Paint a Bike? Answered

How do you do a good paint job on your bike? What paint do I get? should I sand it down or Just put primer on it?

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Weedeater Bike

Http://www.dakotalogic.com/      I've been wanting to build a weedeater bike but need plans.  Does anybody have a copy of the ones from dakotalogic.com? please post them soon.

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Bike sprocket?

OK I want to know were I can find a metl 10tsprocket?? PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!

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New Bike? Answered

I've been looking around for a new bike, roadster, the thin ones for road and urban travel? Almost curtain that’s the right label, but what kind, what should I look for, specs, design, weight, color? Help a fella out, I’m new to the bike scene and my old wheels just won’t cut it. Also, what kind of bike does Armstrong use in competition, mainly; tour de France (of course of course)? And if you’d be so kind, what’s YOUR favorite kind of bike? Lastly, best deals on these bikes? ( I’m on a budget people, aren’t we all?)

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Tandem Bike

Hi ppl, thinking about building a tandem bike (with the idea of turning this into my mechanically powered water raft) and just wondering if anyone had advice? or, an Instructable on how to do so, had a quick look on here and couldn't find anything so any links would be appreciated. Thanks

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elliptical bike?

Has anyone ever heard of an elliptical bicycle? I came up with a design that would pedal using the walking motion of an elliptical trainer and you could stand up or sit down. I recently have seen a video from Maker faire and caught a glimpse of a bike with a similar design. Some minor differences included: The use of a chain ( I think that might give more room to walk/pedal opposed to my design with no chain), the pedaling is higher, and it looks more sturdy. This is helping me produce a better design. A glimpse at the other design is around 7:00 to 8:00 in this video. I hope someone has heard of it.

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I have a carbon fibre road bike that has a problem...

I have a carbon fibre road bike. I accidently grabbed the waterbottle carrier on the downtube. The waterbottle assembly along with the aluminum frame anchors were ripped out. I have been riding for a week without it. With the 2 holes there in the down tube...would there be further fractures or the frame would start cracking if i didn't fill the holes. If I were to fill the holes with silicon or epoxy...would this prevent any stress cracking?

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Can I get a 700x25 tire and tube and put it on a bike wheel that has a 700x38c tire and tube in it?

Can I get a 700x25 tire and tube and put it on a bike wheel that has a 700x38c tire and tube in it?

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would like to ride a bike/trike/quad that hold 500+ pounds. Can i make or reinforce a preexsiting bike to work for me?

I want to take and preexsisting bike/ trike/quad and make it hold me. most modern bike have a 200 to 250 limit I weight in around 500+ pounds. I know this is bad and want to change, I loved biking as a child and thought I could buy one. Well I can but it would involve a small loan the cheapest ones are 1300+ dollars I was hoping for some ideas on making or improving plus keeping the cost lower.

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Does anyone have plans or at least some detailed drawings for a treadmill bicycle?

I saw this thing on the news a while back. It had a steering assembly like a normal bike, the treadmill section which drove the back wheel via a crossed belt. I was kind of hoping for a three wheel version so that it would be more stable.

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Has anyone created a instructable on making a treadmill bike?

I've seen online and the occasional science show on TV, about a guy who made a bicycle that uses a treadmill for the main drive. I was wondering if anyone here has made one and/or knows where I can download plans? I was kind of hoping to make one based on a tricycle layout as that would be more stable and use a standard bicycle brake on the steering wheel.

Question by javajunkie1976   |  last reply


compost shredder-bike ?

Looking for ideas/designs to create a bike powered compost materials shredder?

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map holder for bike

Hello all, Im looking to make a map holder for my husbands mountain and road bike, I have access to a fab lab. Any help much appreciated Thanks

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jogger to bike trailer?

I have the Baby trends expedition double jogging stroller with the fixed wheel. I just want to attach it to my bike. Is it possible?

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Clean bike shocks? Answered

Im wondering if/how I can take these apart and clean them. If I can't what would be the best way to clean them?

