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Matt
New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
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Mass customization is all the rage these days, and perhaps someone should start a business that will turn any object into a bottle opener. We have featured many a bike part repurposed into a bottle opener and when we recently posted Eric's rim bottle openers, reader Dan sent along the following hack - which he says he made close to 25 years ago. Dan can not only hack a bike part, he can tell a funny. If you have hacked a bike part into a bottle opener, or if this post inspires you to do so, let us know. *... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at BikeHacks
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We are happy to announce our first product giveaway/review of the year. Even better news, the review will be completed by a reader of the blog rather than by us. Occasionally companies will ask us to review a product and said product might not necessarily be a good match with our, well my, riding style. In this case, the makers of a new backpack want a review completed, but I do not ride with a backpack as I want to avoid SBS. However, for those who do ride with a backpack, the Aster claims to be the "World's safest cycling... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at BikeHacks
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Theme music makes a return for this post. We had our first major snow event of the season in Boston this past weekend, and I stumbled upon the poor bike pictured below. To set the tone, here is the chorus from Metallica's song, Trapped Under Ice. Pretty heartwarming stuff . . . crank it yo. Freezing Can't move at all Screaming Can't hear my call I am dying to live Cry out I'm trapped under ice The bike was hanging over the curb and an SUV was approaching and ready to park. Part of me wanted to see if the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at BikeHacks
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On a recent errand I spotted something that I found perplexing. Does anyone know what this handlebar mount is for? Is this something sold, or something hacked? Please chime in with comments. If it helps, it is hollow . . . Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2017 at BikeHacks
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One thing that constantly frustrates me is not being able to find a tool I need. I live in cramped quarters (no garage and no work area) and don't really have a "good" place for organizing my tools. All my tools are either in my standard sized toolbox (read small), or in varied boxes that I try, mostly unsuccessfully, to keep organized in a way that will help me remember what tools are where. I am jealous of people like reader Ben, who does have space and sent us this great tutorial on how he organized his tools on the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2016 at BikeHacks
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I am fairly confident that one day, every item in the world will have been repurposed into a bottle opener. I ain't complainin', I'm just sayin'. It's great when you can take a product that has been broken and still find a use for it, and in this case, reader Eric took a bike rim he had taco'd and created bottle openers. Take it away Eric . . . I took a bent bicycle rim and cut it up into several pieces to make a bunch of bottle openers. I made a template out cardboard from a different bottle opener... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at BikeHacks
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How do you know when work has been keeping you busy? When you realize that you started a post in July when in the middle of a heat wave . . . and you are now getting around to posting it after riding to work in the snow =( It's been a while since I used theme music to set the mood for a post . . . and this music seemed appropriate for a couple of reasons, the first of which is that the music and movie are dated, and so is the content of this post. Crank it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Bike security is an important issue for me because I leave my bike in a public parking area every day and also lock my bike up when running errands around town. I have used varied locks and measures over the years, including - Pinhead products Cables Padlocks A heavy chain I have yet to encounter a stand alone locking product that makes me feel comfortable leaving my bike out for a long period of time. I guess the closest stand alone product in my view would be a U-lock that also comes with a cable. And I guess I should... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at BikeHacks
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The temperature has started to drop in Boston and you could say the change indicates that . . . winter is coming. It has not been what I would describe as frigid yet, however it is definitely jacket weather. It just so happens that the drop in the mercury coincided with a timely product review request. It is nice when a product is designed to meet multiple purposes, and the PROVIZ Reflect360 CRS Cycling Jacket is designed for both protection from the elements and safety. The following text is from the PROVIZ web site: Utilising millions of highly reflective tiny... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Spotted in Lima, Peru. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at BikeHacks
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I certainly hope the tailoring of the clothing is a bit more refined than the sign construction. Still . . . pretty impressive hack. Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Dark Force powers at work here or what? Not sure what could have caused this to happen . . . Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Theme music is back! This had to be on the speakers when the creations below were made. Spotted near Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn, NYC. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2016 at BikeHacks
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On a recent errand I spotted this stadium related bike hack. I am not sure about how safe this is . . . might be a kind of ejector seat depending on the circumstances. Still, major points for creativity and how cool would it be if the person had season tickets and just wanted to have his/her seat with them at all times? Adds new meaning to having a "seat license". Other horrible puns or analogies welcome in comments =) Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2016 at BikeHacks
