Saving you money when it comes to maintenance

10 ways of getting the same results as proper workshop tools but just with easy to access household goods or by simple modifications to regular kit.

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Having a fully stocked workshop like the mbr dreamworld is a dream for most of us. Specialist tools, lubes oils and cleaners can end up breaking the bank if you’re not careful.

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We’ve gathered ten of the most ingenious ways of saving yourself plenty of money when it comes to maintenance time.

  1. Oil filter for a chain whip
  2. Spoke for internal cables
  3. Spoke as a chain hook
  4. DIY bearing press
  5. Household brushes rather than dedicated bike cleaning ones
  6. Washing up sponge for chain cleaning
  7. Make your own degreaser out of lemon juice, baking soda and water
  8. Make your own Swarfega from hand soap and salt/sugar
  9. Baby wipes
  10. Furniture polish to repel mud

If you like your hacks then why not check out some more of our hack-tastic features? Start with the classic (and constantly added-to) 16 mountain bike hacks to make your life easier. Then narrow your focus down to rubbery goodness with our 10 inner tube hacks. And even though we’re now getting towards summer time, our famous 10 winter mountain bike hacks has some great ideas for wet weather riding.

So there you have it, ten super cheap workshop hacks that could save you plenty of money.