How many times have you been out on a ride and something has broken on your bike? No matter how many spares you carry or how far away from home you are, its good to have these MTB hacks in mind to get you home when the inevitable happens!
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No matter how much regular maintenance you do, something will just happen! Snapping a chain, breaking a gear cable or getting a flat, these things happen! So be prepared for the worst by learning these hacks and maybe adding a few simple items to your trail pack!
One of the most important steps in addressing mechanical issues out on trail is prevention! Some accidents such as damage caused by crashes, snapped chains or gear cables is impossible to predict or prevent, but if you crash because your stem wasn’t tight, well, you’re making problems for yourself!
Snapping a Gear Cable
Breaking your gear cable leaves your gears out of action. A gear cable isn’t something that is frequently carried by riders but we’ve got a top hack that means you don’t have to! Most of us would limp home in our hardest gear, walk or use the limit screws to maybe achieve 2nd or 3rd down the block. However, Doddy’s got an awesome trick that allows you to select whichever gear you’d like and ride home in a manageable singlespeed!
Some components are easily damaged. Many people bend or buckle disc rotors in crashes or on rocks out on trail. You’re never going to get it perfect but this is hacks to get you home after all! Doddy’s got a great hack to make that buckle a bit smaller as none of us carry around a pair of pliers just in case!
Punctures are fairly common, but a slash in the sidewall can stop you in your tracks and prevent repair, even with a tube! In order to address this you can use a tyre boot. Essentially a massive puncture repair patch for the inside of a tyre! This will allow you to inflate a tube inside the tyre whilst the boot bridges the tear. You will need a new tyre, this isn’t a repair that will last, but at least you can ride home! if you don’t have a boot with you then improvise! We’ve seen currency, huge leaves, even another section of tyre used on hacks and bodges!
And those are our top hacks to get you home! Leave us a message in the comments if you’ve got any others!
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