Pinkbike Tech: SWAT Your Bike

May 3, 2016 at 12:44
by Paul Aston  
There are a number of tricks and products to get tools out of your bag and onto your bike, ranging from duct tape hacks to refined "SWAT" products. SWAT stands for Storage, Water, Air and Tools, and it's trademarked, of course, by mountain biking's most prolific acronym factory, located in Morgan Hills, California. Specialized, however, are only one of a number a number of accessory makers and do-it-yourselfers inventing alternative storage methods to the ubiquitous hydration pack.

Why would you want to add weight to your bike rather than your back? Things tend to get lost at the bottom of your bag and often mince themselves into a paste with that rotten banana that's also lost under your muddy waterproof jacket. Attaching things to your bike can make life more organized and, if you decide to dump the pack for a quick ride, you will still have all the necessary things to get you out of mechanical troubles. Here's a selection of my favorite products and tips:





DMR Stage 1 Saddle

Tube under the seat

If duct-taping a tube to your carbon superbike isn't your thing, then this DMR Stage1 saddle is a good solution - with a Velcro strap that is fixed between the seat rails. It's a quality made and comfortable seat, and it costs £49.99. For extra handiness, wrap the tube around a tire lever or two before attaching it to the saddle, so you always have levers ready exactly when you need them.




Sahmurai S.W.O.R.D

Tire boot kit
Hiding the boot kit

The Sahmurai Super Wicked Original Repair Device is a great way to solve all but the worst of tubeless tire issues out on the trail. This tire plug kit doubles as a set of bar end-plugs, so you avoid the risk of self-mutilation in the event of a crash. At only 40 grams and $35 USD, this covert kit won't break the bank or your bike's weight balance.




Tape and Ties


Zip Ties and gorilla tape

Keep your wallet in your cargo shorts. Here's our first free tip: Wrap a meter or so of duct tape around some zip ties on your pump, seat tube or wherever else may be suitable on your steed - for your time of need. It's a fact that 98-percent of trail mechanicals can be fixed with tape or zip ties.




Birzman Infinite Pump and CO2 Combo

CO2s and pumps on a water cage


This Infinite pump and CO2 combo from Birzman use a sturdy bottle cage mount that can be fitted under a Specialized SWAT bottle cage and tool system (see below). The stainless-steel, braided hose and simple Apogee dual-valve head can be used either with the pump or with threaded CO2 cartridges.
CO2s and pumps on a water cage




Master Link

Spare chain link

Here's your second freebie, and I'm going to be honest here, I stole this idea from Jerome Clementz. It is an incredibly simple way to securely store a spare quick-link for that inevitable time, when you are miles from anywhere and the clock is ticking…




Specialized SWAT Bottle Cage

Tool attached to bottle cage

This simple bottle cage from Specialized is side loading for frames that are tight on space and can be purchased in right or left-handed options. The seven-function tool can also be used in conjunction with their SWAT chain breaker tool that doubles as a stem cap and fits inside a steerer tube.




Energy Gels

Gell shots

This tip is an old cross-country racer's favorite. Tape the top of the sachet above the perforated tear line to your bike's top tube. When you get peckish, tear the sachet off and it will open itself – just don't be one of those people who discards the empty plastic on the trail.




Those are my favorites. Are there any products or tips that you have for moving storage off the back and onto the bike? Let us know in the comment section.



MENTIONS: @dmrbikes / @Specialized



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281 Comments

  • + 383
 For a short second I thought this was going to be a tutorial on how to remove a large portion of the down tube in order to fit stuff inside
  • + 61
 First there was "Ghetto Tubless", now there is "Improvised Surgery S.W.A.T"
  • + 50
 You guys missed a flask holder
  • + 19
 @theedon: and RC's trick with using metal wire instead of zip ties to fasten cables to the frame #neverforget
  • + 81
 I keep my beer in a cooler. Tried to duct tape it to the frame but didn't work so well post ride. I want to drink it, not pretend I just won a WC DH.
  • + 28
 @Boardlife69: i ride witch champaigne with a slightly loosened cork, striped to the top of the top tube facing forward. It blows onthe very same drop... every single time... and it is SPECTACULAR!!!
  • + 2
 Ha ha ha ha excellent!
  • + 53
 Hold on... still busy with making my barend fit the new WTB grips.
  • + 75
 Just spent $7000 on a sweet sub-30lb bike.
Now I'm gonna tape a couple pounds worth of crap to the frame.
  • + 9
 @WAKIdesigns: Champaign? Sounds Fabulous. Turn it around and you have a drink despensor, just wear your tear offs. And by tear offs I mean for your goggles. Mods; please remove mental image of Waki having a fabulous trail side champaign chip and dale party.
  • + 3
 @kubaner: just take a pic of your bike on the scale and if anyone looks at you funny, whip out your phone and give them a glass of shut the hell up
  • + 10
 @kubaner: My thoughts exactly. I've always thought the same about road bikes and water bottles. I don't mind riding with a hydration pack at all and I don't have a bunch of farkles taped to my bike.
  • + 12
 @pdxkid: Thanks for teaching me a new word: Farkle. I like it.
  • + 10
 For a short second I thought that the infinite pump would come with an infinite supply of CO2
  • + 11
 @Neurovisceral: that's what I would call: causing green house effect. If you were in posession of such technology holistic Vegans wold find you and go ancient on your arse
  • + 19
 @kubaner: Freaking hysterical. Hmmmm..... what should I do today? I know, take all the shit out of my well organized camelbak and tape it all over my frame.

