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

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Orc
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Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
2 left side mounted lamps, 2 right side mounted lamps. Any reason for the 50/50 variance?

Absent-mindedness; the Schwinn (my project spencer) had the rack built up last spring with the traditional light on the same side as the dynohub power connectors, but I wanted to have the lights on the left side for the other builds so they'd be more visible to traffic. I properly brazed the mounts on the left side for the midlifecrisismobile and the Kogswell, but then flaked out and put the jig on the other side when I brazed up the Murray's rack.

Ooops.

At least it's not too much of a problem to add a left-side light mount to that rack, and then I can move the light back and forth depending on what my sweetie wants (provided I can ever get her to ride the thing on city streets; I want her to abandon our car in the driveway and ride a bicycle to work and back, but she not only doesn't ride but listens to friends who are convinced that riding on the street and/or at night is hideously dangerous. Sigh) or just put two lights (eDeluxes if I win the lottery and want to tip the Murray alllll the way into 650b ridiculousness) onto the thing.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:39
NOVELTYNAME
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so when are you going to make me one?

"Folks want options!"

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:41
Andrew_Squirrel
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(Reply to #53)

Orc wrote:
Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
2 left side mounted lamps, 2 right side mounted lamps. Any reason for the 50/50 variance?

Absent-mindedness; the Schwinn (my project spencer) had the rack built up last spring with the traditional light on the same side as the dynohub power connectors, but I wanted to have the lights on the left side for the other builds so they'd be more visible to traffic. I properly brazed the mounts on the left side for the midlifecrisismobile and the Kogswell, but then flaked out and put the jig on the other side when I brazed up the Murray's rack.

Ooops.

At least it's not too much of a problem to add a left-side light mount to that rack, and then I can move the light back and forth depending on what my sweetie wants (provided I can ever get her to ride the thing on city streets; I want her to abandon our car in the driveway and ride a bicycle to work and back, but she not only doesn't ride but listens to friends who are convinced that riding on the street and/or at night is hideously dangerous. Sigh) or just put two lights (eDeluxes if I win the lottery and want to tip the Murray alllll the way into 650b ridiculousness) onto the thing.

Ah, interesting, given the ability to put the lamp anywhere you please, why not choose the center, avoiding tire shadow and back far enough to avoid water spray? It is because it is much more difficult to reach the on/off switch with luggage in the way?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:49
Orc
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(Reply to #54)

wintrotta wrote:
so when are you going to make me one?

Dunno. Want one? I've got a bunch of tubing on order right now, and I'd be happy to take your money when the offending tubing arrives and gets bent and glued into rack form. (though some of it's going to become fender stays; the pink! Planet spencer fenders on the midlifecrisismobile need better fender stays, and I'm going to use 3/16" CrMo tubing for them.)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
… given the ability to put the lamp anywhere you please, why not choose the center, avoiding tire shadow and back far enough to avoid water spray? It is because it is much more difficult to reach the on/off switch with luggage in the way?

If I put the lamp in the center, I'd either have to foul the loading area or raise the platform high enough to fit a lamp between it and the fender. Fitting the lamp under the rack deck and to the side tucks it out of the way of most damage, and I've never been bothered by the wheel shadow (I've /noticed/the shadow, but it's never been an annoyance) more than I've liked the additional visibility from the light reflecting off the rim & spokes.

I never turn my lights off, though; I like knowing that when I start the bicycle moving that I'll have light without having to fuss with anything more than making sure the wiring stays intact.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 15:20
hiljentaa
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I really dig those racks, Orc!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 19:17
tehschkott
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I just made a tactical pencil/towel/fork carrier for my bikes. My first sewing foray. (based around the molle system)


handlebar-system3.0 by tehschkott, on Flickr


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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=molle+pouches&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amolle+pouches

now external modules can be purchased and attached separately

Though designed to carry forks and pencils and towels, I guess you could use it for camping too if you were into that sort of thing.


