Pictures are typically worth a thousand words, but it the case of this entry I am going to have to ask readers to use the power of mental imagery. I almost always have a camera on me, but at times there are hacks I cannot catch in pictures because by the time I spot them, they are traveling away from me at speeds that do not allow me to get out my camera to snap a picture.
A recent occurrence of a cool hack I spotted but could not take a picture of occurred while I was pedestrian shopping. Any attempt on my part to create a viewable image of this hack with my own hand and pencil/paper would likely set the concept of recognizable art back several hundred years. So I ask that you use the power of you own vivid imagination.
I was stopped at a crosswalk and saw a bike approaching with a rider and a passenger. This was immediately interesting to me because it was a “regular” bike meant only to accommodate the rider. As the two approached me I saw a pretty ingenious hack that allowed a passenger to accompany the driver.
The hack was comprised of three main components:
- A 2 x 4 piece of wood about two feet long
- Two metal stabilization rods
- An extra seat
The piece of 2 x 4 had a hole drilled into one end of it so it could fit through the main seat post. This allowed the hacker to remove the seat post, place the seatpost through the hole in 2 x 4, and then reinsert the seat post so that the 2 x 4 extended backward to a length approximately equal to the end of the rear tire. I assume the 2 x 4 was latched to the seat post to provide additional stability but with the bike in motion with two riders I could not see clearly.
To provide support to the 2 x 4, two metal stabilization rods attached to each side of the 2 x 4 and extended down to the normal braze ons mean to secure rear racks/fenders. The rods were pretty burly, meant to accommodate the weight of a human like in the range of 150 pounds by my amateur estimate.
Last, a normal bike seat was attached to the top of the 2 x 4 for the passenger to sit on.
There did not appear to be any foot pegs as the passenger’s feet were dangling freely and her hands were secured to the waist of the male rider.
I thought this hack was pretty awesome because I have always tried to envision a way to transport my wife around. My problem is that I would like the hack to involve both passenger and pannier carrying capability. I am sure in the case of this hack, this combo might be possible.
If you have seen and taken a photo of, or better yet, created such a hack, feel free to send it along to us for the benefit of all.