The Mountain Bike Life

Category: Workbench

The days are short, and your daily window to ride is growing shorter. A night ride may be the only option to get you out on the trails. If you are like me, the thought of trudging through the darkness, aided by light, cool fall air surrounding your swift direction is enough to get you through the week, but you may run into a problem when shopping for the necessary luminary aids- they can be incredibly pricey. This was definitely…

With the temperatures now around zero on most days. And out comes the first phase of winter riding…knee warmers, wool socks, and of course the old school Roach Indy vest for winter riding. Knowing how winter was last year other questions come to mind. Do I keep the current mountain bike the Samurai rolling or do I put it to rest for the winter? Sure the Samurai is fun but when it gets colder there isn’t as much to ride…

The Work Bench….the place where I solve problems. The spot where some times a part will sit for a long time while I wait for a creative solution is found. The place where I fabricate true solutions not just throw it out. It smells of glue, oil, Mineral Spirits and Beer. Never clean and covered it metal shavings. Though sometimes all it is is just the place to rest the post ride beer.  

We all love our bikes, but you can take care of the bike until the cows come home and it will still have issues once in a while. Some things are easy to diagnose and easy to fix (flat tires), some are easy to diagnose and hard to fix (seized forks) and others take more thought, but can be fixed quickly if not let on for too long. Recently in a race I suddenly had a chain skipping predictably every…

In the quest to keep costs down I have asked over the years what others used to keep their bike chains running smoothly. Heard of everything from Olive Oil to Chainsaw Bar oil. After years of trying various types of lube, I have been using this formulation for a number of years. And will share the formula for my dirtbag chain lube with the readers of The Mountain Bike Life. 1 Part Mineral Spirits 3 Parts Motor Oil 1 Large Plastic…

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