Reader Nick sent along a hack that took me way back to third or fourth grade when I got my first pocket knife. I remember how excited I was, and how quickly my excitement disappeared. The first thing I did when I got my knife was to start whittling a piece of wood. I have no memory of what I was trying to whittle, but I am right-handed and gripping the knife tightly caused my right-hand to tire after a few minutes.
I switched to my left hand thinking nothing of it and on the first attempt to whittle the wood, the knife skipped off the wood and I whittled my right index finger. I still have a nice scar that extends horizontally across the width of my right index finger. I probably should have gotten stitches but did not and I remember the cut taking forever to heal. The pocket knife I had so desperately desired found its way into a shoebox and I am not sure I ever used it again.
So what does this all have to do with bikes? Well Nick, who blogs at Bicycle Obsession!, repaired a broken helmet mirror by whittling himself a replacement part. Here is a diagram and be sure to check out his site for the full write up. Whittle safely!