Washing your bike is a key part of keeping
it running smoothly, but using the wrong soap can dull the finish. I didn’t even know this until recently. So, use car wash soap. It’s really easy to obtain and generally
less expensive than than the stuff marketed for bikes. With the right brushes, you don’t need much
soap to clean your bike anyway. A few months ago I crashed into a tree in
Arkansas and damaged the handlebars on my hardtail. Today, we’re gonna replace them, but first
we need to cut the new ones to size. When cutting carbon, use a spray bottle filled
with water to prevent dust from getting in the air. Carbon dust is really bad for your lungs,
so this is actually a safety hack. A rarity. Thanks to Calvin and Truman from park tool
for this one. What do you do with a broken carbon bar? Make a disc brake truing tool. Take a straight piece of straight carbon bar,
and cut a notch an inch down the center. Use your spray bottle, and make sure to get
rid of any sharp edges or splinters. You can add a bar end, grip, or tape handle
to protect your hand from the end. If you have a slight bend in your disc brake
you can tweak it back into place without the risk of marring it up. Magnetic dishes are great shop tools, but
so are these super strong neodymium magnets. Mount one on your repair stand or wherever
you work on your bike. This way, you have a quick and easy bolt holder
when you need it. When changing bars or doing anything stem
related I find this particularly useful. On the end of a shifter cable you’ll find
this little nub, which keeps it retained inside the shifter. If you’re in a dire situation where you
need to make due without one, you can tie a knot at the end. You’ll definitely need pliers to get it
tight enough, and it may take some finagling, but it’s better than nothing. If you don’t have a new shifter cable but
somehow do have a soldering iron, you can fray the end slightly and add a nub just as
good as the original. At home supply stores you’ll find these
equipment ties which are essentially rubber coated bendy rods. These are great if you need to keep your bars
from moving while performing a repair. For headset and stem related repairs, you
can wrap a tie under your fork to keep it from dropping out of the bike. Since these ties are rubber coated, they’re
probably good for any application where you need to hold a bike in position. Recently I tried using electrical tape to
neaten up my cables, and it actually didn’t turn out too bad. But mountain bikers with true OCD, use heat
shrink tubing. You can get half inch tubing online or even
at harbor freight. I’m measuring it against my cables and cutting
it to size first, then unhooking everything. I even needed to put a new end on my disc
hose to get the connecting bolt through the tubing. Once you have everything in place, use a heat
gun or hair dryer to evenly and slowly shrink the tubing. Take your time, it’s not worth melting something. Once it’s finished, you can stare at it
for the rest of the day. You can do a lever bleed on shimano disc brakes
using only this little funnel, and actually you can do the same with many other brands
with varying degrees of effectiveness. But in a pinch you can do it without the funnel,
it just takes longer. Use the opening under bleed screw as a mini
funnel, and take your time. You can keep an emergency supply of fluid
in an eye dropper if you want to keep it on your person. And yes, this is the wrong fluid for Shimano. If that makes you cringe you’re really gonna
hate this next one. Johnson’s baby oil. I had no idea babies needed to be oiled, but
this is available at any drug store. The main ingredient is mineral oil, so in
a pinch you could use it to bleed mineral oil brakes—maybe. I’ve read a lot of arguments about whether
or not this is okay to use, and although I’ve found no record of it causing damage, there’s
a lot of skepticism. So I can’t officially give it the thumbs
up until I try myself. So, for one year we’ll run it in the rear
brake of my fat bike, and then do a full autopsy on it. My guess is that it only voids your warranty
and makes your brakes smell like diaper. You should check out this video where the
shredist, shows how to make a kydex frame guard. Since seeing that video I’ve been really
interested in using this stuff, but my bikes already have factory downtube and chainstay
protection. So, we’ll make a tail guard for my electric
skateboard. Kydex can be cut and manipulated just like
abs plastic, and it’s sold in various thicknesses. When you heat it up, it becomes malleable
and conforms to whatever shape you want. It wasn’t supposed to come out that good. And it seems to work. So there you have it, the last 10 bike hacks
of 2018. If you found this video entertaining, give
it a thumbs up and share it with a friend. Be sure to watch all my other ten bike hacks
videos in the playlist at the end, and if you can think of any hacks I haven’t done
yet, list them below for the chance to have them featured. I left links to everything featured in the
video below. Thanks for riding with me today and I’ll
see you next time.

