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Matt
New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
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Reader Jeremy, who blogs over at JcoPro.net, sent along what at first struck me as an unusual hack. Using a lathe, paddle bit, and jig he created his very own wooden bike grips. Then I clicked on another link he sent along and the wooden grips got more exciting. Now there is something I have never seen before. I thought I had covered most ways to mount a camera to a bike in our 21 DIY Bike Camera Mounts post, but how wrong I was. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at BikeHacks
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Let's get in the mood for this post - theme music is back, crank up The Clash! You heard it correct, London is Calling . . . for the use of a Blackvue Sport. What the heck is a Blackvue Sport you ask? It's an "action sports" type camera I was given to review, and I did. I also found out that I really don't lead an exciting bike life. Thus I thought about sending the Blackvue Sport on a world tour, and some readers have taken me up on it. The camera will first be heading off to London.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at BikeHacks
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We have seen a tall boy fender before, and reader William decided to send along his minimalist version. Text and pictures below credited to William. Solid beer choice by the way =) * * * * * * * * * * I wanted a minimalist fender similar to the Tangent SL. I had an old ugly plastic fender for the mount. Using a tallboy, I removed the top with a can opener. I cut the can lengthwise along the label seams and around the bottom using tin snips. Eyeballing the placement on my tires, I marked the width I... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at BikeHacks
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Each year I try to devote a little time to watching the Little League World Series. Watching the kids play reminds me of the days I spent long, long ago playing ball. No batting gloves for me, I was one tough little tike =) The clothing worn by those in the background should give you a sense of how long ago this picture was taken. Reader Joe sent along the following text and pictures noting a hack to help his son transport some baseball equipment to the field: Here's an easy hack for my 8 year old son to carry... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I recently experimented with capturing my bike commute with a camera, and quickly concluded that filming my rides would only serve as a possible sleep aid. I am not a member of the quickly growing camera army, however I see them being used by more and more riders these days and we have also seen an uptick in people emailing us their camera hacks or videos they have either made or enjoyed. I thus thought I would put together a list of DIY bike camera mount hacks. A few are off the bike, but meant for biking. Enjoy and if... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Brakes, I like to have them. Call me a wimp, I call myself old and married. Reader Steve wanted brakes as well, but had some 650b wheels he wanted to put on a frame built for 27 inch wheels. A simple bracket hack to extend the brakes and he was set to roll and stop safely when needed. He sent along the following text and pictures. What do you do when you have a frame built for 27" wheels and you want to use your 650b wheel set, but don't have long reach brakes? Build the brakes out with brackets.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at BikeHacks
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'Twas a lovely day in D.C. and I spotted this steed . . . With this sign - Which leads me to ask readers, has anyone ever seen an illegally parked automobile with a sign stating the car was illegally parked and would be discarded? Towed yes, discarded no. I have to wonder, shouldn't a vehicle that produces no co2 emissions when in use be cut a little slack? If I was the business owner, maybe my sign would have read - "Hey man, thanks for not polluting the air we breathe. Next time would you mind parking your bike... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Sometimes accessories and bike products do not always fit where you want them to, or you might want a different angle for whatever reason. A recent bag light mount was not popular with at least one reader, here a few pictures to inspire other possible creative mounts. Basket alternative bike light mount. Reader Papa Bear sent along the following: This shows what I did for my cyclocomputer. It's a wired CatEye, and it was too short because I ride a 29er. I secured the wiring to the frame with our good-old zip ties, then I secured the mount to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at BikeHacks
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No light bracket or no place to put one? No problem, zip tie and zip lock to the rescue. Boylston Street in Boston, MA. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at BikeHacks
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We received the following email from reader JP: I am preparing for a four-day, mid-October trip on the C & O/GAP from DC to Pittsburgh. I'll be with 7 or 8 others who are all staying in hotels. I'll be riding my Cannondale F29 2. I have a few questions that I would love if anyone could answer. 1. If I decided to camp, how painful is hauling a tent, sleeping bag, etc? 2. What pannier, saddle bag, handle bar bags are best for this kind of trip? I like Revelate Designs bags but they are expensive. I have also... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Some people go through a lot of trouble to custom fit a bike, and others take a bike and make it fit. Reader Alfred from Sweden sent along the following: I saw this in Croatia just a few weeks ago (vacation). If a bike frame is too small and the saddle can't be mooved further back there is a solution. :-) Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Reader Kristy from Toronto sent along the following photo of an interesting saddle. It leaves me speechless . . . or I guess I should say wordless. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at BikeHacks
