4 Maintenance Gear Techniques You Should DIY

Sure, paying for maintenance is quick and convenient—it’s basically what makes the US economy go round. But isn’t there something personal and magical about doing it yourself? If you’ve ever baked your own cookies from scratch or self-installed a curtain rod, you know the agony and ecstasy of taking on a simple project and conquering it on your own… Well, maybe with a little help from Youtube and articles like this one. Gear is no exception to the DIY rule. Now, perhaps your not reading to tackle resoling your climbing shoes or adjusting your own bindings, but these four, simple, DIY projects are fit for anyone and will make you feel more competent when you play. 

Change Your Own Damaged or Worn Bike Tires
Changing your own bike tire, for hardcore mountain bikers and cyclists, is a necessity. Flats happen on the road and trail, so you best know how to manage them. But even people who joy-ride can benefit from knowing how to change worn or beyond-repair tires because, not only does it save you cash, but it also allows you to assist stranded bikers who may not the appropriate DIY skills.

Helpful Tip: On a mountain bike, change the back tire first. It’s the most “difficult.”

Wax Your Skis or Snow Board
Most powder hounds pay to have their skis or board waxed, when it’s really quite simple and takes very little time. Not only does it save you money, but it can also make you feel more “one” with your gear. There are many online tutorials and videos out there with various techniques but we liked this quick and simple video the best. You waxed the suckers, now ride ‘em hard!

Patch Packs and Clothing
The art of patching and sewing our own clothes is slowly being phases out in a culture where you can easily replace torn garments and gear by visiting your nearest REI. Not that we don’t LOVE REI, but constantly buying new outdoor clothing and items just because they are snagged or torn costs you money and our environment valuable resources during their production process. As such, learn a few simple stitching techniques and tricks that will help you patch backpacks, pants, rain coats, and even tents.

Too Lazy to Learn? Try duct-tape instead of stitching. It can add years to your torn day-pack, camel bak, or climbing shoes. And, though this is only a temporary fix, it’s a cheap and easy one.

Nikwax Boots, Jackets, and Tents
Nikwax is a fabulous invention that can extend the life of your gear by protecting it from the elements including the sun. You can use Nikwax on tents, tent tarps, jackets, footwear, wool, and down.

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