Bike Reins





Introduction: Bike Reins

This is a somewhat crazy idea that actually is useful. Occasionally I like to sit upright on my bike without bending over to hold onto the handlebars - but I don't like to ride "no hands" - which is strange because I do like to ride a unicycle. So got this idea to make some reins and surprisingly they work quite well.

Of course you have to be careful, it is potentially dangerous and you have no brakes - kind of like riding a unicycle.

Step 1: Cut Ends Off Bungee Cord

I used a hard rubber core bungee cord that does not stretch easily. The length is about 120 cm. Cut the ends off and burn the nylon coating on the ends to keep from unraveling.

Then use will need some stiff wire for the next step.

Step 2: Form a Loop at the Ends, Wrap With Wire and Tape

I folded over a loop of about 20 cm of the bungee cord. Then wrap the loop together with stiff wire. I had some heavy magnetic wire for this talk.

Then tape with duct tape. You do not want the ends coming apart while you are riding.

Step 3: Mount on Handlebars and Go Riding.

The final product is about 70 cm long.

Loop the two ends over the ends of handlebars and you are ready to use.



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    Whats the use of this?


    you could fashion a second cable to pull the brakes? with a loose slip knot or brackets?

    That would be cool. Scary but cool.

    I improvised reins like this on a bike trail once. I used to ride all the time upright, no hands, but now it feels unstable ( maybe narrower, high pressure tyres ? ) I wanted to give my wrists a rest, so just unzipped the removable arms from my jacket and tied them to the bar ends. The sleeves are a thin, non stretch hi-vis material, connected across the shoulders. They worked perfectly.

    Nice. It surprises people to hear how actually stable bike "reins" are. You should post a video for the non-believers.

    I've made something like this when playing cowboys. All I did was tie rope the handle bars and was all set.

    Yeah that sounds even more stable. Just did it for a lark but it actually is a very comfortable way to sit upright for a while.
    Don't think our idea will take off though.

    Yeah, I didn't like leaning over so much either.

    how many times did u fall down ?? :))

    Riding without helmet also???

    you are brave