5 Completely Free Hacks To Make Your Bike Faster

5 Completely Free Hacks To Make Your Bike Faster


(dramatic music) – Now it could well be
that you’ve come to a part of your training where it’s
simply not going to plan. Or maybe you’ve just reached
maximum peak performance, and you still want to go faster. It’s time for plan B. The marginal gain game. Let’s look then at five ways on how to make your bike faster. (upbeat music) Well there is no doubt about it, tire pressures totally transform the feel and comfort level on your bike. However, you can actually
get some speed for free by playing around with that pressure too. Now years ago we used to
all put our tire pressures up to virtually maximum, and hope for the best
really being bounced around from left to right, up and down, with every little bit of
bad surface on the road. So adjusting your tire pressure
to suit the road surface, as well as your weight, can actually make a massive difference. So go ahead and experiment. However, if you’re a
track rider, then don’t. Still stick to the maximum PSI. (upbeat music) Yep, that’s right. Long floppy cables are far from ideal if you want to cheat the wind. Now before you go ahead and start chopping them really really short, you wanna make sure that you can still operate your brakes and your gears and actually still turn
your handlebars too. In the case of poor old
Ollie Bridgewood’s bike here that I’ve borrowed, well
he can actually chop them I recon about two
centimeters shorter. And believe it or not, all
of these things do add up, especially if you’re
going for marginal gains. Now if you’ve got yourself
an electronic group set too think about joining up the electronic wire with the rear brake cable
where it enters the tubing. That way, you can save
possibly a fraction of a second there too over your ride. Go on, give it a go. (upbeat music) Nothing screams slow bike more than a bike looking as though it’s entered a bike shop covered in super glue and it’s
left covered in every single accessory you could imagine. Certainly not if you want a bike that’s gonna go really really fast. So perhaps you want to set
a PB on your local climb, well you’re gonna need to
remove those bottles aren’t you? So leave ’em at the side of the road until you get that PB. Come back, put them on. The same can be said for
a humongous saddle bag. Think about what you really actually need to take with you on that bike. This one here, more than up
to the job for most people. Silly horn. You don’t need one of
those on the bike either. Full frame pump, take a mini pump. All of these things,
if you get rid of them, you are gonna go faster. Less weight on the bike. (upbeat music) Something I will never get
bored of telling you all about is washing your bike. That’s right, a clean bike
is gonna be a happy bike. And what’s a happy bike? A faster bike. But why exactly? Well for a start, there’s
gonna be less dirt on it. And secondly, all of your
gears are gonna be working absolutely spot on,
helping you ride faster. No more slipping gears or miss
jumping gears for instance. Plus, it’s gonna give you
a psychological boost too because you’re gonna be
happy riding that bike. Yes I know there has been some research that said that an angry cyclist is faster, but that’s only over a
short amount of time. So don’t worry about that. Go for the clean bike. Now whether you choose to go high tec, ultra sonic chain cleaning, or a jet wash over the whole bike, or maybe the old traditional
white spirit on the chain, it will make a difference. Go ahead, clean that bike. It will go faster. And don’t forget to lube the chain. (upbeat music) Now this one is gonna put
the cat amongst the pigeons, and I do expect to get a
fair bit of flack from you down there in the comments section, but I’m gonna put it in
anyway because I truly believe this one could have some effect on marginal gain performance. Removing your bearing seals. That’s right, these seals,
they can in fact increase the drag when that bearing tries to turn, especially if you’ve got
contact seal type bearings where the rubber seal
here actually touches the inner ring of that bearing. Now, if you were to do this, it will certainly shorten the lifespan of your bearings considerably because all the rubbish
from the outside world is gonna go inside of it. Well not all of it. But, bits of grit and dirt will go inside. The only place where I could recommend it, where I have done it, is if you were going
possibly for the hour record on an indoor velodrome because
there you have a lot less foreign bodies floating
around that could get sucked into those bearings. So there we are, five
different marginal gains that you could take on
board to make your bike a little bit faster. But as ever, what have
you done to your bike to make it all bit quicker? Let me know down there
in the comments section. And who knows, maybe your little hack or botch will make it into the next video. I love to read what you’ve done. Now remember to like and share
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