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10 More Bike Hacks for MTB, BMX, and Road

10 More Bike Hacks for MTB, BMX, and Road


Last time we took a look at 10 bike hacks
for mountain bikers and beyond, but we’re not finished. Today, we’ll be doing ten more hacks that
mountain bikers, BMXer, and even road cyclists can enjoy. Let’s get started. Until you get good at it, working on a bike
chain can be frustrating. Your derailleur can snap back and flick the
chain into oblivion. For people like me with poor dexterity, a
paper clip or hair pin can serve as a third set of hands. Hook this to your chain before you start working
on it, and it’ll behave a little more predictably. By the way, to set a master link back in place,
just position it above the chainstay and crank forwards abruptly. Working on your bike can get messy, and we
all know that dish soap doesn’t quite do the trick. There will always be spots that you just can’t
get clean. Use an abrasive like seal salt or even sand
to scrub the dirt off of your hands. A 2×4 is only a few bucks, and it’s more
than enough to make a bike stand. Just cut two pieces about 22 inches long,
and use two 12 inch pieces as cross bars. Fasten them together with screws, and flip
it over. This needs to be made to the width of your
tire, but it’ll usually work with slightly different sizes. You could build a rack with really long cross
bars and multiple tire notches to keep your whole fleet parked. You can even paint it, and there’s no precision
carpentry required. There are various ways to get BMX grips off,
but did you know that you could just use water? Just pour a little around the base of the
grip and twist it until it comes loose. The grip should come off very easily, and
the water should evaporate like it never happened. To get the grip back on, make sure it and
the handlebars are really dry. Then put some zip ties inside the grip and
position them around the handlebar. The plastic will reduce the traction of the
grip, and make it much easier to get on the handlebar. Once your grip is installed, just pull the
zip ties out one by one. I used hairspray to install grips when I was
a kid, and I must admit this is a lot cleaner. Adjusting a road bike saddle can be pretty
involved if you’re a serious rider, but a good starting point is to get it level. To do this, you can use—a level. Set the bike on a flat surface and then put
the level on the nose of the saddle and on one of the butt pads. Then adjust the tilt until it’s level. From there, you have a starting point to get
it just right. When locking up your bike, it’s a good idea
to secure your frame with a u-lock and your wheels with a cable. If you don’t have enough cable, you can
lock the rear wheel on the inside of the frame. This secures the frame and the rear wheel. It takes some time to wrap your head around,
but stare at it for a little bit and think about it. You’d need to saw the rear wheel in half
to steal the rest of the bike. Another great way to secure your wheels is
with security skewers. These, unlike quick release skewers, require
a key to get off your bike. They’re also lighter, better looking, and
less bulky than quick release skewers. With the key, they come off easy. Note that no security measure will truly keep
your bike safe, but anything that makes it a bigger pain in the ass to steal will at
least buy you some time. Your floor pump is arguably the most important
tool you have, but after a while it may start squeaking and acting up. You may need to oil it, and it comes as no
surprise that chain oil works great for this. Just apply some oil, clean off the excess,
and usually it’ll make the pump work as good as new. Scuffs on your bike’s paint can be pretty
hard to clean off, but WD-40, surprisingly, does the job well. Apply it to a rag or paper towel and work
the scuff out until you can’t see it. WD-40 won’t damage your paint, and it’s
especially good for cleaning the scuffs that shoes leave on mountain bike seat stays. Let’s be honest, we don’t all have precision
braking setups on our mountain bikes. If you’re having trouble aligning your disc
calipers you can use two business cards to get the spacing just right. Loosen the mounting bolts, put business cards
between the pads and the rotor, and clamp it down hard with the brake lever. Then tighten the bolts while holding the lever. Release the lever and pull the business cards
out. Now, your brakes mean business. So there you have it, ten more bike hacks,
or 11 or something. Even if you don’t use any of these I hope
you found them entertaining. Click the scraggly head to subscribe to my
channel, for more hacks, riding tips, repair tutorials, and shenanigans. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

100 comments on “10 More Bike Hacks for MTB, BMX, and Road

  1. Seth I love these life hack vids you do on you bikes I have a request could you make BMX life hack video that would be awesome thanks 💪

  2. A friend of mine just got his quick release stolen presumably because the bike was well locked up. This was a blessing and a curse however as he still had his bike but he couldn't ride it home, and we were FAR away…

  3. I use sugar as an abrasive for cleaning my hands. As a carpenter found that salt really “finds” the wounds haha let’s you know where all the little cuts are on your hands. Sugar works great! Great vids!

  4. 3:37: Maybe not a good way to lock your bike, sounds like the frame can be stolen by detaching the back wheel from the wheel (bolts) and pulling out the frame.

  5. To get grips off a MTB or BMX or even a road bike, you can used compresssed air to blow it off. All you do is put the nozzle at the end of the grip, and blow, it should slide off no problem.

  6. The kids at my school are so stupid they lock their bike up by the seat post or the fork even though they both have quick release

  7. @ If you hang your bikes on a vertical metal pole with a rough surface your saddle rails can get scratches and scuffs. To solve that problem wrap the pole with an inner tube till it reaches the tip and hold it tight with zip ties or tape. For maximum protection DO NOT CUT THE INNER TUBE BY THE LINE.

  8. the chain hack is great, definitely gonna use that next time. the business cards are great for hydraulic brakes, id use that if i had them. ive got mechanical, though. what i did is dial the pads until they were holding the calipers in place, tighten the bolts, then release the pads just slightly.

  9. Returning the handle grip apply alcohol inside the handle grips it will slowly slide down on the handle bar, try it!! 😃😄😂

  10. To clean your hands use soda crystal solution.
    Next time your washing up liquid is nearly empty, add a tablespoon of soda crystals and slowly fill the bottle up with water.
    Label this bottle and put it underneath your sink. Then when you come to wash your oily hands, just squirt some of the solution after shaking it, and your hands will be clean.

  11. Instead of salt or sand, use coffee-grounds, from the coffee you made earlier. Seriously. Works so much better.

  12. Heres a tip for installing grips. Spray aerosol hair spray into the grip then slide it on the bar. No need for zipper ties. The spray drys and the grip wont come off.

  13. To clean your hands : use vegetable oil first then dish soap. The oil mixed with the dirt and grease on your hands and is easy to remove taking the dirt with it.

  14. That red bike stand says steal me and the bike.maybe some extra cheaper crap like that doo rag tied on to the seat thing.

  15. wow you dont need a certificate to make this i wasted my time going to school learning how to build a house …

  16. Hahaha! I created a 2×4 bike stand just like that couple years ago for my MTBs…. and still use to this day. I also added a back piece to it to keep the vertical boards from spreading apart too much.

  17. Cable ties?? It's MUCH easier with a spray of isopropyl alcohol inside the grip. Goes on like silk, dries super quick, no messy clean-up. 🙂

  18. Whole fleet?

    I don’t even have a bike. I snapped the deraileur on a ride and I can’t afford a new one!

  19. aww in Philippines 3$ is 150 here and I need someone to do the stand well I think I'm just gonna buy a stand for 200 or 4$here

  20. Guys btw if you peel off one of the stickers and there’s the excess glue all you need to do is get an old cloth put petrol on the cloth and then rub until the glue comes off

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