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The Best MTB Toolbox Extras | Doddy’s Personal Tools And Tips


– At GMBN Tech, we absolutely love making useful and informative videos to help you all understand and work on your bikes Now, in the last year, we've made a lot of videos that do exactly that, and as well as a basic talk here, there's always a bunch of additional spare parts and components that you're gonna need to do these jobs

Now what you see here is just a selection of stuff that I like to use on pretty much a weekly basis working on my own bikes, and it's stuff, in fact, that's been in at least 15 videos over the last year on GMBN and GMBN Tech So I'm gonna take you through this stuff and show you what's a good idea to consider having some of this in your own toolkits at home (smooth music) Okay, so firstly, if you set your tires up tubeless, it's a good idea to keep a bit of a stock of some tubeless sealant Now, if possible, always try and use the same one that's in your tires already, try and avoid mix and matching Now, you can do this with some, but others you just cannot mix, in the curling you just get really bad effect

So stick with what you have in your tires Now as far as repairing punctures themselves go, you're gonna need to keep some spare inner tubes and all the conventional sort of stuff, but I actually like to go one step further I keep some rubber patching here, which is really handy for repairing slashes in tires Now, you can actually repair a tire really solidly, and I've made a video on what to do That's gonna be in the link below this very video

Alternatively, you can get yourself some industrial patch kits, which are a bit more suitable for things like ATV inner tubes and tires and stuff Now they're dead cheap when you get these on eBay, they come in a big pack, and get yourself some really good industrial vulcanizing solution Now with any tubeless system, if you do have one on your bike, from time to time, you will need to replace the tape, it does deteriorate Personally, I really like to use gorilla tape, this stuff you can get from any sort of hardware store, it's actually really useful in a whole number of ways around your bike as well, so always useful to keep some Now, if you've ever had any sort of inner tubes, and you've basically had to get rid of them and recycle them, try and keep the valve cores from them

They're usually removable, if so, definitely keep them as spare parts As also well worth having, a couple of extra valve cores and valve stems laying around the place, because they will come in handy from time to time You can bend and damage them, and basically this does tend to happen just before you want to go riding So keeping a spare is always a good idea And lastly, there's tubeless tire repair

Now, these things are a really good idea You get these rubber plugs, you get them in various different sizes and thicknesses, and you basically stab them into the hole in the tire, pull out the fork that you stabbed them in with, and it leaves the rubber part in there You then want to slice off the top, and basically you're gonna be able to ride home But when you get home, you're gonna keep a supply, like I said, of vulcanizing solution, and you can do a bit more of a complete job to continue riding that tire And there's also a whole bunch of options a bit more suitable for taking with you when you ride

This particular one's my Dynaplug, comes pre-loaded, stab 'em into your tire, fix the tire, get it going, put a fresh one in when you get home There's the Sahmurai Swords that go into the end of your handlebars, they're really, really useful If you ride, and you race in demanding conditions, you're quite tough on your bike, well worth investing in something like that Next up is often overlooked tools Now, as well as your basic toolkit, you will need some other specifics that we always refer to

In particular, this one will save you money This is a chain checker, and this is just the basic one In a lot of videos on GMBN Tech, I show you the slightly more advanced tool This is out of my own personal toolkit I have the cheaper one, it does the job equally as well, it's just got less features on it

Pop it into the chain, and it tells you when you need to replace your chain, it's that simple Next up, a decent multi-tool, now, there's two real types to these There's the sort of thing you're gonna use in a workshop environment, and something you're gonna use out on the trail, now if you're at home working on a bike really, you want a full sized multi-tool Something like this, now I've had this literally for probably 15 years, maybe longer now The color's even different to the one you can buy now by Park Tools

It's old faithful, it stays in my workshop apron, it's used one a daily basis, it's absolutely fantastic, it's decent quality, and it does most things I need on a bike However, if you're more focused on something you can take out onto the trails, get yourself a quality trail-focused multi-tool Now, of course it's always a compromise, because the Allen keys themselves are far shorter, with less leverage than the sort of home style kit However, they always have secret weapons like chain tools up their sleeves This particular one has a set of twin jaws on it

This has got just about everything on it to get me out of trouble, it comes with a little rubber band around it, which means it's gonna be nice and silent when it's in your pocket or in your bag And actually, this particular one is a Topeak Mini 18, I think, actually fits inside a little compartment on the bottom of the bottle cage That actually, that is super useful for me A general purpose spoke key, a generic one will fit most options out there It is exactly what you need, keep one in your toolkit because at some point you will have loose spokes, and it does mean you're to look after wheels a bit more

