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Now get out of that

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There ought to be a mountain bikers’ version of the old Scissors, Paper, Stone game that hinges upon Sticks and Derailleurs. There can’t be many riders who haven’t lost a mech or three to errant branches. Typically they get into the wheel, get pulled round into the mech and then something inconvenient snaps.

Jeff Antram got off lightly, though. The branch in question just broke the B-tension adjuster on his XTR derailleur. Not the end of the world, but it did result in a distractingly flappy derailleur that had a strong tendency to constantly bounce off bits of the frame.

But, swiftly channelling the Spirit of Bodge through the Shield of Poetic Justice, Jeff ziptied the very branch that had caused his mechanical woes on to the chainstay to hold the derailleur in just the right place. Lovely job…

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


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