Unfortunately some versions can be lacking in their quality and durability. In this instructable i will be showing you 4 ways of making them more comfortable and durable.
None of these ideas are mine and have been documented on several other web sites, but i have decided to collate a few on here. If you do not agree with your idea being shown here please contact me and i will remove it.
As far as i can tell the first people to document these ideas are:
Tyre socks: Bill C of http://www.powerbockresources.com (A great site with all these tips and more).
Inner tube spring cover: Ray from New York City.
Webbing knee wrapping: Matt J., Centereach, NY USA.
This is my first 'ible so please give constructive criticism and point out any mistakes. Please post your own ideas too.
DISCLAIMER: I am not responsible for you damaging your powerisers or yourself whilst modifying them. This is only accuate for my pro-jump brand Bocks. Yours may be different.
Step 1: Tools and supplies.
Size 10 spanner.
Size 13 spanner.
Adjustable spanner or another set of spanners.
Allen key set.
Awl or other pointy object.
A Phillips screwdriver.
You may want to wear gloves. The spring is a fibreglass composite and splinters are really annoying.
-An inner tube for a 26 inch wheel. One suitable for a mountain bike. Not a very thin road one. I got mine from ASDA for Â£1.80ish.
-A tyre. Mine is a 20' bmx tyre for road use. This is better than an off road one as it lasts longer. Try to collect old tyres when you get the chance. Free tyres are free booties.
-Tape. Mine is gaffer tape. Â£1 from ASDA, but if you can get a fabric tape like "hockey tape" use that instead/as well.
-2/4 Hose/jubilee clips. (see second picture) I got mine from Wickes, B&Qs selection was very poor. I got the largest supplied (30-40mm), but still needed to link two together so needed four in total. Cost: Â£1.19 for two.
-Webbing. I have two 11 foot strips of webbing. This allows three wraps and copious knots at the back. You may find different configurations more comfortable. Cost: quite cheap, but i used some from an old slack line so don't know the exact cost.
I have heard that the nylon lock nuts used on Bocks should only be used once as they lose their effectiveness when removed. If this is true, you may want a supply of each type of nut. I have chosen not to change them, but i give my bocks the once over before rding them and usually tighten each nut if needed.