From problem-solving father Chuck Heaton, we've got a simple conversion from baby crib to bike storage:
From Chuck: "So we have a drip-side crib that our kids were raised in that was still functional. It is now deemed dangerous, a baby killer, taken off the market, etc, blah, blah, blah. Time to upcycle this baby killer into the Heaton Bike Wrangler, Ka POW! Regulations give you lemons, you make strawberry lemonade. Depending on how well it hold up, those sweed cuddly baby raising memories will be supporting great family bike rides for a while."
Thanks Chuck. For anyone reading: what have you repurposed for bike storage? I submit my Karate Monkey hitchin' post:
Inspired by some like-minded do-gooders at the Actual Cafe, our man Gage fab'ed up a bike-powered bingo machine for a fundraiser at our Big Momma QBP's western distribution center.
From Gage: "The bicycle is a cheap cruiser that was acquired by trading a 30-pack of coors to a co-worker—it even came with the ape-hangers. The dual drive chains are provided via a fixed/free hub from a fixie (it was originally built with a coaster brake hub that blew up in "testing"). The a-frame is made up of locally harvested dumpster steel. I had originally intended to use floating chainrings as tensioners in the chain but they proved to be dangerous and un-reliable [first pic below]. So I installed a few derailleurs to straighten things out [last pic]. All in all the event was a success and the machine didn’t blow up."
Transporting your bike can be a real pain in the arse (when you're not riding it). Dustin wanted to be able to portage his roadbike while riding his scooter. “The Idea came to me when I had a dream that I was transporting moon-shine on my scooter.” Well, okay then.
He took the frame out of his old-school hiking pack, added some bars and cradles from a rear hitch bike rack and strapped that damn bike to his back:
Clever? Yes. Silly? Yes. Awesome? Yes. Dangerous? Absolutely.
Hot Dang! We just got a boatload of new stuff in stock at our big-momma QBP's warehouse. Holler at your local bicycle retailer for any of these below items:
Downtube Shifter Mounts
Because we like things that are old school and we want to keep using 'em. This handy-dandy mounts to 31.8 & 28.6mm tubes so you can mount your old downtube shifters on your new bike.
"1x" drivetrains are the new singlespeed for a lot of folks, in case you hadn't noticed. If, by chance, you don't have one of those fancy new derailleurs with a clutch mechanism, some sort of chain retention is necessary. Our ChainSpy is simple, easy to install & adjust for your custom 1x applicaton. If you're a downhiller, you're barking up the wrong tree.
Singlespeed Cassette Cog Carrier
Stamped steel cogs are nice 'n' cheap, but they dig a nasty groove into your freehub body. Wide profile cogs are awesome, but tend to be pricey. What we've got here is a wide-profile alloy carrier (won't damage your freehub) sandwiching a stamped cog (won't damage your wallet). The pattern is 6-bolt compatible for attachment to your rotor mounts to allow for the fixed-gear riding as well.
11-Speed Cassette Spacer
For putting your 9/10-speed cassette on a new 11-speed freehub body.
Because they're awesome, that's why. They look great, they keep your fender hardware from rattling, they won't scuff or scratch.
1. Go into woods with a buddy and chainsaw and find a tree:
2. Realize that you're in over your head and find a tree that someone else already cut down:
5. Realize that you should have brought the gas can with when you hiked in. Go home. Get the team together to strategize:
6. Return the following morning with gas, better transportation, and your resolve steeled:
7. Transport section of log from woods:
8. Slap some 4 x 4" & 2 x 4" logs together for a base, and get out the wood burner to inscribe your sigil:
9. Gather some of your friends to hammer the night away. Note: since your back yard doesn't have legal consul, you can probably skip the safety goggles, but depending on your condition, you may want 'em just in case.
Thanks to all the folks who joined us at QBP's Frostbike this past weekend: you made it great.