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Rider tips:
  1. If you're riding for a long time, you can help ease the aches and pains by crushing two aspirins and mixing them in with your drinking water. Ibuprofen seems to work better than acetaminophen. (Save the alcohol for AFTER the race.)
  2. Attach a clear piece of plastic (such as a old goggle lens) to your visor to keep the mud off your face when riding in muddy conditions.
  3. Also if you ride in mud, wrap duct tape around the tops of your boots.  This will keep most of the water out as well as mud, small rocks and twigs that would be a pain in the butt if they found their way into your boots. Some fishing supply stores may have neoprene gaiter that can fit over the tops of your boots.
  4. If you have a Camel-Bak and are looking for a way to keep it clean between rides.  The are two ways to keep the slime from the drinks from forming. You can either rinse it out, stuff a paper towel into the top getting it into the corners, inflate and hang upside down.  The paper towel will absorb the water. then remove the towel when all the water is absorbed. Or after rinsing it out you can place it in the freezer. Another trick I use is I taped a piece of wire to the hose, this way the hose stays in place. Also don't forget to tape the mouthpiece to the hose because it sucks when they get lost.
  5. Fluid tricks:  Get several clear plastic pop bottles (1 liter and two liter sizes) Tear off the labels and place a strip of masking tape up the side vertically. Then using a measuring cup pour a measured amount of water into it and mark off the level on the tape.  The measured amount corresponds to the amount of transmission oil, coolant, and two-stroke oil needed. The coolant bottle has two marks, one for the amount of anti-freeze needed and the amount needed for the mixed coolant. The two-stroke oil bottle has markings for the amount of oil needed for 5, 10,15, and 20 liters of gas.  This way I have the stuff I need and I don't have to worry about measuring.
  6. When you get a new pair of boots, waterproof them (I use a non-drying wax like Dubbin) and you can apply a bead of silicone around the boot where it attaches to the sole. This protects the seams from wear and tear and keeps the toecap from snagging stuff on the trail.
  7. You can use some bar soap to prevent fogging. Rub the soap on the goggles and let dry until a haze is formed. Then wipe off.
  8. In dusty conditions, you can prevent dust from getting in your goggles, by applying some baby oil to the foam on your goggles.
  9. Some riders use anti-perspirant on their hands to prevent them from sweating and causing blisters.
  10. You can help prevent arm-pump by cutting off the cuffs on your jersey. This aids circulation and lets cooling air up the sleeves.
  
 
 

 

 

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