Second, he came up with a great double headlight system using PVC pipe because he was running out of room on his handlebars. Pretty dope setup for sure! Turns out Jack does know jack. Check out both hacks via the bikecommuters.com site.
1) PVC Cap
2) PVC Female Adapter
3) PVC Plug
4) PVC Pipe (Cut 3.75 inches shorter than desired length of container from Cap to Plug)
5) U-Bolts, steel or zinc (ex: 1 inch bolts are for 1 inch diameter wide bike frames/handlebars,)
6) Carriage Bolt, steel or zinc
7) Nylon Locking Nut, steel or zinc - Count of 6
Attaching stuff to your bike can be tricky. Yes, certain parts come with an express purpose in mind, but they do not always function the way you want them to. Reader CamoDeafie, who also submitted a post on Military Bags as an affordable bike bag option, did not like the parts his rack came with so he came up with his own solution.
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I recently got a Sunlite Alloy rack for one of my bicycles, which does not have rack eyelets on the seat stays, after trying to get the OEM clamps to stay, since the seat stays tapered upwards, the OEM stuff kept wriggling and loosened by going further down the seat stays, so I decided to go get a couple P clamps, and mounted them to the original mount holes on the rack itself, it is now very secure and a rather clean looking rack :)
This is the Sunlite clamp system; a V bar and a straight bar, the straight bar is supposed to be on the outside of the seat stays, while the V bar is supposed to be inside, between seat stays and seat tube; due to the V shape, it would not stay in place on a seat stay system that tapers towards the seat; thus after riding it a while, or putting any load on the rack, the clamp would wriggle and fall down towards the crossbar;
I replaced the OEM clamp system that kept falling down on the tapered seat stays with two P Clamps; here is the relatively clean installation; I say relatively, because compared to the OEM style of mount, it is better, but it is not as clean as a braze-on system (which would really be awesome to see..)
a view from the seat tube area;
overall view of the rack area from above;
Carrying stuff on your back while riding can be a pain and some people will go to great lengths to avoid sweaty back syndrome. I have seen creative uses for buckets before, but this might take the cake. Reader Mike, who also submitted a DIY Bike Flasher, transformed a 5-gallon bucket into a cool trunk.
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I hate to wear anything on my back while riding, but I like to bring a backpack to work to carry my Doritos and whatnot. I'd been sticking the backpack to my rack using a four-legged spider of bungee cords, which added a few minutes of fiddling to my day that I wanted to subtract.
I'm using a horizontal 5-gallon bucket with a hinged plywood lid. The little curved white bits between the bucket and the plywood base are plastic cutting board material, but plywood would work just as well (maybe better). This design has good balance (maybe better than a pannier on one side might be? I've never used one of those so I'm ignorant there) and is water-resistant (though I haven't ridden in the rain yet). But the main advantage I wanted was a super-fast load/unload, and I definitely got that!
5-gallon bucket (don't buy one - find one, they're all over the place!)
plywood (base is about 12"x8", lid is a 12" circle)
hinge (one is okay, two would be better)
jigsaw, driver/drill, wrench.
A few notes on construction: The plywood parts are all stuck together with wood screws, and the bucket is screwed to the curved plywood pieces using wood screws with washers. J-bolts hold the base to the bike rack. A pin holds the latch shut. The thickness of the plywood shouldn't make too much difference, but I used 3/4" for the base parts and the stationary part of the lid, and 1/2" for the part of the lid that swings. Cost: the price of the bucket is probably the biggest variable, but can often be $0 if you're willing to do a little poking around - I know it's hard to believe but folks throw these away! The hardware should be under $6. Time: about an hour.
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It's cold outside where I live. Not traditional Boston cold from what I hear, I have only lived here for about a year now, more Climate Change kind of cold. I hear that temperatures around freezing here are pretty mild when compared to years gone by. It is winter however and reader Matthew submitted a chilly hack. Enjoy.
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I have had a bike rack in the shed for a while so all I needed was a basket to go with it. The inspiration for making a basket came from similar storage hacks on your site.
The basket was constructed using two old fridge freezer drawers and connecting them together. I only had to remove one wire section from the deeper drawer using a hacksaw and using a bit of force they were joined together to create a basket.
An old seat post clamp was used to clamp the basket to the bike rack. Additionally a couple of nuts of bolts and a few cable ties were used to complete the fixings. The finishing touches were rear reflectors and lights on the rear of the basket.
Keeping your whip secure is important, but carrying a lock can sometimes be a challenge. I came up with my own hack for carrying a heavy chain lock, and reader Nikos came up with a hack for carrying a U-lock, some of which suffer from flimsy mounts. Nikos blogs over at Bicycle Obsession! Text and picture credit to Nikos.
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I've heard a lot about this problem with the U-lock. Their mounts are verycheap plastic and they end up useless after some rides. So I came up with this solution for my girlfriend's bike (which has a very small triangle and the mount doesn't fit). It works brilliantly and its very easy to mount and dismount on your bike. It's actually just two bunjee cords holding the Lock from touching the rack and few pieces of inner tube to keep the hooks in place. You don't have to take the cords out everytime you dismount the lock, just hook them on the rack.
Reader Martha sent in this great hack that she spotted . . . perfect for the winter recreation season.
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On a vacation to Colorado, I noticed a sweet bike hack outside a liquor store.
Someone had transformed their bike into a ski equipment hauler - they had a milk crate on their rear rack to hold ski boots, and a bungee cord to strap the poles to the side of the crate.
When I came out of the store to take pics of the bike, I had the chance to talk to its owner. He showed me how he straps his skis, perfectly balanced, onto his backpack, giving him the ability to carry everything he needs to the slopes.
He said that he uses the crate to haul beer after a day of skiing. He also said that after carrying all of his gear to the slopes, the actual skiing part always feels like a breeze, and he does it all winter long. It's certainly the most unusual bike hack I've ever seen, and yet entirely practical.