Tarck Arts and Carfts. Post your home-built bikey stuff.

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jimmythefly
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Tarck Arts and Carfts. Post your home-built bikey stuff.

Everything bicycle-related that's not framebuilding. People here build some cool stuff, I know there are bag makers and rack makers and people doing all kinds of neat little home-built things to their bikes, and I'd like to see them all, from big and almost-pro to little clever solutions.

Imma quote Crowding to start this off.

crowding wrote:
I went to Alex's with some aluminum and a DXF file for his Taig CNC machine




Then I had to pull my old Suntour cartridge BB that no one has the tool for anymore, so I made a tool. I haven't picked up the brazing torch in a few months so it was a bit of relearning.

Then I finally stuck my dymano wire through the factory holes in the frame.

Then put on my new 185mm x 46/30 double setup:


Next I plan on relocating the cantilever bosses under the seatstays and building a saddlebag support / duffel rack.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:45
Roxy
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great idea for a thread.

that spider puts anything i've ever made to shame, but i've got a decent list of DIY stuff:

-a bunch of caps
-a reflective sash
-some holdfast-esque platform straps
-modifying a camera bag into a rando bar bag

future projects:

-shoe covers
-saddle wedge/saddle bag
-a legit handlebar bag

will dig up actual photos and more pertinent information later

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 13:56
NOVELTYNAME
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previous
-wool face cover
-wool caps
-wool mittens
-messenger bags
-wall-spencer hanger upper

current projects
-tool roll

-coffee jar kozy
http://www.couriercoffeeroasters.com/wordpress/?p=1392
future projects
-balaclava (terrorist steez)
-water resistant jacket that looks biker-y
-shoe covers
-wald basket bag
-handlebar/saddle bag
-kit bag/dopp kit

"Folks want options!"

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 15:02
jimmythefly
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Yeah, put up some pics when you have them!
Here's a little thing I made. It's a chain watcher made from a bent piece of stainless fender strut. It piggybacks on the pulley that reverses cable pull for the front-derailleur. Simple and effective.

Here's a pic of the front rack I made (using a friend's equipment and direction). At some point I'll clean my basement enough to be able to get my own brazing set up.

(I no longer own this spencer)

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad spencer. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 14:50
Larry Winget
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I've sewed a few top tube pads and strap doublers. Lulz.

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Mon, 01/23/2012 - 15:26
DDYTDY
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I made some of these light mounts for some tarckers. How did they hold up?

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 21:11
jamey
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(Reply to #6)

jimmythefly wrote:
Yeah, put up some pics when you have them!
Here's a little thing I made. It's a chain watcher made from a bent piece of stainless fender strut. It piggybacks on the pulley that reverses cable pull for the front-derailleur. Simple and effective.

Is that rust?!

truckdoug "never turn down free beer, dont stick your dick where you wouldnt put your face, and always ride shimano"

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 21:14
VT regularbike
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yeah looks like he had some bottle braze ons added.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 21:27
Sneaky Viking
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ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 23:02
Russell
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that is some NEXT LEVL clever shit there sneaky. ::tips hat::

MoonCat wrote:
Americas turban

Mon, 01/23/2012 - 23:04
liquify
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(Reply to #10)

DDYTDY wrote:

I made some of these light mounts for some tarckers. How did they hold up?

Mine held up just fine. I gave my Vega light to gf after I got the magicshine, so it doesn't get much use now. I guess I should just get another light to throw down there and be BA and bright.

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 00:39
VT regularbike
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Just put the magic shine down there. I'd move mine down except it's already mounted to the L bracket that also holds my front fender on and I don't feel like dicking with my fender again.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Tue, 01/24/2012 - 00:48
VT regularbike
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Made this belt buckle today at work. used 14t cassette cog, 1 spoke, section of scrap gold izumi chain, ti bottle cage bolt, and a nut to hold said bolt in place. I'm super stoked on it.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Wed, 01/25/2012 - 22:57
Roxy
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bump. any recommendations for shoe cover fabric?

prolly should try a sample pair with scrap cotton first....

Sun, 02/26/2012 - 23:48
Rusty Piton
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That belt buckle is awesome.

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Mon, 02/27/2012 - 10:02
NOVELTYNAME
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(Reply to #15)

Roxy wrote:
bump. any recommendations for shoe cover fabric?
prolly should try a sample pair with scrap cotton first....

1.Yes, make it with muslin first. muslin=cheap and easy to work with.
2.RCT fabrics has a nice selection of outerwear stuff and they sell at market value which is nice, they'll send you home with swatches and tell you all about this and that of each fabric. there's a new young lady there who has learned a lot from annette, but annette is the lady. you want something more durable(puncrure resistant) on the toe/sole, and something tight around the ankle/leg. i found that hardware (plastic) is less expensive at andy&bax, but the selection is better at RCT in the back room. dont try to use a coated fabric unless you're doing to double layer (which will cause sauna-foot without breathing room/ventilation) because the coating will wear off and crack after ~20 washings/2 seasons.

