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Found Bike gets repaired, ridden, and cashed in


Last week we did some night mountain biking,
and my bright light caught the reflector of something off trail. It was a bike, 1400 feet and 3 miles above
the trailhead. That means the owner of this bike gave up
a serious descent, one he earned with great difficulty. But as far as I’m concerned the only thing
he earned was the title of idiot, for leaving his stupid mistake in the forest. So today, we’re going to hike up with a
bunch of tools and parts, try to get this thing running again, and hopefully ride it
down the mountain. If we fail, we’ll hike it back to the trailhead
like this idiot should have done in the first place. Since this bike does look like that of the
department store variety, I’m bringing zip ties, tape, spoke wrenches, a 15mm socket
wrench, and of course, a vice grip. WD-40 would most certainly come in handy for
this job, but I’d feel weird spraying it out in the forest. So we’ll make due without it. To be honest I have no idea what the story
is with this thing so hopefully we’ll be prepared. It’ll take about 30 minutes of uphill hiking
to get to this bike, and when we finally do, a story will unfold. What really happened on that day? Did this bike really get left up here purposely
or was this a result of a crash? Is there a body up there too? I don’t suppose any of you would just leave
your beloved bike unattended, let alone out in the woods. So what happened? Well, I don’t see a body anywhere, or a
path of destruction leading towards the bike. But the front wheel sure is taco’d. That means this bike was heaved off the trail
in what looks to me like a textbook rage quit. I think the story goes like this. Dude invested minimally in mountain biking,
and even less in maintenance. That’s fine, but he then rode his poorly
maintained bike up the mountain, experienced a failure less than a mile into the descent,
and was faced with the task of dragging it three miles back to the trailhead. Instead of taking responsibility and hiking
down with his mistake, he made the selfish decision to hike down without it. Very classy. Oh, by the way this dude whose name is also
Seth, stopped to help me pull this bike out, which was
very cool. It’s worth mentioning that this bike could
have very easily been wheeled out like this, as I’m sure many of you have done. Now to get to work on this front wheel. When a rim is this mangled it can’t be made
perfect again. But it can be made better. First, start by bending it back manually as
much as you can. The fact that this wheel bent back so easily
is not surprising, but the initial bend was likely the result of really loose spokes. Indeed these spokes are loose as frig. So I’ll start by putting an even amount
of tension on them all, and then adjusting the spokes to get the wheel as straight as
humanly possible. This is called truing, and it’s normally
done on a truing stand. These pins help determine where the rim is
bowing out. At the apex of the bow, you locate the closest
spoke pulling from the opposite side of the hub, and tighten it a quarter turn. You continue to repeat this process until
the wheel is dead straight. This particular wheel will never be dead straight,
but I can make it dramatically better than it was. I’m using this scissor to locate the bows,
and then a spoke wrench to make the adjustments. After about 20 minutes of futzing with this
wheel, it’s spinning freely and holding its shape. It might even make it back to the car. Now to make this bike safe, relatively speaking,
to ride downhill on. I could have supplied myself a little better
in the brake department, but even a full cable and housing set would be too costly for this
endeavor. I’m using a smaller gauge gear cable in
the original front brake housing to cut down on friction, and it seems to be working. The rear brake is pretty much seized, but
we can get it kind of working. I’m also installing this very simple chain
guide to prevent the drivetrain from getting jammed up on the way back. Many of you know all too well the kind of
destruction that can cause. As for the tires, they dry rotted but miraculously
holding air. So, we’ll get them back up to a reasonable
pressure and call it a day. Now, we’re ready to take the plunge. This isn’t going to be like the other videos
where I rip down the mountain irresponsibly fast on a death trap. The tires on this bike are dry rotted and,
let’s face it, the front wheel has been brought back from the dead. I already booked a trip to Whistler this summer
and intend on surviving long enough to enjoy it. I have more self control than to try anything
stupid on this thing. If you’ve ever descended on one of these
bikes, you know that it’s even more exhausting than climbing, but I still maintain that it’s
always a great day when you’re on a bike—even this bike. I have no room for this bike at my house,
and to make it safe again would require two new tires, a new rim, a set of cables, and
brake pads. That vastly exceeds the cost of this bike,
so we’re going to do a little experiment. This five gallon bucket will be filled with
any and all ferrous metal glommed from this bike. In this pile, the aluminum. All else, unfortunately, will end up in the
landfill. But these metals will go towards building
a better tomorrow, and getting me reimbursed for my time and labor. That’s right, I could make a pretty penny
off of all this scrap metal. Ball bearings, spokes, bolts, they’re nothing
but dollar signs to me right now, and considering the morning I had with this thing it’s only
fair that I profit as much as possible. After all, for others to do their part in
cleaning trash from the forest, there needs to a proper incentive in place, and today
we’re going to find out just how much that is. When the dude didn’t even bother to take
the metal out of the bucket, I knew I was in for a meager payout. The very fact that I forgot my bucket at the
scrap yard means I’m out almost three dollars right there, not including fuel. So what consolation prize can I purchase with
this $3.06? I did have to come out of pocket 15 cents
for this taco, but it came with chips and free run of the salsa bar. So what did we learn today? Maybe a bit about truing wheels, and perhaps
a better understanding of what one should bring when embarking on a bike retrieval. But I think most of all, we learned that you
shouldn’t ride into the forest with anything you’re unwilling to bring back out with
you. This video isn’t meant as commentary on
department store bikes. This is idiot’s fault. His taco’d bike has officially been converted
into an actual taco which I am enjoying very much. With that, thanks for riding with me today
and I’ll see you next time.

