One thing I miss about living in NYC is the food delivery culture. Not a day would pass where I did not see some clever hacks employed by the fleet of intrepid bike delivery riders. Reader Adam sent along the following hack employed by what appears to be a delivery food rider in Toronto. Adam's submission reminded me a bit of when I used a steak knife to adjust my disc breaks. Take it away Adam . . .
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I was locking up my bike in Toronto's Chinatown when I saw this awesome fix to a slippy front derailleur.
At first I was taken aback. Who stabs a bike with a yellow pencil? Then it struck me: that pencil is driven into the space between the front derailleur and the hinge! An erstwhile pedestrian writing instrument effectively locking it in place. The owner was nowhere to be found but it looks precisely like one of the bikes which local food delivery guys will sometimes ride into the ground.
Given it was parked outside one of these restaurants I have to wonder if some food delivery guy, frustrated with his front derailleur shifting out of position, for the last time just stabbed the offending part with the pencil behind his ear and came up with an impromptu fix.