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10 Hacks for MTB, Road, and Outdoors

Spring is right around the corner, and for
many of you that means better riding weather. So why not kick off the season with another
10 bike hacks for mountain, road, and beyond. Use these hacks to fix, protect, and style
your bike with stuff you might have laying around. Let’s get started. Many riders fasten an inner tube to their
frame so they’ll have it around for emergencies, but these are usually held on with electrical
tape or zip ties. Self stick hook and loop is better. Not only is it reusable, but it comes in rolls
and can be cut to size. If you really want to ride lean just roll
up your inner tube with a multi tool, a co2 cartridge, and inflator. Now fasten it with hook and loop so that nothing
can fall out, and finally secure it to your frame or under your seat. Self stick can be found at most hardware or
craft stores in rolls or single pieces. Speaking of making repairs on the trails,
have you ever been stuck without a valve core wrench? According to one of my subscribers, a lock
on grip collar can be used as an emergency substitute. Just remove your grip and pop one of the collars
off. Then remove the pinch bolt, and use the gap
to wrench on your valve core. It’s not the most convenient hack, but it’s
a hell of a lot better than getting stuck somewhere. Since most lock on grips have a similar collar,
this is a hack that a lot of people could use. If you wear your helmet enough it’ll get
smelly from all of your disgusting head sweat. Luckily most helmets have removable pads that
you can clean or replace. Since washing machines have a tendency to
eat things, take all of these various pads and place them inside a clean sock. Just machine wash it with detergent and throw
it in the dryer just like you normally would. Your pads will come out fresh, clean, and
easy to find. Pool noodles have a lot of great uses, like
bringing back 1980’s BMX trends. But on the more practical end of things, you
can use them to protect your bike during transport. If you’re cramming a few bikes in your pickup,
SUV, or wagon, pieces of noodle can protect the parts that are dangerously close to being
smeashed. Just use a scissor or blade to cut a noodle
to size, and open it up down the middle. You can even keep some noodle in your travel
bag for extra protection during shipping. Now that’s using your noodle. Hydration packs allow you to drink water on
the fly, but sometimes re-securing the hose is only marginally better than re-securing
a water bottle. With a retractable badge holder, you can automate
the whole process. Just clip the spool to your shoulder strap,
and fasten the cord to the end of your hydration hose. As long as the badge holder has a good spring
in it, the mouthpiece should snap into place as soon as you let it go. You can also use a badge holder to prevent
that spoke wrench from leaving the truing stand. This hack was another request from a subscriber,
and I think it’s a really original one. What’s the difference between these two
pairs of cycling glasses? How about the fact that these aren’t cycling
glasses at all. In fact, I bought them at the hardware store
for balls plus tax. Now paint me unsophisticated in the realm
of cycling eyewear, but I just don’t see where the $100 disparity comes in here. In fact, the hardware store glasses are lighter,
more comfortable, and I think better looking. Yeah they’re tinted, but you can also get
these in clear. What’s more, you can find gloves and even
floor pumps for a fraction of the ones marketed towards cyclists. So if you’re on a budget, the hardware store
hack can save you hundreds of dollars if you keep your expectations in check. Servicing your suspension is actually not
that hard if you have the right tools—like bike specific sockets. On standard sockets, the rounded ends tend
to slip off of the top caps on suspension forks. To make an existing socket work better, use
a grinder to square off the edges. This shouldn’t inhibit the socket’s performance
on other things, yet it will give you maximum grip on shallow top caps. Since you only need to do it on one socket,
I’d say it’s a pretty good hack. If you have a crapload of bikes, at least
a few of them will need maintenance at any given time. Those of you with families can probably relate. So why not run your garage like a bike shop,
by writing out work orders? This is a fun way to keep track of what needs
fixing, and you can even invoice your family members with chores to pay for
your services. While you’re playing bike shop, try upselling
them on unnecessary upgrades. So, work orders—Because they’re way cooler
than post it notes. The now two generation old GoPro Hero4 is
still the camera of choice for mountain bike vloggers. Since you can’t always find these anymore,
you need to repair them to keep them running. Today, I’ll show you how to replace the
lens without taking the whole GoPro apart. As you can see I’ve purchased a replacement
lens for a few bucks online. It’s screwed into this housing, which is
the same as the one inside the GoPro. It screws in and out for focus, which means
the one in the GoPro does too! To unscrew the GoPro lens you’ll need to
pry off the rubber ring that covers the lens, and use some kind of plier, but as long as
you’re replacing the lens, marring it up should be no big deal. The new lens should screw in a lot easier,
and focus just like the old one. Performing a lens change using this rather
unorthodox method, is in my opinion a lot less invasive than doing it the quote “right
way”. I’ve used this hack 5 times with a 100%
success rate. You can make a mud guard out of any piece
of sheet plastic, like a two liter soda bottle, or this tracing paper I got from the craft
store. Just print out the template in the description,
trace it on your plastic, and cut it out carefully. Now personalize it however you like. Smeash! With four zip ties, you can secure it to your
fork and keep all that mud from caking up behind your stanchions. So much function, style, and sophistication,
all in one hack. And finally it wouldn’t be a Seth’s Bike
Hacks video without a food hack, so here’s a bonus hack for getting a bonus taco. The next time you eat tacos, place an empty
tortilla on your plate. As you eat, and inevitably get taco innards
all over the place, your tortilla will accumulate the ingredients of your bonus taco—which
is a combination of all the other tacos you just had. And that concludes this hacks video. Let me know which hack you found to be the
most entertaining or useful, and of course let me know if you have any hacks you’d
like to see next time. But before you do that, check out the 10 Bikes
hacks playlist to ensure it wasn’t covered already. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

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