Reader Lawrence who blogs over at The Bicycle Safari sent in the following text and picture.
If you ride a fenderless fixie and are suffering from the road spray this winter, why not take a page out of the book of this rider, who's improvised a rear guard out of a water bottle jammed into their seat stays. At least I presume that's what it's for?
I am not sure how much good just jamming a bottle in there like that will do, however I have had my own share of success with hacking water bottles to keep spray off in the past. Even if you are able to keep water off of your back with a fender that sits above the tire, a lot of spray can still hit your legs when the water splashes off of your seat tube.
One way to combat seat tube spray is to cut a water bottle in half and strap it on with some zip ties like I did here.
The effectiveness of this simple hack is shown by the fact that the water bottle is covered in grime - grime that would have likely splashed off of my seat tube and ended up on my legs.
Another bit of creativity I came up with in the past involved a reflector bracket, water bottle, and a clothing hanger. For this one I drilled a hole in the water bottle cap and bolted it through the rear reflector braket, cut the bottle in half, zip tied the two halves together to make it longer, and then gave it rigidity by giving it a metal hanger spine connected with duct tape and zip ties.
Have you hacked a water bottle or liquid container for bike purposes? Feel free to comment or email us.