Friction paste is like grease
with sandpaper in it. It makes
slipping carbon parts stay in place
better without damaging them.
Loctite is a better choice than
grease for pedal cleat bolts since it
will not only keep them from seizing, it will also keep them from
A bit of foam inside a GoPro
camera case helps reduce or eliminate the clicking noises heard during playback.
Set your GoPro to record upside
down when wearing a chest
harness, and then position the
camera upside down below the
Your helmet straps may stretch
(or shrink) over time. Changes
in your weight will also affect
how the helmet retention works.
You need to readjust your helmet
straps from time to time.
Don’t ride in the dirt next to a
paved road or sidewalk. This is
where thorns are most plentiful.
Off-cambers (where the trail
is at an angle) offer way less
traction than a flat trail. Light
application of your brakes and
smooth power transfer to the
pedals are essential. This is
also where correct tire pressure
makes a big difference.
Chances are you run too much
air pressure in your tires, forks
Carry a 26-inch tube as your spare.
A 26-inch tube can be stretched to fit a
27. 5 or 29er wheel in a pinch. Using a
larger-diameter tube in a smaller wheel
is not recommended.
Check your tire pressure often (we
check our tires before every ride), and
don’t be scared to experiment a bit with
tire pressures. A few psi more or less
can make a difference.
We don’t get nearly as many flats as
we used to because of better tires and
sealant, but remember that tire sealant
dries out (some brands very quickly).
Pop your tire off from time to time and
check the sealant.
Try your favorite descent with your
chin about 8 inches above the stem.
That’s probably a little low, but it will
help you realize how much of a difference lowering your center of gravity
Bending your elbows and lowering
your torso will make any bike handle
Dropper seatposts are not just
for extreme downhills. Lower
that saddle on flowy downhills.
It is a big help.
A fingernail clipper is the best
tool you can find for cutting zip-ties.
Duct tape is invaluable on
a ride when things go wrong.
Wrap a few feet around itself
and throw it in your pack.
A level saddle works for
everyone. Pointing the nose
down won’t make it more comfortable; it will just put more
pressure on your hands.
A torque wrench is expensive, but
it will save you money and give you
peace of mind.