Picture of The Ultimate Banana Guard
When ever I take a banana In my pack for mountain biking it always gets squashed.

Plastic guards are all very well for walkers but they don't stand up to sliding down a hillside with a bike on top of you.

To this end, I made the Ultimate Banana Guard and it works.

In the video you will see that it resists, impact, abrasion, attack, squashing and not least, for the sake of fun, fire.

Please vote if you like this Indestructible.

No bananas were harmed in the making of this video.
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Step 1: Cutting the tube.

Picture of Cutting the tube.
I imagined building a hinged metal box but then I remembered the bed frame on my metal pile, ( everything eventually gets used ).

The curve was perfect.
I measured it against a few bananas and cut a suitable size.

Step 2: Making the end caps.

Picture of Making the end caps.
The bed frame had plastic plugs for feet.
I removed these and cut plywood discs , with a jig saw, to fit inside.
This will stop the ends of the tube from being deformed under extreme pressure.

Step 3: Adding the ring pull.

Picture of Adding the ring pull.
I wanted to use a ring pull but could find nothing suitable.
I found some toggle bolts from a lawn mower.
I tried one, and although it would do, it wasn't the look that I craved.
I searched my house again and found a little bracket and then a hose clamp.

It was a much better design.

Step 4: Lining the tube.

Picture of Lining the tube.
I cut out discs of bubble wrap  and glued them together; I stuck this in the base.

Four strips of bubble wrap were glued to the inner tube.

The lid has no padding because the banana has its own stalk as protection.

Step 5: Painting.

Picture of Painting.
I wanted this to look tough and although I usually use matt black for everything, I felt that this project warranted the military touch.
I had in mind the colour and stencil look of ammunition boxes or grenades.

I looked up the Russian, Chinese and various other countries' names for banana but none really looked that good so I just chose,          " B.GRENADE ".

I used matt olive paint for the tube and yellow for the stencil.

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dizzle9765 months ago
honestly, this is one of the better instructables ive seen. great job man....

Like the US Pineapple and Lemon grenades? A new development?

Tee hee hee! I never thought of that; good one.

Southpaw691 year ago

You're next 'ible should be how to make the "Banana Hammock!" :-P

gren_m1 year ago
you sir, are a tool
FriendOfHumanity (author)  gren_m1 year ago
This is bloody brilliant
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Matt Adkins1 year ago
Hey Matt,

Thanks for the comment . . . It's still going strong.
Haha indestructible banana! Good job! Cool even though I dont mountain bike altough it might be good for backpacking. Anyway keep up the good work :)
FriendOfHumanity (author)  NVDevastator1 year ago
Thanks man.
Bobey1 year ago
Who the heck would do that to a banana
bajablue1 year ago
FriendOfHumanity (author)  bajablue1 year ago
hahaha! LOVE IT!!!! You're welcome!!!
Congrats on your big win!
Dear Potaomansoup,

Thank you very much ; I am amazed and happy.
My money was on the Titanium ring or chainmail.

Kind Regards

Haha!! What a unique and functional idea!
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Jessie Marie1 year ago
Thank you for your nice comment.
Unicornz1 year ago
That's amazing
FriendOfHumanity (author)  Unicornz1 year ago
I'm happy that you liked it.
soshimo1 year ago
Forget the banana guard (although it's cool), I want that flame thrower!
FriendOfHumanity (author)  soshimo1 year ago
I love the smell of bananas in the morning.
It smells like.... victory!
bakdrft2 years ago
Why arent there any Apple guard posts?
aristide2022 years ago
Very nice instructables, I have they same bananas squashing prolem too but at the moment I don't have anything like you bed frame in my scrap deposit.
FriendOfHumanity (author)  aristide2022 years ago
Dear Aristide,

Thanks for the comment.
Good luck with the search for a scrap bed frame.
You could always try a pipe bender; as mentioned by Oilitright ( a few comments below).

Kind Regards


intellio2 years ago
Just Cool. Good job. What inspired you to save a banana?
FriendOfHumanity (author)  intellio2 years ago
Dear Intellio,

Thanks for the comments.
I just tried to think of  something in my everyday life that was regularly broken or spoiled and my brain said ' ,' banana'.
i always seemed to squash one when I went mountain biking.

Kind Regards

pkemp922 years ago
I instantly thought of the Imgur communities reaction to something like this; however I don't want to post it on your behalf. I think they would love to see your Banana Guard! :P
FriendOfHumanity (author)  pkemp922 years ago
Dear Pkemp92,

I'm too out of touch to know what Imgur is but thanks for the advice; It sounds interesting, I will look into it.

Kind Regards


oilitright2 years ago
Very ingenious and useful. Also very satisfactory photographs and demo video was top shelf. Have you noticed any tendency for bananas to over ripen to quickly? I am going to try to make one. I don't have a bed frame but I do have a pipe bender. For the plugs I'm going to try and use pressure test plugs.
FriendOfHumanity (author)  oilitright2 years ago
Dear Oilitright,

Thank you for the kind words.

No, I have not noticed a tendency for over ripening because my bananas are only kept in there for about three hours; and I like them all speckledy brown anyway.

Your version sounds interesting; why not post a picture when it's done ?

Kind Regards

just1jane2 years ago
It has my vote. Clever, useful, and fun. Just don't take any bananas with you to the airport.
FriendOfHumanity (author)  just1jane2 years ago
Dear Just1jane,

Thanks for the vote.
No, good point, it's not airport-official-proof.

Kind Regards 

asegade2 years ago
Ok, good work, but doesn't resist a nuclear bomb, he-he-he !! ;-)
FriendOfHumanity (author)  asegade2 years ago
Dear Asegade,

Doh! You found the weak point.
Thanks for the comment.

Kind Regards

No, No, No !   Boldly make the claim, "Proof against 50 Megaton Nuclear Bomb Blast".

If anyone argues, challenge them to prove you wrong.  

As long as you do not challenge Chinese government officials, I think you'll find, no takers.
FriendOfHumanity (author)  ElectroFrank2 years ago
Dear ElectroFrank,

Yes, good point, you are right.

To use the ' parlance of our times ' , Prove me wrong.

Thanks for the comment.

Kind Regards


*The Big Lebowski.
static2 years ago
Appears that the banana guard would work as a wheel chock in a pinch or the driver was very timid about running over the thing. The bananas that arrive here seem to vary in size so one would have to construct a guard to accommodate the largest of them. Electrical conduit sweeps might be a ready source for the tubing While not as rugged the PVC variety would be lighter. Personally I would pack dehydrated bananas, but the instructable is well done as is the video production.
FriendOfHumanity (author)  static2 years ago
Dear Static,

I could have made it longer, with part of it straight, to accommodate big ones but I always buy the cheapo small bananas.

PVC tubing instead of steel is a good idea for bananas that are not planning on being run over by Land Rover or set on fire.

Thanks for the comments.

Kind Regards

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