A reader who wishes to remain nameless sent along the following:
I attached a used Xtracycle to an old 80's Cyclepro mountain
bike. Instead of the using Xtracycle's rack and bag attachment (cost
too much), I opted for something different and cheap (cheap is always
I used reject bamboo pieces from a local supplier. T- joints are reinforced with metal hardware and screws. A little duct tape, wire, and twine holds the rest together. I've carried an adult and a couple of kids with no problems. Notice the foot rests. Adding bags or baskets would be easy.
I get it, but isn't the bamboo on the frame a bit of overkill? Oh well, look who's talking. My bike is zip tie and hobo overkill.
Now this person just needs some bamboo panniers to make the circle complete.
Reader Simon contacted us with a helmet-light hack. I am all for visibility on the roads and his solution looks interesting. Back in the day I did use some Velcro to secure a SL-LC100 Cateye light to my helmet, but I got tired of replacing the watch-like battery. All of my lights now use AA or AAA batteries and I buy rechargeable batteries which for me is much better than buying disposables. Anyway . . . Simon states:
I solved a safety issue by mounting my bicycle lights on top of my helmet. My pair of Planet Bike Spock bicycle lights do an okay job of providing flashing safety light, but they’re definitely on the lower side of the brightness spectrum (and the white light is absolutely not a headlight, only a safety light).
It turns out that Lucas, who won the Bike BrightZ - BikeHacks Contest, is adept at more than just Photoshop. He sent along a link to an Instructable he posted on turning bicycle inner tubes into shoe laces.
Being one of those who bikes as much as possible, i have plenty of inner tubes laying around my garage. I have also always been a fan of not having to tie my shoes. I eventually put 2 and 2 together and decided to go with INNER TUBE LACES!
Follow the jump for the full instructable.
About a month ago we ran a post on a recycled inner tube dog leash that was given to us by Rob over at Twoknobbytires. The leash is handmade in Portland OR, by a Portland based company called Cycledog. I have had quite a few leashes (and dogs) throughout the course of my life thus far, and this leash is the best one I have had, paws down. I say its the best for a few reasons...
I live in Portland, and Oregon is famous for rain (among other things)...in fact it rains here a lot. My current dog is a 2 1/2yr old copper Siberian Husky named Diego..and when walking Diego in the rain, I have often had to deal with a soaking wet (and dirty) nylon leashes post-walk. Because this leash is mostly rubber that can't soak up water or mud...wet leashes post-walk are not a problem anymore. Also if it gets dirty or if Diego pees on it unexpectedly, a quick rinse will easily remedy that. Another problem that my wife has had more than I have is the nylon leash rubbing raw spots on her hands...I guess her hands are more sensitive than my man-hands? Because of the soft rubber this leash is made of, chaffed hands aren't a problem any longer. I too have noticed that this leash is far more comfortable to use than the nylon leashes I'm used too. Husky's are bred for pulling, and Diego is no exception. An added benefit to having a rubber leash is that it offers a small amount of 'give' when Diego is pulling his hardest. The inner tube acts as a small shock-absorber too when he unexpectedly bolts after a kitty hiding in the bushes (for example). Another benefit to using this leash is safety...you'll notice in the picture below that the entire length of the leash is covered with a 3M reflective strip that illuminates very brightly when hit with light.
There aren't really many street lights where I live, and I feel much safer now walking Diego at night because I know I'm more visible. Diego has also been known to chew on nylon leashes that I have accidentally left laying around. I have intentionally left this inner tube leash laying around on many occasions now, and he has no interest in chewing it. I can't say the same would be said for any dog, but for some reason he doesn't seem to be interested in chewing on this one. Overall, Diego gives this leash by Cycledog four paws up! These leashes are also a great value, selling for only $26.98. Pick up your inner tube leash from Twoknobbytires...they also have inner tube collars for your doggy. For more information on Cycledog, click here...also check out their blog. Huge thanks to Rob over at Twoknobbytires for sending us the leash, and Diego says WOOF!!
There are many ways to lock your bike up, but like tight jeans or a crop shirt, just because you can do something (or wear something), does not mean you should.
Reader John from Northern Idaho sent the following text and pictures:
I spotted this interesting lock job at a bike rack outside the main entrance of a Safeway grocery store in northern Idaho. This person locks their bike to one bar of the rack with a keyed padlock around one spoke. I have included a photo of the bike and rack and a photo of a close-up showing the lock around the one spoke.
Of course if you live in a small enough town, maybe this is good enough.
And it's a quick release to boot.
It took a long weekend of beers, Olympic coverage, roast duck, and coast-to-coast voting to determine the winner of the Bike BrightZ - BikeHacks collaboration contest. The winner is Lucas from Manchester, MO. The symbolism of sending out a call to all bike hackers stood out amongst the pack.
Thank you to all who entered and to the folks at Bike BrightZ for generously providing BikeHacks with a prize to give away. We plan on having more contests in the near future so stay tuned.
All photo credits go to the Bikehacks crew
I have recently returned from a trip up to Vancouver BC and Whistler. As some of you may know, I am a clothing designer by day and Bikehacks blogger by night...no, Bikehacks isn't my full time job although I wish it was! I guess you could say that I was partially responsible for Alex Bilodeau's gold medal in Mens Moguls, as I had the prestigious honor of designing the uniforms worn by the Canadian Moguls skiers for the games.
While at the games I had my camera at my side...always at the ready to snap a photo of Canadian bike culture so I could bring pics back for our reader's viewing pleasure. So, without further ado...lets get to the goods.
Went for a walk near English Bay before breakfast
There are plenty of mountain trails close to Vancouver BC
Here's part of the bike arsenal in one of the ski/bike shops in Whistler village...in the summer time Whistler has some great mountain biking trails
Smooth whip...bad lock job
Spotted this home-hacked swivel bike outside of Sushi Village, and even though it was freezing outside I had to take off the hacks t-shirt I was wearing to snap this photo...the people inside Sushi Village thought I was crazy
Columbia spotted in the wild
Great trip, great experiences...unbelievable to be there in person when Alex won the gold
Each coaster is made by placing a cog or two on the wood and then burning it with a torch. They are then finished all around with a coat of water-based polyurethane, and finished off with felt bumpers on the bottoms to protect delicate surfaces. For more info on Julien and his products check out his Rebicyclist blog...
Due to an error of my own, I neglected to post an entry to our Bike BrightZ contest that arrived well in advance of the deadline. My apologies to Keith who submitted this adventurous entry.