Camera Roll-598 by tehschkott, on Flickr


Camera Roll-600 by tehschkott, on Flickr

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Fri, 03/15/2013 - 14:03
jimmythefly
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Tactical picnicking! There must be a molle wine, cheese, and salami pouch available.

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.

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 14:43
jeffro
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(Reply to #58)

tehschkott wrote:
I just made a tactical pencil/towel/fork carrier for my bikes. My first sewing foray. (based around the molle system)


handlebar-system3.0 by tehschkott, on Flickr


Untitled by tehschkott, on Flickr


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http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=molle+pouches&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Amolle+pouches

now external modules can be purchased and attached separately

Though designed to carry forks and pencils and towels, I guess you could use it for camping too if you were into that sort of thing.


Camera Roll-598 by tehschkott, on Flickr


Camera Roll-600 by tehschkott, on Flickr

Shit, you just blew me out of the water. I thought I was clever when the zipper on my seat pack broke and I realized I can just roll my spare tube and patches up in a scrap of tyvek and cinch it to my seat rails with a velcro strap. Not a MOLLE loop in sight. I feel shame.

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 20:29
tehschkott
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(Reply to #59)

jimmythefly wrote:
Tactical picnicking! There must be a molle wine, cheese, and salami pouch available.

It exists

http://countycomm.com/hydrant.html

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Fri, 03/15/2013 - 21:19
Blakey
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Holy crap Scott. Impressed.

Sat, 03/16/2013 - 02:07
jeffro
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countycomm is pretty awesome. Stocked up on Mylar blankets to keep in the cars' glove boxes, got a nice cheap watch band and found a rad super slim wallet. Total cost might have been twenty bucks.

Sat, 03/16/2013 - 16:21
tehschkott
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Just learned about them. Am pretty impressed.

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Sat, 03/16/2013 - 23:56
emor
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Bought a couple Mylar sleeping bags cuz sofucking cheap.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Sun, 03/17/2013 - 02:53
hiljentaa
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County Comm is one of the worst companies ever. Do a google search about their customer service.

Fuck them.

Thu, 03/21/2013 - 19:54
tehschkott
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bought a hat and a peanut lighter. diggin it.

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Fri, 03/22/2013 - 02:46
tehschkott
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To add on to my earlier post - I ordered some molle pouches to attach to my handelbar system. That's what it was designed to do afterall.

Works awesome

http://sweetbike.org/2013/03/23/handlebar-system-part-deux - more pics and stuff


Tactical Pencil / Towel / Fork / Picnic Roll - part deux by tehschkott, on Flickr


Tactical Pencil / Towel / Fork / Picnic Roll - part deux by tehschkott, on Flickr


Tactical Pencil / Towel / Fork / Picnic Roll - part deux by tehschkott, on Flickr


Tactical Pencil / Towel / Fork / Picnic Roll - part deux by tehschkott, on Flickr

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Sat, 03/23/2013 - 06:18
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.

Sat, 03/23/2013 - 13:35
tehschkott
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lol more pouches showed up today. I won't keep doing this - just finishing it out.


10.6 Single Pocket from Tactical 5.11 by tehschkott, on Flickr


Dual Rip-Away EMT Pouches from Condor by tehschkott, on Flickr


Dual Rip-Away EMT Pouches from Condor by tehschkott, on Flickr


Dual Rip-Away EMT Pouches from Condor by tehschkott, on Flickr


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It's really fucking stable and I'm putting a fair amount of weight up there. Two things I'm still working on is a really good handlebar straps - I'm using velcro now which works great, but the velcro itself is wearing the shit out of the webbing. D rings and ladder buckles aren't working well and the cam buckles that Revelate uses suck - I'm almost there. I'll work it out.

The other thing it could use is a small piece of hypalon along the bottom for abrasion protection if it's going to get used on suspension forks like this. Or pump up the fork.

Anyhoo, this'll be my last post on this here for a bit. Product development - how does it work.

