We have featured several hacks involving beverage corks used for bike related purposes and in a recent post featuring the creative use of some wine and champagne corks I tossed out the question of whether or not people had run into uses for bottle caps when it comes to bike related hacks. We received a few comments and emails which inspired me to come up with something I have not seen before.
Reader Steve alerted us to an Instructables mirror hack that involves a bike spoke and a beer cap. Some think that mirrors for riding are nerdy, and they might just well be, but I have been riding with one (Cycle Aware) for years and love it.
Reader T.S. let us know that Niner Bikes sells a headset top cap piece.
Reader Michael came up with his own stem bottle cap hack. Here is some text he wrote and a set of pictures to match -
My bike has a quill adapter post that allows me to use an unthreaded stem. I noticed last winter that water pooled in the top of the post and it started to corrode the top of the stem bolt. My easy fix was to take a beer bottlecap and glue it over the top of the post. It makes a fairly watertight seal and I haven't had any issues with it at all.
I pulled it off today to take some pics for BikeHacks and it looks just like it did before I put it on. Reapplied some Gorilla Glue and back on it goes. A local brewery in town even has plain stainless bottlecaps that match the rest of the steel and aluminum parts on my bike. I keep intending to try to remove one bottlecap in absolute pristine condition (no dents or creases) and replace the one that has been there for most of the last year. I haven't succeeded yet but I'll keep trying.
This all got me to thinking about a related but simple hack that I had not seen before - simply cutting up a beer can and using it as a bike decoration. To experiment I took a discarded envelop and used it to measure around my seat post tube. I then taped it to a Budweiser can, used a utility knife to cut the top and bottom of the can off, and then used some metal shears to cut it to size.
I would advise exercising caution when cutting as the aluminum can be sharp. To that end, once I had the can cut to size I covered all of the edges in Scotch tape and then zip tied it to my seat tube.
But long ago I took a patch of high adhesive reflective tape and put it in the badge holder. This Bud can was a good test just to see how the process worked and when I do it again in the future I will pick a beer that is less likely to be associated with NASCAR.
If have beverage container related hacks feel free to email us for posting.