10 Bike Hacks for Mountain Bikers and Beyond
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100 thoughts on “10 Bike Hacks for Mountain Bikers and Beyond

  • June 17, 2019 at 9:14 pm
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    I am a german boy.
    My mom ask me, if i am learning
    My answer: I learn english for 3 hours.
    My thoughts: i am learning english, if i watch seth

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  • June 20, 2019 at 6:11 am
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    Or maybe use a dust mask?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 11:13 am
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    Seth is my idol. I look up to him soooo much like Seth if you see this I love ur vids. Keep up the good work

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  • June 20, 2019 at 7:11 pm
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    where is the follow up on the baby oil? love the videos Seth! your the man

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  • June 21, 2019 at 11:18 am
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    MAKE A BABY OIL UPDATE PLEEEAASE

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  • June 21, 2019 at 8:59 pm
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    i use t car mineral oil

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  • June 22, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    … you… can… CLEAN bikes? Who knew…

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  • June 22, 2019 at 5:10 am
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    Make sure to change your baby’s oil every 6-8 months to prevent the check engine light

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  • June 23, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    Very nice video 👍👍💪💪

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  • June 24, 2019 at 9:13 pm
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    I LOVE THİS MAN

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  • June 25, 2019 at 12:02 pm
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    A mask is always good around things like carbon dust.

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  • June 25, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    i love all of ur videos

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  • June 27, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    Any update on the mineral oil hack? Thanks!

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  • June 27, 2019 at 5:17 am
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    Use ky jelly to cut the carbon. The water washes the fibers all over the place. You can wipe off the KY.

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  • June 28, 2019 at 3:13 am
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    Another top tip: the cutout in your saddle is not for penile insertion.

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  • June 29, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    Yeah man you need baby oil if you dont use it on a baby thare bones will start to rust

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  • June 29, 2019 at 8:47 pm
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    What mineral oil to use for shimano brakes systems?

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  • July 3, 2019 at 7:15 pm
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    I would also advise to just wear a respirator when cutting carbon fibre. Its better to be on the safe side…..

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  • July 4, 2019 at 2:28 am
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    0:34 is that a rat? UUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH WUT IS THUT

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  • July 4, 2019 at 3:35 am
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    best youtuber ever !!

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  • July 5, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    Make a funnel out of tin foil

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  • July 5, 2019 at 8:37 am
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    How was it after 6months? I'm thrilled

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  • July 5, 2019 at 10:56 am
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    A clean bike
    Is a fast bike

    – Albert Einstein

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  • July 5, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    What do you use to glue Kydex on your skate?

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  • July 5, 2019 at 10:18 pm
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    May i ask your length???

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  • July 6, 2019 at 2:44 am
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    What brand shoes do you wear? I watch your channel all the time

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  • July 7, 2019 at 7:25 am
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    Imagine being so much in love with oil, that not only do you invade countries for it. You also end up putting the rest-product in baby products.

    Ho
    Lee
    Shit!

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  • July 7, 2019 at 9:44 pm
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    "I had no idea that babies need to be oiled" 😂

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  • July 8, 2019 at 1:19 pm
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    I don’t even have an interest in mountain bikes but he’s just entertaining:)

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  • July 9, 2019 at 10:08 am
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    We use mineral oil for our brakes down here

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  • July 9, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    Don’t forget to oil your child it will get rusty

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  • July 9, 2019 at 7:45 pm
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    how’s that brake fluid doing seth?