#soenduro
#fasterthanyou
#whatwealldidinthenineties
#thankyoucamelbaknowpissoff
  • + 1
 @WasatchEnduro: I used to ride with a backpack and I truly hate it now. I expect wanting my backpack back in like 5 years time.
  • + 19
 But where do we put the small bong and bag of weed? Wasn't that the whole point of SWAT?
  • + 19
 I'm going to connect a hose to my mini-pump and tape it inline W my Reverb so I can pump my tires by bouncing up and down on my saddle.
  • - 2
 SWAT is the Trail SWAG
  • + 2
 I always wondered why nobody is duct taping pack of condoms?
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: maybe when bike packing becomes the next big trend Smile
  • + 2
 Some of this stuff seems pretty legit. I'd like to say that I'd ditch my pack for some of these ideas, but honestly in a year my pack will look exactly the same. Moldy water bladder, old, crushed beer cans covered in sticky opened goo packages, 3 or 4 different chain tools, a couple rusty multi-tools... ect... But somehow I still almost always find what I need to ghetto rig some trailside problem.
  • + 1
 @Boardlife69: That's going on the camelback
that way you can have a huge stash and a lot of fun
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: It's funny, that also got stuck on my mind forever. Every time I use a zip tie I always remember that LOL
  • + 2
 @WAKIdesigns: about the same time I found PB, had to go and find out...kind of wish I hadn't! But for anyone else who wants to see RC's mad idea re: wiring on your cables m.pinkbike.com/u/richardcunningham/blog/Tech-Tuesday-Replace-Plastic-Zip-Ties-With-Safety-Wire.html
  • + 4
 @pakleni: Because explaining any woman in a fertile age you're riding a bicycle that costs more than your car is a pretty sure way to make sure you wont be using those condoms where you'd want to... Face full of dirt wont help either...
  • + 1
 @toaster29: I am the type of man in a particular situation, and I am not alone, who does not look for a woman interested in anything involving fertility. I am beyond the period of life where you are more concerned about getting into a vagina than staying effective while you are in it.
  • + 1
 @WAKIdesigns: Consumerism (err, innovation).... it's the circle of life. Yeah you'll be back in a pack in a few years. We all do it. Once the next wave of ultra-cooling packs come out with integrated lightweight spine protection the enduroers will switch back over and we'll all follow. "Check out Rude's new pack, brah!"
  • + 3
 @kubaner: I'd rather have the weight low and on the bike instead of high on my back.
  • + 2
 Why are people so against putting stuff on their bikes!? Seems like they're trying not to be trendy by being trendy. What I mean is they're trying to buck the trend of being to much of a racer bro, but really, there's a trend to be anti-racer bro. "Oh I don't want to strap stuff to my bike. It's so eeenddduuuroooo. Besides look at my pretty frame!"
  • + 7
 @yerbikesux: That's deep bro...
  • + 3
 @Rucker10: sounds exactly like my pack
  • - 1
 To all the idiots saying why make my nice light bike heavier?: what matters is the total weight of bike and rider, so you're not losing by moving stuff to bike. Then factor in that you are moving around a lot on bike and so it makes more sense for the weight to be on bike than you. Plus, less back issues, less overheating, no chance of forgetting stuff and general feeling of freedom of movement. Don't slag it unless you've tried it, not all enduro stuff is bad.
  • + 4
 @lochussie: after all @WasatchEnduro made a great and hilarious point that deserves a meme or even a drawing. The caption would look more or less like that:

Here's a brilliant idea! I'm going to take everything out of my well organized backpack and randomly tape it all over my carbon bike
  • + 0
 @JMSmitty: Just waxed my frame brah, not gonna hide that pretty green shine!
  • + 2
 To be fair, if I had that $50 blue Schwalbe spare tube, I'd sure as hell strap it to my seat and brag about it's low weight to everyone.
  • + 1
 @WasatchEnduro: I'd never use that Schwalbe thing. Two reports have already confirmed my worries. If you run 1ply casing, then once you need to use it, you must run unpuncturable pressures because it is as durable as a 90g butyl tube. That's why I opt for carrying 300g Conti FR tube, lesser risk of puncture. And if I'd be going for a long trip way out there, I'd take tubeless repair kit as well. I've done too much hope for the best in my short pitiful biking career
  • + 0
 I ride with beer so there is always room for other stuff. I find this article moot to the max.
  • + 1
 @ThomDawson: RE: that link -OMG what an absolute f'in joke. The F is a matter with RC?
  • + 2
 @endlessblockades: somebody in the comments got it right I think - it's a true bike geek that comes up with solutions to problems that don't exist like that! I'm guilty of it from time to time but that ones pretty out there!
  • + 2
 @ThomDawson: the worst of creative things I have ever done, was gluing pieces of old tube to the inside of the Nokian NBX tyre around the bead, because I could not afford a dual ply tyre like Minion Big Grin
  • + 0
 @Boardlife69: All my money goes to the first person to patent the SWAT (Smoke Weed at All Times) bar plug bowl.
  • + 143
 just ride with that friend who will stuff all of your shit into their pack for you!
  • + 25
 RC would probably kill you if he heard what you said
  • + 3
 @HITNRUN LOL that's always my plan to.....
  • + 21
 I'm that friend with the pack -.-
  • + 4
 Or have a dad like me to carry your crap at the bike park so they can ride bare back... wth... dad is dumb..... maybe the extra weight makes me go faster downhill..... oh wait...the mechanic has to sweep in case of a break down... double dumb.... Smile
  • + 10
 @Skurploosh: My pack is the reason I have friends to ride with...
  • + 2
 @CirrusWade sound familiar? What have you been doing without me!
  • + 109
 You can lick the bottom of shot blocks and stick them to your frame... 56% of the time it works every time.
  • + 4
 lol we used to do that to gummy bears and stick em to the ceiling of our cafeteria
  • + 2
 I always do it on the top of the toptube. It's less likely to get dirt flipped on it and it's easier to get to.
  • + 87
 I'll just wear a back pack like a regular person, thanks.
  • + 11
 Fashion over function, dude.
  • + 70
 @ibishreddin: Yeah, because a bunch of random shit taped to your bike looks super good.
  • + 0
 @seraph: Bwaahaha! Nice.
  • + 14
 Yup, I like that backpacks provide some spine protection in a crash.
  • + 13
 Those who have never ridden a decent length ride at a steady pace without a pack, will continue to say the pack works just fine. Your back stays cooler, your pack doesn't move around on your back, your stuff is more organized and easy to reach first go, and you don't have a sore back, numb hands, and sore shoulders from supporting 15-20lbs on your back. I still use a pack especially for rides I'm unfamiliar with terrain or for LONG days. For most of my shorter rides though, less than 2-3 hrs, and shorter in the summer, I would prefer to go without.
  • + 13
 @mtnbykr05: I'd agree. It's nice to be able to just grab the bike and go for a quick rip and know that you still have the necessary tools. While hydration is certainly very important, I find that for rides under 1hr, water isn't required. You ever see long distance runners? Very little water. Even XC guys carry very little. I'd love to see pinkbike talk about hydration strategies at EWS events.
  • + 9
 @mtnbykr05: Same. I rock the fanny pack for all my work week rides and it's perfect. I don't give a shit if it's "super enduro" or whatever. Riding with backpacks is like riding with a sweaty midget hanging off you all day.
  • + 2
 May have a lighter pack, but a heavier bike with all kinds of crap taped to it. I'll just continue to put stuff in my pack.
  • + 3
 @mtnbykr05:
Riding without a pack is preferable, but my bike can only hold one water bottle and I need more than that. If I'm carrying a Camelbak anyway its way easier to just throw the rest inside with it.
  • + 2
 [quote] gclarida (12 hours ago)
I'll just wear a back pack like a regular person, thanks.[/quote]