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Tue, 03/26/2013 - 03:24
jimmythefly
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(Reply to #69)

Cool work, Scott. I like the way this is coming along. I'll be curious of the finished weight, and how that compares to a nice tubular chromoly front platform rack. I haven't done searching, but I assume there are waterproof versions of some of those molle pouches?

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.

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 12:56
tehschkott
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waterproof or water resistant? You can't go diving with them but they're probably fine in some rather gnarly rain. I'm pretty sure there's some spray around here that'll take care of it if not.

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Tue, 03/26/2013 - 20:44
kevinwulf
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Top notch!

Another fine product from the spencer studio! :D

Tue, 03/26/2013 - 23:48
JUGE FREDD
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Wed, 03/27/2013 - 03:47
tehschkott
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(Reply to #73)

kevinwulf wrote:
Top notch!

Another fine product from the spencer studio! :D

I'm going to shit in a box and send it to you in Australia.

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Wed, 03/27/2013 - 03:57
Blakey
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Holistic Hatertown Sewing Studio.

Wed, 03/27/2013 - 08:11
tehschkott
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Okay, slight modification on the old design - This is my Drop Bar Handlebar System

Same deal as before, this is a more narrow (9 inch) version of the previous roll I made (12.5 inches) to accommodate drop bars more readily. This worked better than I expected. If you notice it doesn't interfere with interrupter levers if you're into em (fuckoff if you're not) it hangs back far enough to stay out of the way of shifter blades on a set of brifters if you had em (pictured aren't brifters but you can use your imagination - unless you're Heath who is widely believed to have no imagination).


Drop Bar Handlebar System by tehschkott, on Flickr


Drop Bar Handlebar System by tehschkott, on Flickr


Drop Bar Handlebar System by tehschkott, on Flickr


Drop Bar Handlebar System by tehschkott, on Flickr


Drop Bar Handlebar System by tehschkott, on Flickr

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Wed, 04/10/2013 - 04:46
Andrew_Squirrel
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Nice! Would this play well with most rim brake cabling?

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 13:00
jimmythefly
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Lookin' good, Scott.

I'm guessing with centerpulls or cantis there's going to be some cable interference? With a short head tube, even a crown-mounted canti housing stop might not help.

I've ridden a fair bit with stuff-sacks in that location (though on a rack). IME you may want a bit more room than shown if using brifters. Also, if the stuff sacks are squishy enough then you could likely use the drops, but it's still annoying having that much material in the way. And if the stuff sack or whatever is pretty rigid, then you'll hardly be able to get your hands on the drops.

Basically, Scott's system will work great, the user just needs to make sure and keep the bundle a bit narrower than shown for brifter and drop use.

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, 04/10/2013 - 13:44
Andrew_Squirrel
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I wonder if a dirt drop hybrid like the Nitto RM-014 would work well in that situation where it was hard to get in the drops

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 14:31
jimmythefly
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A bit, but wouldn't help much with brifter paddle clearance, and might be worse when on the hoods 'cause RM-014 is narrower there than equivalent regular dorp bars.

And of course, changing bars just so the load can be a bit wider is a backwards way to go about it anyways.

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, 04/10/2013 - 15:07
tehschkott
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Jimmys right. Flared bars are going to help to some degree sure, but it's smarter to trim your bundle a bit - The wrap is only 9 inches wide, there's some room to play. As you see I just used some rolled up towels - more concerned with diameter than I was width. It'd be an easy thing to control for.

It'll work fine with sidepull cable routing - I'm using it there. I could see some kind of friction for canti or centerpull brake cable routing, but my gut feeling is I think you'd have to load that thing up way more than is probably possible to feel the effects. I could be wrong though.

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Wed, 04/10/2013 - 15:45
Roxy
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might be a dumb question, but are you making everything from scratch or modifying/using some existing pouches?

Wed, 04/10/2013 - 16:09
tehschkott
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Not a dumb question. Pouches are commercially available molle pouches. I'm just building the platform. I'm not good enough to make pouches and there's a million of them on the market. Seemed like a wiser investment of energies for a guy with limited sewing skills to go this route.