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Bike chain snapped? Answered

So I’m riding along and suddenly my chain snapped. So than I get to walk home with my busted chain and bike. My question is, is it better to order a new chain, or can I use a power link? Or any other suggestions. Many Thanks

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Electric Bike Plans? Answered

Hey guys. I was thinking of building an electric bike this summer. The problem is I've never built an electric bike before and barely have any knowledge. I just wanted to know if it would be better to buy a ebike kit or to buy separate parts and build it. I have looked on Ebay for bike motors but i could only find up to 1000w kits for about 200-300 dollars and i thought that wasn't worth it. Is that the only price I can get a motor and do you guys know any good stores and sites to buy a cheap ebike motor. the other parts wouldn't be that hard to find so it's OK if you don't know of any kits. Thanks. P.s. I'm looking for Motors above 1000 watts

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Attaching a motor to a bike? Answered

I have an old motor that I'd like to attach to a bike. There are a few things that concern me though that I was hoping some people could clear up for me: 1. I'm wondering if maybe the motor is a bit too powerful for a bike. The motor is a briggs and stratton 4-stroke 3 horsepower 127cc engine that runs at 3600 rpm. It originally came from an old edger. I've read of people fitting bikes with 70cc engines, but nothing this powerful. If it is too powerful, is there any way to rectify that problem? 2. As I see it, there are 2 ways the engine could be attached: by friction to the tires, either front or back, or by chain directly to the front gears.  Ideally, I'd like it attached via chain in this way creating a gearshifting system from the already existent gears on the bike. But can a bike's deraileur handle the power that an engine brings, or would it be too much? 3. Lastly, I plan on using a centrifugal clutch. However, I've had bad experiences with them in the past that made startup of the engines difficult. (mainly due to the fact that the clutch kept engaging even though the engine was off. You could see how during startup of a go-kart, this could be frustrating.) Do you think a new and properly selected clutch would behave that way? Thanks a ton in advance! 

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A Bike With No Seat Or Pedals!

I thought this was very cool!  Weird 'Flintstones' Bike Has No Pedals or Seat 7 hours ago - 2:28 German engineering students have created a new way of getting around, and it's called The Fliz. The new James Dyson Award-nominated form of transportation is powered the old fashioned way: by your feet, Fred Flintstone style. With no pedals or seat, will this new form of transportation actually take off? Only a panel of experts bankrolled by the expensive vacuum cleaner salesman can decide! Also, Lady Gaga's meat dress is now a painted beef jerky dress, and will be on display in a Washington, DC mu. http://screen.yahoo.com/weird-flintstones-bike-has-no-pedals-or-seat-30522431.html?pb_list=23dce613-c500-43f0-9134-70e58b73187a

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Bike/bar details?

Does anyone have plans or drawings for a bike/bar (pic below)? My friend and I helped load one of these onto a trailer the other day and I have been wanting one ever since. It has a bar in the middle and 10-16 seats (depending on the model) lining the sides where people sit and pedal and drink. The one we saw had a steering wheel in the middle for the bartender. I have not researched the legality of such a vehicle in my area. I have not been able to find anything online thus far. My friends and I are proficient at machining and welding, I would just need some general dimensions and plans to get started. Can anyone help me out?

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want to make wyborne helmet from movie Coraline, how? Answered

I want to make the helmet as much like it as possible. and maybe the bike 2

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weights to keep pedals with clips/straps upright?

I just made some foot straps out of old seat belt material, they work great but they of course always flip upside down when my feet aren't in them. anyone got any ideas for weighting the pedals so they stay upright? preferably pretty minimalist so i can actually still use the bottom side in a pinch and not slip off or whatever.

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creative bike handlebar grip ideas?

I'm looking for creative solutions for items to use for bicycle handlebar grips. I often get alot of bikes/partial bikes from people and end up fixing them up and giving them to friends who need them or trading them for other bikes, but the problem is that most bikes I get are missing the handlebar grips, and I don't want to spend 5-10 dollars on a set of grips just so I can give the bike away. I would like to be able to go to the hardware store and buy the objects in bulk for pretty cheap. Just post ANY ideas you have, thanks.

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any tips for downhill biking? Answered

Any tips for downhill biking?

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Bike trailer coupling device

Hello,            Have just made a bike trailer and used two  suspension forks  from the front wheel of a scrap bike to mount two 20 inch bmx wheels.Now the frame of the trailer is betweeen 5 and 10 cm below the level of the bike rack on the rear of my bike . Any suggestions as to how to couple the trailer to the bike? If needed I can provide photos if that would help

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Punk bike-drill powered?

I have a mini bike I want to power with a Bosch 36 V. Lithium Drill. Can I use the sprocket setup that came with the bike? 

