5 Cheap Ways To Upgrade Your MTB | Mountain Bike Hacks


– Welcome back to you beautiful– – Hey, Rich, those are mine, man. (Rich exclaims)
Find your own intro. – (sighs) I need my own words. – Yeah
– Sorry mate. Well then, we know mountain
biking’s expensive. Even the cheapest parts of it can cost you hundreds of pounds. – Exactly, but we always
want to upgrade our bikes, but here are the few ways that are free and cost you pennies that’ll
help you out a little bit on the trail. Let’s kick it off with this one. Okay, I’m going to kick
it off with this first one right here and that is
down tube protection. Now some manufactures do come with them built into the frame already. Just like this Canyon Strive one here, has got a nice piece here
that’s going to help protect that down tube from rocks flicking up. Now if you’re in a rocky
place like the Alps or somewhere up in the mountains where big rocks are
going to be flicking up and you don’t think this
is going to suffice enough. Suffice enough? Is that a word? Yeah I think it is. So you want to grab
yourself and old used tire, just like this one right here. It’s quite thick and
rubbery, it’s not too heavy, it’s not too light, it’s going
to help protect that down tube. Now you want to cut this about
30 centimeters, 45 centimeters. Just enough to protect that down tube. And look at that, it’s the perfect shape for your down tube. Now you just place it right
there, just like that. You cable tie it on and it’s
going to protect that frame. Your carbon frame, your steel
frame or your aluminum frame from all those big rocks
flicking up and damaging this. Cause you don’t want any damage there. All right, let’s zip tie this on. Look at that! Pretty good, free, cheap. Apart from the old zip tie, but that’s- you know that’s pennies. That’s going to protect my bike
when I’m out there in the Alps or any big Alpine mountain
that I’m at, right! (mellow music) – Now let’s talk about dropper protection. D’you remember when
forks, back in the day, had those little booties on them? Kind of phased out now,
they didn’t really exist but they served a purpose and
that was, protect the seals. Now, the dropper post is
bang in the line of fire for all that mud and crap
that’s going to flick on up and just sit on that seal there. So what can we do to give
that a bit of protection? Well, I’ve got an old inner tube here which most of us have got
knocking around these days cause, let’s face it,
tubes are a bit dead. And I’m going to cut a section of this to protect the back of the seat tube. Especially around the seal
and the extension of it. Stop anything, grinding away. Boom, so there we have it. Free upgrade virtually. All nice and protected
and secure around here and no mud getting towards that bad boy. (bass guitar music) – All right, the winter
months are out here in the UK and the mud is flicking up everywhere. When Neil and I went for
a ride on an epic one and it was very muddy and
we didn’t have mud guards and you all called us out on it. But today, I’m going to
show you how to make one. Easy out of an old bit of plastic. Just like this old Markov
piece here, this top. Basically, you can go online
and you can find a stencil. You can print it out,
you can place it on here and cut out your own mud guard but if you have got a little bit of cash then click up there in
the left hand corner for a bit of merch because
we do some nice GMBN ones. Now our tech man himself,
Doddy has done a video all about this so take
a look on how how makes his own mud guard out of a bit of plastic. – Given the shape of
that, it sits really well in here, it’s quite a natural sort of fit. You basically just want to draw a line where you want that mud
guard to be using a sharpie. So at the front here, I actually
want it to stick out a bit so I’m going to have it come round to, let’s say here. It needs to come down on
the side of the fork here so I can tie it to the fork leg. So you can pretty much follow
the line of your fork brace in order to do this and
then the same at the rear. You want this to come out
and have this kind of shape to the back there, using
that curve that’s already part of the milk bottle. What I’m going to do is cut
this out now, this shape, put a couple of holes in the bottom here for a cable tie around the leg, and a couple in the top to
run around the fork base and then Bob’s your uncle. Got a homemade mud guard. – Genius isn’t it? Genius, absolute genius. It’s free, it’s cheap
and it’s going to keep the mud out of your eyes. (mellow music) – Now bikes have become
quieter over the years, with the introduction ClutchMax,
narrow eyed chain rings, better gearing but what also you can do is add a little bit of protection
there on the chain stay. On my bike here, my
reactor’s already got one, you can see it’s factory fitted but you can also make these yourselves. You can use all sorts. Things like free-end mastic tape old grip tape can even work. Let’s have a little look
at how we can do this. – The rubber itself comes
in strips like this. It comes in 50 ml and 25 ml, white and the one I’ve
got here is 50 ml white. I’m actually going to
have to cut this to fit. Now the really good thing
about this stuff is, it’s stretchy and it’s extremely adhesive. So you can actually shape it slightly. All the way along to
get a really good finish and because it’s quite
thick, it dampens out the sort of noise that
you get from the chain just ticking away on the chain stay. – That’s a pretty
ingenious way of doing it. No more chips and dings on my chain stays and hopefully a nice, quiet running bike. (mellow music) – This next one is trading with your mates because everyone’s got
something that they don’t want and they’re going to throw it away but it’s someone else’s treasure. Like this mud guard, I’m not
going to use this eye saver, D’you want it? – Actually that is pretty useful to me because I use mine to commute sometimes and I don’t want all that horrible spray going up my back or ass, when I get to work so actually
that’d be really useful thanks
– There you go. Trading with your friends is pretty cool and it saves you pennies. You don’t have to go to the shop to go and buy a mud guard
or get something else like an old tire. Go to your friends.
– Yeah. – They’ll have some. – Yeah, you can take my
idea there if you want. – I actually- yeah that’s not too bad. But, you know, I don’t really
need to use one of them. – Whatever works for you isn’t it? – Exactly.
– Whatever works for whatever you ride. – Thank you very much
for watching this video. If it helped you out let us
know in the comments down below. Now if you want to stick around
and get some problem solving videos and continue to binge watch GMBN, click just down here. – Yup and it you want to see
the guys take on the Ridgeway without mud guards, click down here. – Don’t forget to hit the globe, subscribe cause you’re
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