The front pouch there was $13 from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005QAIFT2/ref=oh_details_o09_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

The two rear pouches were $15 ea from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BEWSY2E/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

General search: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=molle+pouch

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Wed, 04/10/2013 - 16:23
tehschkott
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Untitled by tehschkott, on Flickr

This is what the platform that I build looks like btw. Little bit of red stitching to demark where I suggest you attach it to the bars - it's just a suggestion though. One of those is 9 in and the other is 10.5 in.

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Wed, 04/10/2013 - 16:33
akasnowmaaan
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I really really fucking want to pay you to make one of these even though I will probably only use it once and then let it sit in my closet.

How does it affect the handling if you're blazing along on pavement? So, if I wanted to use this on the rigid Niner for a day at the beach with about 12 miles round trip of city in between, would it work? Just wondering if it's a meaningful alternative to panniers on the right spencer.

Should have said it was just a cross check with different geometry. - Todd

Fri, 04/12/2013 - 00:06
tehschkott
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Okay. I'm going to make a couple more. I'll make you one at the same time when I make them. Do you want a 12in wide for flat bars, or 9in wide for drops?

I don't know about price yet. I'll make it and we can talk.

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Fri, 04/12/2013 - 16:35
tehschkott
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Ooorrr not? I don't know - PM me if interested Snow. I'll hook it up.

In other news:

http://ruthworkssf.blogspot.com/

Found this awesome blog about sewing and bags

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Fri, 04/19/2013 - 01:40
tehschkott
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PS - how long was it before you decided you were justified in buying a real sewing machine? Have any of you hit that point? It feels like where I fuck up in my stitching it's because my machine fucks up and I have to correct for it. Like, I suck, make no mistake... but when my machine isn't screwing up I actually do pretty good work.

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Fri, 04/19/2013 - 01:39
Orc
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Four bags worth of sewing on a Singer Featherweight was enough to make me want a better machine (and fortunately my uncle-in-law was selling his used Pfaff 130, so I could get one without having to sell body parts on the black market.) I don't know if having a better machine makes my work any better, but it cuts the hardware-related annoyances way down.

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 07:41
NOVELTYNAME
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i just jumped into a sewing machine. there was a pfaff 138 for something like $275 and i got it. it needed a service, bobbins, and needles but for ~$400 I had a machine for 3 years. Just got it back from service, $230 and got some needles and bobbins.

i got it for upholstery but i make stuff now. working on a boxy bag currently. i hope i can finish it tonight.

"Folks want options!"

Fri, 04/19/2013 - 12:12
Blakey
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Got myself a winterbike project going.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 00:10
ShinyTravisto
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(Reply to #91)

Blakey wrote:

Got myself a TAFbike project going.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 00:14
Blakey
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Well, yes. it is. Annoyingly the magenta is dulling quite a bit and the limey green is pretty close to the yellow.

Might try for a more neon pink (with glitter!) and a signal green instead.

Also, splatter paint is fucking hard, my aim is terrible!

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 00:23
jimmythefly
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True. Ever try to make a Pollock style drip painting? It's actually quite difficult to get one to look nice.

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.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 00:55
Blakey
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My best splatters are on the cardboard behind the pedals...

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 00:57
hambeki
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I just might be stealing that idea for my platforms this weekend.

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

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 02:31
tehschkott
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bad ass!

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Thu, 05/02/2013 - 02:47
Blakey
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aww yiss. That's more like it.

white&magenta to brighten up the pink, 'light green' in place of yellow looking lime green.

Next up, stem, guards, frame&fork.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 03:23
crowding
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smiley

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 04:17
Viggen
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FUUUUUUUCK.
That's the shit I like.
smileysmileysmiley

Whippin Skidz wrote:
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Thu, 05/02/2013 - 04:19
spaghetti
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i did that to a helmet 4 years ago and got made fun of.
you guys suck, but not you Blakey, you are good.

Thu, 05/02/2013 - 09:17

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