I'm with you on this.
Road bike, OK, maybe if my jersey pockets are already stuffed...

On a mountain bike, sorry, a properly loaded pack that fits is a better way to carry that burden than strapping it to a bike that I have put effort and $$$'s into making it lighter. In the pack, it's well organized, clean and dry.
SWAT = a new way to separate you with your hard earned cash...
  • + 2
 New camelbak palos works wonders. I wear it in the summer or for long rides. Don't care if i look like an endurotard, my back stays cool and it holds all my stuff.
  • + 2
 @mtnbykr05: 15-20 lbs?? Didn't know we were talking about a week-long bikepacking adventure with a tent and all...
  • + 8
 @bananowy: weigh your pack next time, you might be surprised. Most packs weigh somewhere Around 1.5-2lbs, and 3L of water is 6.5lbs. My base pack weighs 14lbs with water. That's before I start adding additional food. That is with a pump, tape, ties, tubes (each one is a 1/2lb) small bits to get the bike rolling, first aid kit, tools, and personal items like your phone, ID and "safety kit". That doesn't include items I'd throw in for more of a "backcountry epic". ie: a light, safety blanket, extra food, light rain jacket, etc. That all very easily adds up, and why my pack stays at home unless I'm venturing somewhere I don't know, or I need to carry extra gear. My fanny pack or SWAT bib (especially during the summer) gets pulled out for anything near town, where I'm no more than an hours walk away from any road. I use a platypus soft bottle to stash extra water in the center pocket of my bib that gives me 2.5liters between my 2 bottles and cold water right against my back (So Nice!) and minimize what I carry. I can get my backpacking gear down to 20lbs-ish, but that doesn't include anything to repair and maintain a bicycle in the woods.
  • + 3
 @mtnbykr05: That was too good of a response for me to criticize. Carry on.
  • + 3
 @mtnbykr05: Fair play, out of curiosity I'm actually gonna weigh my pack with the standard kit I usually take with me and post the result here Smile
  • + 68
 "just don't be one of those people who discards the empty plastic on the trail."

^ This Smile
  • + 16
 How people can be that ignorant to leave crap around woods and forests etc is beyond me!! Carry it in,carry it out.
  • + 6
 The f*cktards spoor nest. I find these out in the bush near our trails. 5+ Red Bull cans and several empty cigarette packs.
  • - 1
 So your the dirty dog rooter dropping rubbish on north south? Power bar for the epic climb to junction cabin? ????????????????????????????
  • + 60
 lets be real, we are not being followed by a camera crew (with all the required trail gear) for the next vod! we are all out in the forest exposed to everything that could and will go wrong. just wear a back pack or fanny pack what ever suits your needs and turn off your strava and enjoy the ride!
  • + 44
 I downvoted you for speaking to much sense and deteriorating our 26 for life, flat pedal culture. #samhilllegend #downhill4life
  • + 24
 Exactly! Not about to start taping haribo to my frame or eating ass warmed sandwiches out of my shorts.
  • + 30
 @shakeyakey: See, that's your problem, your sandwiches are ass warmed because you put them down the back of your shorts. Put them down the front like me instead. As a side note, it impresses the ladies too.
  • + 14
 @w0dge: Not called a lunch box for nothing
  • + 36
 Turn off Strava AND enjoy the ride? How will I know if I had a good ride or not unless I see how many trophies I got?
  • + 25
 turning strava off is an option?
  • + 3
 @jtayabji: yes you can turn it off, but it is a social suicide
  • + 11
 @w0dge: Is that a sandwich in your shorts, or are you just excited to see me?
  • + 5
 @RunsWithScissors: once I used sandwich bread, and the ladies didn't notice. The next time I tried a baguette, and they ran away. It's a fine balance, I guess.
  • + 4
 @kabanosipyvo: So glad I wasn't sipping my coffee when I read that. I probably would have choked to death. At least I would have died laughing. Thanks, manSmile
  • + 1
 @w0dge: ain't enough room around the front for 2 footlongs! ;D
  • + 52
 Fanny pack solves all your endurobro needs
  • + 11
 Got mine in the mail quicklike #fannypackfever
  • + 16
 Fanny packers
  • + 7
 People who don't ride with fanny packs have obviously never tried.
  • + 5
 Loving my race face stash bib-they run lil small tho.
  • + 23
 ...can't wait to #packmyfanny
  • - 15
flag axleworthington (Jun 14, 2016 at 6:40) (Below Threshold)
 Fanny packs are gay...Not that there's anything wrong with that...we don't judge here on PinkBike
  • + 5
 Fanny Pack w/Bottle Holder FTW! I made fun of my enduro looking buds until I tried it on. 2 Bottles of water, food, tools & tube. I might have to try that spare tire under the saddle thing so I can fit a beer though.
  • + 45
 Can believe he did not mention the banana holder haha

