It can be really expensive to make your bike lighter, but there are some things you can do without breaking the bank. Here are four of my favorite budget upgrades that will make your bike lighter.
When riding on unpaved roads you’re guaranteed to get some dirt on your clothes and face. It’s just a part of the sport, but if you hate tasting sand in your mouth there’s a simple fix for this. Small front fenders that attach right underneath your the crown of fork have become increasingly popular thanks to their minimalist look, light weight, and affordable price. It’s also easy to make one at home. Blueprints available!
After every ride, you are supposed to clean and dry the reservoir of your hydration pack. If your pack uses a Camelbak Crux-reservoir you may have found it difficult to dry effectively. In fact, it seems that even Camelbak is aware of this since a hook and a plastic piece for keeping the pack open while drying is included in their Crux-reservoir cleaning kit. The price is a bit high at 20$ for just a few pieces of plastic, two brushes and a couple of cleaning tabs. Since the parts are very simple, you can do your own cleaning kit with minimal tools in less than an hour! Blueprints available!
Let’s say you are on an extremely tight budget and you only got 5$ to spare for now. Is there anything you could do or get for such a little money? Here are my top five ways to improve your bike for less than 5$.