Out on a local trail at the weekend, while bouncing through a rock garden, something put a 5mm hole in the tyre, no way the sealant could cope with that so a tube was needed. Once back home 5 minutes, an upholstery needle and 1m of dental floss effected a repair good enough to allow the stans to work and the tyre to hold air again tubeless.
Continue reading Tyre Repair – Stitch it up
On various MTB forums what to put in the base of the OneUp EDC system has been discussed plenty. The best idea we’ve seen was a tubeless repair insert tool, so we made one.
Continue reading DIY – EDC Tubeless Repair Insert Tool
Its often asked if CO2 canisters are allowed on planes and mostly a lot of conflicting information is given in the answers. I recently found the definitive answer so will share it here.
At the time of writing CO2 canisters (max 4 x 28g/50ml per person) are allowed on planes, both in cabin or hold baggage, but prior approval should be sought from the airline and they should be declared at check-in.
Continue reading Flying with CO2 canisters
This our checklist we use when flying with a bike for a riding trip.
Some items can be shared by a group traveling together to save weight (e.g. you will only one 8mm allen key between you for pedals, not one each), others need to be bike specific.
This list is additional to the tools and kit we carry in a trail pack. If you are going to use your trail tools make sure they are up to the job for building your bike on arrival and repacking it to head back home.
Continue reading Packing List – flying with bike
We’ve created this checklist to help us remember everything that needs to be sorted when flying with a bike to ride. Traveling with a bike is awesome but it can be a pain with out the right prep. Let us know any top tips or handy hints in the comments
6 weeks before trip
Make a start on a trip packing list.
Continue reading To Do List – Prepping and Packing a Bike to Fly
Has there ever been a more awesome book?
Just going through a box and came across this. Dates back to close to the dawn of mountain biking as a sport 1992, this edition is the tenth 2000
I think this may be a worthwhile rabbit hole to explore for a bit 🙂
In this excellent article from Cycling Tips they get advice from ‘Paul’, an airport baggage handler who also travels with his bike. If you are someone who ever considers putting your bike on a plane its a MUST read.
Continue reading Travel tips from a baggage handler
Now lets be clear, I love how efficiently my hydration pack carries everything I need for a days riding. Up to 3 litres of water, clothing to deal with the days temperature fluctuations or precipitation and a selection of spares to allow me (and riding buddies) to finish rides despite unexpected mechanicals and there is a first aid kit in there too.
Riding ‘sans pack’ feels great, like going commando. Free-er, cooler, looser, lighter.
I HATE pushing a bike just because I haven’t got the stuff to mend a puncture trailside.
So I’ve been looking at different options for carrying what I need on the bike rather than on me. Just the very basic bits and bobs needed for riding 1 to 2 hour local rides or uplift days at Thredbo for example.
Continue reading Ditching the mtb backpack – research notes
Strava is probably the best known cycling app out there. Many will tell you “if its not on Strava it didnt happen”!
But there is another side to Strava that we find incredibly useful for #seekingnewtrails and planning rides. In this first post of our new Apptastic series looking at the software we use regularly I’ll explain how we use it.
Continue reading Apptastic – using Strava for #seekingnewtrails
On this website we have decided to use a similar grading system to that used in the UK by Forest Enterprise. Its slightly different to the IMBA grades used in Australia where they have only one grade (Blue) covering both the moderate (Blue) and difficult (Red) that we prefer. We feel it gives a better indication for people relatively new to the sport.
As with all grading systems its VERY subjective and is only an indication. Ride within your limits and ride what you can see. (This is good advice but we would be lying if we said we always follow it!!)
Continue reading Trail Grades