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Matt
New York
I like bikes.
Interests: photography, beer, bikes, the color orange
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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 3 days ago 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 4 days ago at BikeHacks
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Reader Kristy from Toronto sent along the following photo of an interesting saddle. It leaves me speechless . . . or I guess I should say wordless. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at BikeHacks
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New addition to the Dictionary of Bike Commuter slang, brought to you from Beijing. I have spotted quite a few people rocking full face visors which look pretty darn awesome if you ask me. A quick search of Baidu (no Google here!) reveals this as a Anti-uv sunbonnet. I never knew how much I used Google and Google Maps until I landed in Beijing and no longer have access to the services. I have actually seen more females with these than males, so we also have "Darth Vaderette" if you will. She seems really pleased with the item . .... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Thank you to all of the readers who submitted Haiku for our NYNE Cruiser giveaway. In the end it was reader Paul Walker who will walk away with the Cruiser. Paul submitted the following two entries, with odes to Van Halen: California Sun Singing like an ice cream man Fun with a Cruiser Bikes cruis'in faster Listening to Van Halen Doctor Dave knows best Paul will receive the Cruiser and will review for BikeHacks.com (while playing Ice Cream Man I hope). You never know when we will have other giveaways so make sure to stay tuned. Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Spotted in Taipei, a folding bike equipped for three. Talk about getting the most bang for your buck. Also, I'll take a lot more of these please! Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at BikeHacks
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We had some great responses to naming a rusted out chain recently. My personal two favorites were A Clockwork Orange and Iron Maiden. I'll get to adding some of them to the Dictionary soon. The following is something I see quite frequently, and it is not currently defined in the Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang. So readers, help us add to the lexicon. Feel free to leave possible slang names for a crumpled wheel on a parked bike . . . and this one has A Clockwork Orange to match =) Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at BikeHacks
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In a recent post it was noted that I was sent a mini video camera to review. The Blackvue Sport SC500 is meant to capture the same exciting things witnessed with your very own eyes. However, as this test of the camera proves, my commute by bike is not that exciting. I only recorded about 2 minutes because after I get on the bike path, it's pretty much the same thing for the next 20 minutes. It was a bit shaky because I did not have the most sophisticated of mounts. I created my own by first wrapping a bandana... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I had not been to D.C. in a while, and while there recently I almost fell over in shock. I was walking down the street and witnessed this - Separated bike lanes . . . in America? Wonders never cease. Or perhaps I just had double vision. Anyone familiar with D.C. who wishes to comment on this phenomenon, please do. Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Today I set aside my aluminum tube bike frame, cruising speed around 15 mph, and will jump into an aluminum tube jetliner, cruising speed around 560 mph. I'll be 9,000 miles away at the end of the trip and the clock numbers will read the same as EST, but the PM there will be AM in Boston and I will have traveled into the future! I expect to be wired while I am away and will do my best to post, approve comments, and answer emails, but if I am delayed you know why. As a reminder, today (5/30) is... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at BikeHacks
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On a recent errand I spotted a far too common site in the greater Boston area and realized it is not currently defined in the Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang. So readers, help us add to the lexicon. Feel free to leave possible slang names for a rusted out chain (typically after a long winter) in comments. The Bike Hacks Dictionary of Bike Commuter Slang originated - See more at: http://www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/2014/02/dictionary-of-bike-commuter-slang-winter-additions.html#sthash.foQcMacE.dpuf Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I have seen all sorts of bike bells, however reader Randy sent along this ingenious little bike bell hack. If you have a brake you are not using because of a drivetrain change, this is pretty cool. Using a cable to engage a hack is something we also recently saw with a suspension fork lock out hack. Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2014 at BikeHacks
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In a recent post I mentioned we were working on another giveaway, and here it is. The NYNE Cruiser features Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC for quick and easy wireless pairing with a smartphone that riders can then keep safely tucked away in a pocket or backpack. With up to 10 hours of playtime, the Cruiser can play while you ride to work, at work, and during your ride home all on one charge. It even allows you to multitask and answer a phone call while riding with its built-in microphone. Additionally, the Cruiser features a built-in powerbank for charging your... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Bike related of course.... VeloHammer. Album title "Upright Position" on Grip Shift records. Posted by: jakethesnake | 05/06/2014 at 10:56 PM - See more at: http://www.bikehacks.com/bikehacks/2014/04/fit-it-sticks-giveaway-power-hair.html#comments Thank you to all the readers who participated in our Fix it Sticks Power Hair Giveaway. I'm fairly certain that a lot of hair metal was based on rage directed at the US transportation infrastructure. Dee Snider was likely incensed that he was not able to ride his bike safely to this performance. Or maybe a bolt had come loose and he did not have the correct tool to fix it. This could very... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at BikeHacks