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Post your bike(s)

  I like bikes and to see how other people have them set up.   I've noticed that through the years I have collected a few photos of the different bikes I've gone through.   If you have a photo (or a few) please post them....... I'd like to see.  Feel free to include trailers,  gear,  or anything bike related. Thanks

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Any idea what bike this is? Answered

I got this bike at a thrift store today for 3 bucks, in this condition, but I found no websites or pictures about it on the internet. Anyone have an idea? It says "Olympian 10-speed," and on the front, "Performance Tested, Shucks"

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Gas engine bike fit Answered

Can I put my gas engine in the back of my bicycle. I bought it and even though I measured(not good enough it seems)it will not fit.

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Folding Bike Basket Reinforcing?

I have two rear mounted bike baskets that fold inward for storage.  The joints are horrible, like .25 by .75 inch rectangles of sheet metal.  they are failing, unbending and opening. How should I fix it?      I thought about using heavy wire, wrapped tight, but I want other ideas....

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Intersection Problem (Riding a Bike)

So here's my problem: I ride my bike to school everyday, but there is one intersection that I can not figure out how to ride through safely. I drew a picture of the intersection down below. The blue and green lines are cars, and the red line is the route that I usually take. If anyone could tell my where to ride , it would be greatly appreciated. (Click the little "i" in the corner of the image to view it at a higher resolution)

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Collapsible bike camper trailer

A friend of mine once told me about a camper that his grandfather had built for his truck. It was about 8x4 and folded out to hold a kitchen, a living space, a batheroom, 2 single bunks, a hammock, and a queen sized air mattress. It was made on a wooden base with canvas for the expansion. I don't really understand the details, but it and stumbleupon gave me a marvelous idea (see picture below for stumbleupon's imput). I would like to design a bike trailer that uses two bike wheels and is about 3' tall by 4' long  by 2' wide when collapsed, excluding tires and tire attachments. It would fold out with a tent material for walls, and be about 6' by 8' by 4', respectively. I don't know a whole lot about how to support it, but i was thinking something that would slide out on rails, or collapsible poles which would have poles that could come down to an adjustable length at all the corners, then lock as to provide added stability. A problem i foresee is the tires getting in the way of folding out, so i might want it to be 4' wide to start with and then not have to deal with expanding that way, and just have a method to extend it lengthwise. I'll be posting an instructable on it when i finish, but i would like some community input on the project as i'm working on it. Flaws in my plan, materials that would be useful, experience in sewing materials, things to consider are all welcome. I'll also upload pictures of my designs as i go through them. Thanks for reading, and i hope you comment. Unless you just read the end. Then you're lame.

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magnetic bike pedals DIY? Answered

I'm Brainstorming a better magnetic pedal .   I know Proton and Mavic already make them But I'd like to have a Mag-Pedal that can be used with any shoe .    ... IDEA:  Using recycled neodymium magnets glued recessed into a gel insole  and magnets on pedals I'm hoping to make it easier than cleats on special shoes.  Of course you won't get the locked in power of straps or clippless cleats .This would be ideal for mud,gravel, quick commuting on regular bikes,bmx,mtb,people who what some full leg power on the up stroke but want to put your foot anywhere on the pedal you want.  Question: Might there be extra bearing ware from magnets?  Will there be enough magnetism through an inch of rubber to work??   Please critique my idea . 

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What tricks would people like to learn?

Well after a request for an 'ible on basic bike tricks as a follow up to this cycling 'ible I'm wondering what tricks people would like to know about so far the list is:Pulling a wheelieStoppies/endos (stopping or moving with the back wheel in the air)BunnyhoppingSliding in a reasonable manner (as in tailslides)I'd like any other suggestions, the 'ible will include all requested tricks that I can do, heck got any for me to learn? Just throw them at me. If I can I'll add stalls and stuff to this but considering where I live finding a good place to do so is hard (it's still a building site for the most part...)EDIT: The instructable is now up

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What can you do on a bike?

Awkward position, what can you do?

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Crossbar adapter for a girls bike for a car bicycle rack.

Looking to make a cheap crossbar bar adapter for a girls bike in order to fit onto a car bike rack.

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My bike wheels wont turn! Answered

 Well, I was messing about on my bike with my friend, I went to peddle, heard a huge snap and now it wont peddle. Well, it will but the wheels wont turn when I peddle. Can anyone help?

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How to arrange my bike shed?

