Probably the most clumsy step in packing your bike is finding a spot for the handlebar. The rear brake hose, dropper and derailleur cables limit range of motion, while the front brake hose and caliper just sort of flop around freely until you find an appropriate anchoring location. But this annoyance is easily fixed by removing the brake entirely. Most levers have a hinged or removable clamp, so a bolt or two and you’re off.

And to keep the caliper neat and tidy, you can use a couple presta valve nuts to help hold on to the bolts, washers and adaptor. Wrap that whole assembly up and you can finish protecting and packing your bike and sneak in your generously padded disembodied brake wherever works best.


Bike Hacks: Test Ride Touch Points

Bike Hacks: Fine Lines

Bike Hacks: Frayed Cable Fix

Bike Hacks: Twisted Link Fix

Bike Hacks: Tight Link Fix

Bike Hacks: Press-Fit Protocol

Bike Hacks: Spacer Upgrades

Bike Hacks: Safety First 

Bike Hacks: Salvaged Spares

Bike Hacks: Sticky Nipples

Bike Hacks: Allen Key Tricks

Bike Hacks: Poison Oak Antidote

Bike Hacks: Trailside Slushie

Bike Hacks: Grease As Glue

Bike Hacks: Custom Allen Keys

Bike Hacks: Three Things to Grease

Bike Hacks: Brighter Backgrounds for Brake Adjustment

Bike Hacks: Locking In Push-on Grips

Bike Hacks: Sticky Pistons

Bike Hacks : Bent Wheel Field Fix

Bike Hacks: 3 Forgotten Bolts

Bike Hacks: No Tool Tire Install

Bike Hacks: Cable Flush