10 Bike Hacks for Mountain Bikers and Beyond

10 Bike Hacks for Mountain Bikers and Beyond


Washing your bike is a key part of keeping
it running smoothly, but using the wrong soap can dull the finish. I didn’t even know this until recently. So, use car wash soap. It’s really easy to obtain and generally
less expensive than than the stuff marketed for bikes. With the right brushes, you don’t need much
soap to clean your bike anyway. A few months ago I crashed into a tree in
Arkansas and damaged the handlebars on my hardtail. Today, we’re gonna replace them, but first
we need to cut the new ones to size. When cutting carbon, use a spray bottle filled
with water to prevent dust from getting in the air. Carbon dust is really bad for your lungs,
so this is actually a safety hack. A rarity. Thanks to Calvin and Truman from park tool
for this one. What do you do with a broken carbon bar? Make a disc brake truing tool. Take a straight piece of straight carbon bar,
and cut a notch an inch down the center. Use your spray bottle, and make sure to get
rid of any sharp edges or splinters. You can add a bar end, grip, or tape handle
to protect your hand from the end. If you have a slight bend in your disc brake
you can tweak it back into place without the risk of marring it up. Magnetic dishes are great shop tools, but
so are these super strong neodymium magnets. Mount one on your repair stand or wherever
you work on your bike. This way, you have a quick and easy bolt holder
when you need it. When changing bars or doing anything stem
related I find this particularly useful. On the end of a shifter cable you’ll find
this little nub, which keeps it retained inside the shifter. If you’re in a dire situation where you
need to make due without one, you can tie a knot at the end. You’ll definitely need pliers to get it
tight enough, and it may take some finagling, but it’s better than nothing. If you don’t have a new shifter cable but
somehow do have a soldering iron, you can fray the end slightly and add a nub just as
good as the original. At home supply stores you’ll find these
equipment ties which are essentially rubber coated bendy rods. These are great if you need to keep your bars
from moving while performing a repair. For headset and stem related repairs, you
can wrap a tie under your fork to keep it from dropping out of the bike. Since these ties are rubber coated, they’re
probably good for any application where you need to hold a bike in position. Recently I tried using electrical tape to
neaten up my cables, and it actually didn’t turn out too bad. But mountain bikers with true OCD, use heat
shrink tubing. You can get half inch tubing online or even
at harbor freight. I’m measuring it against my cables and cutting
it to size first, then unhooking everything. I even needed to put a new end on my disc
hose to get the connecting bolt through the tubing. Once you have everything in place, use a heat
gun or hair dryer to evenly and slowly shrink the tubing. Take your time, it’s not worth melting something. Once it’s finished, you can stare at it
for the rest of the day. You can do a lever bleed on shimano disc brakes
using only this little funnel, and actually you can do the same with many other brands
with varying degrees of effectiveness. But in a pinch you can do it without the funnel,
it just takes longer. Use the opening under bleed screw as a mini
funnel, and take your time. You can keep an emergency supply of fluid
in an eye dropper if you want to keep it on your person. And yes, this is the wrong fluid for Shimano. If that makes you cringe you’re really gonna
hate this next one. Johnson’s baby oil. I had no idea babies needed to be oiled, but
this is available at any drug store. The main ingredient is mineral oil, so in
a pinch you could use it to bleed mineral oil brakes—maybe. I’ve read a lot of arguments about whether
or not this is okay to use, and although I’ve found no record of it causing damage, there’s
a lot of skepticism. So I can’t officially give it the thumbs
up until I try myself. So, for one year we’ll run it in the rear
brake of my fat bike, and then do a full autopsy on it. My guess is that it only voids your warranty
and makes your brakes smell like diaper. You should check out this video where the
shredist, shows how to make a kydex frame guard. Since seeing that video I’ve been really
interested in using this stuff, but my bikes already have factory downtube and chainstay
protection. So, we’ll make a tail guard for my electric
skateboard. Kydex can be cut and manipulated just like
abs plastic, and it’s sold in various thicknesses. When you heat it up, it becomes malleable
and conforms to whatever shape you want. It wasn’t supposed to come out that good. And it seems to work. So there you have it, the last 10 bike hacks
of 2018. If you found this video entertaining, give
it a thumbs up and share it with a friend. Be sure to watch all my other ten bike hacks
videos in the playlist at the end, and if you can think of any hacks I haven’t done
yet, list them below for the chance to have them featured. I left links to everything featured in the
video below. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll
see you next time.