Introduction: Benthekahn's Bike Hacks!
Hello, and welcome to my bike hacks Instructable. I will be showing you a few simple hacks that you can easily and cheaply do to your bike to make it better.
Step 1: Better Pedals
Here is a simple hack for making your pedals work better.
Problem: The spikes that grip your shoes on mountain bike pedals are bent forward so they don't grip.
Solution: Use a vice grip or pliers to bend the spike forward.
Note: This will only work for pedals with metal spikes. Don't bend back and forth many times or the spikes may break. This worked fine for me but i am not responsible if you break your pedal(s) doing this.
Step 2: Make Your Gear Shift Easier to Read!
This will teach you how to make it easier to tell what gear you are in.
Problem: When going fast, the handlebars move around too much to tell what gear you are in.
Solution: Hide all incorrect gear #s with tape.
Note: Don't use tape that leaves sticky residue if you think you will want to take it off sometime.
Step 3: More Comfortable Handlebars!
This step will teach you how to avoid handlebar sores.
Problem: When going off jumps or mountain biking, grippy handlebars may cause sores on your hands if you don't have gloves.
Solution: Add something less sticky then rubber like paper to handlebars. See pictures...
Step 4: Other Hacks
Well i have a few other hacks on my bike...
1. My chain guard. Made from inner tubes. Inspired by this Instructable, but a strip of rubber is wrapped around my frame and secured with gorilla tape.
2. My iPod holder. Picture below and possible Instructable coming later.
Participated in the
Park Tool Bike Month