After a couple of years away, we’re back with a new season of Home to Roost, starring a heap of our favourite mountain bike riders from the UK and abroad. First up for episode #1 is Ben Cathro, star of Cathro Vision and member of the #juicelubescrew. We managed to find a minute when Ben wasn’t Cathro Visioning a World Cup and joined him for a few laps of his local trails up in Scotland.
Thanks to Miles Mallinson for filming this one.
Look out for more Home to Roost episodes all year, episode 2 comes all the way from dusty, roosty Greece with Phil Atwill!
We’re not pretending to change the World single-handed here at Juice Lubes – we’re just doing our bit to reduce single-use plastics.
Here’s a few tips on how you can cut down on plastic with our gear.
Did you know that us humans produce 300million tonnes of plastic a year and only half of it can be recycled?
And did you know that only 10 – 13% of plastic in the world gets recycled … and the rest of it ends up floating around in the oceans or sat in landfill?
Here’s 3 tips on how you can cut down on all of those plastics when using Juice Lubes gear.
our plastics are recyclable
It’s really easy to chuck those used bike wash bottles in the bin.
Our plastic bottles, pots and tops are all recyclable in your household recycling collection. When they’re done you can put them out for the bin men in your kerbside recycling box. They’ll take them away, melt them down and create new stuff from them.
Our white bottles are type 1 plastic, which is recyclable in almost every UK waste collections.
Our clear lube bottles are type 2 plastic, which is also widely recycled in UK waste collections.
Our grease and paste pots are type 5 plastic, which is also widely recycled in UK waste collections.
The lids of our spray cans are either type 1 or 2, both of which can be recycled.
The lids of our lube bottles are type 5 plastic… you guessed it!
Also, our spray cans are Tinplate, which is safe to recycle.
For anything carbon that needs to stay put and not move.
Carbon juice provides a non-slip helping-hand for any of your carbon components. It’ll help guard against slipping and avoid the risk of you over tightening your clamps and breaking your expensive carbon bits.
Works great with seat posts, grips, handlebars, seat posts etc.
Kye Forte is a BMX legend that turned his hand to mountain bikes.
After working his way up to elite level at the British National Downhill Series, Kye took a step back to focus on a totally different challenge… yep, starting a family and becoming a dad to two young boys.
We teamed up with Wideopenmag to help tell the story of Kye’s latest chapter and one we can probably all relate to!
Dirt Juice Boss is our brand new, super powerful, tough-on-grime chain and drivetrain cleaner.
Dirt Juice Boss is a powerful and no nonsense cleaner that’ll bring your buggered bits back to brilliant in no time.
The Boss goes straight on to grimy chains, cassettes and jockey wheels and issues filth its P45. In fact, it’ll work on any bits on your bike that are properly caked with grease and grime.
Boss is designed to be a more powerful cleaner than Dirt Juice Super, our classic cleaner, and brewed for the grottiest of grime. It’s not designed to be diluted into a bike wash, it’s a thoroughbred chain and drivetrain cleaner and is our most powerful ever formula.
The ‘Boss is easy to apply. It’s best used with a chain bath like the Dirty Little Scrubber. Simply fill your chain bath with Boss, spin the chain till it’s thoroughly coated and leave it to soak for a few minutes. Rinse with water and, hey presto, your chain is sparkling and ready to re-lube.
No chain bath? No problem! You can use a paint brush, cloth, or simply fill a container with ‘Boss and leave your grubby bits to soak.
Introducing the brand new-and-improved Dirt Juice Super
Use it neat as a powerful chain cleaner and degreaser
Add water to mix it up into a kind-on-paint bike wash
One bottle creates 10L of bike wash, meaning awesome value
Re-useable bottle to cut down on those nasty plastics
Dirt Juice Super just got a brand new formula and is better than ever!
‘Super is our powerful, fast acting and awesome value degreaser. It’ll get your chain, cassette and any other shiny bits back to good-as-new. You can slosh it on with a soft brush or use our Scrubber from Another Mother chain bath to get it where it needs to be.
But… the best thing about ‘Super is that it transforms into a power, kind-on-paint bike wash.
Just add water and dilute 9:1 (9 parts water to 1 part ‘Super) and you’ll get 10L of bike wash out of one bottle.
You can buy our awesome value Dirt Juice Double pack and you’ll get one bottle of ‘Super and one bottle of Bike Wash. When the Bike Wash runs out, you can re-use the bottle and use the ‘Super to mix up more.
That means less binning and re-buying plastic bottles, less trips to the bike shop and more money for beer and chips!
I’m a Kiwi girl who now resides in the UK and I’m obsessed with riding bikes!
Where did MTB start for you?
It started when I lived back in NZ. I was about 13 years old and my brother got into MTB. I was crazy about horses at the time, but soon saw how much fun mountain biking was and got hooked not long after!
What bike are you riding at the moment? How did that come about?
At the moment I’m on a Marin Attack Trail 8, one of Marin’s bigger travel enduro bikes, it’s so good!
I was riding for Wideopenmountainbike.com last year and they hooked me up with a Marin as my trail bike. I really liked the bike so when the brand approached me for a deal this year I was stoked!
Where do you normally ride and what sort of trails do you love the most?
I normally ride all sorts of different spots around South Wales.
I love Black Mountains Cycle Centre for its smooth trails and big jumps, but I also really enjoy places like Abercarn which are super steep and technical. I like mixing it up to keep my skills fresh!
What really gets you stoked when you’re riding your MTB?
So many different things.. just being outdoors is always a big one, but the feeling of progression, whether it be learning a new trick, going faster down a trail or just feeling super sick on the bike is just so addictive!
Especially if it’s all shared with a bunch of like minded people who are all hyped on riding.
You’re unusual in that you don’t do loads of racing … what’s the story there?
I spent the last four years up until 2017 solely focusing on race results, and I don’t think I progressed much with my riding as everything I did daily was building up to trying to perform in a race run.
When I started sessioning with people at the end of 2016 (as opposed to trying to beat my times on trails) I found a new, super fun side to the sport that I instantly fell in love with.
I also really enjoy the media side of things so I thought why not combine the two? Making videos and learning new things on the bike is what I’m loving at the moment.