Last time we took a look at 10 bike hacks
for mountain bikers and beyond, but we’re not finished. Today, we’ll be doing ten more hacks that
mountain bikers, BMXer, and even road cyclists can enjoy. Let’s get started. Until you get good at it, working on a bike
chain can be frustrating. Your derailleur can snap back and flick the
chain into oblivion. For people like me with poor dexterity, a
paper clip or hair pin can serve as a third set of hands. Hook this to your chain before you start working
on it, and it’ll behave a little more predictably. By the way, to set a master link back in place,
just position it above the chainstay and crank forwards abruptly. Working on your bike can get messy, and we
all know that dish soap doesn’t quite do the trick. There will always be spots that you just can’t
get clean. Use an abrasive like seal salt or even sand
to scrub the dirt off of your hands. A 2×4 is only a few bucks, and it’s more
than enough to make a bike stand. Just cut two pieces about 22 inches long,
and use two 12 inch pieces as cross bars. Fasten them together with screws, and flip
it over. This needs to be made to the width of your
tire, but it’ll usually work with slightly different sizes. You could build a rack with really long cross
bars and multiple tire notches to keep your whole fleet parked. You can even paint it, and there’s no precision
carpentry required. There are various ways to get BMX grips off,
but did you know that you could just use water? Just pour a little around the base of the
grip and twist it until it comes loose. The grip should come off very easily, and
the water should evaporate like it never happened. To get the grip back on, make sure it and
the handlebars are really dry. Then put some zip ties inside the grip and
position them around the handlebar. The plastic will reduce the traction of the
grip, and make it much easier to get on the handlebar. Once your grip is installed, just pull the
zip ties out one by one. I used hairspray to install grips when I was
a kid, and I must admit this is a lot cleaner. Adjusting a road bike saddle can be pretty
involved if you’re a serious rider, but a good starting point is to get it level. To do this, you can use—a level. Set the bike on a flat surface and then put
the level on the nose of the saddle and on one of the butt pads. Then adjust the tilt until it’s level. From there, you have a starting point to get
it just right. When locking up your bike, it’s a good idea
to secure your frame with a u-lock and your wheels with a cable. If you don’t have enough cable, you can
lock the rear wheel on the inside of the frame. This secures the frame and the rear wheel. It takes some time to wrap your head around,
but stare at it for a little bit and think about it. You’d need to saw the rear wheel in half
to steal the rest of the bike. Another great way to secure your wheels is
with security skewers. These, unlike quick release skewers, require
a key to get off your bike. They’re also lighter, better looking, and
less bulky than quick release skewers. With the key, they come off easy. Note that no security measure will truly keep
your bike safe, but anything that makes it a bigger pain in the ass to steal will at
least buy you some time. Your floor pump is arguably the most important
tool you have, but after a while it may start squeaking and acting up. You may need to oil it, and it comes as no
surprise that chain oil works great for this. Just apply some oil, clean off the excess,
and usually it’ll make the pump work as good as new. Scuffs on your bike’s paint can be pretty
hard to clean off, but WD-40, surprisingly, does the job well. Apply it to a rag or paper towel and work
the scuff out until you can’t see it. WD-40 won’t damage your paint, and it’s
especially good for cleaning the scuffs that shoes leave on mountain bike seat stays. Let’s be honest, we don’t all have precision
braking setups on our mountain bikes. If you’re having trouble aligning your disc
calipers you can use two business cards to get the spacing just right. Loosen the mounting bolts, put business cards
between the pads and the rotor, and clamp it down hard with the brake lever. Then tighten the bolts while holding the lever. Release the lever and pull the business cards
out. Now, your brakes mean business. So there you have it, ten more bike hacks,
or 11 or something. Even if you don’t use any of these I hope
you found them entertaining. Click the scraggly head to subscribe to my
channel, for more hacks, riding tips, repair tutorials, and shenanigans. Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll
see you next time.

10 More Bike Hacks for MTB, BMX, and Road
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100 thoughts on “10 More Bike Hacks for MTB, BMX, and Road

  • March 18, 2019 at 1:36 am
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    Por favor traduce tus vídeos en español

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  • March 18, 2019 at 2:33 am
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    I know how to align my calipers, its just that both my wheels are bent

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  • March 25, 2019 at 7:52 pm
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    Грипсы легко снимаются сжатым воздухом

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  • April 5, 2019 at 2:22 am
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    Wd40 can make the paint softer and easier to accedently scrub off

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  • April 7, 2019 at 3:10 am
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    @ If you hang your bikes on a vertical metal pole with a rough surface your saddle rails can get scratches and scuffs. To solve that problem wrap the pole with an inner tube till it reaches the tip and hold it tight with zip ties or tape. For maximum protection DO NOT CUT THE INNER TUBE BY THE LINE.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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    You scared the gecko lol

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  • April 11, 2019 at 6:40 am
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    How to make kickstand

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  • April 12, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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    the chain hack is great, definitely gonna use that next time. the business cards are great for hydraulic brakes, id use that if i had them. ive got mechanical, though. what i did is dial the pads until they were holding the calipers in place, tighten the bolts, then release the pads just slightly.

