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Matt
New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
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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 3 days ago 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
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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