10 Bike Hacks [Video]

I was watching Youtube at 3 AM when I ran across this gem. Here are ten bike hacks for making your riding experience more enjoyable.

There are cool ideas in here that I had never thought off. Like pouring water on the inside of grips to get them to slide off. Pretty smart. And then they also have a good trick for getting the grips back on. I’ll probably stick with hairspray because that is what I keep on hand.

The U-lock trick was pretty smart, as well. I always carry a cable lock around with me which can be pretty bulky and a pain to carry. By locking the rear wheel to the bike rack on the inside of the bike frame, you make it impossible to remove the bike. Of course, you might have a couple of thieves try because it looks like you should be able to get the bike off by removing the rear wheel. If you doubt the security of this method, then give it a try. It’s like a Japanese puzzle. There is no way to get the wheel off.

Also, oiling your bike pump is a good trick. I like to do mine at the start of every year since I figure it probably dries out a little during the winter. Keeping the pump lubed not only reduces squeaks, but it can also help the seal last longer. I’ve had pumps last me for over a decade and think it has to do with the way I protect and care for them.

There are a lot more tips in this video, but the one about adding baking soda to your dish soap to get grease off your hands are very smart. Just a little grit can do a lot to remove that stubborn grease.

Check out the hacks. Which ones did you already know about?

[3.5 Million Views?] How fast can a BMX bike Go?

I know that we mostly talk about Mountain bikes on this show (and interview a lot of mountain bike riders).

But this video caught my eye. If you haven’t seen it, add it to your much watch list.

It starts off as a Vlog. Going to the doctor, stopping by a Mechanic.. your boring Wednesday afternoon off of work.

But then it takes a turn for the crazy. He starts exploring a drainage ditch that has a steep drop in. And then as he explores more, he starts finding more culverts and other cool elements.

The GoPro footage is quite fun, and this drainage ditch looks like it is ideal for riding half-pipe.

He then moves over to “the hook” and famous waterway structure that has been taken over by BMXers as their secret playground. It is a spillway for a lake and has an aggressive, deadly drop.

It truly is a street rider’s Nirvana.

And, he doesn’t stop, there.

The spillway is so steep; it looks like it would be almost impossible to climb. There are multiple embankments, and it takes a lot of bravery not to think you’ll get trapped.

The ride down, though, is what is insane. He does it without brakes.

The entire video is a refreshing look at illegal BMX and the places it will take you if you aren’t concerned about getting kicked out once in a while.

Finding Your Flow

I know I haven’t updated this in awhile. I’ve been busy with school and haven’t had the time to do interviews. I did call some guys, and, as race season starts up, I have a few riders interested in coming on the show. So stay tuned.

One of the things I love about mountain biking (or anything in life) is when you are in the zone. There is a lot of research about finding your zone in sports, and it is a combination of finding something that is just slightly challenging but that you have developed the skillset to be good at it.

It is in this place, with just the right amount of pressure, but with enough skills to over come that pressure, that you can enter “the zone.”

Fascinatingly enough, being in “the zone” can give you as much as a 20% boost in productivity. So it is something that top athletes train for repeatedly.

In this video, GMBN talks about “flow,” that skill set that lets you easily cruise between obstacles and love every minute of it. It is this “flow” that can then translate to being in “the zone” once you master it.

Don’t expect these skills to come overnight. Watch this video a few times and then go try to implement it.

Then — and this is important — take notes and compare your ride with how you think it should have gone? What areas did you bungle? Drill those some more. Maybe even set up a camera on that spot so you can watch yourself. There are a lot of bikers who wear helmet cams, but not enough who give themselves a third-eye view of their technique. Doing so can give you a huge advantage when it comes to race day.

Just carry a small tripod with you, and you can quickly switch your GoPro from being a helmet cam over to being a tripod cam. Works like a charm.