seth’s bike hacks

9. Baby powder

Store your spare inner tube in a small plastic bag with some baby powder, when eventually you’ll have to change the inner tube, the powder will help the new one slide inside the tire with ease, preventing friction and thus annoying pinch flats.

Active.com
Active.com

10. Wipes

During your ride you might have to fix or adjust something on the bike, but you want to avoid touching your ride snack or any food after being in contact with whatever your tires and chain have on them, so bring some wet wipes to clean your hands.

I hope these tips will be useful for you, and feel free to comment with your favorite hacks, they might be on the next list.

Enjoy your ride!

Edi

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