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  • Premier Icon kayak23
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    Got to be inner tube wrap on the chainstay. Simple, cheap and tough. What’s not to like?

    Premier Icon qtip
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    Sticking safety pins in your legs to hold up your knee warmers is a bit too low-tech for my liking.

    benslow
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    Got to be inner tube wrap on the chainstay. Simple, cheap and tough

    this ^^

    And looks alright too.

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    Why press in bearings when a mallet and the right sized socket is much easier?

    johnellison
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    Extra protection for lower races of external headsets? Cut a sort length of inner tube, slip it over the race, install the forks, roll it down and hey presto! longer life for your headset!.

    mr plow
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    Cover over my camelbak so I don’t have to empty and wash it.

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    Camelback in the freezer so you don’t got to wash it much… Apparently.

    freeagent
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    I have a couple of Smart ‘Lunar’ rear lights (R1 and R2 I think?)
    To protect them from water/dirt ingress i’ve cut a 12mm band of inner tube and wrapped it around the light, to seal the joint between front and back.

    Premier Icon jameso
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    single-speed rigid.

    (any wheel size)

    Premier Icon tmb467
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    on the camelbak front…no need to even wash it

    after a couple of rides just stick it in a basin with a sterilising tablet then bung it back in the freezer once its dried off

    Klunk
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    mine is the safety pin to hold up knee warmers. the “grippy” rubbery strip they have is next to useless but god ol’ safety pin works a treat. What “well duh” solutions do you have ?

    PTR
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    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    Staying in the pub when it’s muddy.

    No need to wash the bike or clothes.

    jackthedog
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    Old lengths of inner tube pulled over the seat collar and headset to keep the wet out of the frame on the commuter.

    Pieface
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    These are all a bit high tech really given the man made nature of them all.

    I give you the greatest Lo-tech solution = Fire

    Premier Icon AndyRT
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    Smelly gloves in freezer. Once thawed no longer smelly….no soap, no seam damage

    bristolbiker
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    Old lengths of inner tube pulled over the seat collar….to keep the wet out of the frame on the commuter

    I like that…

    fasthaggis
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    after a couple of rides just stick it in a basin with a sterilising tablet rinse it, then bung it back in the freezer once its dried of

    f

    🙂

    your favourite “low tech” solution

    Mine is my home made Neogaurd alternative,made from old truck inner tubes.

    messiah
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    Dried mud as a protective coating which prevents my bikes paint from getting scratched.

    sbob
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    I used a lego brick to hold my front mech in place when the cable snapped.
    Or is that not what you’re after? 😳

    bigyinn
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    Surely any drivetrain that uses mechanical levers to force a chain up and down the block / rings is pretty low tech?

    kevj
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    [Blasphemy] Rather than travel using a hi tech, engineered, two wheeled vehicle, simply walk [/Blasphemy]

    Is this the sort of thing you are after?

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Wad of cling film stuffed up inside the steerer tube from underneath stops it filling up with mud and shit off the front wheel

    patriotpro
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    Lock-on grips and mudguards.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    Hammer if things need breaking apart.

    Gaffer tape if things need to be held together (again).

    whatnobeer
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    That hammer is too high tech. I prefer one of these:

    As approved by Luke 😛

    fivespot
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    Zip ties 8)

    edlong
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    Premier Icon Garry_Lager
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    Ale can shim is quite satisfying when it works.

    Think this was mentioned in Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance – when his friend wasn’t happy with such a low tech solution for some problem on his motorbike.

    Bit of wood/stone under the front mech to keep it in the middle ring after a broken cable. Tidy bodge.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    Wellies. Dunlop. Job done for all outdoor footwear.

    gordimhor
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    Bottle opener +beer = post ride heaven (salty snack optional)

    jekkyl
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    +1 for a stone, when a pin came out of the chain split link.
    Since then I always carry a spare split link and ……. never ever needed it since.

    brakes
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    the “grippy” rubbery strip they have is next to useless

    spit on it. works for me.

    Premier Icon downshep
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    mine is the safety pin to hold up knee warmers. the “grippy” rubbery strip they have is next to useless but god ol’ safety pin works a treat.

    What’s wrong with a suspender belt?

    cvilla
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    Toothpaste tube (used, empty, cleaned and cut flat) kept in case of tyre split which is too much for inner tube alone. Recycling is great, but my daughter keeps giving me her old tubes!

    busydog
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    Got to be inner tube wrap on the chainstay

    Some of the thicker bar tapes work well for this also. Mine has been on for 3 years and never comes loose

    Premier Icon tomhoward
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    Surely any drivetrain that uses mechanical levers to force a chain up and down the block / rings is pretty low tech?

    Positively complex compared to singlespeed….

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