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New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
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The cargo you carry can help influence the rack or racks you choose. Not satisfied with off the shelf rack options, reader Herman got creative with aluminium tubes (in the U.S. we call it aluminum). Take it away Herman . . . * * * * * * * * * * Custom rear rack made from 1" aluminium tubes and connectors. This is designed to carry my wife and a child. Commercially available aluminium racks are never straight, are flexy with heavy loads and have low weight capacity. Stainless steel racks are available but very expensive. If PVC parallettes... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at BikeHacks
Reader James wanted to incorporate two great forms of recreation into one hack and submitted this awesome post. * * * * * * * * * * * I built this as my own idea, but I have since been told about a similar commercial product called the Dumb Stick. I started with a piece of schedule 40 PVC. I eyeballed and cut the PVC to the proper length, as short as possible to reduce lever force but long enough to keep the watercraft from contacting the tire. I drilled a 1-7/8" hole near one end, at at angle... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at BikeHacks
I spotted this sign in Washington, D.C. and could not decide if it was referring to traffic or our Federal Government. Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at BikeHacks
Good news readers, we have something to give away and we are reviving our Haiku contest format to determine the recipient. The good folks behind the Cyclo 505 have agreed to give one away to a Bike Hacks reader to review. The Cyclo 505 is a powerful GPS cycling computer designed to provide the most routing options, sensor support and connectivity for the serious cyclist - as long as that cyclist lives in the U.S. or Canada. Right now the unit is only set up to offer full functionality in the U.S. and Canada. The Cyclo 505 is also the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at BikeHacks
This is the fourth post featuring some pictures I took on a trip to France this past August. The first post focused on graffiti, the second on some translation of that graffiti, and the third on a bike tour I took. Yes this post is labeled "3", but that is because there was a post 1a. This post features some random pictures I took. First up, a family SUV. Speaking of which, we need a term for such a vehicle for the Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang. Suggestions are welcome. Cool looking front racks, but seems to me to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at BikeHacks
Saddles can suffer a lot of abuse and covers are a great way to extend the life of a saddle. Reader Tsai-Ching sent along this saddle cover hack. * * * * * * * * * * I had my bike for 7 years and the saddle has never changed. I used it for years but it was worn by the weather and aging of the material, so I replaced it with a cover made from my old backpack. I just cut the required area from the backpack, did some sewing, and then tied it to the seat post... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at BikeHacks
I have seen a lot of bike racks in my time, but I had never seen one designed to also be a planter - until I spotted this one in Cambridge, MA. If you have spotted cool bike racks, feel free to contact us for posting. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2015 at BikeHacks
It's been a long time since I have engaged in recreational travel by bike. I commute daily, but my last purely recreational trip was far too long ago. Reader Caio has been involved in a bit of travel and sent along this inspirational story. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I am on a budget trip around Europe for a few months now. After traveling by bus/train/hitchhike/walk, I decided it would be a good idea to travel by bike for a while. So I went in search of a cheap bike... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2015 at BikeHacks
During my trip to Paris I did something I have never done before - I took a paid bike tour. It was just a few hours and was focused just on sites within the city. This was a double first in that I also had never ridden an electric bike before. Here was the standard issue bike. The company had a fleet of them in an underground parking garage. The controls were straightforward and operating the bike was easy. There was a key that needed to be inserted into the battery unit and after turning it on a battery indicator... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at BikeHacks
Natives of Boston are known for having a bit of an accent. One of the famous sayings outsiders will quote when trying to imitate a Bostonian is a version of "Can I park my car in Harvard Yard?" Or in the local dialect, "Can I Pahk my cah in Hahvahd Yahd?" (29 second mark). We have all likely heard of the Scarlet Letter, and guessing by the lack of the letter "R" in the local accent the local populace decided that the alphabet could use one less letter and excommunicated the "R". Maybe the "R" looked a little too sensual.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2015 at BikeHacks
Reader Raphael saw the first France Pictures post that recently ran and kindly offered to translate an article in French that was referenced in the post. I found it to be an interesting reading and hope readers will as well. Thanks Raphael! Discussion w/ M. Ride in Peace M. Ride in Peace is passionate about bikes and especially old bikes. Instead of a Navigo Pass (Paris bus/subway season tickets), he has (almost) always use a bike to commute. While young, he learned on his own how to take care and tune bikes, enough to give a second life to old... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2015 at BikeHacks
While in NYC recently I spotted a hack that I found both admirable and foolish at the same time. Here is what I spotted - It's the method of attaching the basket to the seat post rack that is the hack. And if it is not apparent from afar, there was some serious effort made at mounting the basket to the rack. We are talking drilling holes through sheet metal and using some serious screws. While I admire this hack, I once did something somewhat similar in the past and the seat post rack ended up breaking. I don't have... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at BikeHacks
