Author: Jamie Edwards

Ben Cathro Launches New Series Home to Roost

Home to Roost is back!

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!

Welcome to Juice Lubes Brendan Fairclough

We’re stoked to welcome Brendan Fairclough to the Juice Lubes Crew.

Brendan will work with us to develop new products, test our gear to the absolute limits and prove that we can cut it at World Cups and Red Bull Rampage.

In return, we’ll help Brendan to keep his bikes running like a dream with no sticky shifts or squeaky brakes.

Thanks to Ian Lean for the photos and Dom John / Openwide Agency for the video.

3 ways to reduce your plastic use with Juice Lubes

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.

Not sure how to check? Flip the bottle over and check the number on the bottom. This guide can tell you what can and can’t be recycled.

Don’t forget that some local recycling facilities are better than others, so check what your local can do.

… But you can also reuse them

Sure, you can recycle our plastic bottles, but why not reuse them and turn single-use into multi-use?

Here’s how it works…

Dirt Juice Super is our concentrated bike wash. You can use it solo as a degreaser or mix it with water to turn it into bike wash. One bottle of Super turns into a whopping 10 litres of bike wash.

If you buy a Dirt Juice Double pack you get a bottle of concentrate and a bottle of bike wash with a squirty-gun nozzle.

When the Wash is used up, you can keep mixing up fresh batches with Dirt Juice Super using the empty bottle again and again and again.

No need to bin those bottles, just keep mixing up bike wash!

If you take this approach for just one bottle of Dirt Juice Super, you’ll extend the life of your plastic bottle by 10 times!

Ask your bike shop about a refill scheme

Some of our dealers offer a refill scheme, like WeRideBikes in Ulverston.

If you bring in your empty bottle of bike wash, they’ll refill it for you for less than the cost of buying a new one.

You’ll be able to reuse your plastic bottles and nozzles and you won’t need to buy fresh plastic bottles each time.

We’ll be offering this as a proper product in our range soon, with an in-store refill for customers to use. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know when that’s available.

We’d love to hear how you’re cutting down on your plastic use.

Let us know on Instagram with #JuiceLubes or by mentioning us with @juicelubes

What do all those greases and pastes do?

 

you know your greases from your pastes?

We’ve got Juice Lubes expert grease monkey chaz to break it down for you.

Juice Lubes make a few products that look pretty similar but are actually totally different.

Gravy looks like hot chocolate… but you wouldn’t pour a cup of hot choccie on your Yorkshires now would you? Same way you wouldn’t put your AAS Juice on your bearings!

Here’s the basics:

AAS Juice

For bits that need to be removed easily but don’t need to move.

A top quality, aluminium assembly paste that fights off cold welding, corrosion and seizing, stops annoying squeaks and squeals and does away with those swearing at your pedal spanner moments.

Works great on bottom brackets, pedals, headsets and anywhere with metal to metal contact.

Bearing Juice

For bits that need to move.

A tough, waterproof, jet wash resistant grease that keeps your bearings spinning beautifully. Designed specifically for bicycle use.

Works great on the bearings in your headsets, bottom brackets, hubs and linkage.

Carbon Juice

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.

How to lube your mountain bike or road bike chain

Lubing your chain is easy to do… and easy to mess up.

Here’s our guide to getting those sharper shifts nailed.

Keeping your mountain bike or road bike chain well lubed is dead important.

It’ll make your gears shift crisply, it’ll make your chain and gears last longer and it’ll save you money on fixing your bike and buying new bits.

There’s no set rule on how often you should lube your bike chain. Take a look at your chain and listen to it.

Does it look dry or sound squeaky? If so, yep, it needs a lube.

Does it look dirty? If so, it’ll need a proper clean and a re-lube.

To lube your chain you need a few bits of gear from Juice Lubes:

You’ll need the right chain lube for you:

You can view our full range of chain lubes here.

You’ll need some bits to give your chain a clean:

 

 

 

How to tubeless your mountain bike wheels

Are you looking to tubeless your mountain bike wheels?

Tubeless means you can run them, obviously, without inner tubes.

You’re less likely to get pinch-punctures, you can run lower tyre pressures and you can use tyre sealant which will plug any holes as you ride. It’s brilliant.

To tubeless your wheels you need a few bits of gear from Juice Lubes:

And a few bits of gear from your local bike shop or online:

  • An airshot
  • A track pump
  • Tubeless valves
  • Tubeless rim tape
  • Tubeless tyres and rims

Kye Forte’s Growing Up video

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!

Laps in the ☀?#forteboys #kidsthatride #mothersagainstdeathsports ?

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Introducing brand new Dirt Juice Boss

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.

You can buy Chain Juice Boss or find your local Juice Lubes dealer here.

Introducing the new Dirt Juice Super

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 WC

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!

You can buy the new Dirt Juice Super here

Or the Dirt Juice Double Pack here.

5 minutes with Veronique Sandler

Veronique Sandler is the latest addition to the Juice Lubes family.

Vero is rad – she loves big jumps, she loves racing, she loves crafting video edits and she absolutely rips on a mountain bike.

We’re stoked to see her keeping her bikes running smooth with Juice Lubes this year. Cheers Vero!


Tell us a bit about yourself – who is Vero?

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.

What were your highlights from 2017?

I had some pretty sick times with Wideopen.

Qualifying 10th at fort William World Cup and winning the last national of the year were awesome. But I’m also super stoked with some videos that we made and some new tricks I learnt too!

And what are you most looking forward to in 2018?

I have a couple of really exciting video projects in the pipeline which are literally my dream! And I’m super hyped to explore a few new places to ride in Europe that I’ve never been to before.

Tell us a bit about bike fixing? Do you fix your own bike? What are you favourite and least favourite jobs?

Hmm… I try to do as much as I can myself, but I don’t always have the tools (or knowledge) to get the job done. I pride myself in changing tires haha!

But what I’m really bad at, and what I’d really love to learn more about is suspension set up. Anyone giving lessons, please holla at me!

Thanks to @locteit for the cover photo.