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The newest bike hack to come out of my workshop is a prototype fishing rod holder. My favorite greenway trail runs beside a large creek that is full of fish. I'm not really a fisherman but I figured I'd give it a try. The design I chose holds the rod vertically against the side of the rear rack.
The 1" PCVcollar worked fine for my rod's handle but I'm sure different poles use hadles of different thicknesses. A PVC female-female coupler could be used to achieve almost any size. I used wooden dowels because (A) I had them sitting around [free!] and (B) they are light weight and rigid enough for this application.
The rod holder is constructed of -
• two wooden dowels (sharpened at one end to add a danger factor)
• a small piece of 1" thinwalled PVC pipe
• a piece of scrap steel
• zip ties
• electrical tape
• "rubber band" made of old innertube
From the pictures it is pretty easy to see how everything goes together. Just set the parts in place and wrap liberally with electrical tape. To complete the install- spray with spraypaint to add that certain "bling" factor and zip tie it to the rack. I have not made it fishing using my new rig yet but a quick test ride reassured me that it should work swimmingly.
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How cool would it be to see someone riding with their catch dangling from the rear rack?