Mountain Bike Hacks

AWESOME MOUNTAIN BIKING HACKS

In cycle shops, there are hundreds of small gadgets which cost a fortune but do very little. Most of these small amendments can be recreated yourself with some ingenuity and a little bit of effort. Make your mountain bike ride like a dream with these top mountain bike hacks from real mountain bike enthusiasts.

ZIP TIES ON YOUR REAR STAYS

Tying a couple of zip ties to your rear stays are a cheap and easy way to keep your wheel nice and straight. It won’t work as well as a jog but will get rid of the worst wheel wobbles.

TAPE TWO TOOTHBRUSHES TOGETHER

Tape two toothbrushes together facing each other for a handy tool to get any bits of dirt and residue out of the chain. Run the chain through the two toothbrush heads to clear out every hard-to-reach nook and cranny.

MOTO-FOAM

This hack has long been used by professionals on the downhill circuit. Tape moto foam into the spaces where mud could gather and weigh your bike down. Moto-foam is durable but incredibly light and won’t let the mud build up.

FILL CONTACT LENS CASES WITH SUNSCREEN

Save yourself lugging a whole bottle of suntan lotion up and down the trails, fill a small contact lens case with sunscreen for a handy dispenser with just the amount you need for a day out on the trails.

PUT YOUR CAMERA CASE THROUGH THE DISHWASHER

Constant beatings and dust can make using the casing for your mounted helmet camera tricky. Take the camera out and put it through the dishwasher for a deep clean to remove all the stubborn dirt and mud.

KEEP YOUR CAMELBACK IN THE FREEZER

Camelbacks are nearly impossible to clean and if you leave them damp at room temperature, they can grow mould pretty quickly. Drain the camelback and pop it in the freezer between uses to stop the mould growth and make it last longer. Make sure you drain it though, freezing it with water in it could damage the material.

THE GRIPPY SHIFTER

Cut some skateboard grip tape and stick it to your gear shifter to prevent your gloves slipping off the shifter in the wet. This has been on my bike for years and it makes riding in the rain infinitely more manageable.

ADD SALT TO YOUR HAND CLEANER OR SOAP

When I’ve been out tinkering with my bike all day, washing the oil off my hands is near impossible. The deep black stains seem to be resistant to nearly every brand of soap. Add some salt to your soap for a deeper clean and get those stubborn oil stains off when you come inside for dinner.

PUT A BUSINESS CARD IN YOUR SEAT TUBE

Hiding a business card in your seat tube is another way of identifying your bike if it is ever stolen. Criminals usually scratch off serial numbers, but if there is a hidden business card in a hard to reach place, like the seat tube, chances are they’ll never spot it and if it turns up at a police station you’ll get it back.

AND FINALLY, FOR THE POST RIDE BEERS….

Clipless pedals make the perfect bottle openers.

 


Does anyone else out there have some hacks for their fellow mountain bikers?

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Neil Watson
neilwatson@dinga.com.au

Neil loves mountain bikes and everything to do with them. He's got years of experience he is sharing.