I traveled to France recently and snapped some bike related photos that I will run in a short series. The weather was fabulous the evening I arrived in Paris via the Gare de Lyon train station and on the walk from the station to the place I was staying I spotted this - I have always been interested in graffiti/street art, but seeing a bike bolted to a building is something I had never seen before. Spray painting, tiling, postering, and stenciling all have certain degrees of difficulty, but bolting a bike to a building definitely takes it up a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at BikeHacks
Reader Jacobus, in his own words and symbols, submitted the following: Place the pump like so tight'n the screw at the other side of the back wheel, grip the pump push it to the front end of the bike, now tight'n the chain and check it ( kick his ass!) with one hand on the pump one hand free you know what to do, peace out and eyes on the road bro! Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2015 at BikeHacks
Reader David spotted this hack, meant to provide some extra mounting space, and sent it along: Piece of PVC pipe ziptied to the front edge of the basket with a headlight bracket around it. It's a great hack that we have seen two versions of before. Here a wooden dowel was used. And in this example a small section of metal pipe was used. Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2015 at BikeHacks
Ever get annoyed with someone's parking or driving habits? I know, dumb question. I am sure we all get annoyed by drivers but are not often able to do anything about it. Well, as I hear young people say these days, "There's an app for that." Here is the introductory text from the TowIt web site: Introducing TowIt: The global, cross-platform mobile application that allows civilians to report parking violations and dangerous driving in real time. TowIt works with municipal governments, local law enforcement, and towing companies to remove the barriers required to make cities effectively fight and deter bad... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2015 at BikeHacks
This hack from bikeradar, sent to us by reader Bill, seems like more trouble than it is worth to me, however I will let each reader judge for him or herself. Also, even though you may not use some hacks, they might inspire other hacks. If a reader is inspired by this and comes up with something, let us know. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2015 at BikeHacks
Jason, a teacher at Hiroshima International School, contacted us and made us aware of a pretty cool ride some students will be doing soon to promote peace. is all in favor of peace and I hope readers will enjoy this story. * * * * * * * * * * * * * STUDENTS TAKE ACTION ON PEACE Students from Hiroshima International School promote peace by cycling from Hiroshima to Nagasaki Students from Hiroshima International School are cycling from Hiroshima to Nagasaki to promote peace. The students are taking action in the 70th anniversary year of the atomic... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2015 at BikeHacks
Sometimes your cockpit is like the Blue Oyster Cult Song, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." The song needed more cowbell . . . need more cowbell from nicemusicltd on Vimeo. . . . and sometimes your cockpit just needs more space for your wonderful gadgets and lights. Reader Mike sent along this cool hack for expanding your possibilities. Cut the down tube off of the stem and cut the ends off of a straight handle bar. Replace the original head set bolt with a longer one and attach it using the star nut in the steering tube. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2015 at BikeHacks
Spotted in Malibu, CA. No word on whether or not the owner gets yelled at for not equipping the dogs with helmets. Via Streetsblog LA: Senator Carol Liu (D-La Cañada Flintridge) introduced a bill in the California legislature that would require all bicycle riders, including adults, to wear a helmet, and to wear reflective clothing at night. So are pets included in the legislation? Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at BikeHacks
The winner of the audio-technica headphone giveaway is Evan from Ashville, NC who chose the song, Home by Marc Broussard. Evan was chosen by random number selection, if I would have chosen a winner based upon song selection, I would have chosen Don from Palo Alto, with Van Halen, Eruption, leading straight into You Really Got Me. Evan, contact us via the Submit Your Hack link and we will get you your headphones to review. Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at BikeHacks
I visited the west coast recently and spotted this in San Francisco - No, your eyes are not deceiving you, that is an animal pelt of some kind housed within the spokes of the front wheel of a bike. Jack London immediately came to mind . . . was The Call of the Wild or White Fang required reading growing up for anyone else in the audience? I have no idea what might be behind this, but certainly welcome commentary in comments. Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2015 at BikeHacks
I love finding ways to incorporate classic music videos into posts, and within milliseconds of receiving an email from reader Isaac, I pulled up this classic. I have no idea what was consumed to inspire this 1980 video, but whatever it was, it can be credited with ushering in a wave of massive 1980s political incorrectness. If this video had been released in 2015, I can only imagine the whiplash that would have ensued. Thank you Isaac for your wicker hack, it is indeed wicker good. * * * * * * * * * * * * * I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at BikeHacks
One aspect of daily bike commuting I really enjoy is using the time on the bike to listen to podcasts. I rarely watch news on TV anymore; I get most of my news while pedaling. I stick one earbud in my right ear and leave my left ear, which is most often on the "side" of traffic, open to listen to what is going on around me. I was describing this to someone who commutes by car the other day and he said, "I don't know if I could do that, I don't think I could concentrate on both riding... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at BikeHacks
Using buckets for panniers is a great idea. They are waterproof, can be used as kickstands, and most of all, filled with ice they can keep a lot of beer cold. Buckets can be purchased, but motivated souls can make their own. One motivated soul is reader Melanie who sent along the following. * * * * * * * * * * * * My "truck" has 2 - 5 gallon panniers made from Tidy Cat containers that are decked out with reflective tape and stickers. I went to a local business that makes reflective road signs and they... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at BikeHacks