A 2-day MTB team stage event down the Umzimkhulu river, alongside the canoeists.
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A lot of cyclists carry an extra spare tube. When you have tubeless why not carry a mushroom pug instead from any tyre dealer. I have used it in the field plenty of times with great success. It will help you finish the race.
If you have been in a crash and survived as so many happens these days and your jockey is damage make it to the closest mechanical station then remove the jockey completely an have some chain removed and convert to single speed that way you can finish your race
To stop my speedo cable from rubbing through on my mountain bike, I use office cable tidying wrap (the spiralled hard plastic that one uses to group Computer cables together), which is cheaply available in any diameter and length from most hardware stores. I use the 8mm diameter one to bound the speedo cable to the front brake cable – it looks neat and stops the speedo cable from rubbing through against your frame.
If, like me, you battle to access & tear open your gel packets, buy a small (100ml) cylindrical, clear flip top bottle. Pre-race squeeze a gel into the bottle then mark the level with a marking pen. Repeat this process with the required number of gels. Now you can easily reach for the bottle while riding, flip the top and drink the correct quantity and repeat the process as and when required. Less danger to you and other cyclists. Also less litter!
To get rid of those leg hairs the easy way 1tbsp of iodine 2% 1 cup of baby oil. Rub your hairy area with the mixture and let set for 5 minutes. Then gently wipe away with a damp cloth. Viola!!!! NO MORE HAIR
If you carry CO2 bombs in your saddle bag or bag pockets prevent it from rattling by wrapping it in a small piece of old inner tube. If you end up cutting your tyre or sidewall on the trail or road you can use the piece of tube to act as a patch on the inside of the tyre and prevent your tube from pushing through the tyre.
Ever ride through a stream and your mtb shoes are soaked, shove news paper in them afterwards, works well on stage race like the epic etc.
When Taping your spare tube to your seat-post put the tube inside a plastic “Gladwrap”sandwich bag, and then tape it on with insulation or duct tape, this will ensure the sticky tape binding will not adhere to the tube and lessen chance of damage to the tube when removing. Puncture a small hole in the bottom of the plastic bag to release any moisture that may enter during the ride.
Emergency stash…Stash a couple of patches and a tube of solution in your seat post.
Plain and simple, keep the rubber side down!! And don’t forget to look around while out there!!
Derailleur not adjusting – Check your cable screw for stripping before replacing derailleurs, will save you a packet as bike shop will always advise replacement.
Store a rolled up bicycling mag in ur seatpost tube. If ever u come into seriously hard times pull out the mag n enjoy awaiting sweepers
if youhave two or more bikes with diffrent diameter seat posts and your rear flashing light bracket is too big forone of the seat post- cut a piece of inner tube ( preferably a road inner tube)- wrap it around the seat post and wrap black tape around the piece of inner tube to secure the inner tube around your seat post You can apply the same method on your handle bars if you need to transfer your front light fron one bike to another bike- Usually between road and mtb ,diamters seem to differ
To HAVE your Mountain Bike CLEAN AFTER VTHE ride in the BUSH :
Before you go riding , Spray the frame , wheels & everything else with a light mixture of Dish Liquid & water & let dry .
To cean afterwards , Just HOSE THE BIKE woth a hose pipe & ALL THE DUST , MUD will just fall off & you will have a very clean bike very quickly , just wipe afterwards .
If you don’t have a bicycle carrier and have to take the wheels off your bicycle, use old cds secured with cable ties to put in between your disc brakes to keep them from knocking together.
Turn duck-tape around your CO2 bombs.
It is handy to use as a patch inside a Tyre or to tape something together.
Can use it for other minor repairs during your ride.
it will damp also the noise level of th e CO2 bombs
Everi have a flat but no tyre lever simply use your pquick release of your seat or one of your wheels to remove the tyre and repair the punches
When your legs are sore from training And ridin. run a hot bath through some arnica oil in and do your stretching in the bath. The arnica and heat relaxes you muscles.
Clean your water and energy drink bottles with a little toothpaste and hot water. It takes away odd smelling bottles.
When riding and you hitting a nice jump and you land on your front wheel… Lean a little back and your landing will be much safer.
Cheap & easy way to prevent your chain from damaging your bike, use an old inner tube, cut a nice long strip about the width of 2 fingers & wrap around your “chain stay”. Start wrapping the strip from behind the chain rings all the way to the cassette end. Finish off by pulling the end back through 1 or 2 winds & secure with a cable tie. Removing your back wheel makes the wrapping job much easier.
De-hydrate your bike!
After washing your bike or after a wet ride turn your bike up-side down to remove the water that has collected in your frame through the seat post.
You’ll be surprised how much water comes out!
To protect you rechargeable battery pack from muck place inside old water bottle. Remove the nipple from the inside of the bottle leaving a hole in the top that the wire fits in. the battery can be placed in the bottle and the plug fed through the enlarged opening. this keeps mud grit and water out of your battery pack
If you don’t want sunblock getting into your eyes, apply some Vaseline on your eyebrows.
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