Reader Bruno was looking for a way to carry miscellaneous stuff with him and he sent along a hack he came up with. His hack reminded me of a DIY Box of my own I created a few years ago. Here was mine . . .
And here is Bruno's write up and pictures . . . the only thing I question is the length of the bolts on the inside. For mine I put the bolts the other way around (facing out rather than in) and used wing nuts so I could easily take it off if I wanted to.
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So I needed a bike box to put all that stuff that I have to carry when riding. Things like tools, lights and stuff. I searched some bike stores, all the boxes I found were very expensive and some of them seemed to be fragile. Then I searched this awesome site and found some ideas. I had this Whey Protein Package just lying in my house and decided to put it to good use!
I did some modifications and now I have a big, tough and very red bike box! The project is very simple and I spent a total of 2 dollars (without the cost of the whey protein). The two holes I did on the lid are so I can use a lock, as you can see on the pictures
In the olden days, one would have an idea and would get really excited about it, and yet there would be no easy way to share it so the idea would remain just that - an idea. Then the Internet came along and gave birth to Kickstarter. I'm not so sure if Kickstarter coming along was a good thing or a bad thing. It can be good to share ideas, but I swear not a day seems to pass when I don't get an email for a bike related Kickstarter campaign. It's almost become like spam.
Every now and then I do open the Kickstarter emails and think the idea is actually an interesting one. This happened recently when I received an email from the folks behind a product called the MyTask.
Smart phones are pretty much here to stay and the idea behind this is a case that attaches to your phone which can hold useful items - like bike tools. Below is some text, pictures, and a video. If these things get funded the producer has agreed to have a contest of some sort to give away to Bike Hacks readers. Enjoy . . .
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A Complete bike-tool and patch kit seamlessly integrated into your phone case
When starting out with the myTask:BIKE project, casual biker and designer Addison wanted to create a bike tool that was convenient, strong and was unobtrusive. So along came the myTask: BIKE
Built on the same platform as the myTask: URBAN, the The myTask: BIKE concept is simple, its a bike tool for those of us that just want something simple to carry with us on our commute to work or after work ride and not have to worry about remembering the tire irons, and the bike tool, and the patch kit. The myTask: BIKE is built on a removable sliding tray and adds only 6mm to the thickness of your phone, but packs 22 bike specific tools into the swappable tray. The tools are built from 440C Hardened stainless, and despite being only 1.5mm thick, are incredibly strong and will last a lifetime.
Reader Steve sent along some hacks he put together using "cull lumber." What in the heck is cull lumber? Cull lumber is typically scrap lumber left over when a customer has a piece cut in store and does not need the part that is cut, or it is lumber that is not sellable at full price. It might be damaged or warped in some way. One man's junk is another man's bike hack. Take it away Steve . . .
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Just a few inexpensive DIY bike racks, bike stand, and retractable space saver work bench. I used cull lumber for most of the lumber. They sell it for 70% off usually at Home Depot.
Long time readers of Bike Hacks might remember our Fix It Sticks Haiku contest. Well, the next edition of Fix It Sticks has been funded and I was sent two pairs in the mail. Here is a shot of the new product with a cool little inner tube pocket (USB drive thrown in for size context).
Look, replaceable stuff!
The strange thing is, I am only one person. What do I need with two pairs? Maybe it was because last time I ran the contest but did not actually get the product myself =)
I am thinking another contest might be in order to give away the second product. Check out this video on the product while I contemplate the giveaway . . . most likely over a beer.
I am unable to capture many bike hacks I see because as I witness them, I am not camera ready. I spotted this rider coming at me and had time to get out my phone just to catch him as he went by. From what I could see, he had attached an old hand cart to his seat post and was using it as a makeshift trailer. I am not sure about the stability, especially with the size of those wheels, but he rode off into the distance just fine. Watching him ride by reminded me of a suitcase transport hack we posted about a year ago now.
It has been a long and cold winter in the greater Boston area. Baseball season is only a few weeks away and the "feels like" temperature on my ride to work this morning was 2 degrees American (-16 Celsius for the enlightened countries). Reader George from New Hampshire came up with his own hack for fighting the chill. George is up for questions so feel free to pose them in comments. I appreciate your patience in advance as due to spam I have to moderate the comments.
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My rig is based on modified wire basket w/removable wire frame all covered w/Coroplast (plastic cardboard). The Plexiglas window slides up for cruising & down for out of saddle climbing.
This setup really puts the kill on the wind chill. Modified seat post w/110 degree bend, lowers head height ~ 8 in. & moves pedals to crank forward position. Very effective at protecting hands & face from extreme cold.
For my feet I wear heavy work boots. Light & stable in crosswinds. Over past 2 months I have comfortably made numerous rides of 10 - 20 miles, w temps in low teens & single digits. It sure beats pedaling a stationary bike! Carbon fiber version is in the works. I'll be glad to answer questions.
Hisham from Germany sends us another hack deadling with wires. This is one that does not scare me too much, I think the possible shock value here is minimal.
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The stationary rear bike light of a folding bike needed wiring. So there was a need for a flexible and tear proof wire with two conductors. The Solution is a bowden cable: one on the protective metal and the other through the core. Another advantage is that you can thread along brake and gearmounts and use less zip ties. And finally you can see it as a false bowden cable instead of a flimsy and complicated wire messing up your clean bike design.