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  • April 12, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    Returning the handle grip apply alcohol inside the handle grips it will slowly slide down on the handle bar, try it!! 😃😄😂

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  • April 14, 2019 at 5:06 am
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    I used the zip tie grip hack for putting new grips on my dirt bike

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  • April 15, 2019 at 4:21 pm
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    Diamondback dealers in Southern Ontario?

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  • April 22, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    That bike stand will ruin your wheel

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  • April 23, 2019 at 3:51 am
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    To clean your hands use soda crystal solution.
    Next time your washing up liquid is nearly empty, add a tablespoon of soda crystals and slowly fill the bottle up with water.
    Label this bottle and put it underneath your sink. Then when you come to wash your oily hands, just squirt some of the solution after shaking it, and your hands will be clean.

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  • April 24, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Instead of salt or sand, use coffee-grounds, from the coffee you made earlier. Seriously. Works so much better.

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  • April 30, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    4:33 is there ANYTHING a little WD can’t fix?

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  • April 30, 2019 at 3:42 am
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    Did you move ?the terrain is very Floridian in your videos now.

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  • May 2, 2019 at 9:15 am
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    Is it bad to use olive oil instead of chain oil?
    Please somebody answer

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  • May 2, 2019 at 11:16 am
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    -Take the paint off to reduce weight

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  • May 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm
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    4:34 what

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  • May 4, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    Absolutely brilliant! 👍

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  • May 5, 2019 at 4:30 am
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    More like DICH SOPE

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  • May 7, 2019 at 11:57 am
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    Ye racing cycle bechni he 5000 ki

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  • May 8, 2019 at 12:54 am
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    Or use a air compressor for the grips

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  • May 8, 2019 at 6:55 pm
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    4:40 thanks bro😎😎

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  • May 10, 2019 at 11:30 pm
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    Heres a tip for installing grips. Spray aerosol hair spray into the grip then slide it on the bar. No need for zipper ties. The spray drys and the grip wont come off.

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  • May 11, 2019 at 2:48 am
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    Bike stand is my next project

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  • May 11, 2019 at 10:25 pm
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    Thank you for the brake adjustment tip.

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  • May 14, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Kosher salt??? Whatever will religion come up with next 😂

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  • May 14, 2019 at 12:43 pm
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    Can you make a cycle holder fat tire cycles

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  • May 16, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    Great 👍, thank you

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  • May 18, 2019 at 8:06 am
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    This help so much thanks

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  • May 19, 2019 at 6:24 am
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    To clean your hands : use vegetable oil first then dish soap. The oil mixed with the dirt and grease on your hands and is easy to remove taking the dirt with it.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 3:58 pm
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    That red bike stand says steal me and the bike.maybe some extra cheaper crap like that doo rag tied on to the seat thing.

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  • May 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm
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    wow you dont need a certificate to make this i wasted my time going to school learning how to build a house …

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  • May 20, 2019 at 11:43 pm
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    Noob lol

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  • May 21, 2019 at 3:09 pm
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    Hahaha! I created a 2×4 bike stand just like that couple years ago for my MTBs…. and still use to this day. I also added a back piece to it to keep the vertical boards from spreading apart too much.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:27 pm
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    Seth: there will always be little spots that can't be cleaned.

    Me: looks at greasy hands

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  • May 23, 2019 at 11:37 am
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    Hi!! Can i have the measures for the bike carrier ? Thank

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  • May 26, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    And who dont like some good Ol' Fashion Shenanigans too.. lol…

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  • May 27, 2019 at 11:55 am
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    Title:more bike hacks

    How to wash dirty hand …lol

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  • May 27, 2019 at 10:39 pm
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    I liked the soundtrack

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  • May 28, 2019 at 12:03 am
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    No. I pull the zip ties out all at once.

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  • May 29, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    Great video, awful music. So loud

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  • May 30, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    Cable ties?? It's MUCH easier with a spray of isopropyl alcohol inside the grip. Goes on like silk, dries super quick, no messy clean-up. 🙂

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  • June 2, 2019 at 1:20 am
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    I like the bike stand.

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:43 pm
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    Great tips. What BMX is that?

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  • June 2, 2019 at 9:47 pm
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    Can’t believe you let the lite speed fall over.

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  • June 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm
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    For getting the oil or grease off your hands you can also use sugar 👍👍

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  • June 19, 2019 at 7:47 pm
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    Are carrera bikes good

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  • June 20, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    The master link choir are tire levers

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:48 pm
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    Whole fleet?

    I don’t even have a bike. I snapped the deraileur on a ride and I can’t afford a new one!

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  • June 23, 2019 at 12:25 am
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    This was an awesome tutorial. Thanks for taking the time to put it together Seth.

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  • June 24, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    how much saw dust do you have under your deck ?

