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Even more bike bodging

Even more bike bodging

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After we asked you all to warm your spanners up and give us some insight into your best and worst trail side bodges the mailbox has been flooded with some brilliant ideas. Highlights of part one were definitely the cartoon explanation of a home made chain device and in episode two we were treated to such delights as the toy car clutch mech and the shoe saddle.

In part three we serve up another hearty portion from the vat of bodge soup, as you will see the ingenuity is seemingly endless.

First up is what might be described as a bit of a cave man style bodge but none the less it did the job. Mat Fraser got in touch with us and after his shock blew a gasket out riding, he took drastic action and replaced said shock with a bit of wood!


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A failed shock sorted by breaking up a pallet and drilling some holes with my multitool. Ugly but it got me home.

This reminded us of Straitline’s April fool back in 2011, the Quickie Stiffy was an amazingly simple piece of engineering designed to turn your DH bike into a hardtail, superb idea…


When an email starts with, ‘My mate Dave” you know its going to be gold and this bodge did not disappoint. The Resonant Frequency Attenuator or REFA for short is the solution to a problem of brake vibration experienced by said Dave on his bike. After what must have been a nightmare of brake wobble and squealing Dave came up with a solution Ray Mears would have shed a tear for. A bit of wood and an old inner tube, we present, the REFA.



The REFA in action on Dave’s bike.

My mate Dave was having trouble with the noise/vibrations coming from his rear Avid brake. Being an engineer he designed this Resonant Frequency Attenuator which is still working a treat after the better part of a year!

Lastly in this bunch of bodges is a real long lasting one, maybe not the nicest looking bodge but are any of them? Changing brake pads pre ride in a carpark holds all sorts of risks for small components, unfortunately Ant Ling suffered such an issue. Thanks to Ant’s mate Adam for sending this one in.

My mate (Ant Ling) lost a pad pin while we were enjoying the south downs way..but you can fix anything with a Leatherman.

He rode it like that for months… Despite finding the pin in the car park where he changed his pads that morning!!


Anything can be fixed with a Leatherman, anything.

We are sure there are still some cracking bodges out there so if you have tied your saddle on with some grass or used a zip tie to fix a puncture then let us know by sending a photo and the story to david.jaquin@factorymedia.com.

  1. Eric

    You guys should check out the fern flat repair. I’ve never had to use it but I’ve heard it works really well. When you flat out you take a bunch of ferns from trailside and stuff it into your tire and put the bead back on. Pop your bead back on and you’re good. A little heavy but it should get you home…

    1. Ed

      I tried that one once years ago, but I really wouldn’t want to go back there. The problem is that whatever you stuff in compacts massively within seconds. I think I must have had to stop and re-pack the tyre at least five times within a few hundred meters. Still, it kind of worked in the end, and if you were miles from anywhere with no other solution then it would probably be your best option.

      1. Andrew Kourochkin

        I had to ride about 7km like that one day after talking to much shit at the top of a climb. At least I think that was the reason! Murphy works in wondrous ways.

  2. mattmagic

    Crank bolt stripped, solution: multi tool and spare rear skewer http://mattmagic.com/img/news/050509_truv_bodge_l.jpg

    Brake lever cracked – lashed back on with the usual zip ties http://mattmagic.com/img/news/200509_brakebodge.jpg

  3. WAKi

    I’ve done it once, not only it didn’t work for more than one kilometer, it took me 15+ minutes to pack the tyre, then another 20 to wash it a day later.

  4. bedders

    the last one conjures up horrific injury potential in a crash, or does it look worse than it actually is?