June 14, 2013
In the most recent issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine I wrote about upcycling used bicycle parts into something new and usable. Here's a quick rundown of one of my favorite DIY projects that requires minimal tooling and time.
This project was thrown together in about 15 minutes the other night. You'll need a bike frame that is out of commission, a seatpost, saddle, hack saw, and a metal file. Hack the frame down so you only have the rear triangle remaining. Pop in your seatpost, and position your saddle so its more or less parallel with the chain stays. File down any sharp edges, and you've got yourself a nice little work stool for the garage. To fine tune the setup, it helps if you can spread the rear stays out as wide as possible for better stability, and be sure to remove the derailleur hanger so the chain stays can lay flush against the ground. A bottle cage on the seat tube also adds a nice touch.
Have any other upcycled bike frame ideas? I've got a couple more trashed frames in the garage, and would love to hear what you've got.
Photo by Josh Tack
TOURING GEAR & TIPS is written by Joshua Tack of Adventure Cycling's member services department. It appears weekly, highlighting technical aspects of bicycle touring and advice to help better prepare you for the journey ahead. Look for Josh's "Fine Tuned" column in Adventure Cyclist magazine as well.
1000 won't buy you a wheel.
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It annoys me to no end when I hear some "environmentalist" preaching about recycling and using low emissions automobile. And yet the drive an automobile and ride newer $1,000.00 bikes on the weekends. My touring bike is an old 1980s Performance mountain bike. It ride every bit as well as a newer $1,000.00 bike. People are just morons in thinking that an expensive bike is better. They are like children on the playground claiming that there shoes are faster. I ramble.