I have never owned suspension forks. My riding is not radical enough to require it. Reader John was doing some research on how to service Manitou Forks and he ran across this cool YouTube video of a remote way to engage and disengage the suspension mechanism. Pretty sweet, and much more sophisticated than the majority of the hacks we feature =) Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Starting a blog has some unintended consequences - at least I have found this to be the case. For example, I had no idea that by starting BikeHacks.com I would . . . Receive an email for every conceivable bike related kickstarter campaign. Rarely a day passes when I do not receive one, if not several emails from hopeful inventors who are seeking funding for frequently useless products. However, not all are fruitless. Be sent stuff to review! When I started BikeHacks.com I had no thought of getting stuff sent to me. Be able to pass on products to readers... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at BikeHacks
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I worked at a grocery during my college days and the way the store was set up, shoppers were forced to walk through a giant section that was commonly referred to as "coupon alley." The weekly specials were stacked floor to ceiling and the hope was that even if people did not need the items, they would purchase them anyway because of the deep price cuts. Never mind that a lot of the merchandise was nearing its expiration date, which the store failed to mention. A bakery was also near the front of the store and they would bake fresh... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Reader Ruben sent along this hack he spotted. I think the model/manufacturer name on the downtube paired with this particular hack is a classic combination. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Saw this bike leaning up outside a grocery store in Victoria, BC. A front fork was bolted onto the rear dropouts, with a little scrap metal holding it away from the seatpost. The stem of the fork was jammed through a hole in the bottom of a plastic garbage can to make an oddball sort of carrier. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Many cyclists look for ways to include their dog in their bike experience. For some with small dogs, it's carrying them along. We have seen people use a pannier, a crate, a wagon, a basket, a trailer, and even build an entire bike specifically for dog portage. For others with large dogs the hope is to provide a way for man and man's best friend to enjoy the experience together. Some have mixed feelings about what is referred to as bikejoring, however dogs engaged in such activity typically look extraordinarily happy. Two products we have covered in the past for... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Most bike companies talk about the stiffness and compliance of frames, but reader Nick's use of his frame for leverage must make bike company reps cringe. Nick blogs at bicycleobsession and the following text and picture are credited to his site. How to remove a stubborn cassette lockring without special tools? Or anything stubborn like pedals, bottom bracket and crankset bolt? Just use your own frame! Put your spanner inside the bare headtube (leave it free from any parts) and use the entire frame as a powerful extender. It will work on anything, trust me. Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at BikeHacks
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In the area where I live it is common to walk by piles of garbage. Urban area garbage viewing would make a great TV series if you ask me. Maybe I should propose a partnership with Morgan Spurlock for a series. I always have my eye out because sometimes one person's trash is another person's treasure. Such was the case after the recent running of the Boston Marathon. On my way home from an errand I spotted this sign atop a giant heap of garbage. Some readers might remember that I added a basket to the back of my bike.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Last month I noted that I received delivery of two sets of the new Fix It Sticks. I am only one person and I can't see the need to have two sets, so I am going to give the other set to a reader. Brian, the inventor of Fix It Sticks suggested what I thought was a great idea - a fictional hair band name contest. So readers, if you want to try to get the sticks, leave a comment with your fictional hair metal band name(s). Comment as many times as you please. Get out the hair spray and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2014 at BikeHacks
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Back in the middle of our long winter I received a pair of kicks from the folks at DZR. I actually did not get to wear them much until recently because an injury put me out of commission for a while. They are not bad looking shoes, pretty stylish as a matter of fact. They are quite different looking from the Shimano shoes I have been wearing for years. I rode without putting cleats in them for a short time, but I must admit that I like being clipped into my pedals. It's not like I'm looking for a performance... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2014 at BikeHacks
Thanks to readers who have emailed us recently asking about site downtime. Typepad, the company platform used to publish this blog, fell victim to some sort of attack and it took some time to sort out. I don't know all of the details, but sufficed to say I think it would be better for some people out there to spend their time trying to publish good content as opposed to coding for ill purposes. Humans are such strange creatures . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at BikeHacks