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

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spaghetti
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So, we live on the 3rd floor, first stairwell is outside up to a deck, where our front door is, as soon as you walk into the front door there is another stairwell, very narrow and very long. Spaghettilady essentially refuses to ride anymore because walking her bike up and down those long narrow stairs is too much.

I was thinking that maybe we could install a narrow ramp to roll the bikes up and down within our apartment. I found a picture that is the basic idea.

Ill take some photos and measure tonight. Any ideas how to implement this? I was imagining a bunch of strips of wood end to end but it needs a place to ground, maybe against the wall? Would like to avoid drilling into our nice wood floors at all costs.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:09
jimmythefly
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You'll definitely want a channel or V or U shape. Whatever you use to cradle the shape can extend sideways to the wall. You can also create angled blocks that go between your ramp and the stair treads, but instead of gluing or screwing them down, use a large patch of grip tape with maximum surface area. If you did this for every-other stair, the ramp will stay put quite well, or with only a minimum of other screws. Could also use adhesive velcro tape, so the ramp would be removable, and all you would have to deal with is the adhesive in the long term.

I would put the ramp on the right side of the stairwell when facing uphill (so not like your pic). So that when pushing your bike you are on the NDS.

Maybe dumb to mention -but be sure spaghettilady knows how to walk a loaded bike down the stairs while using both brakes to slow the bike, not simply holding it back with her muscles. Not trying to be condescending but I am amazed at how many folks seem not to realize how easy it can be to walk a really heavily loaded bike down a steep hill -just have to use the brakes!

If the ramp(s) will also be used in the downhill direction, I would add some expanded metal (like you see on log skinnies for MTB) so that the above brake technique actually works without the bike skidding.

Other than making a channel out of wood, look into gutter material, and C-channel aluminum from someplace like online metals. Or consider making a channel from a flat piece of wood + screwed-on metal or plastic angle edging.

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.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:04
NOVELTYNAME
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Also make sure you keep track of local laws, see:blind folks tripping hazard

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Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:41
spaghetti
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Funny you mention laws, my first thought was "duh, her job is to know city code" then i realized, she works for an architecture firm!
So I've now got those goobers in on this. None of them are bike riders, so we're going to have to keep this from getting to designer bro-y and simple to assemble. I like the idea of the blocks that go in between stairs, there are just a lot of stairs, but that seems like the best option right now.
definitely going to research gutter materials.

I mean we could totally do a PVC pipe and cut it to a halfpipe and should have enough strength, right?

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 12:52
cheese
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Jimmy's on the right track. You could also do a piece of bent angle that mounts to the underside of the track and hooks around the rear of every fourth stair tread or something. Definitely recommend a strip of grip tape or safety traction tape down the center. Might even be able to do it in bent expanded metal mesh but then your connection details might end up being welds.

PVC could work if you have a good way to cut it cleanly and evenly in that length, but the circular shape means any fastener you have to drill through will be right in the tire's path. Miter it at the ground to match the stair pitch if you want it to look clean. Pros: all weather material, cons: it's white and it will get dirty looking.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 14:53
spaghetti
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I think i'd paint the track flat black

I could build a jig with a block, drill a hole the diameter of the pipe (2"?) and mount a jig saw to the block and feed the pipe through. Given the length I wouldn't want a splitter after the blade but maybe a piece of metal parallel to the blade to keep the pipe straight.

of course that's still just the track...

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 15:51
jimmythefly
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For that much effort, just buy a chunk of gutter.

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.

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:25
The RTS
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just use a piece of 1x4

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 16:50
NOVELTYNAME
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Just get some fucking angle iron, drill a couple holes and gtfo/htfu

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Tue, 07/15/2014 - 20:55
oogens
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getting a lighter bike is the easiest solution

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 02:51
VT regularbike
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Or a better girlfriend

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

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:00
VT regularbike
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Sorry. Couldn't help myself.

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

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 03:01
JUGE FREDD
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few have found a girl that can benchpress them

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Wed, 07/16/2014 - 04:27
VT regularbike
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Since my filed down nickel didn't work to convert my square taper crank puller to octalink, I made an adapter tonight in class.