"Folks want options!"

Mon, 02/27/2012 - 13:06
Roxy
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Just finished a pair of Rain Legs knockoffs. Should be pretty awesome, except for the fact that I just used some cheap Adidas wind pants, bifurcated, as the base... will give them some road miles and then maybe buy some eVent (or similar) for making a nice pair.

Mon, 03/12/2012 - 03:46
NOVELTYNAME
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So I built up a 5x5x12" bag that fit just right between the hooks of 44 cowbells with enough room for hands on hoods/flats easily. make up of the bag was as follows:
VX21 exterior/interior
1" synthetic webbing
2" synthetic webbing
some orange reflecty bits
velcro
zipper
elastic cord i took from a spent tent
other bits and bobs

the bag was connected by 2 straps wrapped around the bars on either side of the stem, admittedly the straps were about 2" too short. i stiffened up the back end(handlebar side) by using the 2" and 1" webbing sewn together through the interior and exterior material. i had planned to add another "bar" FLOABW to keep the back end rigid, but i thought that it would be too close to the handles and i wouldnt be able to fit my hands around it. well whatever, the combination of int/ext and webbing was stiff enough. there were 2 pockets that were way too shallow on the sides and the velcro strip on the front was not fat enough/the front flap was too long. the zipper on the back opened left to right and that worked just fine. i overpacked the bag:
water bottle
energy bars
keys
wallet
phone
apple
pear
mini pump
pen
pocket notebook
papers

The bag needed to be more rigid on the 5" depth, could have possibly have been that i only used 1 layer for the sides, as the front back bottom and top were 2 layers. the connection to the hoods was made by using the elastic cord wrapped around them. the elastic was a single piece so it stretched tight and held the bag in place. this worked ok, but could not go on the underside of the brake lever as it would pinch and sever the cord, so i moved the cord behind the levers and, eventually, under the hoods on the hooks when i got home.

the photo i posted is of my spencer hung by the front wheel on the train, im using this to illustrate how well the velcro worked at keeping the flap shut.

i definitely think i could make a better bag with a 2nd gen. Also, I want to use some leather and waxed canvas, even though that will add some weight.

"Folks want options!"

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 16:50
crowding
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searched for fred arts and crafts thread but this'll do

I've never seen a smartphone holder that was worth a damn so I made this.

I used some polycaprolactone (that plastic with a low melting point that you dunk in hot water and work with your hands) molded around the phone. This stuff is pretty neat but not at all machineable so I'm kinda stuck with the derpy shapes I can make with my fingers. Maybe now that I figured out how a phone holder should work I'll CAD up something for 3d printing. Or more likely just use this.

The top half slides along the aluminum channel backbone and locks in place with a thumb nut. Real solid. Scavenged a fairly beefy quick release clip off some halogen light.

Fred mode cockpit. I left a gap around the phone's tenderhole to direct sounds to my face so I can run podcasts and such. I probably need to fred up some kind of rain/sun shield though.

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 16:25
jimmythefly
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(Reply to #19)

crowding wrote:
I probably need to fred up some kind of rain/sun shield though.

One of those Fiji water bottles cut up a bit?

As far as shapes -now that you know what you want, couldn't you create a male and female set of molds to push the stuff in to so that the result is less derpy shaped?

Where did you obtain this magical plastic?

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad spencer. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 16:55
crowding
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Probably, although fabbing a mold is probably equivalent work to CADding it up.

this stuff: http://www.amazon.com/InstaMorph-Moldable-Plastic-12-oz/dp/B003QKLJKQ/

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 17:07
stronglight1047
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how you liking the retrofriction x shimano pod?

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 17:35
crowding
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(Reply to #22)

stronglight1047 wrote:
how you liking the retrofriction x shimano pod?

It feels great. But when you shift into smallest cog it bends the cable right at the end so the cables have a short life.

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 17:45
stronglight1047
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front or rear? if front, do you really need all the travel? i set shimano fronts up with extra free play on doubles so the lever never needs to point all the way down. it works better ergo-wise for me, might eliminate your problem.

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 18:13
JUGE FREDD
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(Reply to #24)

crowding wrote:
stronglight1047 wrote:
how you liking the retrofriction x shimano pod?