We're moving house and I'm going to be getting a 8' x 6' shed with a double door on one of the 6' sides. In the shed I'll be storing my motorbike (6' x 2') and 3 push bikes. I won't be using it for anything else as there's another shed for that. Obviously the motorbike will take up the full size of the bike, but what's the best way to store the bicycles in the remaining space? Any thoughts or links to projects would be great. Thanks, Jack

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chain driven weed whacker bike

I am currently trying to complete a weed eater bike build, but have run into some trouble. a jackshaft is required, but i do not have enough money to purchase a kit or use a welder. built one out of some bolts, bearings, and the sprockets needed for reduction, but the engine shakes the chain off the primary drive sprocket or the primary driven sprocket when it is operating. i also need to figure out a way to mount the secondary driven sprocket to the wheel, would JB weld or something similar work? thanks in advance for any help and/or ideas

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Friction Drive Weed Eater Bike?

I am wanting to make a weed eater bike and I am having trouble figuring out how to get the bike peg onto the clutch shaft. Can I just thread the clutch shaft with a tap and die set (which I don't have). Would it work if I put the clutch shaft against the wheel instead of putting a peg on it? Also, how hard is it to mount the engine with angle iron since I don't have a welder?

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Legality of home-built electric bike?

I live in northern New Jersey. My summer project is to build an electric bike/motorcycle. I plan on using a regular beach cruiser pedal bike, removing the pedals and mechanism, and powering it with an electric motor. I'm estimating it will go anywhere from 20-25 mph. I know the laws about mopeds and motorcycles, but what would this fall under, since it will be custom and home built? I'm using Radioactive_Legos' Flat Tracker as a reference https://www.instructables.com/id/48V-Electric-Flat-Tracker/

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How to disassemble the rear bike sprocket ?

I am working on an electric bike/ cart thing. I can either use an extremely small tire (scooter) and the chain that fits that sprocket, or a bike tire and sprocket. I have limited resources and money. I have an old rear wheel sprocket from a bmx mike. This was cut down about a year ago and was not done very well. The sprocket is not level. i was wondering if there is a way to pluck the center piece, i think it's the hub, out of the sprocket to just use the toothed part. without cutting or welding as i no longer have my grinder and have no access to a welder right now.

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Bike Boat needs some help

Hi, fora raft race contest for charity i would like to design something like this:http://www.edenvillage.com/Pond%20and%20Grounds/bike_boat.jpgfor two people!It has to be made from bits that can be readily available and for not too much moneys because the more cash that goes into the build the less there will be for the charity organising the event.Just wondering if anyone had any ideas, mostly for building the wheels, as, i hope the frame can be made from a modified bike.Thanks

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Is this gonna be big enough for an electric bike?

I have a complete, motor/wiring harness/controller/charger  out of a wrecked Spirit Scooter it has bad batteries but the motor runs.  I would like a 20/30 mile ride between charges 50 would be even better. The motor is 24v   250w  14a  How much of a battery system will it take to get the numbers I want or is it feasible?   I have a second one that is in great condition that just needs batteries. I don't want to molest it just yet.

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Ignition switch for an electric bike in the UK.

Hi folks. Does anyone in the UK know a dealer who could supply an ignition switch/battery lock for a Thompson Classic electric bike? I've had a look around the interweb & ebay & cannot find a suitable replacement switch anywhere, there are plenty that would fit but none of them seem to be the correct one as they only have one "On" position the one I need has two, one is for pedal assisted & the second for fully powered. The switch also locks the battery box onto the frame it looks similar to the larger of these two on ebay. I have called the importers & their quote for a replacement carries an outrageous price compared to the third party ones I have seen at over eight times the price plus postage & although I expect to pay a bit more for a slightly more complex part I certainly don't expect it to be THAT MUCH more. I'm sure there must be other bikes that use similar switches but haven't as yet been able to find a dealer who can help. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Thanks in advance for your help. N.G.

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How to build a camper top bike rack?

I would like to build a bike rack that will hold three bikes that will fit on top of my 4/8 trailer.

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how to turn a mountain bike into a snowplow bike?

I have a mountain bike that needs some year round riding so it is up to you poeple to help me out here. i thought of increasing the traction with zipties.

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bike to trike no weld conversion? under $150?

can it be done just asking

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Is it difficult to powder coat a bike? is this the best way to paint a bike and is it available in lots of colours?

Is it difficult to powder coat a bike? is this the best way to paint a bike and is it available in lots of colours? I heard it was basically primary colours but does anyone have anyinfo on this?

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