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  • July 10, 2019 at 2:12 pm
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    Ur so useful and know lots about bikes butbur shit on a bike u crash constantly also I love ur content 👌🏿

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  • July 11, 2019 at 4:10 am
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    You made my Siri go off when u said hay Siri

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  • July 14, 2019 at 12:37 pm
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    Hi … but is it a joke ??? oil baby ???!!!! … does it really work ??? Thanks

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  • July 15, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    @02:25 the solder you use must have a high melting point or it will be too soft to hold the cable in place. Solder for circuit boards will eventually fail on you as it is too soft. Solder used for plumbing & brazing work has a much higher melting point and will hold the cable in place with no problems. @04:45 I use Hydraulic Oil FEBI BILSTEIN costs me $9 for 1 litre. Many bleeds over 2 years & I still have about 700ml left.

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  • July 16, 2019 at 9:34 pm
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    are liquid breaks hydraulic mechanical or something else?
    Yea hi from finlabd im going to get a bew bike and i need liquid brakes because i just do

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  • July 19, 2019 at 4:50 pm
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    I know it is a bike channel, ok. Johnson baby oil causes cancer. That is why it was made in the first place. So it is good only for brakes. Like Coca Cola, only good to remove rust n oil. : )) : )) : ))

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  • July 19, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    Am I the only one deeply concerned about the fact that baby oil contains the same sh*t that makes mechanics run smooth..?? 🤦🏻‍♀️

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  • July 20, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    Hey Seth what electric skateboard is that

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  • July 20, 2019 at 4:44 am
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    Gotta keep your baby rust free.

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  • July 20, 2019 at 2:42 pm
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    03:55 Yeah… I will.

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  • July 23, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    I like the car wash soap tip because me and my dad use it all the time!

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  • July 25, 2019 at 3:01 pm
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    Do you have any videos showing up how to change rear break pads?? also! I'm interested in contact you directly "Have a property on the mountains and was considering to make a bike trail to see what kind of business return one can have and specially make me cringe the idea of people getting injured… I mean the hills are really steep!!

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  • July 26, 2019 at 4:19 am
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    Can I use oil?

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  • July 26, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    SKATEBOARD BERM CREEK

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  • July 28, 2019 at 11:15 pm
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    what e-skateboard does seth have?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    If your a skater seeing his grip with mud

    Cringe 100

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:21 am
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    Is it me or anyone else smelt when he was cleaning the bike in the beginning?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    I use dishwashing soap to wash my bike no damages to the frame

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  • August 1, 2019 at 6:53 pm
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    what is the orange mountain bike called?

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  • August 2, 2019 at 6:20 pm
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    I can't wat to see how the baby oil brake autopsy goes.

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  • August 2, 2019 at 11:06 pm
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    No me sirve este video

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  • August 3, 2019 at 7:36 am
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    Today I have also tried to use hair oil ,let's see weather it will work or not.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Is that oil good for my chain?

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  • August 3, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Amazing video and amazing channel and amazing job friend 😀😎😎👍❤

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  • August 6, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    I live in Arkansas

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  • August 6, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    Rob me in my channel will say. It

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  • August 6, 2019 at 8:24 pm
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    That's not an eye dropper that's a Ejuice container for Vapes

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  • August 8, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    You should take your skateboard off the drama drop

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  • August 9, 2019 at 3:01 am
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    Yeah i used baby oil to for my brake

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  • August 10, 2019 at 12:15 pm
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    Could you do a little experiment with running olive oil on the chain as lubricant?

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  • August 11, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    does anyone else get kinda exited when a kinda popular youtuber mentinons a place that you live that is that popular

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  • August 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    You can use baby oil in spensusion forks

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  • August 13, 2019 at 5:07 am
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    The car wash soap should not contain wax thou, or it will affect the brakes

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  • August 15, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Buenas amigos se podra tubelizar llantas que no sean tubeles gracias

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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    I have a apex a600

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  • August 15, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    my grandsons freind need a bike

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  • August 16, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    im still patiently waiting for the baby oil results…

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  • August 17, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    6:27 I thought he was going off drama drop!!

