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

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Andrew_Squirrel
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From my experience with rando bags I would advise against side and front pockets and instead just make the main box larger. The front pocket tends to take up a bunch of room and look big from the outside but ultimately doesn't have as much storage as a slightly larger bag in that dimension. The front pocket also adds a whole bunch of unnecessary holes to an area that takes the most battering from moisture. IME everything in my front pockets gets drenched in the rain, stays damp and the bonus seams allow moisture to wick into the main compartment.
I also found side pockets on the Swift bag were really dumb. They sometimes interfered with integrated shifters and didn't add any extra storage since they were tapered at the edges instead of boxed out to add volume. If you are going to add side pockets make sure there is some sort of closure system. Wide open pockets facing the sky are a terrible idea.

Rear pockets facing the rider are actually pretty useful and rarely see moisture since they are down-wind from the incoming rain. I haven't seen it done yet but making them larger & more like a feedbag style would be awesome.

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:46
jdsmooth
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The front pocket thing is kinda true. I put my ziploc'd toilet paper + sanitizer in there so DGAF if wet. If making my own rando box, would skip front + side pockets.

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:53
dotMR
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(Reply to #653)

Andrew_Squirrel wrote:
Rear pockets facing the rider are actually pretty useful and rarely see moisture since they are down-wind from the incoming rain. I haven't seen it done yet but making them larger & more like a feedbag style would be awesome.

Ooh, that's a good idea. Was thinking one rear pocked sized for a beer can, but additionally making it cord-closure like the feedbags seems to be super useful

Thanks for the tips all re: skipping front pouches - makes sense

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 15:27
NOVELTYNAME
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my front pouch has spare tube/tools/armwarmers.

i too would advise against "pockets" on the side but little slit pockets (for flat stuff/brevet cards/spent gu packets and wrappers/cell phone) can be useful.

2 back pockets with bungee closure: 12oz can/16oz can size would be A+++++++

also slit pockets on the inside can be helpful for organization IME

"Folks want options!"

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 16:19
Face
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I made an orange rack out of scrap metal.


It's got a wald zip tied to it now. I like it.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
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Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:30
NOVELTYNAME
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I love that kona

"Folks want options!"

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:48
Rusty Piton
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That's awesome, face.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00
jdsmooth
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that's inspiring

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:18
jimmythefly
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That is great!

Wait a sec is that a 69er?

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 bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:47
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Some of those old Kona steel MTBs have true supple tubing. The bike looks great!

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:56
Face
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Thanks dudes. It's just a 26er with a poorly angled photo taken of it.

Rides pretty supple, especially with tubeless and that long chair pole sticking out. Next up I gotta find a purple chairpole in 27.2 x 400mm to replace the 27.0 with a soda can. Maybe a purple headset too? Orange pedals are definitely calling my name as well.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:04
Rusty Piton
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Love that hose loop.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:22
Face
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I want options.

Those brakes have been on 2 of my bikes and a couple of Motorbacon's.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:45
lukasz
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Moving my Vans for flat pedal sole-chat here.

Easiest thing to do is to carefully get started and then kind of lift the sole and slice at the inside of the flap repeatedly until you get through it:

I cut 3-4mm off my Vans pro sole the other day so I could stack the Superfeet carbon onto it.

I did a good day of MTB yesterday and am pleased to report that my shoes felt plenty supportive and generally perfect for my purposes. Did not once think they were too floppy, nor too stiff to walk on. Generally just forgot about my shoes. Perfect! If you are as stupid as me and start cutting your Vans soles up please don't cut yourself. The foam they are made of is really difficult to work with. The project totally dulled a complete snap-off boxcutter blade. I'd estimate you need 1 of those blades per sole to do it without annoyance.

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 19:45
Face
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An electric fish knife goes through foam like an electric fish knife through fish. As to say, really easily. I used it to cut large slabs of latex foam and memory foam for a couple furniture projects a while back and loved it.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 20:19
shane.rrr
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Dang I might do that carbon sole in vans.

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 09:11
lukasz
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(Reply to #667)

Face wrote:
An electric fish knife goes through foam like an electric fish knife through fish. As to say, really easily. I used it to cut large slabs of latex foam and memory foam for a couple furniture projects a while back and loved it.

oh good call.

I was imagining that something like that might do the job quickest. Just went down to the hardware store and grabbed the most appropriate box-cutter, which seemed like the snap-off blade one because you can make it really long.

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 10:15
shane.rrr
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You could also heat up a wire or clothes hanger and cut it with that. I have done that on other foam things.

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 15:34
VT regularbike
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Yeah pc power supply and some really thin wire works real good.

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

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 19:24
jeffro
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(Reply to #670)

VT regularbike wrote:
Yeah pc power supply and some really thin wire works real good.

Top tip, right there.

