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Matt
New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
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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
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Recently we featured a hack that incorporated a small stick to lock a front derailleur in place when the cable snapped. Reader Jonathan saw the post and noted that he solved a similar problem, but the issue was that the rear derailleur cable broke. He had to wait for parts but still wanted to ride, so he came up with this . . . My rear derailleur snapped inside the Tiagra shifters in a way that necessitated replacing the shifters. Rather than bike in the toughest gear for several weeks as the new parts came in, I found a piece... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at BikeHacks
I have a question for the reading audience. The question has to do with seemingly abandoned/derelict bikes. I will describe the situation then pose the question. I have passed a bike that is locked to a bike rack in a very public place several times over an extended period of time. The first time I passed the bike I admired an accessory that is attached to the bike - an accessory I have contemplated buying. When passing the bike at this time, it looked as if someone had locked it up mere minutes before. A week or so passed and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2016 at BikeHacks
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It seems like every bike accessory made comes with a beer bottle opener, however if you prefer wine to beer and don't have a wine opener handy, you can use a pump and inflation needle to get the cork out. The dude is this video is very passionate about science. Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Good news y'all , we have something to give away and we will once again be using our Haiku contest format to determine the recipient. Drum roll please . . . we are partnering up with BeachBikes.net to give away a Customized California-Style Beach Cruiser. That’s right, you read it right and clear. Beachbikes.net is sponsoring a giveaway contest where YOU can be the winner of a brand new, completely personal 100% customized beach cruiser bike. BeachBikes.net is a company based out of Santa Monica, California, that specializes in custom-made beach cruiser bikes. Design your bike exactly the way you... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2016 at BikeHacks
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When I tell people I commute by bike year round, it is not uncommon to hear the reply, in an incredulous voice, "Even in winter?" My response is that riding in cold weather is actually preferable to riding in hot weather in some ways. When it's hot out you have no choice but to be hot. You can only dress down so much. In the winter however, you can layer up and control your temperature by zipping down or taking things off as you ride. While zipping a jacket down is easy, taking garments or accessories off while riding is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at BikeHacks
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It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. In the bikehacks.com world, perhaps we could say that breakdowns are the father of freakish hacks. Reader Evan suffered a broken cable at a bad time, but came up with a genius field repair, provided by mother nature, to get him home. Take it away Evan . . . * * * * * * * * * * * I was descending a big hill in the first mile of ~10 mile commute home from work (dark, ~30 degrees): try to shift into big chainring & it does... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at BikeHacks
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Reader Kevin won our Cyclo 505 Haiku contest giveaway and this is his first review post. * * * * * * * * * I pulled out the unit and went to plug it in for the initial charge and thought why do they use mini USB vs micro? I'll always have a micro charger (at least for now) to charge my phone and other devices. Moving on from there I started looking at the mounts. There is one really slick one and one that you zip tie. The instructions ask you to remove your grip to use the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2015 at BikeHacks
Just over a year ago we published a post on some art featuring bike parts and glass. The creators let us know of another piece and asked if we would share. Via the Creative Stained Glass Studio website comes the following - “Kaleidoscycle” is a kinetic stained glass sculpture installed in the lobby of Inman Park Dentistry in Atlanta, GA. Alex Rodriguez, DMD, contacted Creative Stained Glass Studio several months ago after seeing our “Tour de Verre” series also based in Atlanta. He is an avid cyclist, a fellow public artist, and wanted to reflect that love in the aesthetics... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2015 at BikeHacks
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Next up in the BikeHacksTivus airing of products is the RoadAir portable bike pump. Right up front I'll say the makers of this product have not airored (or is it errored?) in any way. It's a fantastic pump that addresses some common frustrations associated with pumping up tires on the road. "On your left!" (sorry, could not resist) is the pump in it's original packaging, and on the right is the pump with it's first secret weapon of greatness in full view - an extendable rubber hose. The extendable and flexible hose helps address one major problem with hand pumps... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2015 at BikeHacks
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Reader Herman recently submitted a post detailing how he used aluminium tubes to create a pretty awesome rack. Herman is back at it and sent along the following update. I could be wrong, but there seems to be evidence that points to Herman being one who celebrates Festivus. Take it away Herman . . . * * * * * * * Fork mounted front racks if loaded heavy enough would make the steering slow and sluggish. Not good for manoeuvring through tight spaces. And would make loading and unloading very hard. To keep the steering feel the same, frame... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2015 at BikeHacks
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Second in the BikeHacksTivus review front is the VISIJAX LED Commuter Jacket With Turn Signals. I am all about lights for nighttime riding and have 8 different lights installed on my bike that use 16 total batteries. I am of the firm belief that when cycling around motorists, those piloting motor vehicles should be aware of my presence. I was thus excited when the fine folks at VISIJAX contacted me about reviewing a jacket that incorporates LED lights. They sent me the yellow version, which just might be visible from low earth orbit during the day. This picture does not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2015 at BikeHacks
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First up on the BikeHacksTivus review front are Hyper Spectrum Bicycle Rim Stickers. Another BikeHacksTivus miracle has already occurred because the fine Hyper Spectrum folks have agreed to give a package away to TWO, count'em, TWO BikeHacks.com readers. I will sit next to the bike pump displayed in my home to celebrate the season, open up a beer and think about how to select the recipients. Stay tuned for details and now without further ado, on to the review . . . On the package the following claim is made - THE BRIGHTEST REFLECTIVE RIM TAPES IN THE WORLD!!! I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at BikeHacks