Set Up Your Mountain Bike For Commuting And Urban Riding

Set Up Your Mountain Bike For Commuting And Urban Riding

Commuting to work on your mountain bike is a great way to get some extra riding done during the week. You might want to consider making a few changes to your MTB for urban riding though, in this video Doddy explains the small modifications he’s made to his bike for commuting.

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  1. Phat Meow on June 27, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    i consider my HT MTB as my all in one all terrain human powered vehicle 😛 50 PSI sounds about right!

  2. Andy B on June 27, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I like the idea of having just one bike

  3. Sam Prudden on June 27, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Do you notice any increased tyre wear when riding almost exclusively on hard surfaces? After commuting on my steel road bike for years , I recently bought a new dual-sus 29er with 2.4" tyres (although not a particularly soft compound) and have been commuting on it almost exclusively. But i’m concerned that i’ll wear through the centre knobs too quickly. On my old 26" hard tail years ago I used to swap to narrow slicks regularly because I used tubes, but with the new bike i’m running tubeless which means that changing tyres regularly is a pain. I guess the only other option is to get another wheelset and tyres, which isn’t cheap.

  4. Leon Hubbard on June 27, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    *Sponsored by nukeproof…

  5. Galgals Megals on June 27, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I have a 5year old bike gift from a youtuber long time ago and i use it as my daily service as i commute

  6. Ben lagman on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    What kind of watch he’s wearing??

  7. dosetti on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Ringing bell is optional in the UK? Some countries its illegal to ride without one. And reflector to the front can be a must too, according to law.

  8. flying praba theni on June 27, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    Can I long ride on hardtail

  9. Spitfire is My Captain on June 27, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    I have two actual comuting bike and then a mountain bike..but I use the mountain bike to get to work and back..making jumps here and there..😂

  10. Agustina Salinding on June 27, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Doddy, i begin to make my xc hardtail into a cross between a dirt jump and street trials. And i had turn the fork to real soft

  11. christopher lee on June 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Watching this makes me wish I was on my bike right now

  12. Saúl Goyas on June 27, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Nice t shirt

  13. cortarelva on June 27, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Or you can just buy a cheaper hardtail and be done with it?

  14. Tom Chamberlain on June 27, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    I got a factory surplus 1990s steel MTB frame & fork for £35 off ebay about 10 years ago, put big chainrings and small sprockets, slick tyres, & have the saddle as high as a road bike. No suspension! It’s the most fun urban bike possible, I can overtake roadies easily when I feel fit and then have some fun on loose dusty footpaths, hop up kerbs and take random shortcuts without ever worrying if the rims will get damaged. X3 shifting and derailleurs so shifting is quick. Deore v-brakes, which are good enough for the job. Plus the flat bars mean I’m always heads up in traffic, which is arguably the most important thing to be aware of when riding on city streets. I can’t descend stairs as quick as the vid tho ha.

    It’s way more fun than any hybrid /"urban commute" bike and cost about 1/3 of what you pay for a brand new one. I still want one of those Whyte commuter bikes tho, they look well good

  15. Joshua Canfield on June 27, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Wonder if he can see smash up shaft steps on that

  16. Jeff C on June 27, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I have enough lights on my mountain bike to flag down a UFO! Commute daily on my Excaliber 9.

  17. zeus lim on June 27, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I stopped doing 50psi a few years ago though, kept slipping in wet weather.
    Now pump it to 40 every week.
    I feel like getting street tires as well since there’s a race coming up that’s full urban.

  18. James Butler on June 27, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Good to see you mentioning being careful and observant on the stairs for other people, but come on guys it is against the law to ride bikes on the pavement and at the speeds you were doing in the video you could kill a child. not good bro.

  19. 99 ddmirror on June 27, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Get a Bell for urban riding

  20. SchmeddyBallz on June 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Nah my full sus stays clean and locked in my apartment when I’m not riding on dirt. You risk damaging components and putting excessive wear on tires, paint, bearings, rotors, and pads especially in the winter with salt and grime all over the road. I don’t have time to keep my bike clean after every commute so all of my expendable parts would get shit kicked in the winter. I dont want to have to replace my chain, cassette, chaining, pads, etc more than I already do.

    Get yourself a cheap bike and turn it into a "gravel" bike. Still let’s you rip dirt and have fun, but is far better suited to commuting and is okay to get filthy or stolen. And full fenders make so much difference when its wet. A bike like this could be had for under $300 which is as much as the maintenance cost you’d rack up each winter riding your expensive trail bike as a commuter. In addition to the maintenance you have to do during the season. No thank you.

  21. MrLegacy36 on June 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    What’s the name of those inserts sorry, I can’t quite make it out with the accent

  22. City Rider on June 27, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    Chicago is so flat and square
    No up hills and descends here.
    Cool video tho.

