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Matt
New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
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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 yesterday at BikeHacks
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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 6 days ago at BikeHacks
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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
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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 bikehacks.com let us know. 1. Rim Ceiling Light - Vintage Reader Matteo sent along... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2015 at BikeHacks
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Reader Doug passed along a bike story that, ironically, ran on the Autos section on the BBC website. The Bicycled project is a twist on upcycling where old cars are turned into one of a kind bicycles. The only "downside" is that demand is sure to outstrip supply due to the time involved in making a single bike. Who knows though, if the popularity is there, mass production might follow. If you have upcycled a car part or parts for use in a bike hack, please contact us so we can share it with the entire reading audience. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at BikeHacks
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To me bikes are most beautiful when in motion, however it is great to see bikes and bike parts used in other ways as well. Reader Jared contacted us and shared about a sculpture his Dad's company created. Isn't it great when fathers and sons get along? =) Pictures and a video are below, and for more goodness you can visit the Creative Stained Glass Studio website. Makes me want some bike art for my place. The text below is from their website, thanks Jared! * * * * * * * * * * * Titled Tour de Verre... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at BikeHacks
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It is common for rear blinky lights to come with a seatpost bracket for mounting, however a lot times the seatpost is blocked by baskets, cargo, and other methods of hauling. For example, this basket is on the back of my bike and it makes the seatpost useless for mounting a rear light. Reader John, who also submitted a hack for turning a .50 cal ammo can into a cooler, was not satisfied with the seatpost bracket and came up an alterative way to mount his light. Take it away John . . . * * * * * *... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I loves me some bike lights so when the folks at Xtreme Bright contacted me and asked me if I would like to review a product it took me no time to say yes. They sent along their Premium LED Bike Light, and they include a "free" rear blinky light. A "free" product when you buy a product always cracks me up because you have to spend money so how is it free? Anyway . . . Any light that does not accept a standard rechargeable battery is pretty much dead to me so although I am using the included... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at BikeHacks
The following comes from an NPR story: In the Dutch town of Eindhoven, artist Daan Roosegaarde has paid homage to its most famous resident, Vincent Van Gogh, by creating a glowing bike path that relies on solar-powered LED lights and interprets his classic painting Starry Night. I think it is completely appropriate to say the Dutch are an enlightened people . . . Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Reader Peter from Brussles sent along a couple of handlebar hacks, both very similar in nature to two listings in our 10 Strange Bike Handlebar Set Ups post. The first, a dowel used between bar ends, is similar to #6 on our list. And the second, some animal themed aerobars, are somewhat similar to #8 on our list. Thanks Peter! Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I have never been one to let my helmet or helmet pads actually touch my head. I have never seen a bacteria test on a helmet, but if I saw one I am sure it would be pretty scary. When it is warm out I first put on a bandanna and then my helmet, and in the winter I put on an appropriate stocking hat that will fit comfortably under my helmet. Recently I received an email from the folks who make sweathawg products. The email stated: You're going to like this. Bandannas neither absorb nor release moisture well. They... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Spotted in Amsterdam - not sure how effective something like this would be, especially considering that it does not appear that the height of the shield would effectively reach the top of the rider's head - unless hunched over. Anyone have experience with one of these things? Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at BikeHacks
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It's not just a Cheap Trick song, and they don't just live inside of my head. Watch the video kids and learn about an age when the camera angle was the only special effect employed in music videos- when MTV actually played music videos. Spotted in the Ronald Reagan airport . . . Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at BikeHacks