Like any commute, cycling to work on even the trustiest of steeds can occasionally go wrong – but the longer you do it, the more shortcuts you learn.
Some of these hacks will get you home in a bind, some will keep your bike running smoothly while others will simply make you more comfortable, visible and better protected on the commute.
In any case, you’ll never look at old chains, used inner tubes or supermarket sandwich bags in quite the same way again.
If your bike spends the day locked up in a public place while you’re hard at work, there is a clever and cheap way to deter opportunist thieves from pinching your saddle. Simply take an old bicycle chain and thread it through an inner tube.
Then, secure this to the rails of your saddle and the frame of your bike. You’ll need a chain remover tool to do this. Use the tool to break the chain by removing the pin, shorten the chain to the appropriate length, and then re-link the chain once in place.