Life Hacks for
the Mountain Biker
Clever ways to make riding life easier
A life hack is a trick, shortcut or clever method used to increase productivity and efficiency in any walk of life. Examples include tricks to remind yourself of events, ways
to filter e-mails more efficiently, how to find your car keys and how
to order takeout food. In the bike world, we’ve run across many of
these life hacks. Here are a few of our favorites.
Use a fingernail clipper to trim zip-ties
Zip-tie ends are notoriously sharp, and if they’re in the wrong
place at the wrong time, they’ll slice your skip open like a butcher’s blade. Use a simple pair of fingernail clippers to cut off the
tails of zip-ties. The cut will be incredibly close, and the curved
blade will leave the tie without any sharp ends.
Clipless pedals make great
Need a post-ride cold beverage but don’t have an opener handy?
No need to break the top of the bottle off. Use your clipless pedals as a makeshift opener. Some models work better than others,
but we’ve yet to find a clipless system that can’t be used for this.
Wrap duct tape around your mini pump
Is there anything this stuff can’t fix? Trouble is, though, a roll of
this miracle tape will take up plenty of real estate in a hydration
pack. Instead, throw a few wraps of tape around your mini pump.
You’ll be glad you have it when things go awry and you have to
play MacGyver to make it back home.