Stuffing grass in your flat tyre, welding your frame in the shed and generally bodging together stuff to make your bike work is part and parcel of riding bikes so we want to see what you have done.

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Bodge it and Scarper

Worst Bodge vs Best Hack

Following on from a conversation sparked by this amazing bike, currently available on Ebay (many thanks to Luke Heliwell for the spot) we started chatting about the best bike bodges.

This beauty is described as ‘a bit special’. Its a cut and shut model, formed from the back end of a 2001 Foes DHS welded “BY A GRADE 2 AIRCRAFT WELDER AND STRENGTHENED INTERNALLY” to the front end of a 2012 Carrera. The Reason for sale? “To finance a kitchen aid for the wife”

This is for sale if you want it?

This could be yours! Its not a bad bead to be fair.

Also currently for sale are a pair of “Alpinestars Al mega EOS mountain bike E stay” frames. They are listed as having cracks but no mention is made of the quality of the welding repairs.

“C’acked seat tube”

These beasts are not unique, I’m sure we have all seen similar horrors being ridden or for sale. Drop an email to and we’ll add them on!

Tweaks & Hacks

At the other end of the spectrum are those little factory tweaks or hacks that pro mechanics have in abundance.

Heres one from Tracy Moseley’s Enduro bike. Her mechanic Ray Waxham has this very neat cable management solution. A cable tie and some plastic tube neaten everything up nicely. I know what I’m doing to my bike next time I have a fettle.

T-MO’s mechanic Ray Waxham has come up with this beauty of a hack for her Enduro bike.

Or how about lightening up your pedals like Sam Blenkinsop at the Champery World Champs in 2011

Sam Blenkinsop’s drilled out pedals.

Then you could go to the absolute extreme. Like Trek with their bike warming booth to ensure the bike is warmed up just like the rider.

The TWR HotBox : a bike warmer for use at the top of the mountain prior to race start.

Let us have your neatest hacks and most factory tricks, fire an email to and we will post them up.


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