(mumbles) – Right, it’s time for Ask GMBN, that’s what Blake was just saying. – Oh yeah, that’s what I was saying. – Blake and Neil in the shed,
answering your questions. – Yes. – Let’s start with actually
someone helping us out. So Adrian Scwizgebel is answering
a question from last week. So a guy was asking us
about drilling a frame for a drop seatpost, we’ve
talked about a bit in the past. – Sounds nasty. – But Adrian says check out the
wireless option from Magura. They cost a kidney but are quite fine. (laughs) – I like that. Cost a kidney.
I think they do cost a kidney. – Yeah I’ve tried — – There’s a lot of
technology going into that. – Kind of works the same,
you’ve got a release lever and then you can move
up and down yourself. – What?
– Yeah. – That’s good for a free
rider that wants to actually have a dropper post, but
he doesn’t want the cables, so when he wants to do certain
tricks with bar spins or — – But there can’t be many
that want to drop a post. – I would like one.
– Would you? – Yeah?
– Yeah. I would like to try. – Like on my Enduro bike,
I could do bar spins. – Ah, alright. Nice. Good idea. – I like it. – Anyway, let’s get into the questions. – Well, it’s like using your mobile phone whilst driving. You wouldn’t
want to use that whilst riding. – Yeah, true. You’ve got an
Apple watch, that does GPS? – Yeah, and I use it quite constantly when I’m out riding my mountain bike. – For talking? Chatting to people? – I do talk to, yeah talk
to Mr. Ashton on my watch, it’s a bit weird yeah. – Well I’ve got both.
This is a Garmin watch, and I’ve got a Wahoo computer and a Garmin computer as well, actually. And I tend to use computers
much more on road bikes because I’m worried about smashing it, falling off the bike
and it being on my stand and hitting the ground. Whereas I rarely wack my wrist on the floor.
– Exactly, yeah. – Although I do like
to wear a glove really, cus it does rattle around a bit. – It does, yeah, it kind
of bruises me a little bit. I kind of tuck it under my race jersey. But it’s the same thing — – Functions-wise, they’re
virtually exactly the same. – Yep
– Just with the computers, they are easier to read if you want to, so for cross country riding, road riding, slightly better probably. But you’ve got a big thing on your stand. – Yeah. Start now. Get into it
as quick as possible. Do as many races as
possible. You’ve been there. – Yeah, I started off pretty young, so 15 and I got straight into racing,
so that’s where I did it. But yeah, definitely think
young-ish is a good place to start in. Just get doing it. – Yeah. Keep going, keep
practicing, keep riding downhill. Enter a few races,
locally. Join a local club, if you have one.
– This is an old video, but we did do one where we asked the pros how they became pro bike riders. – I start riding when I was
14, which is quite late, but I become directly a
pro rider when I was 15. I had a chance to have a cap dye world cup back in the years, in the
mountain above Monte Carlo, where I had just been opening the race and doing a great time there, and had the opportunity
to meet foreign sponsors, so that one of the team
back in the US called Sun, that was one of the biggest in that, so how I got involved into the sport and signed my first pro contract. – I like it.
– You’ve done a video, on your how you became pro —
– Yep, how to become a pro. Yep. It’s pretty…It’s
harder than you think. – It is quite a difficult thing to do. Let’s do both of us. How
many bikes do you own, Blake? – Personally?
– Yeah, personally. – One. That I personally own. – Paid your money? – I paid my money.
Actually I didn’t pay it, I was a sponsor.
(laughs) And it’s actually a dirt
jump bike. It’s nothing, it’s not going to be good for
cross country or anything. – I think what Avriel’s probably asking is how many bikes do
we have, cus as part of our amazing job on GMBN,
we get bikes to ride from our partner brands.
So I’ve got four or five, I don’t know actually,
bikes. They’re not mine, I don’t own them, we
borrow them for the sake of making videos and
then they get sent back. Same I own a road bike and I
own a really old mountain bike I use as a commuter bike,
but as far as having bikes I’ve got plenty —
– I’ve got plenty — – I just don’t own them. – We just own about ten or
something. That’s quite a lot. – Yeah that is a lot,
you’ve got loads of bikes. – Yeah, I’ve got loads of bikes. – Well you seem to ride your
new Proof Bikepacking bike — – I do like that, and the Phat bike. – Yeah.
