The majority of the hacks we feature on the site focus on hacking a bike in some way to increase utility, safety, functionality, etc. but occasionally we feature hacks where bike parts are used for another purpose. Reader Josh found a creative use for a grip shifter and sent along the following text and pictures. A full write up can be found via cyclekarting.com.
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A friend and I built a winch with a wide power band that we use for sledding and winch boarding. I didn't know what to use for throttle control since sledding requires more power and less throttle and water sports require more speed and more throttle.
After some attempts with a lever style control, I finally thought to put a mountain bike grip shift on. The five speeds work beautifully and as much as I hate to chop up a good bike, it really was the ideal solution that holds the throttle steady at any speed so I can step away.