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New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
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Wires and electronics freak me out a little. Maybe it has to do with that one time when I was kid and I grabbed an electrified fence with my hand. The voltage was not dramatic enough to knock me out or anything, but I always remember the sharp pain that shot through my body. If it had not been for that experience, maybe I would have chosen the electronic circuit set instead of the giant plastic Godzilla when my Grandpa took me to the toy store way back in the day to pick my own birthday present. Who knows what... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at BikeHacks
The Charles River was frozen for several months, but the mercury has cracked freezing for a few days now and the river is cracking as well. Good news for fishermen, although I am not so sure I would be comfortable eating anything that was fished out of the Charles. This is not a beautiful hack that might match the prose of Earnest Hemingway, but as readers know, this site is about practicality and not beauty. In the theme of bike hacks . . . “He no longer dreamed of storms, nor of women, nor of great occurrences, nor of great... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at BikeHacks
Reader Josh sent along the following . . . 49er hack. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * This bike is used by a Gold prospector in the San Bernardino mountains outside of Los Angeles. It's constructed out of electrical conduit and scrap aluminum. I wish I had a pic of it all loaded up with his gold panning gear. If you look closely you can see that the owner, instead of trying to attach the top of the rack near the rear of the bike has wire-tied it along both... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at BikeHacks
I first heard or saw the term "unboring" in an IKEA ad. I do not know if the ad firm they hired "invented" the word or not, but in my opinion is applies beautifully to various containers being repurposed into bike fenders. I have used several variations of my own over the years, and every so often a reader sends along his/her own take on this common bike hack. We have featured . . . Various water bottle hacks: version 1, version 2 Beer cans: version 1, version 2 Laundry detergent container This version comes from reader "Formil XXL" in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2015 at BikeHacks
There are creative ways to address bike security, 8 are covered in this previous post, however in the end, any serious commuter likely needs to throw down for a manufactured lock or locks. I have used a Beast Chain as well as a Kryptonite cable lock, but I have never owned a U-lock of any kind before. The fine folks at Pinhead Components contacted us and asked if we would be interested in putting some of their products through the paces. This package arrived . . . . . . with a combination of a U-lock (or perhaps I should... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2015 at BikeHacks
Greasy hands are no fun and as documented in previous posts, I tie an old sock to my frame or rack in case I have on road repairs. I just put the sock over my hand and do what I need to do, and then toss the sock and replace it with another. Reader Spannerrash was having problems with chain slips and came up with a hack to keep his hands from getting greasy. The solution is effective, but those with chain slip issues might also benefit from visits to two great web sites that address this issue, as well... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at BikeHacks
Back in 2010 I posted this hack and asked readers to guess the purpose. The bike belonged to a laundry service and the employees would use the platform to stack on bags of laundry for delivery. I escaped Boston, other wise known as Ice Planet Hoth, recently and spotted this laundry service vehicle in the West Village. Looks like a great wrinkle free hack to me. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at BikeHacks
Boston has turned into Ice Planet Hoth in recent weeks, and this has necessitated some creative bike parking. Witness this parking job, along with a bike pulling a Han Solo in the snow embankment (end of the green arrow). Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2015 at BikeHacks
Reader Dr. Isotope was blowing digital dust off of some of our old entries and came across a post on cable rubbing. He sent along a hack that not only addresses the rubbing, but possible noise as well. Cables can "ping" against tubes when riding on rough roads. Take it away Dr. Isotope . . . * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * My bike is new, and a part of me would like to keep it looking that way for a little while, at least. My cables come in pretty... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at BikeHacks
I recently commented on some graffiti that appeared on my commuter route and reader Beth sent along this piece she spotted on Humboldt Ave in Milwaukee, WI. That piece is certainly more entertaining than this tax payer paid for graffiti that started appearing in Boston in 2012. No excuses? Really? What irks me is the lack of attention to the behavior of drivers. The government tells cyclists to wear helmets, but in 2014 there were over 600,000 vehicle crashes in Massachusetts, resulting in 1,600+ deaths and over 16,000 incapacitating injuries. It seems like not a news hour here passes (or... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at BikeHacks
Over the now seven years of running this blog, I have noticed a couple of topics which generate controversy or raise the dander of readers - helmets and listening to some sort of audio while riding. In this post I mix the two of them together! Over the years of blogging I have noted that while commuting I always ride with a helmet and I always listen to podcasts. I have made it clear that I ride with just one earbud in, leaving one ear free to listen to what is going on around me. I should also note that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2015 at BikeHacks
I wanted to post this in case readers missed it. We recently ran a post on bike inspired home decoration hacks and reader monogodo commented with a link to the picture below: A couple of friends made TP roll holder for me when I moved into a loft with a really inconvenient location for the wall-mounted roll holder. Every part of it is a bike part. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at BikeHacks
