This hack only needs garbage material, it’s easy and it solves a very annoying proplem that causes good tires to be thrown away.
The problem is a tire hole that most of the time appears on the tire base and when the wheel is pumped up it is covered by the rim. It’s probably caused by friction from many ins and outs of the tire along with tire levers abuse. So, if you have many flats and you are not careful, you will probably end up with this:
This messed up tire is going to cause you a loooot of flats. Because of the huge amounts of pressure that’s generated inside the tire champer, anything should be smooth and flat to avoid punctures. That’s why this little tear on the tire will create a hole everytime you put a tube inside it. Anyway, I fixed mine with this hack and I’m flat free two month now (and I’ve saved the life of the tire). Here is what you are you going to need:
a piece of mil carton (little wider than the messed up area and long enough to cover the whole width of the tire)
Check out the illustration bellow:
Now, sew up the area of the patch that covers the injured area of the tire (just put the needle throw the tire and patch some times on the area around the damage). It should look like this:
Now put the tire and tube back on the wheel and you are ready to go! It won’t bother you for years!
I’ve never ever in my life listened to music while riding. It’s my inviolable rule of cycling that I’ve never broke. Although music, audiobooks and podcasts are a huge part of my life, I don’t feel that my brain can absorb the information whilst my main focus is on the road. And actually the opposite, I can’t focus on the road if my whole brain’s trying to process information. You can’t do both, that’s a scientific fact (check the video). If you want to be 100% careful of stupid drivers, killing doors, absent-minded pedestrians, potholes and etc,you can’t be entertained at the same time, unfortunately. I wish I could, but I think I can’t. It’s very strange that you see some very experienced old riders bypassing this rule by being at ease riding on crazy roads while listening to audiobooks. I can’t get that! If you live in Denmark, sure, you can ride a unicycle while you read Heidegger’s history of the concept of time, but in other cycle-hostile countries, I think it’s a proper suicide! Am I missing something? Am I too much of a pussy? I don’t know!
In the true spirit of bicyclosis’ don’t throw it, make it better’ I ‘ve resurrected my favorite shoes. A very old beat up pair of shoes I’ve been using on and off the bicycle for 4 years. They’ve have shown signs of abuse ofcourse, but recently they gave up after a long hike on a mountain. Two small holes appeared on the side of each shoe. These got bigger and bigger with use, along with some other wear and tear. So I decided to take action. Unfortunately I have no proper tools for cobbling, so I had to find a good cheap cobbler that could do it for me. I love those shoes dearly, they’ve been serving me beautifully for so long, why throw them away, they weren’t dead yet! So, I took them to the cobbler, he took a look, and he said he could made them new with 5 euros. And he did. This is the result.
And if you worry about your looks with the repaired shoes, I would say that life is too small to think so much about how you look. 95% of people won’t even notice, a 3% will see it positively, and the 2% will think you are poor or even closefisted. This 2%, that ‘scanned’ you all the way down to your shoes, they would find something bad to say about you anyway! So, reclaim your beat up shoes and ride green, free of worries (and save some money too)!
After some rides on very rainy days I’ve discovered that the “best diy bicycle fenders” have a small flaw that could be fixed easily. The fenders don’t cover the wheel all the way down and that makes the water/mud to land on your back when you go very fast. But I found a very easy way to add more recycled pieces of bottle,so you’ll not have to deal with the problem.
Firstly take a look at the quick illustration I’ve made bellow:
Do you see the second wire I’ve added to support the extention? The blue wires are small pieces that used to make the construction more stable. It works like the bridge construction, same principles. That way you can make as many extentions as you like. It works wonderfully!
Check out some pictures from my bike. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time so it doesn’t look that good. But it works fine. For better results don’t use very thin plastic bottles (the one with the grooves in the picture is a thin one and it doesnt work that well). In the pictures, you can’t find the supporting wires because so far it seems to hold ok. But I suggest you to put them.
I’ve been cycling for years with all sorts of trousers, from shorts to formal, and I’ve never had any serious problem with them. In my opintion trousers play a small role in a comfortable or dis-comfortable ride. The important factors are the saddle and the underwear. The saddle should be made out of a not so hard-not so soft material, a slick leather cover, and should have a big groove in the middle or better a hole, so the fresh cold air can caress your blazing bollocks. The underwear should be clean and tight on your body. I would recommend sport boxer, and especially one made out of bamboo fibers, they are great for cycling.
The marketing though, wants us to push our needs to the extreme, making us looking for special garments and special gadgets, even if an everyday item can do our job perfectly. Ofcourse, if you take out the marketing bullshit, you can actually find a truth about the clothing that fits better for specific activities. You can’t, for instance, wear a formal classy pair of trousers on your daily commute. Or can you? The thing is that except from the comfort of your bum, there is also the comfort of the whole ride experience, you don’t want your trousers to limit your leg movements or to be so thick and hard that you feel like you’re wearing an armor. At the same time, when you commute to work you want to wear something serious and formal, not shorts or sweat pants.
My recommendation on this is moleskin trousers, and if you can find, moleskin with Elastane for uber comfort. They are very stylish, soft on your skin, very warm and very very durable. Moleskin is a type of cloth that was discovered by Germans and used by their soldiers in WWII. It really is magnificent material. If you choose stretchy moleskin even, you’ll be amazed by it’s properties. Forget about the marketing hype of special ‘cycling’ trousers, moleskin is the way to go!
After years of use and abuse, the bolt that holds the brake caliber on the fork (brake center bolt) of my Legnano got unusable after loosing most of its threads. I’ve asked a lot of people what I could do without succes; you see this humble bolt plays a very very important role in the bike, without it, my bike is useless! Anyway, after months of racking my brains and asking people around, I came up with a perfect zero budget solution. I could replaced the old destroyed brake bolt with a regular bolt of the same size and two washers. One of wich is bent so it could hold the metal spring in place(it does the same job with the little cavity you see on the bolt down bellow). And it worked! Beautifully! And it doesn’t look bad either!
Feel free to share it if you have friends with old road bikes!