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In the most recent post in this series I noted that I had some left over PVC pipe after my front light installation and I pondered what to do with it. For a long time I had not really been happy with my rear light situation. A while back I installed a rather large basket on top of my rear rack and the only rear light I was riding with was attached to my rack, which as you can see from the green arrow, is not as long as the basket. The light was visible from this position, but mainly... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at BikeHacks
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When cleaning my bike I like to use gloves. One issue I have is that the gloves I use, and like to reuse, are not well ventilated and if I clean my bike for a long time, the insides of the gloves can become damp, and they don't dry well without a bit of help. Musty glove smell is kind of nasty and one method to promote drying dawned on me recently. I have a couple of different hammers and . . . Placing the gloves on the hammer handles in this fashion helps to air them out and avoid... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at BikeHacks
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In my last post in this series I noted that I had successfully installed my PURCHASED front basket, however this led to a big problem for someone who often commutes in the dark - handlebar mounted headlights are rendered ineffective when placing contents in the basket. But thanks to inspiration from previous posts on this blog, I had a relatively easily solution. I proceeded through what one might call a Goldilocks and the Three Bears progression. I thought about this solution, which I had spotted on a bike on the mean streets of NYC back in the day - nice,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2016 at BikeHacks
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In the last post in this series, I noted that I ordered the front basket I had been coveting and that it "kind of worked out" - which needs some explanation. To that end . . . I needed some other work done on my bike so I left it at the shop to have them install the basket when it arrived. I got a call from the shop telling me that my bike was kind of ready, which was a first. Typically your bike either is or is not ready to pick up. The dude who called me was... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at BikeHacks
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As tempted as I was to liberate the front basket in question, my conscience got the best of me. I still remember getting chewed out by my Mom when I was a kid for stealing a toy Poopatrooper. Thanks to the power of Google, I was able to find what I am talking about - I don't know why I found it so enthralling to throw toys like this into the air and watch them parachute down - especially because I am a bit fearful of heights. I do know that stealing one from a store caused my Mom to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2016 at BikeHacks
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In a previous blog entry I posed this question - Is it okay to remove a part or accessory from a seemingly abandoned bike? I will now elaborate on the issue through a series of posts. First, the object of my attention is displayed here: I did not take a picture of the full bike, but as you can see from the front tire - it had not been paid attention to in quite some time. I have never had a front basket before, and if this person was not interested in taking care of their bike, might I put... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at BikeHacks
Off the shelf products don't always meet expectations and this was the case with a Park Tool 106AC quick release collar owned by reader Bart. He sent a video showing his modification, and he introduced it via the following text in an email - I've been frustrated with the Park Tool 106AC quick release collar that I decided to modify my own using a ebay seatpost clamp. I spent about $26.xx on the 106-AC collar and I customized/ghetto/hacked my existing one for less than $2.00 I figured this could make a cool addition to your site and if your users... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Inner tubes are an amazing product that are practically as useful when they are no longer useful for their intended purpose as when they are being used for their intended purpose. Say that five times fast. From shoe laces, to a wallet, to a computer bracket, you almost want to ask yourself, "Is there anything they can't do?" Yet another inner tube hack was sent along to us by Nikos over at Bicyclosis. Check out his site for instructions on how to create a cool DIY tool pouch from an inner tube. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Don, who won our beachbikes.net giveaway received his bike and sent along this awesome review. Ordering After going back and forth with the family over what to do with our sudden windfall, we decided that we would purchase a bike with my wife in mind. I’m not a cruiser type of rider (prefer road/cross style for commuting) and she wanted a dependable, easy to ride bike. Winner winner chicken dinner for her. We spec’d out “Teal Scorpion” in just a few minutes: a teal colored 3-speeder with brown leather seat/grips, fat white wall tires and color matched fenders. Delivery A... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Don sent along the following update on the BeachBikes.net giveaway . . . Bike is purchased! We named it "Teal Scorpion" after a long time inside joke with the family. We think it looks great and are very excited. We ordered through the custom bike process but it is mostly using the default settings for the 3 Speed Beach Cruiser. 17” Steel Frame with 26” Wheels sixthreezero Custom Frame Design Shimano Internal 3 speed Hub sixthreezero Smooth Cruise Configuration sixthreezero Custom Brown Grips sixthreezero Custom Brown Spring Seat 2.125” Wide Kenda White-Wall Tires provides a cushioned, smooth ride for easy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Thank you to everyone who submitted Haiku entries for our BeachBikes.net Customized California-Style Beach Cruiser giveaway. We tallied up all of the entries submitted by the deadline and used a random number generator to select the winner. Don A. from the USA is our winner with the following entry: secret desire to blog share opinion on bikes don't quit day job yet Don receives a $350 coupon to the site, where he will be able to order a brand new customized bike and get it shipped straight to his door. As he takes the bike through its paces, he will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2016 at BikeHacks