Introduction: Portable Cyclocross Barrier
If you train for cyclocross, these portable, collapsible barriers are easy to tote along, even on the bike. I used shock cord inside PVC pipe so all the parts stay together when you break down the barrier, and the longest piece of the barrier is 2 feet (24 inches).
- 2 10' lengths of 1/2" Sch 40 PVC pipe (Lowe's only had 10' lengths, you need 12') - $4.14
- 4 1/2" slip-on end caps - $1.52
- 2 1/2" slip-on 3-way couplers (Side Out Elbow)- $1.96
- 1 1/2" slip on coupler (Coupling) - $0.44
- 20' 5/32" Marine Bungee Cord - $2.80
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Materials and Tools
- 6 2' lengths of 1/2" or 3/4" PVC pipe (I used 1/2" Sch 40)
- 4 slip-on end caps
- 1 pipe coupler
- 2 3-way side outlet couplers
- 2 10' sections of bungee cord
- Drill with bit large enough to make a hole for the bungee cord (I used a step bit)
- Scissors (to cut the bungee cord)
- Lighter (to keep the cut end of the cord from fraying)
- Pipe cutter, hacksaw, or reciprocal saw (pipe cutter makes the cleanest cuts)
Step 2: Assemble the Barrier
- Cut PVC pipe into 6 2' lengths
- Drill holes into the center of each end cap
- Run a section of bungee cord into the hole in one cap, and tie a figure eight not on the outside of the cap (tie this knot close to the end of the bungee cord
- Feed the cord from the inside of the cap into a 2' section of pipe, and slide the cap onto the end of that piece of pipe (you could glue the cap on, but it isn't necessary)
- Run the cord through one hole in a 3-way connector, and out another hole
- Repeat steps 2-4 for the other piece of bungee cord, ensuring that both sections of cord come out the same hole in the 3-way connector
- Slip the 2 leg section into the 3-way connector
- Run both sections of bungee into another 2' section of pipe
- Now through the coupler
- Now through another 2' section of pipe
- Run the 2 sections of bungee into one hole of the other 3-way connector, and run one cord out each of the other holes in the connector
- Slide the 3-way connector onto the pipe section from step 9
- Run one piece of bungee through a 2' section of pipe
- Run that piece of bungee through an end cap
- Slide the pipe into the 3 way connector
- Slide the end cap onto the pipe
- Repeat steps 12-15 for the other section of bungee cord and remaining parts.
- With the barrier assembled, pull on one of the bungee cords so there is tension on the cord running through the barrier, and then tie a knot in the cord. Cut off excess and use a lighter to melt the end a little bit so it won't fray
- Do the same to the other bungee cord section
- Tie the leftover chunks of bungee cord to the barrier, making a couple of loops that can be drawn around the barrier when it is disassembled so it is easy to store and carry.
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