Reader Antoine contacted us with a simply awesome hack. All the text and pictures below are credited to Antoine.
I needed a small bike rack, but didn't want to spend any money and
didn't want something to ruin the appearance of my bike. Looking at "The
incredible Rim-Rack!" (http://www.instructables.com/
All the tools required:
- hack saw
- flathead screwdriver
- hose clamp
- old rim
- old U-lock
I had broken a key inside of one of my U-locks and with no spare keys, it was pretty useless. For some reason I kept it and for some reason I got the idea to use it as a rack. So, first thing I did was bend the U-lock ends (just by hand.... its surprisingly easy) enough to fit pretty closely around my seat post.
Connect the U-lock with a hose clamp making sure that the lock is actually putting pressure to bend the rim toward the front of the bike, and secure it.
Oh, and because I think hose clamps look pretty ugly, I just tied a bit of inner tube around it to cover it up.
Then, with some eyeball measuring, I cut a tacoed wheel that I had with a hacksaw. I then filed about a quarter circle into the end where the U-lock would connect to it. There is nothing actually securing the lock to the rim, its just fit snugly onto it.
A lot of words, but a simple project and a nice look. It's small and surprisingly strong. I've only tested it by putting 25 pounds on it, and didn't notice any stress. Pretty sure it would keep up even if I hit plenty of bumps under that weight. Probably strong enough to hold anything that can fit on it.
The only "complaint" I have for Antoine is that this hack is so freaking good looking! It almost looks like it came with the bike. I would have painted it pumpkin orange or something like that.
Have you used an old rim or U-Lock for a hack? Let us know.