This is Matt's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Matt's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
Recent Activity
It has been said that necessity is the mother of invention. In the 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 4 days ago at BikeHacks
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
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
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
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
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 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
Reader Kevin was the randomly selected winner of the Cyclo 505 Haiku contest. Kevin will receive the unit and post a review to in the future. I am also pleased to announce that we are in a discussion with another company to give a bike to a reader . . . to keep. No need to return the bike, the winner can keep it, s/he just needs to blog about it for us. Could one say this is a BikeHacksTivus miracle? I'd like to think so. Stay tuned for details. The winning Haiku submitted by Kevin was -... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2015 at BikeHacks
Reader Michael notified us of a Bike Hack Night in DC, and I guess such nights are popular because this is number 4. The night is not directly affiliated with and I don't know if the Bike Hack name was inspired by this site or not, but I am going to tell myself it was. * * * * * * * * * * * * Bike Hack Night is a show & tell of bicycle-related apps, data visualizations, and gadgets. Doors open at 6:00 for pizza and soft drinks, with speakers starting at 6:30. We are happy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at BikeHacks
This entry marks the beginning of a new holiday celebration - BikeHacksTivus. Several companies have sent along products to review in recent weeks and here you can see them displayed around my slightly adorned old floor pump. My metal floor pump is sparsely decorated with a red rear blinkie light (not a review product) and "hang tag" stickers. BikeHacksTivus will be celebrated by me reviewing the products on this blog and airing my grievances or praise as experience dictates. The products reviewed include: Hyper Spectrum Bicycle Rim Stickers RoadAir pump VISIJAX LED Commuter Jacket With Turn Signals Goodordering... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2015 at BikeHacks
I am fortunate to have locker facilities at my place of employment which allows me to clean up after riding into work. I have been using a shoe box, one that came with DZR shoes I reviewed, to carry my toiletries and it never dawned on me that this was a bike hack of sorts until a guy I ran into while walking in said, "Hey, that's a neat idea." The building management have a thing against people putting locks on the lockers overnight so I have to keep the box in my office at night and then carry it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at BikeHacks
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 Nov 27, 2015 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 Nov 22, 2015 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