11 Useful Cycling Hacks!


– Coming up are 11 little hacks that will make your cycling life better, easier, or both. – Right, first up, bib shorts. Notoriously messy items in your kick bag or in
your drawer at home. So here is your solution. Goes at the end of the legs, start rolling up all the way, then wrap the bib part
of the shorts around, figure of eight, over the top, and there are your bib
shorts, neatly packaged. And quickly onto the next
one, which is related. You can do a similar
thing with leg warmers, arm warmers, and even skin suit. So leg warmers, arm warmers, start from the smaller end, by the ankle or the wrist end. Fold yourself up all the way, and when you get to the top, get one of the leg ends and fold it over the
rest of the neat package, and there you go. – I can honestly say, Dan, I’ve never seen either of those two things before in my entire career. – And then, with a skin suit, start off from the arm end, roll up all the way down to the legs, and then use one of the legs
to fold over just like that, it’s a nice, small, neat package. – Have you ever got stuck
in the middle of nowhere with a hole in your tyre? Well, even if you haven’t got something with you to repair it, you can still solve this problem. – Yeah, all you need is
something to cover the hole. So even if you haven’t got
something specific, as Matt said, you can use an empty wrapper,
an empty bar wrapper, you can use a bank note,
or you can even try using a strong-looking green leaf. – Or even a Christmas card
as I did several years ago. True. – Next up, on the off chance that you’ve got a bottle of
wine at home but no corkscrew, don’t despair, because as long as you’ve got a truck pump and a needle adapter normally used for some kind of football, then you’ll still be able to do it. – You certainly will, just
poke the needle adapter in between the edge of
the bottle and the cork, start pumping, and voila. – Hey, presto. This one might need a bit more work. We have seen it done before, successfully. But that was by professionals, not amateurs. – Doing long rides on a really hot day will often mean you have to
keep reapplying your sunscreen, which can be really annoying because you’ve got to carry
around a big tube with you. – Yeah, so what you want is
a much smaller alternative. So here are two options. Firstly, you could use
a shampoo container, which you got free from a hotel room, and fill that up with sunscreen, or you could use some
contact lens containers, and the handy thing with them is there are two of them, so
you can use one for sunscreen and the other one, as
Matt does, for lip balm. He gets dry lips. We will often see certain pro riders double wrapping bar
tape for extra comfort, particularly over the cobbled
races, such as Paris-Roubaix. Well, if you want something very similar without the cost of buying
brand new bike tape, then here is an alternative. So if you unwrap the bar tape you’ve got and then you use an old
inner tube underneath before re-wrapping it all back up, and you’ve got two layers. – You certainly have, the only
preparation you need to do is to cut the valve, of course, and then cut the inner tube to length before applying like tape. – Right, you’re gonna
like this next one, Matt, even though I know you know about it. Bidons, or water bottles,
actually serve as more than just something to keep you hydrated, because if you get an old one
and you cut around the top, they make a nice little container in which you can put your spares and your inner tubes, et cetera, or maybe even your rain jacket, you then put in your back bottle cage, keeping it nice and neat. – Recycling, really. Another alternative that
you see pro mechanics use is to cut the bidon off and actually use it to hold de-greaser as
they clean the bikes, too. – If you happen to have to fix your bike whilst your out on a training run, and likely it is you’re
gonna get pretty mucky hands, which can spell disaster if
you’ve got white bar tape. So here’s a trick. Pick up a couple of those free
plastic gloves that you get at filling or fuel stations and stash them in your saddlebag or wherever you keep your spares. Simply put them on before
you carry out your repairs and you’ll keep your hands nice and clean. – Or you could ask your mate to do it if you’re out on a ride, or if you’re not out on a ride with a mate and you’re on your own, you could use those individually sealed handy wipes, the type you get on an airline, they’re pretty handy, too. – This, Matt, is a handy little adapter which you can find very cheaply online, which will convert your Presta valve into a Schrader one. Now, the reason this is handy
is if you’re out on a run, you’ve got this in your saddlebag or wherever you keep your spares, if you do puncture and you
can’t get your tyre back up to the kind of pressure that you’d like, the next time you get to
a garage or fuel station that’s got an air compressor pump, simply put that on your valve, use the air compressor pump, carefully, to get your tyre easily up
to the desired pressure. – That, Dan, is a hack-and-a-half. Want to know how to store an inner tube that’s got air in it, because these are always
a little bit awkward. Dan, take it away. – Okay, this is how you do it. Get the valve at the opposite end to you, then just a case of neatly folding it up towards the valve. (funk music) But we’re not finished. You then want to unravel it, put the valve between the
two sides of the inner tube, grab it neatly up that way. Then elastic band. Neatly packaged inner tube. – Genius. Got your cycling shoes wet
but need to dry them quickly? Well, here’s an old trick to
help speed up that process. Get some newspaper and
stuff them into your shoes. – Yeah, the paper will absorb the water. So, after a couple of hours,
replace it with new newspaper, leave it overnight, hey, presto, the next morning, your shoes should be almost bone dry. As an alternative, you
can try using diapers, or nappies as we call them here. The ultimate in absorbance. – But never, ever, ever
put your shoes in the oven as one of my friends found out, well, his shoes caught fire, basically. – So, there you have it,
some great hacks for you. We’ve got some more hacks
for you just up here to do with training. – And we have our
roadside maintenance list just down here. – And you might want to subscribe to GCN, it’s that button in the
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. A great hack for presta to schrader valve is cutting off the tip of a plastic presta valve cap, if you ride with them on your bike.