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 20:40
lukasz
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God damn that sounds fun

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 23:05
Blakey
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(Reply to #672)

VT regularbike wrote:
Yeah pc power supply and some really thin wire works real good.

* Nichrome wire

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 01:22
bward1028


Working on a brass insert to fix my busted lever.
Fit is done, next is to tap and thread the brass, drill the lever, and fasten from the front side with tiny bolts.

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 16:09
NOVELTYNAME
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can you make it a little more steampunk? like, add some natural leather and maybe use a liquid filled cologne sample vial for stability

"Folks want options!"

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 16:55
igor
(Reply to #675)

Make sure to hot glue some random gears to make it properly steamy.

ye olde fronche cranks

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 16:58
jdsmooth
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needle gauge gear indicator

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 12:15
VT regularbike
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Brass makes no sense at all for that application. It's not cheap it's not light, it's really not that stiff. Why?

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

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 23:29
bward1028

It’s scrap I had and it’s easy to shape. What would you do?

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 00:58
NOVELTYNAME
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(Reply to #679)

NOVELTYNAME wrote:
make it a little more steampunk? like, add some natural leather and maybe use a liquid filled cologne sample vial for stability

"Folks want options!"

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:02
NOVELTYNAME
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That’s what I would do

"Folks want options!"

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 11:02
Andrew_Squirrel
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Printed a version 4 of Jimmy's Tubus Duo Lowrider pannier hook mount. Thanks for revising it Jimmy!
I was taking off the set that he gifted me last year and there was a crack along the plastic grain at the corner of the hex nut.
I was thinking of having them professionally printed by Shapeways to avoid any grain splits & better finish but the office 3D printer (0.01 resolution) did a pretty good job and in a colorway that matches my bike.

This was the last version:

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:20
Andrew_Squirrel
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Also made a custom bungee cord of the exact length I need to keep the bike rack arm on the bus from sliding down because front racks.
Still need to revise my bungee hook design, came out too large the first time.

I'd prefer this didn't happen to my bike:

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 14:24
cheese
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Nice work Squirrel and Jimmy! I didn’t know Paracord Planet did elastic also.

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 17:36
shane.rrr
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Can you post the file for that Tubus Duo? I have been using electrical tape.

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 09:41
jeffro
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Thu, 05/31/2018 - 23:17
Face
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That's really good

Mr. Pubes wrote:
i fear that you are so lost in your own asshole that you may never be found again. do you have a flare gun? send for help.

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 00:48
jimmythefly
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(Reply to #687)

shane.rrr wrote:
Can you post the file for that Tubus Duo? I have been using electrical tape.

PM me and I can email it to you. Or if you can wait a couple of days I can put it up on thingiverse or whatever, but Pm will be faster.
Squirrel if you have a place to post it go for it.

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 bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 03:58
Shortpants
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(Reply to #688)

jeffro wrote:
20180531_224844 by Jeffrey Carson, on Flickr

I don't get it?

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 04:33
jeffro
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(Reply to #689)

Shortpants wrote:
jeffro wrote:
20180531_224844 by Jeffrey Carson, on Flickr

I don't get it?

It's a tiny, lulzy, homemade cable lock to use in situations where the bike won't even be out of my sight. You know, summer microbrewery rides.

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 07:27
shane.rrr
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jimmythefly sent the files for the Tubus Duo hook keepers that Andrew and others have printed. I had a pair printed up and should be receiving them in the mail shortly. They glow in the dark!



Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:26
Andrew_Squirrel
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Nice, which company prints in photo receptive material?

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:43
shane.rrr
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3dHubs. They seem like they actually don't have their own facilities but contract the work out to people with 3d printers across the country.

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:02
jimmythefly
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Yep, it's basically like Airbnb for 3d printing.

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 bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 21:35
shane.rrr
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I really want a 3d printer but I know its cheaper to use someone elses.

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 08:08
Lowrey'sOrgan
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(Reply to #695)

shane.rrr wrote:
I really want a 3d printer but I know it'll be outdated in two years.

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:28
shane.rrr
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(Reply to #696)

Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
shane.rrr wrote:
I really want a 3d printer but I know it'll be outdated in two years.

That too. I remember reading about a project that was working on developing a open source 3d printer was able to be entirely printed and put together with common hardware.

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:38
JUGE FREDD
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Tue, 06/05/2018 - 15:36
newellbt

I need some of those tubus thingies, can you post the file?

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:23
Andrew_Squirrel
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Jimmy should post the files on Shapeways so anyone can order through his "shop". I already uploaded it to shapeways and there is a box up in the right hand corner corner that say "sell my design" which might make it easier to manage.

My second printing didn't go as well as the first on the office printer (one layer was slightly off center). Ended up ordering two sets from Shapeways (rev 3 & rev 4) because I'm really curious about the finish quality.

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 16:56
VT regularbike
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Have you fucked around with acetone vapor smoothing at all? You can get a great looking finish that way.

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

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 19:26

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