www.etsy.com/uk/listing/175222880/banana-holder-brown
  • + 9
 40 quid plus shipping - bargain
  • + 4
 Gotta be one of the dumbest products I have ever seen! and only $55
  • + 37
 What about replacing your handlebars with a banana, perfect backsweep every time. Stay back Specialized, this is my invention.
  • + 36
 I thread raw streaky bacon in my brake rotors, and put a bagutte up my swat hole, and put sauce in my shock.
  • + 2
 ha ha this is hilarious!
  • + 4
 lol swat hole hahahahahahhaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
  • + 3
 100% guaranteed to improve your strava times in bear country...
  • + 31
 Not a fan of crap stuck all over my bike.
  • - 10
flag Pastafarion (Jun 13, 2016 at 21:21) (Below Threshold)
 Why'd waste your time looking?
  • + 21
 @Pastafarion: Reading the article wasn't a waste of time. It was actually interesting.
  • + 9
 @lee661: You mean removing the quick link from your back pack and taping it on your bike didnt make your ride 100x more enjoyable? Combine that with the weight saving you'll make by moving the 4 zip ties from your bag to your seat tube and you'll feel like you've got wings!

What kind of chump just carries a £4 inner tube in their bag when they could have a £50 velcro'd to their saddle!
  • + 8
 @hexhamstu: The point is not to carry the bag. If you can get everything you need compressed down and moved to the bike you can ditch the backpack which makes riding way more enjoyable.
  • + 5
 @Patrick9-32: but I ride weirdly when I don't have my back pack on. I would rather have as little on the bike as possible... it already weighs a ton (an imperial one at that).
  • + 5
 @hexhamstu: Or even better, your existing saddle and a short piece of velcro strap works just aswell. Cost about 50p
  • + 3
 @fartymarty: physics dictate that the lower the center of mass, the better. You're carrying it regardless if it's on your bike or your back.
  • + 2
 @nickel: I know but ive ridden with a backpack as long as I can remember.
  • + 25
 Pro tip: Empty gel packs make great tire boots if you get a gnarly gash in your tire.
  • + 5
 Ha! I just used a beef jerky wrapper to fix a side wall slash that would have ended my ride.
  • + 11
 Super pro tip: needle and thread fixes every sidewall tear you will ever get. Old school tubular repair kits. $10. Will even seal to run tubeless
  • + 8
 In Australia we have polymer cash, so our notes are perfect boots. I had one in a commuter tire until the tread was down to canvas.
  • + 12
 @iamamodel: Same in Canada, but our smallest bill is a fiver so the boot ends up costing more than a new tube!
  • + 1
 We've literally just got polymer fivers in the UK. I'll be rolling on small notes only!
  • + 1
 @waywardtraveller: emergency boots.
  • + 21
 I have taping a spare 650b wheel with tire to the front of my handle bars. It's a lot quicker than repumping a flat and it blocks branches that try to hit me head on.
  • + 17
 Another solution to a problem that doesn't exist. How hard is it to grab your bike and grab your pack, knowing that it safely contains all the essentials, including water, you might need on the trail?

No way I'm skipping the Camelbak. It has literally saved me from serious, or at least, very significant and painful injury on numerous 'get-offs' in the past.
  • + 0
 It can also be the cause of injury if you land on that pump / tool dude
  • + 9
 @sewer-rat: So can landing on a rock, better avoid all rocks in the future.
  • + 5
 @hexhamstu: I was merely stating a point, I read this last year and it just made me think that's all. Saying it saved you may be the case, but I just wanted to make the OP aware that it could also actually cause an incident such as the below, if thats me being arrogant then fair enough I'' ll take that if it saves someone.

www.bicycling.com/training/health-injuries/pack-wisely-to-save-your-spine
  • + 4
 @sewer-rat: Wear a pack with a built in spinal protector..
  • + 2
 @zutroy: fair point don't disagree or carry tools in a way that it doesn't happen. I'm not disagreeing with anyone but I never really thought about it until I read the horrific story. If it happened to a pro I'm pretty sure there's a possibility it could happen to me or someone else that never thought about it
  • + 2
 @sewer-rat: That's why the evoc protector series is popular. Water + storage + protection.
  • + 1
 Yeah, freak occurrence and old news. Pack wisely. I'll gladly take that chance.
  • + 1
 @ben986: The future is here.
  • + 16
 When did survival preppers infiltrate the mountain biking scene?

Also, fanny pack ftw, it won't get you laid but f*ck it, you only roll up on dudes anyways. (And if you swing that way the other dudes on the trail will prolly dig it)
  • + 30
 And for that reason, I ride with a clutch purse.
  • + 15
 remember back when everyone used water bottles before camelbaks caught on, you could always find someone's water bottle that had fallen off a bike in the middle of a rough downhill. easy pickins, just grab it and have a drink. I hope this catches on and I can pick up free tools, snacks and other goodies. great article!
  • + 17
 I prefer to duck tape all that shit to my helmet. Keeps it off my back.
  • + 15
 All I take is tobacco so when my bike breaks I walk and have a smoke, mechanicals don't happen often enough for me to carry loads of crap every ride
  • + 12
 If they don't find you handsome, they can at least think you're handy..
  • + 12
 I really like the master link gorilla taped to the housing!
  • + 3
 True, but in mentioning all the specialized swat gear, he forgot to mention the top cap/ chain tool also holds a quick link magnetically. Clever bit of kit, got me and my mates out of trouble a few times.
  • + 7
 Ah yes, Specialized..trademarked terms for ideas stolen from mountain bike history... gather yee round the campfire children...time for the product talk of way back when...