Reader Matteo recently contacted us and noted that he had turned an old wheel into a ceiling light. His bike deco hack kicked my brain into search mode for another post along the same lines, and before I knew it was in full search mode for hacks we have posted related to decorations made from bike parts. A bunch of time typing and mousing through memory lane resulted in this cumulative post. If you have a bike deco hack you would like to have featured on let us know. 1. Rim Ceiling Light - Vintage Reader Matteo sent along... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at BikeHacks
I will admit I am a total pack rat when it comes to keeping items destined for the trash bin that I believe can be used for cleaning products. Rarely if ever will I throw away a textile after it is no longer wanted for its intended purpose. An old bed sheet? That could be used as a drop cloth for bike maintenance or painting. Old t-shirts? Great rags for cleaning your bike or other nasty spills around the house. An old sock? At all times my bikes have at least one sock tied somewhere for use as a "glove"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at BikeHacks
A few minor snow flurries have hit Boston this winter, but the snowfall has not hindered my ability to commute with my "normal" tires. Reader Bassfran from Chicago took some inspiration from our post on Eight Solutions for Riding a Bike in the Snow and created some DIY studded tires. The only thing I might suggest adding to the instructions is a nice cold beer. * * * * * * * * * * So, after last year's winter on my Conti Tour Rides, (great tires IMHO, but strictly 3-season), I decided to mount up some good ol' MTB... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at BikeHacks
As I dressed for my commute today a new definition for the Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang came to mind. Here is what I saw on my phone as I groggily made my coffee this morning - So I thought of a definition, but not an actual term. The circumstance/definition is: When you layer up for a cold ride and start to sweat profusely while still indoors. When I used to live in a fourth floor walk up, by the time I carried my bike down all of the steps and got outside I was practically soaking wet. This morning... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2015 at BikeHacks
If you commute by bike and follow the same route every day, I think it is possible to be both observant and oblivious at the same time. Why both things which are completely the opposite? Well when it comes to being observant, after following the same route almost every day for three years, I can pretty much tell you where every crack, pothole, bump, and tree root eager to see the light of day resides. I can tell where a puddle will form if it rains, and what size it will be based upon the rainfall. Heck, I have named... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at BikeHacks
I recently spotted this unique solution to carrying an extra passenger. Just adding a banana seat to an existing rack seems sensible, you would just want to make sure to check the rack load capacity as the passenger got bigger. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at BikeHacks
I am terrible when it comes to keeping my bike and bike parts clean. I will blame it on the fact that I do not have a garage, but if I really wanted to clean my bike on a regular basis I would find a way. Maybe this hack, submitted by reader John, will help motivate me to be more diligent . . . * * * * * * * * * * I had an issue with a gritty drive train after washing my bike and came up with this hack as a way to clean the chain... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2014 at BikeHacks
Okay, to start of with, one of the greatest post titles ever on Bike Hacks =) Reader Hunter wanted to extend the life of some winter booties and sent along the following text and picture. Bootie-licious hack for sure. Along similar lines of using tires and tubes for shoe hacks, we have also featured a bike tire patch shoe hack, an inner tube repurposed into toe covers, an entire shoe cover made from inner tubes, and inner tube shoe laces. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * The idea is to extend... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2014 at BikeHacks
Brothers Aaron and John from Sacramento, CA went for a ride but had some problems with a flat tire. The solution came in the form of garbage. We featured another solution to the same problem that did not involve garbage, but rather a U.S. President. Also, it's always good when a ride ends with Tacos. * * * * * * * * * * * * * My brother and I started out on a casual ride to explore the urban jungle of our old childhood stomping grounds. Fate as it would seem, tried to sway us from pursuing... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2014 at BikeHacks
I love to see examples of repurposing, upcycling or whatever one wishes to call reusing "waste materials" for other purposes. It is even cooler when you can fashion old bike parts into parts for other bikes. Reader Dennis upcycled some old frames into a nice looking cargo rack and sent along the following text and pictures. Thanks Dennis! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Made a rear cargo rack using the chain stays from an old raleigh frame, a seat clamp from another discarded frame (chopping up a 26" mtb and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at BikeHacks
I have been a huge fan of Monkeylectric lights since way back in 2008 when I got my first one. The original M133 that I reviewed is no longer in production, but I am happy to say that after six years of commuting in the Northeast U.S., it is still going strong. It has taken abuse from long, cold winters on roads covered in salt and has not skipped a beat. I took delivery of the next product in the series, the M210, in 2011 and the quality and enjoyment are the same as the M133, but in a smaller... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2014 at BikeHacks
Reader Theo, from the bike nirvana that is Amsterdam, sent his own take on a DIY wheel jig. For some other ideas on DIY ways to keep riding in a straight line check our our previous 7 DIY Bike Wheel Truing Stands post. Ride linear! * * * * * * * * * * * * * I made a copy of the original old fashion Dutch 'Koets' wheel jigs from iron shelf support rods (scrap metal) I welded together (as you can see I am not a good welder...). For the truing I use old iron saw blades.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2014 at BikeHacks
In a previous post we covered 21 creative ways to mount a camera on your bike, but reader Stickman sent along a variation not on a our list. He wanted to use an old phone he had on hand and over on his blog he writes: I decided to make my own out of some easy to find materials. I used a section of PVC pipe, two carriage bolts, and 2 pipe hangers to make a camera mount. I dressed it up with a bit of PlastiDip. It’s a hack, but I’m pretty happy with the end result. The camera... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at BikeHacks