I love to teach my son how to ride and repair stuffs the old fashion way. Here I will share some of our cheap DIY projects and repairs. I will also share some of my experience as a biker and as a pro mechanic. I am not a mechanic anymore but I still do repairs but mostly for my own machineries and this is why I try to keep everything easy and cheap. I also don't race anymore but I still love riding up the mountains where there is little or no help and all I can rely on is my small tool pouch and my monkey repair skills to bring me home whenever my bike or my friends bike breaks down.

If you are a tech-wiz or some kind of high-tech repair guru who likes spending too much $$$s buying stuffs and spends most of your time at a coffee shop posing your best biker battle gear clown costume and talking how great a biker you are then THIS IS NOT FOR YOU... Here we seriously ride our bikes and we try to keep everything simple, easy and cheap. Most of what I will share here are intended for riders who usually break their bikes to peices and may not be needed by other bikers.

I will also be sharing some cheap ways how I repaired my cars and computers. And for laughs, I will also add some weird / funny / odd stuffs that I or we did that worked and didn't work. Sorry about this blog's style, set-up or whatever you may call it, I'm an old school biker and its easier for me wrenching cars and bikes than typing on my keyboard...

Saturday, October 16, 2010

car jacks for lifting bikes

Unless you are a pro mechanic or a racer, I don't really think that you need to buy expensive motorcycle lifts especially if you are only doing small repairs or Sunday maintenance on your bikes. I had several hundreds of bikes but I never bought a proper bike lift. I do have a portable bike lift for off-road bikes but it can't be used on road bikes. I sometime use car jacks to lift bikes but I personally prefer hanging bikes on a chain block, makes lifting easier and safer. You can always get car jacks cheap or for free at scrap yards near you. Just work slowly and best if you have somebody to hold your bike for you while you do your repairs.
I don't have anybody to hold bikes for me so I use bike tie-downs. Bike tie-downs are very handy and can be used in many ways. Try to keep at least two bike tie-downs in your garage because you never know when you will be needing one. 


  1. I don't know anything about bike. May i asked which one is the bike tie-downs? The first picture or the second one?

  2. Zezebel,
    The bike tie-down is the green rope/strap on the 2nd photo. Tie-downs are basically used for safely securing motorcycles, jet skies, etc. on trucks and car towed trailers. It is very useful and can be used in many different ways also like securing luggage, ladders, surf boards, small fishing boat, etc. on car's roof carriers.