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  • August 17, 2019 at 6:19 pm
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    R

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  • August 18, 2019 at 2:29 pm
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    Where to buy that black plastic plate for forming? It is same as water bottle material?

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  • August 18, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    Great video

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  • August 21, 2019 at 2:46 am
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    My entire workshop is just a screwdriver and a pair of pliers.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 9:20 am
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    Who else watches and doesn’t mountain bike???

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  • August 24, 2019 at 6:32 pm
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    You should only clean your bike at a designated washdown point where pollutants can be properly disposed of.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 12:50 am
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    Honestly i use some of these hacks on my dirt bike lol

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  • August 25, 2019 at 12:52 am
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    you can mount a banana to your bottle cage by using some zip-ties

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  • August 27, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    What brand is your electric skateboard? Thnaks

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  • September 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm
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    Baby oil to lubricate bike gear ! Awesome idea ! Bike gear crying like baby ?

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  • September 4, 2019 at 1:25 am
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    Very good

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  • September 4, 2019 at 5:54 am
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    i've had to use old motor oil + paint thinner as chain lube before. actually works really well.

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  • September 4, 2019 at 7:18 am
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    I’ve ran baby oil in my hydrolic clutch on my ktm ever since I got it last year, it’s given me no trouble at all, never slipped, everything looks good on the inside, clutch has never gotten stuck or anything like that

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  • September 4, 2019 at 9:00 am
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    Im using motor oil for tektro brakes

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  • September 5, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Cool u use Mike's skateboard

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  • September 5, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    Miles

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  • September 5, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    I use a car wash that has wax built in, so it comes out nice and shiny with no extra work.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 1:36 am
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    I watched this while sitting on a Santa Cruz and holding on to my Jeep. Now that’s how you watch Seth’s Nike hacks.

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  • September 6, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    You really need to change your baby's oil often

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  • September 8, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Hey seth. I am 15 abd cant afford a new bike. I have a mountain bike with v brakes so i cant find a way to neaten my cockpit. Any ideas?

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  • September 10, 2019 at 11:17 am
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    Hey Seth, I understand that you can also use ordinary water (even urine) as break fluid in an emergancy.
    It´s less comressable than baby oil.
    As far as I can remember even Mc Gyver used it as such, in one of his episodes.
    Greetings from Berlin

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  • September 10, 2019 at 4:51 pm
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    Hey Siri, Remind me to check this channel in 4 months. Great content, Subbed.

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  • September 12, 2019 at 11:46 pm
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    One of very expensive bike brake companies from Germany runs their brakes on sunflower oil. And baby oil idea isn't anything new for KTM users bleeding their hydraulic Magura clutch with same fluid..

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  • September 13, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Not more long and we are gonna See if the babay oil Was godd 😀

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  • September 14, 2019 at 12:29 am
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    4:10 is that Phil's bike?

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  • September 14, 2019 at 8:34 pm
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    Dear lord, now I have to find a baby to steal some oil from……….!

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  • September 16, 2019 at 2:35 pm
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    is baby oil recomended can use to shimano brake?

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  • September 17, 2019 at 11:29 am
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    Not using a hose when you wash your bike will mean that your paint may not get as clean, but the actual functional components will work better and last longer. Clean functional components by applying the appropriate lubricants and wiping off excess. Windex and a rag work well to get most of the cosmetic dirt off, but remember dirt on your frame is only cosmetic. If you must douse your bike with water after every ride or so, try using an air compressor to blow excess water out of the nooks and crannies. Bikes hate water and water hates bikes.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 4:23 am
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    and here i was thinking baby oil was made out of squished up babies!! yet another reason to watch this channel!

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  • September 20, 2019 at 2:59 am
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    You can re use the zip ties that cpme with anything you buy! Just un tie them, i do this to almost anything i buy that comes with them, you can reuse and make less trash.

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