Joe Murray...american XC racing legend...and one of the first ex-racers to become product designer for a bike brand (Kona) gave us some nice tire designs, and THIS... the Joe Murray Combo cage...A combination of storage, water, And tools.

teamcow.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Fullscreen-capture-09122015-35147-PM.jpg


Then there's american inventor and mountain biking legend Robert L Seals and his Cool Tool, essentially the first purpose built multi-tool / compact monkey wrench for bicyclists, which many here likely remember, but lesser known was his Cool Tool Seatpost Quick Release.. A seatpost clamp QR that also doubles as a 10mm box wrench, 4-5-6mm allen wrenches, and 14/15 gauge spoke nipple wrenches.

www.ebay.ca/itm/Gerber-Cool-Tool-Quick-Release-QR-Bicycle-Tool-CLOSEOUT-/270378201607


The Club Roost wacky plug, from the same company that brought us the return of riser bars to mountain bikes, which was a simple rubber plug to let you stuff small tools, money, spare bolts, chain links, etc (up to 8 ounces total) inside the bottom of your seatpost, which btw is related to still having a quick release seatpost clamp, which allowed you to easily remove your post while out right. They of course, could also be stuck UNDER the fork crown to hold stuff inside the steerer tube.

www.pinkbike.com/photo/13605413

www.pinkbike.com/photo/13605415


As to combination minipumps and co2 inflators, which can be mounted under the bottle cage....ummm....that's not new either... Genuine Innovations, Beto', Topeak, Zefal and many others have been making them for many years now. Also related to quick releases... many levers are flattened and curving shapes (such as Salsa Flip Offs) to be both pleasant to the hand, but also to enable them to be used as tire levers. Tight spaces / cutouts on the back side of cassette cogs and around chainrings/crank arm spiders can be used as bottle cap openers for beer/pop bottles, as can the clip mechanism of shimano MTB and Look Road clipless pedals.
  • + 7
 some nice ideas, but the trouble is if you go between more than one bike, im supposed to buy all that shit for each one!? or I could just keep all my crap in a back/fanny pack that can be used on any bike!
Its an absolute dream riding with out luggage don't get me wrong, but im all about minimal faff, just grab the pack and go. deal with it
  • + 5
 I've been a fan of the Backcountry Research Race straps for flat repair. Can get a tube, tire lever, CO2 cartridge and inflator secured solidly to the saddle rails. Plus you can keep your saddle.
backcountryresearch.com
  • + 1
 Yep. This plus their Tulbag in a jersey pocket with a multitool and miscellany. Done.
  • + 1
 Just ordered a strap! I'd seen these before but I always figured they were just nylon straps. Their little video on the product page showed that it's a lot more than just a strap, seems awesome.
  • + 10
 @mtbracken: you used the word 'miscellany'...10 points to Gryffindor
  • + 1
 Plus you can get a multitool in there too. Get one with a case and put the backcountry strap through it and then put it between the rails and the saddle and it's fixed securely. No need for a bag.
  • + 1
 @Worm-Burner: wouldn't he be more likely to be in Ravenclaw if he uses words like that?
  • + 7
 I spend thousands making my bike as light as possible - i am not taping shit to my frame when i could wear a bag or leave stuff in my car.
  • + 5
 Some good tips here. I like the chain link one. One ive done with the spare tube is to put some thin flexible plastic ( small bit of margarine lid with corners taken off etc etc..) so you can cover over big holes that sealant wont fix. Goes between tube and tire and tube pressure holds it in place. Lets face it if its a hole too big for sealant then the tube will pop out and burst pretty quick. Gets ya home eh!
  • + 1
 Apologies for my ignorance, so you use both sealant as well as tubes?
  • + 2
 @MTB-Colada: I believe he means in the case of a tubeless tire failing because of a large cut in the sidewall or something. You use the tube in conjunction with a makeshift plastic "boot" to get you home.
  • + 5
 @MTB-Colada: I believe he means the following situation: His tubeless tyre gets a hole in it that's too big for the tubeless sealant to seal. Because of this, it's necessary to put a spare tube in, but he uses the thin plastic (or wrappers) as a tire boot between the tube and the inside of the tyre to cover the hole so the tube isn't exposed.
  • + 2
 @mixmastamikal: yep thats it mate. Ive found to cut it long enough to reach from bead to bead across the tire. That way when you put the flacid tube in it stays in place easier befote you inflate it. ( flacid; word of the day!! )
  • + 2
 I always look out for cheap plastic business cards for this... It's ironic that one from a local taxi company has got me home a few times! Or worst case, I've a friend who used his bank card to patch a sidewall tear.
  • + 6
 Right, let me see if this is correct: Lube hole, insert something hard, ride it home.
  • + 2
 Or use the packaging your tires come in when new, Maxxis is best. Cut those up into a few different shaped squares .
  • + 9
 This article on iPhone is almost illegible @pinkbike
  • + 4
 Then just get an Android, on top of not being taken for a fool by Apple you'll also be able to read PB articles without issues ! win-win really Wink
  • + 2
 What's the difference between a $1000 IPhone and a $500 Android phone? Nothing.
  • + 4
 @Balgaroth: youtu.be/FL7yD-0pqZg in case you haven't seen this. It is six years old but still relevant. Language warning.
  • + 1
 @iamamodel: ha ha ha savage !
  • - 1
 @iamamodel: It's got a little Apple on it and you can look like a hipster using it. Android all the way for me.
  • - 2
 For me. Apples will always be what goes in a tart or a crumble. Not in my pocket
  • + 8
 how can I attach my pack to the frame?
  • + 4
 Jesus christ. What has MTB come to. Tape energy packs to you top tube... Tape your master link to your brake hose... F*CK OFF!!! Put it in your pocket like normal, none survival, Bear Grylls gay boys. Then when the time comes you can get it out without half an hour of picking at the edge of some filthy tape. Fixing a problem that doesn't exist!!! God. I'm off for some DH... Enduro is getting more bent by the day. Bet you have your KY and condoms taped on there somewhere too.
  • + 4
 seems like you have a repressed desire for lubed cack in your down tube...
  • - 1
 @gally-nh: Cack? Ya cock.
  • + 2
 I'm confused as to why everything needs to be taped to the bike anyway. What about saddle bags? They come in every size imaginable to fit as much or as little as you want, and they fit easily.... under...the saddle!! No tape required! And, everything is in it...in one place...not randomly stuck all over the bike! Are these not 'acceptable" options by the PB writers??
  • + 2
 @GlassGuy: dropper post + full squish = saddle bag rubbing on the rear tire, for me at least, so it's a no-go
  • + 2
 @xeren: True enough, I haven't used a saddle bag since swapping to droppers, so I hadn't even considered that. Smile
  • + 2
 @GlassGuy: on my bike, seat post bags rub my rear tire when my seat is dropped and suspension is compressed. Even just a tube is really close to hitting. Strapping a tube onto the frame and a water bottle is a great way to go for a quick shuttle.
  • + 8
 That sword is an awesome use of space.
  • + 3
 No mention of: bike moves around alot and doesn't weigh much. Rider's back stays fairly stationary and rider weighs alot. Essential gear is smaller percentage of rider weight than bike weight. That all adds up to: stupid to carry shit on bike. Is there another form of physics I am not familiar with out there?
  • + 3
 Why dont I just go next level and stash all this stuff along my local trails?I can put a tube at the trail head, a quicklink under a rock, a multitool in a tree hole.. Then no bag and nothing on my bike....gimme a break,