Now, a lot of people will tell you you need torque wrenches for everything on a bike It's recommended, but you don't need them You can actually use your sort of own internal calibration to master it, but I actually favor using one of these Now this is an older design now, they have revised this, it's called the ATD-1 It comes with various different bits in the handle, and you can set different torque settings

Now, I use this in places with delicate bolts, like handlebar, stem, clamp bolts, and things like that Especially when using carbon bars, or anything you can risk cracking or damaging Now, perhaps you might not want something like this that I use on a daily basis in the workshop You might want something that's a bit more versatile, that's quite big for lugging around Now, Topeak make this mobile version that comes with a little mini-ratchet, and you got these little bits here

It's really cool, and this actually stays inside my traveling bag, I think Blake and Neal have got these in their bike bags as well for going on trips And it's a really good idea to have something like that And of course, that one would be suitable for use at home, as well, so it does depend on the situation you have, and what your finances allow Now something I always like to have in my toolkit in my section is some sort of quality little knife This one's just a little Benchmade knife, very cool, very handy for very specific jobs

There's a whole bunch of things that this is useful for, in addition to having regular cutters Next up, just some completely random bits and pieces that will always come in handy First up is something that I speak about often on GMBN Tech, is the Scotch Mastic 3M rubber tape This stuff is amazing, it comes in 25m, 50 mil thicknesses It sticks to most things on a bike, you can muse it to make chain stick protectors, you can use it to put around your brake levers to give yourself more traction, you can use it to silence things

It's just really useful stuff to have It is quite expensive, so get a roll, and you can share this around with your friends, if you don't need it that often, but it's really useful Next up, get yourself a roll of electrical tape, you can use this for measuring things, you can use this to make sure you don't rub anything, you can use it in place of cable ties if you're out Just good general purpose stuff to have And as always, everyone needs more cable ties, because they do solve a lot of problems

And when most things won't work, cable ties, mm, job done Next are some heat shrink, really useful for binding things together, in particular messy cables We all have a lot of cables at the front of our bikes, and you can put two into one space Keep some spokes, obviously the same lengths that you have on the wheels of your bike And always worth asking a mechanic if you don't know how to measure that yourself

Quite an easy process, get some spares, keep them From time to time, you're gonna snap a spoke, and it's quite easy to replace them We've got a video on that, too Now this one, I like, some of you will know what this is, it's moto foam So it's essentially a foam that is non-absorbent, and it's used primarily for stuffing in places, obviously not in a big lump like this

Stuffing in places so you don't want mud or anything like that to gather You see a lot of racers and work up mechanics use this stuff on downhill bikes that have got big gaping holes where mud can gather, get in the way, and create damage and stuff, and more importantly, waste time in cleaning the bikes Good stuff to have, dirt cheap to get that on eBay and places like that, always worth having Next up, these little anodized red little fellows, so They typically come with a RockShox Reverb Seatpost, and their primary function is so you can use it in existing internal cable, to pull through your reverb cable

But that means you can use it on any internal cable on a bike, so you can use this to pull through outer hosing, you can use it for break lines, whatever you want Just a really useful little widget to have Next up, always a good idea to keep some spare inner cables and a length of outer cable, you can buy these in rolls, you can buy it in specific sections for a bike Well worth keeping some, along with a supply of nipple end caps and cable ferrules, and stuff like that It does mean that when your bike does gunk up, and your shifting does suffer, you can just change it, you don't have to go anywhere, you've got a supply at home

Bleed blocks, obviously they are useful for when you're bleeding your brakes But this particular style of design are really useful for when you're traveling without your bike, if you move wheels from your bike, wedge these in between your brake pads, and no more accidental piston moving Really, really handy to keep And last up, you might want to consider some stuff to repair some of your technical riding clothes with If you've got an expensive waterproof jacket, from time to time, you might find some of the seams on the inside come undone

You get seam repair tape, really, really useful stuff And more importantly, if you manage to tear a jacket, sometimes you can think it's a bit of a write-off, but you can get different colored GORE-TEX patches online that stick on basically, they do the same job as the fabric does in the first place There's various options available for different fabrics, and of course different colors Really, really useful, especially if you're gonna be on the road a lot, because sooner or later, you will tear a hole in that jacket Now lastly, lubricants and greases

