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Matt
New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
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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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
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Reader Monogodo sent along this great picture of a crutch used as a sissy bar - makes me want to be a sissy! Also looks like something from a Mad Max movie. Spotted in Irving, TX. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I seem to get four or five emails a week on bike related Kickstarter campaigns and if I posted them all, this site would be called Kickstarter Jr. Most of them seem pretty silly to me, but occasionally I see a product idea I can actually see myself using. A reader sent me a link to Quick Caps and yes, I know there are locking skewers, however this seems like an good alternative, and is similar to a few hacks I came up with several years ago. If you have found a way to creatively lock your wheels, please feel... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Trevor, who brought us the Bike Bucket Kickstand, also has a great use for old inner tubes. More good stuff from Trevor can be found over on fivegallonideas.com. Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Sometimes accessories need accessorizing. Reader Scott takes us through his Topeak rack conundrums and how he hacked them. * * * * * * * * * * * I use a Cannondale 29'er for my daily 25 mile commute. I couldn't mount a standard rack and am not a fan of backpacks (OVERHEAT!) so I use a Topeak Beamrack. Mounts securely, works great. I have a small duffel that I strap to the rack with book straps (camping store) and the bag condenses down to whatever size I need. This leaves two problems. Now and then, depending on bumps... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Reader John, from somewhere in California, found a child trailer and decided to convert it into a cargo trailer. Bravo John. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I converted a Trek Rocket single child bicycle trailer to cargo trailer. Parts used : axle wheels bracket to axle black plastic to hold tow bar This is what he found behind an apartment building. A bracket was fashioned. And this is the new creation. A full video with a breakdown of the work done. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at BikeHacks
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In June we gave away an NYNE Cruiser Bluetooth Speaker to reader Paul. He reviewed the NYNE and sent along the following text and pictures. Thanks Paul. * * * * * * * * * * * * * This is a review of the NYNE Cruiser Bluetooth Speaker with bicycle mount. I receive the NYNE Cruiser as a prize from BikeHacks.com for writing the winning Haiku in the NYNE Cruiser promotion. I received the NYNE Cruiser in the mail without incident and this is what the package looks like. Here is the box open These are the contents:... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at BikeHacks
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On a visit to Copenhagen, multiple people said there were more bikes than people in the city. It's a flat city geographically, but as far as I'm concerned it's a shining city upon a hill . . . Woot. Birds of a feather. Lego bike. Art on a wall set up to hide construction. Bike parking. Exploding gel seat. Christiania bike frame rack. Retailers welcome cyclists to park their bikes in front of their shops. It was more common for a bike to be locked to itself than to an object. These bikes were hooked up to lights in some... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I have been traveling a bit lately and it has been nice to see bike share programs in almost every major city I have visited. Each one seems to have its own twist. Here is a shot of a docking station in Tel Aviv - At first the rounded racks did not make much sense to me, but I saw riders toss their backpacks on the rack and there is a rubber cord that can be extended over the bag. Interesting and possibly less prone to the complications of a basket. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at BikeHacks
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We have seen buckets used as panniers before, and reader Trevor, who blogs at Five Gallon Ideas, wrote to us and stated: I make panniers out of buckets (actually I make most things out of buckets) that double as a kickstand. Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at BikeHacks
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We recently featured some handlebar grips of questionable comfort, and reader Nick who blogs at Bicycle Obsession sent along some DIY leather grips which look rather comfy. The full article can be found here, materials and pictures below. Materials - A pair of worn out lock-on grips (if you don’t have, or you can’t find in your friends’ garage, you can buy them off ebay for around 3$) - an (unusable) leather belt that you don’t want/like (non-slip, tough, amazing feel, beautiful looks, your hands doesn’t smell rubber after the ride, doesn’t leave black spots on your hands.) – razor... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at BikeHacks
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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... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2014 at BikeHacks
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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 Aug 31, 2014 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 Aug 27, 2014 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 Aug 25, 2014 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