Now get out of that! - Bike Magic

Bike Magic - Mountain Bike News, Videos and Reviews. Keep up with the latest Biking Gear, Events and Trail Guides at BikeMagic.



Now get out of that!

Before (top) and after

We’re noticing a distinct theme to your bodged trailside repairs – cable ties and sticks. Clearly if you’re looking for a universal repair kit, you need to make sure that you (a) carry plenty of cable ties and (b) ride in woodland areas.

This week’s top bodge comes from Roger Wayte of well-known club Berks On Bikes (

There were 21 of us doing a trail starting and finishing in Basingstoke via Watership Down. The furthest point of the 34-mile trip was a granny ring climb to get onto Watership Down. At the top is quite a nice long blast but it was at this point my front mech cable outer split leaving me jammed in my granny ring. Since I was the one closing the gate (I’m usually the slowest up the hills!), everyone had disappeared over the horizon, although we are a responsible club and they waited for me a mile or so further on. I needed to effect some repair so that the ride could carry on (with me). The outer was fixed using two pieces of wood and three cable ties. The repair was effective enough for me to ride all the way back without compromising speed or general lunacy.

Splendid work. We’ve seen this done with plastic tyre levers and tape, too. One well worth remembering…

Over to you

We want to know about your MacGyver-esque trailside repairs – the ones that show a bit of lateral thinking, a dash of inspiration and the all-powerful spirit of bodge. We’ll share the best ones with the world, in the hope that they might come in handy for someone else one day.

Send a description and a picture (that’s important – we want stuff that you’ve actually done and has worked) to us at the usual address


Newsletter Terms & Conditions

Please enter your email so we can keep you updated with news, features and the latest offers. If you are not interested you can unsubscribe at any time. We will never sell your data and you'll only get messages from us and our partners whose products and services we think you'll enjoy.

Read our full Privacy Policy as well as Terms & Conditions.