  23. jaakko200987654321 on June 27, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    i have a nukeproof scout 275 with 160mm fork and i ride it everywhere. i just pump up the tires to 60psi.

  24. humphrey wainaina on June 27, 2019 at 8:52 pm

    I’m here and I only have a road bike lol

  25. Galgals Megals on June 27, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Your bikes was so cool its my dream bike

  26. Geek TecH Danmark on June 27, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    ….dirty bike… its MUC OFF time…..

  27. Necromancer166 on June 27, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    Step 1: Get a bike you could never realistically afford.
    Step 2: Keep dreaming

  28. Chief_ Trukalot on June 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    At 8:08 did he say Scottish making tape 228? Couldnt quite make it out…

  29. los juguetes de Vick on June 27, 2019 at 8:58 pm


  30. a Milling on June 27, 2019 at 8:59 pm

    My SC chameleon has 3.0 wheels, so commuting on that would be a god damn nightmare.

  31. Brian C on June 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Many Mtb are better than road bikes for short Urban commutes.

  32. Niko on June 27, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    150 psi on my front fork

  33. glenn Pettersson on June 27, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Bad hair day?

  34. GreenRC24 on June 27, 2019 at 9:02 pm

    I commute on my 2018 Trek Roscoe, it’s mostly stock except for the added Bontrager rear rack and bag. I also added a headlight and taillight. I pump the tires way up and it rolls pretty nice on the streets. I lock out the front shock for road use. It’s fun to be able to take shortcuts pretty much where ever I want.

  35. CanonFirefly on June 27, 2019 at 9:06 pm

    Second set of rims fitted with maxxis hookworms.

  36. Aldo on June 27, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    No! You need a spare bike. I think a low spec rigid MTB with same wheel size and discs brakes is better as a commuter bike. So, is a spare bike too, maybe if a friend needs one to go a trail with you or your best bike have problems. Or you can swap wheels or tires (or stem, handlebar, etc) if needed. A 3×8, suntour fork, cheap aluminun, mechanical disc is enough for city.

  37. Ghost Rider on June 27, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    My question is that. Do I too have to follow the cyclist rule of always being on a road when I’m riding a MTB when theres barely any trails in my area?

    Like a situation would be that theres a bike lane. Would I have to use that bike lane on a mtb? Knobbies are tough as it is.

    I find myself riding on the side walk and would briefly go on the road again to pass by people walking on the sidewalk. And then back on the sidewalk. Is this a normal thing to do?

  38. Mr Jay White on June 27, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    my mtb to commuter conversion was… hybrid cranks 26-36-48 and a suitable bottom bracket, an oversize jocky wheel system for the chain wrap capacity in the deraleur, and a big ulock.

  39. Da Bishop on June 27, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Smashing down flights of stairs… Really good for Smashing down flights of stairs… When you are… Smashing down flights of stairs… Ideql for Smashing down flights of stairs… Which is the problem with Smashing down flights of stairs…

  40. Maciel Mac on June 27, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I converted a steel 26" to singlespeed, mounted a pair of schwalbe kojak slick 2.0 tires and it’s great.

  41. t00 sp00ky on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Only thing I do for city is pump tyres up to 35 or even 30 if I can’t be arsed pumping so much haha

  42. Optimistic lifestyle on June 27, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    What brand of tools are you rockin on that wall behind you?

  43. Sonny Abraham on June 27, 2019 at 9:18 pm

    I use semi slick tyres with side knob and harshy middle part because the road isn’t good enough here in Indonesia.

  44. VideoNOLA on June 27, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Do they not sell slicks in that tire size? Cuz my 32mm Conti Gatorskins are perfect for urban riding so far!

  45. Denis on June 27, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    It’s funny how most people just getting into cycling for urban riding tend to look for a bike with as much suspension as possible for comfort reasons where as an experienced rider tries to get rid of it because it only slows him down. That’s an interesting misconception about suspension because in cars it’s purpose really is comfort but in mountain biking it is stability and traction – the complete opposite in cars where if you want to go fast you want a stiff car. Correct me if I’m wrong though, that’s my understanding so far.

  46. Creative dogs on June 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    You forgot to say carry a powerful handgun. Im American so i carry a handgun and a dagger in my back pussy.

  47. Mr 1982 24 February on June 27, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Would a hard tail be better suited for urban riding?

  48. Lasse Johansen on June 27, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Can’t seem to find this video, you say you have just done for gmbn, can you put a link please. Great vid btw.

  49. Dom on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I want to get a 2019 giant trance 2 for urban and trail riding.

  50. Eddie Dantes on June 27, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you subtitles. You should ask your local bike shop for a "Nukeprook ARD system" rim insert.