Next up knurled screw & knurled washer to replace my nut/bolt/washer BB tool holder. Should make it a lot nicer to use

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

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 01:52
Lowrey'sOrgan
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material? looks nice!

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:38
timberland boots
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(Reply to #216)

spaghetti wrote:
So, we live on the 3rd floor, first stairwell is outside up to a deck, where our front door is, as soon as you walk into the front door there is another stairwell, very narrow and very long. Spaghettilady essentially refuses to ride anymore because walking her bike up and down those long narrow stairs is too much.

I was thinking that maybe we could install a narrow ramp to roll the bikes up and down within our apartment. I found a picture that is the basic idea.

Ill take some photos and measure tonight. Any ideas how to implement this? I was imagining a bunch of strips of wood end to end but it needs a place to ground, maybe against the wall? Would like to avoid drilling into our nice wood floors at all costs.

Problem with these is that they invariably up them too close to the wall because designerbros forget that bikes have handlebars and you can't walk them 4 inches off a wall. In my experience it's easier to just shoulder the bike, I'd actually seriously put forth that maybe she needs a lighter bike or something less cumbersome like a folder

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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 08:15
Lowrey'sOrgan
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Mr. Grumps wrote:
designerbros forget that bikes have handlebars and you can't walk them 4 inches off a wall

problem solved

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:11
Bahamontes
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(Reply to #218)

Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
problem solved

Bro, that bike isn't even NJS. They lost their certification.

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 10:28
VT regularbike
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(Reply to #219)

Lowrey'sOrgan wrote:
material? looks nice!

12L14 is all I could find in the right size. The lead makes it machine super nice but its pretty soft. Definitely wouldn't hold up well for shop use but I foresee myself using this thing 2 more times tops so its fine.

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

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:25
Lowrey'sOrgan
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sweet. If you plan to hang on to it for a long time make sure you framesaver it or something, 12L14 rusts like a mofo

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:37
VT regularbike
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Good call, i'll probably just coat it in grease and stick it in a bag

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

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:51
NOVELTYNAME
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twss

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Wed, 07/23/2014 - 12:56
VT regularbike
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Made another thing tonight. Knock off of the Pedros bb holder tool. I had a bolt with a nut and washer I used to use for square taper but since I could I thought I'd make a legit tool. Unfortunately no one was there to help me figure out what gear combination I need to cut metric threads on any of the lathes so I Yolo'd at 26tpi. Worked perfect on the M8 side not so much for the 15x1.0 octalink side took a little massaging into the Spindle with some pliers which is why my knurling is all fucked on that part, threads in fine now though. Anyway that part is too large and when I screw that side all the way into the spindle and put the tool on it doesn't engage the splines so I'll have to turn that down a bit to fit inside the next smaller diameter in the BB tool.

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

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 02:58
randsome beast
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Impressive simple tools you have been making.

How hard would it be to make a threaded pedal converter for some old DA EX cranks? Keep swearing I'm done with the vintage steel game and it just keeps pulling me back in.

Edit: It would have 1"x24 threads on the outside and 9/16"x20 on the inside that would install from the inside of the crank arm with a slight lip to act as a stop. More I think about things the more I realize I need to get with a local machinist and have multiple items made like RD hangers for my crapped on fiber biek.

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Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:40
VT regularbike
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I'll look into it. Not sure we have internal thread cutting tools that small since I don't have the pedals taps. Not sure you could get the pedals tight enough though because as soon as the pedal tightens to the insert it would start threading the insert out of the crank arm. Maybe if you red loctite it in first or something.

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

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 14:02
randsome beast
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I wasn't asking you to make one I was just asking how hard it would be. After some googling it appears the adapter threads on from the outside and the pedal into it with a slightly increased Q.

What would be rad would be a LOOK style eccentric for changing the effective crank length.

emor wrote:
RANDO LIFE IS LIFE ON THE EDGE

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:48
VT regularbike
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It wouldn't be hard

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

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 17:56
jimmythefly
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Related:

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.

