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Old 06-14-06, 09:47 PM
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Your DIY fix-it tricks. Let's hear 'em.

I'm compiling a list of clever, DIY fix-it tricks. You know, cool MacGyver repairs you can do if you break down and don't have the proper tools...and walking isn't an option.

-Loosen/tighten a nut with a shoelace and a stick?

-Inner-tube puncture "tie-off, pump-and-ride"?

-Stolen seat w/post improv ideas?

-Broken chain improv ideas?


Got a good one? Post it here!

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Old 06-14-06, 09:51 PM
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popped spoke....pull with leatherman, wrap around adjacent opposing spoke.

deraileur cable snapped. Use leatherman on set screws to force the chain into a nice "safe" gear. Note this means readjusting the RD set screws when you get around to repairs. Remove cable and housing (if possible), as it could become a safety hazard.
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Old 06-15-06, 08:25 AM
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If you get a large cut in a tire, you can fold a dollar bill a few times and use it to line the inside of the tire to protect the inner tube.
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Old 06-15-06, 08:55 AM
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Duct tape and shoo goo. Fixes everything.
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In extreme emergencies I have:

Stuffed a tire with vegetation because the tube ripped. Got to work on time!

Whittled a stick into an allen wrench.
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I once broke a brake cable. Using bricks, soda cans, baling wire, a few shovels full of sand and other roadside debris, I built a brake cable factory.
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Get Siu's Phone # and call her when you are in trouble...
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Issue: Broken hub, freewheels in both directions, can't pedal.

Fix: Break about 4 spokes in different places on the wheel, leave the nipple end attached to the rim. "Tie" the spokes to the little holes in the largest cassette cog.

I did this when stuck on a mountain in a thunderstorm. Got me farther along, but still had some trouble with bigger hills. You really need some pliers to really "tie" the spokes well.
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Old 06-15-06, 02:18 PM
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empty gu packet makes a great tire boot. Gu acts as a glue to keep it in place. lasts almost forever.
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Old 06-15-06, 03:17 PM
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Broke a set of Carbon bars- and used a tree branch rammed down inside it to get me back off the hills. Have also heard of a Broken seat post being held in the same manner- but not a repair I would chance- just in case it came apart again.
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My friend broke a chainstay on his mountain bike. Crammed tire levers in it, duct taped it and made it home.
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Freewheel tore off with about 100 ball bearings thrown across the road (I really should have investigated that odd clicking noise *before* it got any worse...)
Screwed it back on as tight as possible with my fingers, jammed it in place with a stick and made it home on time.
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