wear a bag.
  • + 1
 You're joking but MBUK once did a full feature on this
  • + 1
 @JClowes: about trail stashing? Really?
  • + 1
 @PJD1: yes haha, about hiding kit along your most frequented trails. Can't see how it would work though, you hide a tube at the start, tyre levers half way round and a muktitool at the end, then have to ride round collecting them all when you flat. Or you stash them all together, and get a flat five miles away.
  • + 1
 @JClowes: that's hilarious....I guess it depends on the network, we've got some stuff thats like 2-3m loops, it would be easier going to a stash then home...but I'll just stick with a pack. Quite frankly, someone finds your stash, you become fly meat as you hike out..
  • + 3
 To all who are saying you can just stuff it all in your pack. Thats not really the idea of the article. Its all about how to stash your stuff when you dont want to take your pack or prefer riding without one. Each to their own. Personally i like a pack on the long rides ( 3hrs plus ) but in shorter faster rides i dont like the pack. Water is a hard one though wuth many frame designs limiting bottle placement/size.!??
  • + 3
 I carry extra spokes under the old tube I use to wrap my chainstay (drive side)
If you bike has two water bottle holders, use one to carry a bottle with your essentials in it (tube, patch kit, multi tool,keys, cash and or credit card)
  • + 15
 I realize its almost no extra weight... And we've all broken a spoke before, but c'mon dude...I wouldn't even bat an eye about loading my bike and driving up to ride whistler for a weekend over broken spokes until i was missing 3 in a row or 5 total on a wheel. It a'int an airplane, just pull the broken spoke out and keep riding the damn thing.
  • + 6
 Highland bike park mechanic here. When guys bring us wheels with broken spokes, it's pretty uncommon that they've broken only one. Broken spokes often come in pairs or even groups of 3 or 4. At the point of 4 or more, generally the rim is trashed enough to need to be replaced outright.

For one guy, it almost ended his weekend because we didn't have a wheel for him (he had a bolt-on rear wheel- everything we had was through-axle) and he had to spend extra money to rent a bike four days in a row.

I'm not saying I would literally stop trail side and tear down a wheel to replace spokes, but I also would highly recommend against waiting until you were down 5 spokes a wheel. $10 in spokes vs building/buying a new $200 wheel? I know what I'd choose.
  • + 2
 @LindLTaylor: Thanks for the tip man, I'm also a professional mechanic, i got a couple TQ's in different industries and don't run my bikes with the maintenance program(or lack there of) of the average joe. I think your missing the big picture of the situations involving your customers, Buddy walks in missing a few spokes and he wants them fixed, and your the dude to do it, but i doubt they all broke in unison. He probably lost them one at a time and just didn't notice or didn't care till it started feeling washy in corners or got a bad wobble and needed to be trued.

But, my original point was, If your leaving home with all your spokes and you break one trail side, just pull it out so it doesn't give you a poke, keep riding, and fix it later. Unless your on some epic multi day remote trip you probably won't need spares.
  • + 3
 Let's face it wearing a pack is not comfortable........but sometimes necessary. The tire repair bar plugs and quick link taped to a cable housing is hilarious.

You slice a side wall you need some type of boot and a tube.

On short rides I have a pump mounted to the bottle holders and a tube / tire lever / multi tool held with Velcro to my top tube
  • + 6
 Use a ski strap to hold your tube and levers to the frame. Most also have a padded section that is easy on the paint.
  • + 2
 The best thing I've found so far is bottles like the Lezyne Flow Caddy:

www.sportsworld.co.za/img/p/1420-3721-thickbox.jpg

Perfect size for a multi tool, tire levers, a couple C02, some zip ties and a master link. Tape or strap a tube to your frame, throw on a fanny pack for water and off you go!
  • + 19
 Sooooo.... put tools in your water holder and water in your tool pouch? Genius!
  • + 1
 @Bob-Agg: haha so true. i like the idea for road bikes with two bottle cage mounts though
  • + 2
 @Bob-Agg: Basically, considering my frame/shock doesn't let me fit even a small bottle, and it forces me to leave the kitchen sink behind.
  • + 2
 I did this with a regular water bottle that my local shop sells for $5. It's actually bigger than the specialized keg....which costs 1 million dollarsSmile
  • + 5
 fact: enough duct tape holds a clean snapped headtube for a whole endubro week and you can customise your HT angle
  • + 2
 I carry a FiberFix spoke in my kit. I can use it to fix any broken spoke on my bike including one on the rear drive-side without removing the cassette. These things are super light and small. All you need to use it is a little wheel truing knowledge. www.fiberfixspoke.com And no, I don't work for them but I have used it several times and it has gotten me home.
  • + 2
 Unless your trails have feed stations handing out bottles, ban this practice of trying to look more enduro for no functional benefit.

It costs about $10 per gram to lose weight on your bike these days...so why am I strapping shit back on the bike again? Get a good hydration pack that fits well and let your bike bob and weave without restrain like before enduro .

