For a long time I rode with a back pack and/or a pannier and I was getting tired of dealing with a sweaty back and/or packing constaints. I made a trip to Home Depot and cruised the basket isle to see if I could find something assist me with my packing needs.
I found a basket that fit rear rack perfectly, but the basket had a larger cousin that appealed to me more. I ended up going with the larger basket and it has worked out great. I can make the basket "smaller" by just packing heavy stuff near the front, or I can distribute lighter stuff, like the suitbag I take to work with my work attire.
I attached it with some pipe clamps and now I just need to wait for election season to end so I can scour the local trash for coroplast election signs to line the basket with.
What would you do with a little time on your hands? Reader Berto clued us into this cool pedulum clock, made from a bike and miscellaneous bike parts.
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At the Kerkrade Maker Faire I met Toon Boumans. He made a pendulum clock
bike from cycling gear. I have never seen such a piece of craftmanship
before. He lives in a small village with a special collection of 48
bikes, collected over more than 50 years.
Reader Klaus, who blogs over at santa66.net, does not have use of his legs, but that has not kept him from cycling - handcycling. He came up with a great hack to turn his wheelchair into a handcycle. He writes:
I'm a paraplegic in a wheelchair and I had an idea and realized it! A DIY Handcycle for the economically less fortuned wheelchair users in the world.
As a wheelchair user I know the advantage of handcycles very well and thus the plus points of my project: Low (almost no) costs, simple technology, poor roads passable, faster than a wheelchair, open source, increased living range.
The following appears on his site, in English, Spanish, and German:
Due to my paralysis, I use a wheelchair and enjoy handcycling. I would like to help other handicapped people to get the same feeling (Within their possibilities). Therefore, I put my DIY handcycle idea as “open source without commercial use of the general public” (more at the end of the text). I am thinking particularly of those more challanged wheelchair users, who can not afford a handcycle. As I use a commercial handcycle myself, my aim is not to compete with the handcycle manufacturers or their cycles.
Klaus, you rock.
Statistics surrounding the production, usage, and disposal of plastic bottles are alarming. In 2009 it was estimated that 1,500 plastic water bottles were consumed every second in the U.S. All those plastic bottles provide raw materials for creative minds, and reader Nikos, who blogs over at Bicycleobsession, sent along the following . . .
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I'm sending a beautiful hack I've done with two plastic bottles I
found on the side of the road and a hanger. It's a virtually
indestractible fender, light as feather and free as air.
The most sophisticated, durable, efficient, simple, discreet, reliable, unique, soundless (not more clanking), light, eco-friendly, good looking bicycle fenders in the world. And they are free.
Reader Toby didn't want to spend his hard earned cash on an expensive flight deck upgrade, so he came up with his own elegant and funtional solution. Take it away Toby . . .
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Not wishing to spend money on upgrading the flight deck on an old Claud Butler touring bike that I fully restored, I looked for a way to change gears from the hoods and also from the drops like a standard roadbike flight deck while keeping things looking as tidy as possible.
I had and old tatty Dawes mountain bike fitted with old Shimano GS200 seven speed so had a go at fitting them to the bike.
The hardest part was getting the angle right on the bracket holding the shifters so that they were at the best angle to reach from all the required positions and have just enough room to fit my fingers, which are somewhat on the large side anyway, around the hoods.
Taking it on a few rides now I find that it works really well. I could do with a faster top gear than the 14 tooth fitted freewheel gives but it rides beautifully.
Most hacks on this site are pretty basic in nature, thanks to reader Galen we have something gearheads should enjoy.
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I've always loved Campy groups but most of my fleet is built with Shimano and SRAM. And who wants to purchase a dedicated set of wheels to run with the Campy groups? So I came up with a little hack to make my strictly Shimano-compatible freehubs & cassettes play nice with the Campy bikes: the Bici Mod spacer kit. You just add the spacers to your existing Shimano cassette and voila.
It's a lot less cost and hassle than swapping freehubs and buying Campy cassettes, and is both cleaner and cheaper than in-line adapters.
I've use this to run Dura-Ace cassettes on a Record race bike, Shimano 12-30 cassettes on Specialized 29er wheels on my Veloce-equipped 'cross bike, and a whole bunch of other combinations. Run the wheels you want with the group you want on the bike you want. Done.
Reader Sam built a cool RecycleCycle and had difficulty with chain tension. His solution? Hacking a front derailleur with a genius result.
His RecycleCycle is a thing of beauty and the full flickr set will likely cause envy. My favorite in the set is this one =)
Reader Gabriel from Brazil had a jumpy chain and wanted to keep it in place. He submitted the following text and pictures. Not sure about this one as far as functionality, reader comments are welcome.
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I'm from Brazil and my bike chain was jumping off. Well...some pvc pipe, wire and tape and . . . It doesn't anymore.