Bernard Jenkins

100 Comments

  1. Well Seth, that was an interesting experiment. But way better If you slapped some old parts on it and gave it away. And the Taco? I don't call poisoning yourself a reward.

  2. Typical horror movie theme. Starts with a beautiful hike in the woods ends up in massive carnage. I had to look away. Not sure I will sleep tonight. The bike and I never saw it coming.

  3. The shitty thing about department stores is that they resurrect or acquire name brands that had a good reputation at one point in time and then trash them. I had a Schwinn that I took camping nearly every weekend, weather permitting. I’m talking between 20 & 30 miles fully racked and loaded. I wouldn’t do that with today’s Schwinn.

  4. Where is everyone here learning how to fix bikes like this? I'm interested in learning more myself and I am pretty much a newbie…

  5. An idiot leaves his bike in the side of the road.
    Another idiot takes it apart and instead of fixing it, he sells it for $3.

  6. Wonder if there's a tool that clips to your fork so you can true your wheel while its in your bike. Like a little adjustable plastic tab that clips onto the fork.

  7. This man just found a bike in a trail. He picked it up, he sold it for 3.06 dollars and he bought tacos with it. STONKS 📈

  8. HOLY SHIT THAT WAS MY BIKE BTW I BROKE MY ANKLE I COULDNT HIKE IT BACK SO NO IM NOT AN IDOT

  9. Instead of selling it you can restore it and surprise and find the owner and give it again

  10. That was an excellent boys own tale. …Just great thank you for making that video really enjoyed that. … haha !!!

  11. I would like to find a bike like that even knowing its lack of quality. Anything to get riding again. You never find abandon bikes anymore. All the scrappers haul them all to the junk yards.

  12. You could of donated to a nonprofit bike collective, if you had one in your area. They would of given you a $25-$35 receipt, for a tax writeoff. I know Sacramento Bicycle kitchen in Sacramento, California would of.

  13. wow i cant believe you find my bike with a bomb in it which will explode on 1 january 2020

  14. Hi i have at trash frame iwant
    to sell but can i but sand and close it to get more weight

  15. 6:57 how would you like it if someone would throw you with a mtb not very nice so don't do that to your car either

  16. Legend has it:
    After the bike was repaired it hunted
    Down the person who threw it and
    Threw him off the mountain….

  17. I don't really care about bikes, but I clicked on this link because I appreciate seeing someone cleaning up outdoor spaces. Keep up the good work =)

  18. If i were the owner of the bike i would let seth fix it then i will claim it so i dont spend so much money at it coz seth already did it for me

  19. We used to use wd 40 to make our worms float while fishing. The wd stands for water diluted

  20. I did not expect you to just yeet it in the back of the truck. Made me spit my drink out.

  21. Most of the comment section is people lying its their bike, and getting r/whooshd and random people who want to file a police report. And being rude

  22. Probably a mongoose bike some
    Poor fellow bought for his kid at target on Saturday for his 12th birthday..

  23. OMG it was a mongoose!! That’s funny I totally wrote that before dude pulled it out

  24. That dude loss track and had a masive wond . His friend called 911 and cant find the bike

  25. The Guy has probably saw this video but felt ashamed and kept scrolling down lol 😂😂 😂

  26. nice video. but a total waste of time in bike retrieval. you could've used the time to volunteer anywhere. it would have helped more people. lol.

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