It feels great. But when you shift into smallest cog it bends the cable right at the end so the cables have a short life.

man that's gotta be extra annoying since they take the smaller-headed cables, lots of people seem to just grind down the heads a bit instead of buying campy ones, but I guess you could just bore out the shifter body a little

I actually just bought some cables from this dude, will report back: http://www.ebay.com/itm/300652227451

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Wed, 05/02/2012 - 18:24
liquify
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Admittedly not mine, but I thought it fit here (and I post it in case you guys want to do something fun to your house instead of the list you are getting in the other OT thread).
Something to do with your old disc rotors and cranks.

Sun, 06/10/2012 - 17:17
Shortpants
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God dammit I just saw that on reddit. How the fuck is the internet this small.

Sun, 06/10/2012 - 17:23
liquify
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dunno. I saw it posted between friends on fb. first kid must stalk reddit, too.

Sun, 06/10/2012 - 19:04
jimmythefly
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Orc makes bags, and he made me an awesome one.
Full picture set here

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad spencer. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Mon, 06/11/2012 - 02:03
Roxy
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Made some perpetuem-y shit recently.

Ingredients:
3 parts fruit punch mix (1.29/lb at WinCo)
1 part soy protein (4.99/lb at WinCo)
pinch o salt

Pros:
-Cheap
-Worked well on today's 200K
-Tasty

Cons:
-Brightass red that will stain anything and everything light-colored
-Not sure of the nutritional value of the fruit punch shit (fructose + dye, basically)... was gonna use maltodextrin, but could not obtain so went with that instead.

Sun, 07/01/2012 - 02:22
Blakey
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Holding a season ending CX race tomorrow, made some trophies & medals for the SSCX race out of shagged parts. My engraving is improving, but still sucks:

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 04:21
Viggen
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DICKIW.

Whippin Skidz wrote:
This is tarck, there is a complicated solution to everything and we will endlessly discuss until an agreed upon solution has been tabled. This is out of your hands now.

Fri, 11/02/2012 - 06:00
jimmythefly
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deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad spencer. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Mon, 11/12/2012 - 18:51
NoahGenda
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awesome.

The best type of fit advice is internet fit advice.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 17:04
bward1028

We sold cassette cog ornaments at a crafty fair thing for $5 each. Just a cog in some ribbon. At that price you could buy an 8spd cassette at msrp and still make money.

Tue, 11/13/2012 - 20:18
Blakey
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They're neat medals and all, but I wouldn't buy one!

Those bottle openers are sweet, it reminds me I have a cracked 650B Aerohead and a box of misc shifters that needs a similar treatment.

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 03:47
hambeki
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Mostly bumping this because I like the thread.

Kind of bumping this because I polished my Leatherman. It's a spencer tool in the sense that I occasionally use it to open packages that spencer products come in. I also use it to open beer bottles on occasion; seeing as beer is a spencer tool, this is like a second-degree spencer tool.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Sat, 12/15/2012 - 12:18
VT regularbike
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That looks pretty slick.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sun, 12/16/2012 - 09:34
kevinwulf
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(not made by me)

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 22:04
oogens
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bike fell off the car rack

so i got a bottle opener

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 05:14
VT regularbike
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Holy shit!

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 07:13
m4bandit
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Fuuuuuck. I had a spencer slip from a rack once. Grinded off a chunk of saddle.

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:51
liquify
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Steerer tube needed to be trimmed anyway, amirite?

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 23:53
hambeki
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You absolutely need to mount some 710mm bars to that thing for ultimate beer opening.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Tue, 01/15/2013 - 21:17
Roundabout
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I was forced to drink at my apt just so oogens could prove it worked (oh darn...)

It did.

Wed, 01/16/2013 - 21:48
merganzer
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Front Rando Bag


Driver Side by Merganzer, on Flickr


Front Side by Merganzer, on Flickr

More Photos Here: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjDUy9Pk

I modified and changed a few things but stayed fairly close to the pattern and directions.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 13:07
NoahGenda
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rad!

The best type of fit advice is internet fit advice.

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 16:45
Larry Winget
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He's leaving out the part about taking like two years to finish it, but yes it's pretty sweet.

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Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:34
merganzer
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(Reply to #48)

tarckeemars wrote:
He's leaving out the part about taking like two years to finish it, but yes it's pretty sweet.

It did and I am giving myself a three year window to finish the matching saddle bag.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:35
Orc
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Four(*) porteur racks:


Four cargo bikes by Tysasi, on Flickr

Now all I need to do is run up to Rose City Fabrics and get a few yards of waterproof fabric to make porteur bags for them.

[* or three + a rando rack, depending on whether you consider 8"×8" as large enough to count as a porteur rack]

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:52
Andrew_Squirrel
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2 left side mounted lamps, 2 right side mounted lamps. Any reason for the 50/50 variance?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:58

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