And take a big dump before every ride...the more you know!
  • + 2
 Spare spoke taped to the inside of your seat posts for those with non droppers, patches in the handlebar. And my favorite applies less with current bikes having fewer bosses for bottles. But you can fit a c02 pump, tube, chain tool, links Allen wrenches,other random bits and a shop rag into a water bottle. It's transferable for your bikes handy for commuters but the same applies to mountain biking. I'm the guy who carries the bag with everything imaginable stuff that people say "your never gonna need that" until we do. But when I packed light this was perfect
  • + 4
 So short form of this entire article is... take random stuff out of your backpack and tape it somewhere on your bike. Because no one ever thought of that before.
  • + 5
 @acali I run the dialed cap ruggedcomponents.com/shop check it out works awesome and has the basics!
  • + 1
 I think i might be looking into getting the swat water bottle cage, but there is no way i could ditch my Camelbak hydration pack, i'm like a thirsty camel Razz I just don't like things moving around on my back, so as long as its secure, I don't mind
  • + 5
 So basically just tape stuff to your bike?
  • + 1
 Errr, Saddle bag?

I use a pack if i'm going for a ride, but an hours blast at night, strap on the £4 saddle pack, carrying a Tube, CO2, Tyre Lever and a 5+4mm allen wrench. Bottle in the cage and bingo! Enough to get you home.
  • + 1
 I use a freight baggage hip bag. From the hipsters, for the hipsters.

www.freightbags.com/products/large-hip-pack

Enough to carry multitool, CO2, and a rain jacket and tube. Unless I'm in the high country, I don't need more.
  • + 5
 None of these "hacks" address the #1 issue why I ride with a pack: WATER!
  • + 4
 Why would I want to lose the backpack? It's the most effective piece of body armour I own!
  • + 4
 Read the story and couldn't wait for the comments. True to form the pink bike readers delivered.
  • + 1
 I do a lot of this stuff already. Having a backpack is really nice but the problem I have is they never fit me quite right and always move around a lot while riding. I recently switched to the Race Face stash bibs. The only problem with those is you have to take them off to put your bladder in or have a friend help you out. I'm going to try the Stash tank next. I just wish there was a better backpack for me.
  • + 3
 This is really dumb, who rides for less than 30 minutes? 3-4 hrs requires minimum 2 liters of water, and all your tools and food, find a good back pack.
  • + 2
 Who rides for less than 30 minutes? Me on my way to work or the grocery store, both of which are reachable by mostly singletrack routes. Having said that, I keep my bike in a highly tuned state, so I don't need to carry anything with me. Taping stuff all over the bike seems a little ridiculous to me.
  • + 1
 Some of my short DH shuttle rides are 30 mins. I prefer to do pure DH without a pack. I get too many flats not to bring a flat repair kit, strapped to my frame. Water in the truck at the bottom of the ride for the next lap.
  • + 5
 Cycling jerseys have three pockets to hold just about everything...
  • + 4
 yeah but then you have a cycling jersey on and your invariably that guy.
  • + 1
 Giro makes a very thin and light sleeveless "vest" with bike jersey style pockets. I wear it under my kit even in hot days. Can pack all I need in there without having to wear a road jersey.
  • + 1
 I'm a big fan of taping shit to my bike! If I can get away with going on a ride with one water bottle instead of a pack, then I will. You still need to at least have stuff for a flat repair, thats when tape or velcro straps come in handy. I was looking forward to reading about other rider's swat hacks, but it seems most of the riders here are pro pack, and anti swat.
  • + 1
 I prefer riding without a pack, but most FS bikes can only handle a single water bottle, if that. For longer rides in the summer, you are going to need more than one (well, most people will anyway). So, I carry a fairly organized hydration pack and nothing on the bike except a pump. For my hard tails, I use 2 water bottles and a small seat bag for tube, tools and a spare link. And I don't have gorilla tape glue all over my stuff.
  • + 4
 I would take the Transition with the X2 more than gladly, even with the SWAT bottle cage!
  • + 4
 it is kind of funny to see people shaving grams from their carbon wonderbikes to then tape a bunch of stuff all over it.....
  • + 4
 Digging the super sneaky bike hacks
  • + 3
 All good Ideas! More trail booty; because all that shit sooner or later, falls off.
  • + 4
 Moar of these please! Actual solutions for the majority of riders Big Grin
  • + 0
 i think having a pack is more ideal because the bike is lighter than me so its more efficient for the bike to move while i try to keep my upper body moving in the direction i want to go. so adding weight to your bike is more work for the downhills.
  • + 2
 but lets be real how much weight is a multi tool, tape, zipties, a masterlink and tube/levers adding.
  • + 6
 Maybe but when it gets hot there is no better feeling then ditching the backpack and feeling your shirt blowing in the wind.
  • + 5
 higher center of gravity, weight shifting around on your shoulders, less veltilation on warm days - not ideal
  • + 1
 @ihatetomatoes: and the feel of your spine creating a groove in the hard pack when that manual got freeky
  • + 0
 Love the Backcountry strap to hold spare tube, CO2 and a tire lever under my saddle rails. Takes all of 30 seconds to swap bikes. Use a 650b tube so I'm good for whatever I'm riding or for some goon on the group ride that doesn't have a tube and needs one.

Water bottle, little one for under 10 mile rides (slow tech singletrack only), big bottle good to about 15 miles on a cooler day otherwise I bring a small pack. Big pack and bottles for the all day rides where I don't have access to clean refills.

Multi tool (get one that has a knife), der hanger, links, seat clamp nuts and bolts, spare SPD cleat and bolts, zip ties and some cash goes in a small ziploc bag that either goes in a pocket or the pack.