– Yeah. And my Gambler —
– I forgot about your Phatty. – Yeah, she’s tucked away really for the snow season to come on. My wife’s got two bikes,
she’s got more bikes than me. And she’s got a real fancy mountain bike. (laughs) She doesn’t even ride it. – Right, next question
comes from Andor Yoko, whose got creaks, I’ve
got creaks in my pedals. I used some sort of vaseline
– That’s wrong. – Any other grease I should use instead? – Yes. Well — – Vaseline is really thin, isn’t it? – Yeah and that can wear out quite well. I know it’s quite good
for dispersing water, so water can’t get in there but — – I used to use it in the
old days on my grip shift cus it was super super
light. But as far as pedals, you want something a bit thicker. – Yeah, I’ve used industrial,
you know those grease guns — – Yeah, they come with marine
grease. That’s pretty extreme. – Yeah, that’s just what I use cus I didn’t want squeaky pedals. – But I know a man that
knows a lot about grease. His names Andrew Dawes, he spends all his time in the workshop. Let’s get him to tell us about it. – This is the bare minimum
that you really should be having to look after your bike at home. So you’re gonna need some
sort of water displacer, now you’d use these
after cleaning your bike. Then you’re gonna need
some sort of chain lube, there’s various different
ones in the market, which we’re going to explain to you later. A generic sort of spray
lube, cus you can use these in various places on
your bike that you can’t get to with a chain lube.
And some sort of grease. – God, he knows a lot about lubricating. – He does, doesn’t he?
– Wow – I don’t know what he’s been
doing. He knows everything. – He knows everything. – “I was thinking about getting
a Nukeproof 275 Scout Race”, What’s yours? That’s Scout? – I’ve got the Scout Comp.
– Alright. – About the same size as Neil and myself (laughs) I would go, cut them down, I would 760. – Yeah, it’s easy to cut them down. Get yourself a hacksaw
or if dad or your mom got a hacksaw. You’re only
13, you might not have your own hacksaw.
– No. And a ruler. – Yeah, try to do it
as straight as you can and don’t, obviously, don’t go too narrow, you can’t stick it back — – You can’t put it back on. No. – Maybe even try 780. No 760 is good – Do it in steps. Cut it down. Feel it. Too wide, cut it down a bit more. – You know this, but 10 mL
off each side adds up to 20 mL – Yeah, don’t forget, cus
I have done that before at a young age, and I
had bars this narrow. (laughs) – Trials bike questions, we
haven’t got mine here today We’ve talked about — – Should we go passed this one? – No, we’ll try, we’ll try this. Talking about maybe running
short a pedal, cranks, that’s what I’m on about, so
you don’t get pedal strikes. But wouldn’t a longer
crank help get more torque for those big jumps. Long
jumps. What is the norm? – The norm, what’s seven five. – Well a normal, normal bike
would be one seven five. You can get shorter, I
used to run one six five — – On downhill bikes, my
downhill bike has one six five. – Cus you sag in and
obviously you want to pedal over rough stuff. E Bikes,
I tried one the other week, had one five five cranks. – I’ve not seen, I’ve not heard of that — – Feels like you’re on a kids bike. – That could be good on
a…yeah I can see it. – But, you know what,
as far as actual sort of affecting the power you
put in, GCN have done a video about crank length.
They said it doesn’t matter. Conclusion was, it didn’t matter. But I don’t know about torque — – Torque, yeah. Maybe there’s a video on
it for mountain bikes. – Well we should ask the trials expert, but he’s not in today.
– He’s not in today. – Sorry we couldn’t answer
that one, to the point. – Okay, this is, I had an
issue, I’d just come back from Audi Nines and I was
riding a coil shock — – On your Gambler?
– On my Gambler. It’s a Fox X2 coil, It was a 550 spring, everything was —
– That’s quite a heavy spring. – Yeah, but it’s not heavy enough. – Yeah. – So it’s really good in the
woods, and on the rough stuff cus the feedback on the coil is insane – – Yeah.
– I loved it. – Small bumps —
– Yeah. – And I was like, could
not get it stiff enough and you could run a stiffer coil, a lot of the big boys out
there, like FZ Series, they run coils. And they’re running like 600, 650, 800 springs. – Thing about an air
shock is you can adjust how much it ramps up as well.
– You can, yeah. – With volume, spaces, and all that. – Yeah. I prefer air for free ride, cus I’ve maxed out I’ve got an X-Pro, no I’ve got an X2 Fox Screw Shock, I’ve maxed it out. And
I’ve got the 2019 one, and that one you can run 300 psi, and it feels like wood.
It is by far better — – Yeah.
– For free riding. And bigger jumps. For free riding. – Next question. – Yeah, yeah. If the clip fits. – You can, yeah. Loads of
people used to do this. Personally, it’s not weird,
it’s fine, totally fine but you’re gonna have quite a stiff sole with quite a big pedal.
