Intro: The Recyclable Soda Bottle Mudguard
There are few things in life more ridiculous to see than a fully grown man cycling in the rain without mudguards. For many years I have been that guy.
As we all know, mudguards although unquestionably practical are, almost without exception, unacceptably ugly.
So, every time it rains many of us are faced with a dilemma.
This solution minimises the visual impact on your bike, uses materials destined for the recycling bin, and can be completed in about five minutes.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
As I have come to discover not every bottle cap uses the same threading, so the crucial design decision is to choose a brand of soda that is always readily available.
The materials list is simply:
One soda bottle
One cable tie
You'll also need a pair of scissors, or a sharp knife.
Step 2: Thread the Cap
Cut a couple of small holes on either side of the cap and thread the cable tie.
Step 3: Attach to Your Seat Post
Now just attach the cap to you seat post, tighten the cable tie, and snip off the excess.
Step 4: Looks Like Rain
With rain on the way screw on your mudguard and enjoy a relatively dry ride.
When you reach your destination recycle your mudguard and return your bike to it's usual aesthetic loveliness.