  2. Regarding the water bottle thing. You can get ones which have unscrewable bottoms. Useful for sticking inner tube, tyre levers and multitool in.

  3. I cut the tip off one of my presta valve caps. You can then use a schrader type nozzle to air it up. You can always apply tape over the cut off portion if you are concerned about debri getting in. Best HACK EVER!

  4. The GCN guys are running out of subject matter – these are all pretty lame. But I have found about a million uses for old inner tubes – from doing a hot fix for a leaky garden hose to an emergency condom (which is a lot like a leaky garden hose).

  5. 35mm film case containing wetwipes and a pair of latex gloves with a strip of insulating tape and a strip of duct tape wrapped around the outside. Super useful and takes up minimal space.

  6. I don't have any newspaper. Tried using my iPhone  instead and now I need something to dry out my iPhone.

  7. here's a hack if your seat post snaps in half (seen it happen once to overweight lady on a charity ride) — empty out one of your water bottles and put it on the seat post. it makes an ok seat or at least better than riding on top of a broken seat post (though some may like that)

  8. Love the makeshift storage idea – what I do with my touring bike is use the third bottle cage with a Specialized "keg" (a sawed off bottle with a screw top lid) to hold my entire mobile repair kit. Works wonderfully.

  9. quick tip: attach the presta to Schrader valve adapter with a small zip tie to one of your saddle rails.
    Always there for when you need it, out of sight, safe and secure. 🙂

  10. Buy a valve adapter online??? I have yet to see one in a shop that costs more than a fraction of the shipping cost.

  11. -rough sisal or jute cord cleans sprockets, casettes, between spokes and other finicky spots with ease.
    -glueless inner tube patches are the shit.
    -black is the absolute worst colour to wear on a hot, sunny day, and yellow attracts pesky, tiny flies.
    -reflective tape is the lightest and slickest reflector you can get, and can be cut to look pretty neat. (it even comes in black) may not be 100% street legal in all countries, but it can still save you a fine over not having any reflectors on your bike, if you run into a bored and ill tempered policeman.

  12. The best tire boot material I found is Tyvek. Stateside, Tyvek envelopes are available free at post offices for priority mail. I suppose taking one for a purpose other than mailing something is technically theft but one big envelope should be enough Tyvek for a lifetime supply of tire boots. If you just can't handle the guilt you could wait for someone to mail you something in one of these envelopes or if you are really desperate you could mail one to yourself. I cut Tyvek into 3" by 4" sheets. These are large enough to boot a cut mountain bike tire and just fold it in half for road bike tires. Another hack here: 10 oz plastic peanut butter jars fit nicely in water bottle (bidon) cages. In the winter when you only need one water bottle you can use the 2nd cage to carry tools or whatever in your peanut butter jar. A presta adapter bouncing around in a tool bag quickly gets lost. Just screw it onto one of your tubes.

  13. Hey, left guy, stop looking over to the old leather for approval every three seconds.

  14. I think I enjoy your videos almost as much as cycling itself. It's great to see people generous with each other, not trying to hog the lime light and though clearly much better than most, sharing their experience and passion without talking at or down to me . Thanks Chaps, keep up the great work.