Light and mount (modified a Lumina 700 bar mount to fit a GoPro mount, helmet is a Bell with GoPro base attachment) can go either in a pocket or the pack.
  • + 0
 not too sure about the Sahmurai S.W.O.R.D the tubeless tool is a good idea I guess, but the handlebar end caps made of plastic is bad, and the way they seem to be fitted on the handlebar makes me think they will be torn off after a few strikes from a few trees
  • + 1
 They have expander threaded system, and are very secure in bars as long as not over tightened. Takes about 60 seconds to fix a flat in a race run with a C02, it's pretty slick and only a matter of time until most Enduro racers have them. Yes, I minute is a long time, but salvageable over an entire race series or even a multi stage race.
  • + 2
 @JDFF: I love the plugs for regular rides. I don't race so time isn't the issue: dealing with a failed tubless with a new tube sucks. It's sweet to simply plug the hole, a bit o air, and keep going.
  • + 3
 For racing only.

And still, I will NEVER ride with zip ties taped to my seatpost. wtf?!

I have a backpack for that.
  • + 3
 1. Spend tons of money to remove grams.
2. Add kg of weight by storing stuff on your bike.
3. ???
4. Profit!
  • + 3
 Why can't I just use a regular backpack? It even has back-protection, camel-back and space for warm clothing.
  • + 3
 keep all that shit off your bike, if you need to carry any thing keep it on you
  • + 2
 If you don't want a sweaty back from a backpack and your too macho for a fanny pack?Has no one heard of a frame bag?
  • + 2
 wingnut back pack, sits way lower = cooler back & no need to strap anything to your bike.
  • + 3
 can I tape my bong to the front bar or just in my pack
  • + 3
 a real man would convert his down tube into a dab rig.
  • + 1
 i modified the SWAT EMT Tool and mounted it under my saddle on my DH Bike. Works as needed and helps keep some crud out of the saddle/seatpost assembly.
  • + 2
 those would cause loads of noises on bike. i hate noise rattly noises on my bike.
  • + 1
 WHY HAS NO ONE MENTIONED THE MARZOCCHI DROPPER

@paulaston EXPLAIN YOURSELF
  • + 1
 If Marzoch dropper could be used for pumping tyres, then it would be a true SWAT thing
  • + 2
 Raceface stash tank is worth a look. Pretty happy with mine.
  • + 1
 We're only about 6 months away from realizing that saddle bags were actually working just fine...
  • + 1
 Zap straps and duct tape - you ride more than 6 hours; 2 hours away from the nearest road. These two are essential.
  • + 3
 if you ride thatfar away of the nearest road, you'd better take your backpack with you with some first aid in it in case of a crash. duct tape and zipties won't help there. was more than happy about having this cause my buddy or another guy has crashed, a few times already. for short afterwork session a good thing though.
  • + 1
 @spicy4me: Of course. You don't go on epics unprepared. But I've been in a few instances where the zip ties saved us (as v-brake pads, repair a broken rear carbon triangle, etc).
  • + 4
 @spicy4me: Duct tape and Zip ties worked for me when my friend had a crash. Someone was riding to wrong way on a trail and hit him head on at quite a pace. The other guys pedal ripped.my friends shin wide open, too big for the crappy bandage on my 1st aid kit, so I used a t-shirt, duct tape and zip ties to keep the wound covered and pressured until the Ambulance Heroes arrived to get him to the hospital. Even they were impressed with the resourcefulness.
  • + 2
 Where do you put the beers though?
  • + 3
 Easy man. You slightly pull up on the beer can's pull tab just enough to get a zip tie through it, then zip it to you brake line on the chainstay. You can get 4 or 5 beers on there.
  • + 2
 Everything is to enduro for me! I'm going to have to pass!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Tape the master link right next to the derailleur cable where the housing ends. Way faster to get to.
  • + 1
 Interesting article. I like it! There's just something cool about having all your essentials right on the bike.
  • + 2
 Instead of a seat with fancy straps just use some long black zip ties to hold the tube under your seat. The zip ties disappear and it looks pretty clean.
  • + 1
 fyi, there is no "s" at the end on Morgan Hill
  • + 1
 I'm digging the master link idea
  • + 0
 Good luck untaping that quicklink quicker than I can get one out of my back pack...
  • + 1
 If you leave a folded over tab of tape it'll be un-taped before you could take your backpack off.
  • + 1
 Also why is this article unreadable on my phone?
  • + 1
 Specialized should be ashamed of all their cool innovation. lol.
  • + 0
 Looks awesome, till first muddy ride, tire plugs in the bar looks dangerous
  • + 2
 A commercial for tape
  • + 1
 DAE just tape their quick link inside the brake lever or is it just me?
  • + 0
 Does anyone have a legit solution to carrying a multitool on your bike?
  • + 34
 run your tyres tubeless, when adding sealant throw in a multitool, when you blow your tyre tools are right there!
  • + 1
 ya in your fanny pack
  • + 2
 Keep ya multitool in ya fanny!
  • + 1
 Pocket! Topeak hexus II has everything you need including tire levers and chain tool so just add bottle cage mounted pump and tube in seat rails then you are set
  • + 3
 is the bottle cage mount not legit? keeps the weight low at least! and doesn't require duct tape or zip ties.
  • - 1
 Yeah, put it in the pocket in your shorts.
  • + 1
 @BstarBrian: yeah the specialized one looks fine. But i already have a perfectly good multitool and side loading cages dont work well for me because the bottle hits the brake hose on one side and the derailleur housing on the other.

On a lunch ride ive only had to walk back once because didnt have a pump or tube. But many times i wished i had a wrench to make a small adjustment or tighten a loose headset.

For a short ride i like to just pinch the tires and grab it and go. No pads no backpack no water.
  • + 0
 Try the Fox Lowpro.
  • + 1
 Cool Article Paul!
  • + 2
 It reminded me I need a new backpack and a tool roll to go in my backpack / bumbag (it goes on the back not front).
  • - 1
 Some good ideas here! I Love riding without a bag on my back. Enjoy having a grim, sweaty back lads...
  • + 1
 Toys for bourgeoisie.
  • + 1
 Click Playstore
  • + 0
 Masterlink for genius
  • + 0
 Fanny Pack.
  • - 3
 Ride with no pack is the best! No bullshit on the bike either.. Just id and cell ICE
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