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  • June 28, 2019 at 9:56 am
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    Hi seth can you build a berm creek at your new house

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  • June 28, 2019 at 12:35 pm
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    omg the brake hack is the best hack in the world

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  • June 29, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    Man I beg 🙇 you 😫🙏🙏💓 please give me a fat bije

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  • June 29, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    Bike mine is a poorly circle

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  • July 3, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    Yea! Take my horse i rozwój van drol aaa i a te no mo

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  • July 3, 2019 at 7:08 pm
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    Instead of water use compressed air

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  • July 6, 2019 at 6:49 am
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    Thumbs up for the trader Joe's BBQ rub behind the salt!!
    That stuff is 🔥

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  • July 9, 2019 at 7:54 pm
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    Genius as fucc

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  • July 11, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    Somebody help, I just spent the last of my money on a cannondale bike. It was like 500$

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  • July 13, 2019 at 5:03 pm
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    J'adore l'idée pour faire tenir son vélo 👍
    Translate
    I love the idea to hold your bike 👍

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  • July 14, 2019 at 10:29 am
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    wd40 is very effective in cleaning the whole bike. i use it on my bike. just don't use it on your break.

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  • July 15, 2019 at 5:54 pm
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    Why you need horizontal seat :)?

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  • July 16, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    aww in Philippines 3$ is 150 here and I need someone to do the stand well I think I'm just gonna buy a stand for 200 or 4$here

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  • July 17, 2019 at 8:36 pm
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    I just realised he said 3rd set of hands when we only have 1, Seth where do you get your hands from?

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  • July 24, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    I'm a 13 yr old 5,2 what mountain bike would be good for my size?

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  • July 25, 2019 at 3:44 am
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    I thought sea salt was not Kosher😜

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  • July 29, 2019 at 9:11 am
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    for 1:13 you can use bicarb soda i noticed it works WAY BETTER

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  • July 31, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    Where was the BMX grip hack 25 years ago? LOL

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  • July 31, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    Like The stand

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  • July 31, 2019 at 11:52 am
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    Thanks Seth… thanks (for the hacks )

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  • July 31, 2019 at 9:02 pm
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    The bike stand worked amazing!!!!!!!! My bike will not have to deal with falling over anymore!!

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  • August 4, 2019 at 9:55 pm
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    Is sand soap not a thing in America? Who wastes their fucken salt on cleaning their hands?

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  • August 6, 2019 at 7:27 pm
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    Last time I watched one of these I spend $90
    So ….

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  • August 8, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    Guys btw if you peel off one of the stickers and there’s the excess glue all you need to do is get an old cloth put petrol on the cloth and then rub until the glue comes off

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  • August 9, 2019 at 1:48 pm
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    thank you so much

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  • August 13, 2019 at 1:21 pm
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    From working on Diesel engines the best thing I've found to get your hands "date night cleen" is a 50 – 50 mix of powdered Tide and cornmeal.

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  • August 13, 2019 at 6:23 pm
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    1:16 I just built one for my wife’s MTB. She is impressed! Thanks Seth! Greetings from Puerto Rico.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 11:49 pm
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    Paper towels are too abrasive for paint…unless whiskers scratches are ok

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  • August 20, 2019 at 6:37 am
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    5:04 wooow i'm so stupid. this is so freaking helpful thank you.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 11:18 am
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    Mmm and oldie but a goodie!

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  • August 21, 2019 at 5:45 pm
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    1st hack if you have sram Derailleur you can just lock it

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  • August 21, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    But when you make the bike stand shouldn't you be aware of the splinters

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  • August 23, 2019 at 1:17 am
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    Dammnn you got the yucateco hot sauce that stuff is good lol

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  • August 24, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    1:04 Hot Sauce!!

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  • August 26, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    My bike valve got ripped off. Need help please

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  • August 29, 2019 at 2:43 am
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    3:25

    "You did it! You crazy son of a bitch you did it!"

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  • August 31, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    Fuck you

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  • September 1, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    Minerals in bike chain oil is not good for bike pump seals, silicone spray is

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  • September 2, 2019 at 5:35 pm
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    Please don't spray paint in the garden because it damages the real colour of plants

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  • September 7, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    BMX uses hair spray because in the 90s ABA could disqualify you for exposed handlebars and if you used plugs, like shown here, it would add a few ounces to your bike. In the 90's we spent god tons of $$$ to lighten our bikes. Especially if your 11 yo and weight 100LBs.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 7:07 pm
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    Great video , I love yucateco hot sauce

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  • September 11, 2019 at 8:50 pm
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    Guys please please please dont use pressure treated wood it will be impossible to drill into and just make you mad

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  • September 12, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    2:12 Alcohol is better

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  • September 14, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    For someone who is worried about putting paint dots on trees for environmental reasons you are pretty generous with spray paint when painting a bike stand…

    Why not just use a brush and regular paint for that? it will require probably half the amount of paint haha

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  • September 21, 2019 at 10:29 pm
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    I really needed some of the hacks !
    Thanks

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