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New addition to the Dictionary of Bike Commuter slang, brought to you from Beijing. I have spotted quite a few people rocking full face visors which look pretty darn awesome if you ask me. A quick search of Baidu (no Google here!) reveals this as a Anti-uv sunbonnet. I never knew how much I used Google and Google Maps until I landed in Beijing and no longer have access to the services. I have actually seen more females with these than males, so we also have "Darth Vaderette" if you will. She seems really pleased with the item . .... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Thank you to all of the readers who submitted Haiku for our NYNE Cruiser giveaway. In the end it was reader Paul Walker who will walk away with the Cruiser. Paul submitted the following two entries, with odes to Van Halen: California Sun Singing like an ice cream man Fun with a Cruiser Bikes cruis'in faster Listening to Van Halen Doctor Dave knows best Paul will receive the Cruiser and will review for BikeHacks.com (while playing Ice Cream Man I hope). You never know when we will have other giveaways so make sure to stay tuned. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Spotted in Taipei, a folding bike equipped for three. Talk about getting the most bang for your buck. Also, I'll take a lot more of these please! Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at BikeHacks
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We had some great responses to naming a rusted out chain recently. My personal two favorites were A Clockwork Orange and Iron Maiden. I'll get to adding some of them to the Dictionary soon. The following is something I see quite frequently, and it is not currently defined in the Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang. So readers, help us add to the lexicon. Feel free to leave possible slang names for a crumpled wheel on a parked bike . . . and this one has A Clockwork Orange to match =) Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at BikeHacks
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In a recent post it was noted that I was sent a mini video camera to review. The Blackvue Sport SC500 is meant to capture the same exciting things witnessed with your very own eyes. However, as this test of the camera proves, my commute by bike is not that exciting. I only recorded about 2 minutes because after I get on the bike path, it's pretty much the same thing for the next 20 minutes. It was a bit shaky because I did not have the most sophisticated of mounts. I created my own by first wrapping a bandana... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I had not been to D.C. in a while, and while there recently I almost fell over in shock. I was walking down the street and witnessed this - Separated bike lanes . . . in America? Wonders never cease. Or perhaps I just had double vision. Anyone familiar with D.C. who wishes to comment on this phenomenon, please do. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Today I set aside my aluminum tube bike frame, cruising speed around 15 mph, and will jump into an aluminum tube jetliner, cruising speed around 560 mph. I'll be 9,000 miles away at the end of the trip and the clock numbers will read the same as EST, but the PM there will be AM in Boston and I will have traveled into the future! I expect to be wired while I am away and will do my best to post, approve comments, and answer emails, but if I am delayed you know why. As a reminder, today (5/30) is... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at BikeHacks
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On a recent errand I spotted a far too common site in the greater Boston area and realized it is not currently defined in the Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang. So readers, help us add to the lexicon. Feel free to leave possible slang names for a rusted out chain (typically after a long winter) in comments. The Bike Hacks Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang originated - See more at: http://www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/2014/02/dictionary-of-bike-commuter-slang-winter-additions.html#sthash.foQcMacE.dpuf Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I have seen all sorts of bike bells, however reader Randy sent along this ingenious little bike bell hack. If you have a brake you are not using because of a drivetrain change, this is pretty cool. Using a cable to engage a hack is something we also recently saw with a suspension fork lock out hack. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at BikeHacks
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In a recent post I mentioned we were working on another giveaway, and here it is. The NYNE Cruiser features Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC for quick and easy wireless pairing with a smartphone that riders can then keep safely tucked away in a pocket or backpack. With up to 10 hours of playtime, the Cruiser can play while you ride to work, at work, and during your ride home all on one charge. It even allows you to multitask and answer a phone call while riding with its built-in microphone. Additionally, the Cruiser features a built-in powerbank for charging your... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Bike related of course.... VeloHammer. Album title "Upright Position" on Grip Shift records. Posted by: jakethesnake | 05/06/2014 at 10:56 PM - See more at: http://www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/2014/04/fit-it-sticks-giveaway-power-hair.html#comments Thank you to all the readers who participated in our Fix it Sticks Power Hair Giveaway. I'm fairly certain that a lot of hair metal was based on rage directed at the US transportation infrastructure. Dee Snider was likely incensed that he was not able to ride his bike safely to this performance. Or maybe a bolt had come loose and he did not have the correct tool to fix it. This could very... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at BikeHacks
I have never owned suspension forks. My riding is not radical enough to require it. Reader John was doing some research on how to service Manitou Forks and he ran across this cool YouTube video of a remote way to engage and disengage the suspension mechanism. Pretty sweet, and much more sophisticated than the majority of the hacks we feature =) Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at BikeHacks