Top Ten Cheap Or Free MTB Upgrades

Top Ten Cheap Or Free MTB Upgrades


– [Neil] Who likes a freebie?
– [Scott] I do. – Lucky. This is our top 10
upgrades for little or no money. Make your own front mudguard. Make a
template out of cardboard that fits onto your fork base and wrap it around the fork
legs, and then cut one out of plastic. I’ve used a fizzy drinks bottle. I think
an ice cream tub might’ve been slightly better. Punch some holes in it, and then
attach it to your bike using zip ties. – One of my personal favorites is
using an old punctured inner tube. You can wrap it around the chainstay, and
this will silence it and protect the chainstay from chain slap. It’s a great
use, and you feel way faster without hearing that noise rattling around. – Make your own chain guide using a piece of plastic tubing, or, as we have, a
piece of garden hose. Zip tie that to your chainstay, and voila,
you’ve got a homemade chain device. You might need to extend the chain
slightly, depending on the size of your chain ring. – A great use of an old tire is to cut it up into a section and put it onto
the downtube with a couple of zip ties. It offers great protection from stone
chips, and you see a lot of people in Alpine resorts putting these on
to protect them from chairlifts, or gondolas, and also big stone chips. – Another great use for a piece of old tire is to zip tie it to your saddle.
This is an old down hiller’s technique that you use in really muddy conditions.
Normally you’ll slide around on the seat, but zip tie that tire on,
and you’ll stick right to it. – Everyone has them, you get them
when you go shopping, a couple of plastic bags. These are great
as a cheap version of waterproof socks. Put them in between your socks and your
shoes and you’ll have dry feet at the end of a wet, muddy ride. A great tip. – Another great tip for muddy conditions and it’s a down hiller’s trip as well,
is to stick an old goggle lens on the end of your peak. They’re zip tied to
your helmet peak, just extends out, and it stops the rain from hitting your
goggles, and you’ve got clear vision. – If you don’t have lock on grips,
and you’ve got slide on, or push on grips, then a great tip is to
use some hairspray. Finished with that, Donny?
– Yeah. – Just spray it on the end of the
bars, pop your grips on. Leave them for a couple of hours to
evaporate, and they will come out solid as a rock. No more twist grip. – Whilst these last couple of upgrades aren’t exactly free, they are very cheap.
This one is an ass saver. Attach this to your seat, stop getting a
wet bum on those wet rides. – One of the best upgrades I’ve
done in recent years is converting my wheels to tubeless. It’s quite easy to do.
You just need a couple of valves, some rim tape, and tubeless sealant. Now,
we’ve already done a video on this, so go and check that out for your top
tips. And who wouldn’t want to do it? You get more grip, and hopefully, less
punctures. So there you have it, our top 10 ways for almost free upgrades.
Click up there for how to fit tubeless tires.
– And click down there for our top 10 mountain bike accessories. Don’t forget
to leave us a comment if you’ve got any other free upgrades, I’m sure there’s more
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