  15. Some great ideas here. Another tip for drying out shoes is an old sock filled with cat litter (preferably un-used cat litter)

  16. I know you said not an oven, but what about a hotbox, not quite as hot as an oven, maybe about 170F (76-77C)??

  17. I've learned a lot watching your videos, but never had I seen you recommend stealing rubber gloves from a gas (petrol?) station, and also, who knew Dan used to fold clothes for a living

  18. Re: #11: Gortex socks mean that you don't have to care if your shoes are wet. I use Sealskinz mid-length and they're fantastic!

  19. Hi Guys, have just come across GCN and think it is absolutely superbSo informative without having to seem a complete novice to all by asking lots of silly questions. Please keep the Vids coming< i am watching all of them! Also love the Wye Valley backdrop, beautiful bit of territory.

  20. "Never ever ever put your shoes in the oven, as one of my "friends" found out…" Good catch, Matt, but I know that was you 😉

  21. Newspaper for drying shoes works for any type of shoes in any type of situation. As a Scout this was something I always had on me to keep my boots dry

  22. tip 12 how to get rid of the whole bike cyclist gerneration or the whole fucking lot of them courtesey of a vehicle driver thats tired of swerving into th eother lane just to pass a stupid bicyclist..

    you offer them 10 bottles of wine and a trip to paris then you place them in a rocket ship shoot them too the sun tell them on the way lance armstrong didnt juice and is waiting for them on the sun surface

  23. On the presta to schrader valve conversion.. Take the cap of your presta valve that you get when you buy tubes but never under any circumstances can ride with, cut of the top of it and you have the same thing for free. Doesn't work as good of course, but it'll get you there and you probably have it with you on your spare tube anyway.

  24. I often squeeze my toothpaste from the bottom, much better than the other way round. Also, "Diapers", "Tire", "Ass" not sure where these American guys are from in the States but if you listen carefully you can just about detect slight British accents. So long y'all

  25. I always find myself revisiting older videos just for the fun of it and noticed I had a hack for one of your hacks! Once on a mountain ride with my brother, he got a flat. I always carry a pump, so it shouldn't have been a problem. What I didn't know, though, was that my brother's bike was Presta valve and that my pump was exclusively Schrader and on top of that, I didn't have my handy-dandy adapter! I got the bright idea to cut the very tip off of one of his Presta stem caps and was able to secure my Schrader pump onto that to get enough air in it to make it the remainder of our ride and back to my wagon.

  26. you can also dry your shoes by cutting a small hole (big enough to fit a hair dryer head) into a cardboard  box you got a furnace to quickly dry your shoes. 🙂

  27. Funny story I once put my undies in the oven to dry due to heavy rain, bone dry, later when I put it on it was comfortable, seconds later I stretched and undies got shredded, not funny in front of the in laws.

  28. Use the valve adapter as a valve cap. Firstly u will protect ur valve as its made of metal. Secondly, u dun really need to find it deep in ur saddle bag or ur jersey, as it will always be on ur wheels.

  29. Probably been pointed out already, but I tend to have good luck drying my shoes by leaving them overnight, with the opening facing the vent on the front of my fridge (at the floor).

  30. Best way to dry out shoes. fill them with Rice . I use the old water bottles in the bottle holders in my car cut off the tops you have a handy little bin in the car . When you stop for fuel simple pull it out empty it and off you go.

  31. Why not invest in nitrile mechanic gloves that fit you, and pack some for any ride – use them at home for cleaning and tuning the bike!😃

  32. These guys are almost a comedy team. Great ideas, now all I have to do is get a bike, which I am saving up for.

  33. I been using the newspaper in the shoes thing for a long time…and not just for cycling shoes. Works very well.

    A tip I discovered in winter rides: A lot of restrooms in gas stations, shops, etc. use air blowers now instead of paper towels. This is not very effective at quickly drying your hands, but it does give you a chance to heat your gloves before going back out on the road (provided it blows hot or warm air and not just room temperature air). Hold glove underneath opening below blower and it will blow hot air into it and warm it up!

  34. To stop my bicycle lock rattling against my bottle cage I just used some electrical tape on the bicycle lock and bottle cage where they were rattling against one another, now no rattling and annoying noises during my rides.

  35. Another benefit of using an ebike (assuming you have a DC-DC voltage converter) is you can bring a 12V air compressor and use your bike battery to pump up your tire (mine has a 12V lighter socket on the handlebar for this purpose)

    You can also use a tube that already uses the Schrader valve, then you can use any air compressor at any servo (what we Aussies call petrol stations)
    no tire dongle needed

  36. Quickest way to dry out your wet shoes, use a hair dryer. Remove the inner sole dry it off. Then blow warm air inside and out. Job done in 5-10 minutes.

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