I think the bigger pedals are better with softer sole,
so you get a bit of a feel through there, but it
definitely will work. I’m not sure it’s optimum. – Would it work, cus you
know some of those shoes, the Mavic ones, they’ve
got big football studs. – Yeah. – You might have to remove them out. – I think they will work.
Is the actual answer. I guess if you’ve got big feet, yes you can go for bigger pedals. – Yeah. Donny runs a big pedal. – So yeah, you can get
the Crankbrother stamp in small or large, I tend to run small and I’ve got a size UK
eight, which is a US nine. – Same as me, yeah. – So what, you run a small as well? – I run a small as well,
yeah. I think kind of perfect, Donny’s got a size 14 or like — – So he runs large, which are big, and I’m fine with the smaller ones. I’m sort of on the cusp, if you look at the Crankbrothers website.
At what size pedal I should be using. And you can get
those in the stamp too, the lower end ones, which are 70 pounds, and I’m not sure on dollars and euors, but they’re cheaper than
some of the ones we run. – Yeah.
– The higher up — – Yeah.
– Can you get the bigger ones? Yes, the large.
– Yeah. With a small foot you can
use any pedal, can’t you? – Yeah.
– Like we could go for a wide, or like a bigger one —
– Yeah. – Just feels a bit weird, but you’ve got more platform and grip and
the big guy needs to — – I quite like having a bit
of curl over the pedals. – Yeah, you get more
grip, and you can curl, it feels like you can curl your foot — – But then if you’ve got massive foot and you’ve got a little pedal. – You’re curling all the way around. (laughs)
– Get lost in your shoe — – Like monkey feet. – Yeah.
(laughs) – Right, quick fire round.
– Ooh. – Cus we’ve been going on for ages — – Yeah, yeah. – Yes, you can, you can. If it fits. – Yeah, that’s what it says, as long as it has the same steerer, yeah. – No. – Yeah, you’re not gonna have
clearance on some of them. (laughs) – Well, if you’re good at engineering, yes you can, but why? – Yeah, probably not. – Well if everyone was
racing a Hard Tail then potentially the fasted one, yes, would win the World Cup. – But if they’re all
riding downhill bikes, no. – No. Hell no.
(laughs) – What should cross country marathon, and cross country Olympic
riders do in the off season? – Sleep.
(laughs) Cus they’ve had a hell of a year. – I was gonna say
cyclocross, cus that’s hard. – Oh yes.
– And a lot of them do that in the off season. – I think they go training.
– Sleep as well, yeah. – Yeah, they don’t stop those people. – No.
– They don’t stop. – Okay, quick fire’s done dust. Now to, correct me if I’m wrong, so you guys have been
sending in your cool videos via the uploader, so
we can check them out, see what you’re doing and
try to give you some advice for what things go wrong. So this one has come from… Samuel in Vallåsen Bike Park, Sweden. – And he’s riding a Nukeproof Scout. – Yeah, so —
– Custom. – He wants to — – Looks like a good spot, dunnit? – He wants to go faster and higher, so this is the first attempt,
overshoot that a bit, didn’t he? So first one, bit of an overshoot, so I’ll say slow it down
and go a bit higher, also the bars went a bit askew left, so that can be a bit dodgy
if you get a bit sideways in the air and land with bars sideways — – Yeah, yeah. You gotta loosen
up a little bit in the air, as well. It looks like
you were stiffened up cus you’re coming in too
fast for a small jump. The thing is with pop and going higher, but you want to go faster as well. – Yeah that’s what he’s saying, he wants to go fast and higher. – Okay. Well then you
gotta pull up using that bunny hop technique and push into that lip bring the bars way up into you, and fall up with your hips, curling your feet in the
pedals. Like a big bunny hop. – Yeah, just get a real
nice take off rather than trying to use speed to just bomb over it, I would say maybe slow down a touch. – It’s not all about speed
when you want to go high. – Go higher. But, that’s pretty good.
– Yeah it is pretty good. – Nice one. Keep sending videos, we’ll check them out and
we’ll try to help you out on whatever you think
you need some help with. Right, what videos are
we gonna throw to, Blake? – Woo. What should we do?
They’re at our mercy. Um. (laughs) – Here you go. How to be
a Pro. Click over here. My version of How to become a Pro. How I became a Pro. – I’ll refer to another
one of your videos, your bike packing one. Click over here, it’s a wicked one if
you’ve not seen it already. Hit that sub button, we
love to see new subscribers. – Yeah, let us know in
the comments down below, any questions that you want asking in the next weeks GMBN —
– Yep. – And we’ll see you next Thursday. – Thumbs up.