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 15:37
Orc
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Idle hands are the devil's tools; a modified (wider, headlight mount on the correct side, and built to attach to the midfork eyelets on a Soma cross fork) endpoint rack I made as a birthday present for a friend.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:11
cheese
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Kind of the Rack of Theseus at this point, innit?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 21:48
Orc
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The basic shape (one crosswise strut, longer than it is wide but not as wide as one of my squarish racks) is endpoint; my normal racks have 2 longitudinal struts with a crossbar to make an H. I'm not going to call it an espresso rack, of course, but it is in the endpoint family as opposed to my squarish rando rack family.

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 22:35
Lowrey'sOrgan
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because this thread needs one more bottle opener:

Sat, 08/23/2014 - 22:18
VT regularbike
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Is that a riser for like an acrobat?

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

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 00:21
Lowrey'sOrgan
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Is what a what? It's a section of a crabon clincher rim I had the pleasure of chopping up the other day. The aero section is pretty flexy laterally of course, but it works.

Sun, 08/24/2014 - 15:21
Lowrey'sOrgan
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turned some 16h rear hubs into 32h rear hubs for rauce

Sun, 09/07/2014 - 17:44
Larry Winget
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Like!

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Sun, 09/07/2014 - 23:51
asterisk
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DQ for bag makers: What's the best fabric to put against a tube to prevent a friction wear spot? I'm piecing together a tool pouch and need to line the tube area with something. I've usually just tossed it in an old cotton sock but if there's something better...

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 11:53
NOVELTYNAME
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Well, there isn't a 'best' fabric. The best would be plastic sticker/protector over the frame and then your choice of a clean fabric that gets changed before it gets to dusty/dirty. You want to keep grit away from the paint, so anything as long as it's clean will work better than something dirty

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Sun, 10/05/2014 - 12:52
Orc
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(Reply to #239)

asterisk wrote:
DQ for bag makers: What's the best fabric to put against a tube to prevent a friction wear spot?

Put the tube in a ziplock bag.

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 13:45
hiljentaa
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IME, a cotton drawstring bag works way better than a ziplock. Plastic bags just shred eventually. Maybe a real thick one..

If you wanted to be dorky you could get one of these: http://zpacks.com/accessories/zip_pouches.shtml

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 13:50
asterisk
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Well, I'm using some leftover canvas from another project and worried about inward facing seams rubbing on the tube. Will probably just use some ripstop nylon.

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 14:43
Lowrey'sOrgan
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Make a box shaped pocket; leave the tube in its packaging?

Sun, 10/05/2014 - 16:57
jeffro
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I do tube in plastic bag and then burrito roll that in a tyvek scrap. Fasten under seat rails with cheapy velcro strap, the kind that come in a roll of 25.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 00:03
Lowrey'sOrgan
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Had a mini paint party after work today. I now own one frameset (cheap crabon roadie, not shown) in the color below:

I'm pretty stoked, one pint of auto paint was $20 and that did two frame&forks. Totally gonna paint everything now

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 00:02
cheese
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What car comes in that colour? You have a spray booth?

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:13
Lowrey'sOrgan
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No idea, just brought a paint chip to NAPA and the dude mixed it for us. Booth belongs to the design studio at work. I'm totally new to this and it was amazing how easy it was (to do one color with very forgiving paint at least, not saying I know anything about anything or did nearly as good a job as a pro)

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 14:28
rauce
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More bottle openers...

We gut 6871 TT brake/shift levers in order to add the shift switch and inside cover onto Magura hydro tt levers for our customers sometimes. As a result we have a whole bag of the brake levers lying around. I made it so you grab the bottle neck like the bar and pull the lever.

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 15:47
joy of vaping
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(Reply to #248)

rauce wrote:
More bottle openers...

We gut 6871 TT brake/shift levers in order to add the shift switch and inside cover onto Magura hydro tt levers for our customers sometimes. As a result we have a whole bag of the brake levers lying around. I made it so you grab the bottle neck like the bar and the lever.

I like this.

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 16:08
Rusty Piton
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How much do I pay you for one of those? That's genius!

emor wrote:
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Tue, 12/02/2014 - 16:43
rauce
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I have to make sure it works consistently first, if so I'll send you a pm.

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 19:42

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