Now, of course, depending on your mechanical level, and what you're comfortable doing on a bike, it does depend on what you're gonna actually have and need At the very least, you're gonna need some chain lube, and most of you might need something a bit more like what I have here Now with this little selection, I can bleed my brakes, I can service my fork, I can service my shock, I can clean my bike, I can lubricate my transmission, and I can grease anything appropriately on a bike So, just very quickly gonna take you through some of this stuff So first up, you're gonna need some chain lube of some kind

Now, I always recommend to try and avoid a spray, if you can, they're very tempting, because they're nice and easy to spray on But it does mean you can accidentally spray other parts of your bike, like your brakes This stuff does mean you're gonna use less, but it does take a little bit longer to lube in the first place There's lots of options available in the market I always prefer a dry lube, even in Winter, because I do like the way it tends to keep things a bit cleaner, and with the amount of maintenance I do on my bike, it's not a problem for me

However, wet lube might be better for you Next up, you're gonna need some sort of degreaser, or chain cleaner, because things do get gunky from time to time Now I try and avoid using this stuff as much as possible, and save it for the really, really nasty jobs, because it is kind of pricey But, it cuts through like nothing else, it's really, really good, so do your research, get the one that suits your bike the best, and use it wisely Next up, is a really good idea if you're confident, in having a bleed kit that suits your brakes

In particular, on my bike, I've got Shimano XT, which use mineral fluid, so I've got some mineral fluid If your brakes have dot fluid, try to keep the minimum amount you can, because if you keep it for a long time, it can ingest moisture in there, and effectively, it's not gonna do its job properly So, if you got mineral fluid, you can keep this on a shelf for quite a long time, with dot fluid, far less, so keep a small amount, just to recap We've got this really cool machine wand by a GMBN fan, so a little bit different to the regular funnel out there, but that's a kit for Shimano breaks, so all good Just make sure you get the right kit for your brakes

Get yourself a bottle of thread lock There's no need to have something high strength, just medium strength will do, and make sure you use it on the suitable bolts, if you have multiple chain rings, or even if you've got a chain ring in a spider setup when your bike involves chain ring bolts, make sure you get some of this stuff Because they will rattle loose at some point Also, it's a good idea to have it on other areas of the bike, you can go to town on this stuff, so you might want to get yourself a couple of bottles Really useful stuff to have

And an all-purpose grease is really handy to have Now, we often refer to carbon gripper compounds, assembly compounds, now it's quite tricky because there's a lot of options available But the most important thing is an all-purpose grease, that you can use on bearings, on pedal threads, on your headset, a whole number of things This particular one is carbon-safe, so I know that I can use this on virtually any bike in any location Now, for both the seals on the shock, and the seals on the fork, you're gonna need a proper, dedicated suspension grease, something that's not harmful to the rubber, and has been developed to be thin enough for that purpose

So, this particular one is by Sram Butter, there's lots of options out there on the market So get yourself a good greaser, it's quite sparing, you don't actually need to use that much And that will do several more services, and in addition to that, some Float Fluid This stuff is really good, comes in handy little pouches so you don't waste too much, well worth investing in some of that Here is just a generic fork oil, you can get spray-on silicon oil, as well

This is suitable for using just under the seals, if you just wanna poke a bit under there, just to make them feel a little bit better, bit of a refresh You're gonna need some sort of heavy-duty lube for the lower legs, which is just a lubricating oil, it's nothing to do with the damper This particular one is a 20 weight oil, and this is from Whistler Performance Lubes But there's plenty available on the market, from Fox and loads of other oil manufacturers And the very lat thing is a water displacer, so I always use WD-40, I've had this stuff for years

Good for a number of purposes, you can actually get away with using this as a lube in extreme cases, but it's also a solvent, as well, so it can remove lube and greases from some parts of the bike, so be careful how you use it, but it can be man's best friend Just really useful all-round stuff to have So there we go, that's just some of the kit I keep alongside my tools, it's super useful for a whole number of jobs, I'm sure this can be some of this stuff is useful for you I'd love to know what is useful and what isn't useful, and stuff that you might not've even known about Let us know in those comments below

For a couple of useful videos, click down here if you want to see how to repair a tire slash And click over here if you want to do your fork lower leg service As always, give up a huge thumbs up if you love what we're doing here at GMBN Tech And if you've got any suggestions, let us know that as well, and click that subscribe button Cheers, guys!

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