People have different philosophies when it comes to bike parking. Some have no philosophy at all really - they just lean their bike or bikes against a wall and call it good. Others want to combine order with ease and reader Mark seems to fall into this category. Mark sent along the following text and pictures:
I converted our storage shed to dedicated bike parking. Space is tight, so I made two "bike docking stations" out of ripped 2x4s. Now instead of ungracefully climbing into the shed, one can easily dock a bike - push it in or pull it out - with one hand.
Saw this bike leaning up outside a grocery store in Victoria, BC.
A front fork was bolted onto the rear dropouts, with a little scrap metal holding it away from the seatpost. The stem of the fork was jammed through a hole in the bottom of a plastic garbage can to make an oddball sort of carrier.
In the area where I live it is common to walk by piles of garbage. Urban area garbage viewing would make a great TV series if you ask me. Maybe I should propose a partnership with Morgan Spurlock for a series. I always have my eye out because sometimes one person's trash is another person's treasure. Such was the case after the recent running of the Boston Marathon. On my way home from an errand I spotted this sign atop a giant heap of garbage.
Some readers might remember that I added a basket to the back of my bike. I had always planned to line the basket but in the interim had just put a piece of cardboard on the bottom. This was a perfect solution to what I wanted to do, and it was the perfect size as well. I cut out the corners . . .
. . . and it fit perfectly in my basket.
Zip tied on each side, it has performed like a champ so far.
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
A lot of great bike hacks are motivated by the desire to transport beer. Reader Robert sent along this cool video of he and a friend adding a rear rack to a BOB trailer, making it possible to carry more beer amongst other things. Power tools, welding, and sparks make it all the more fun to watch. If you have added one storage device to another or have come up with a hack motivated by beer transport, let us know. Robert wrote -
We managed to mount a Pannier Rack to the back of a BOB trailer to hold an additional set of Panniers. This is great for long distance touring.
One reason for my recent hiatus was to visit foreign lands . . . strange lands . . . maybe even bizarro lands. There is this place I visited, and I am not sure if it was a dream or not, called Amsterdam. It was strange in many ways, but the most strange thing of all is that there were more bikes than cars. What cars there were respected the cyclists and did not go into a violent horn infused rage when they had to wait for more than few seconds or even follow behind cyclists for lengthy periods of time.
It was a place where small humans slept in cargo bikes while their parents shopped.
A place where bike parking took on a whole new meaning.
A place where tricycles are for adults.
A place where "baby on board" has a different twist.
And where buying a soft top convertible means something different.
And where it's hard to tell what century you are actually in.
Lots more photos from other places near and far to come. Thanks to those who have emailed and been patient during the past few months - I have been on the run and my email has backed up. I will try to catch up with the backlog the best I am able.
Reader Florian sent us a post from ebay featuring a sweet cargo bike. He wrote:
Fast cornering is not posible. It's a bike to enjoy the slowlyness best combined with music (the construction in front is supposed to hold a ghetto blaster). On demand the ghetto blaster is included, also a Bob Marley tape . . .
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.