Posts in the category Hacks

How To: Thread Internal Cables Without the Headache

Apparently a shop vac and a bit of thread is all that’s been missing from my repertoire of shop tricks. Have you tried this in the past or have another preferred method to install internally routed cables? Let us know in the comments!

One Up Components Adds 40-Tooth Replacement Cassette Cog

OneUp Components 40tooth replacement cog for mountain bike cassettes

After starting with a 42-tooth replacement cog for 10-speed mountain bike cassettes, OneUp Components joins Hope Tech in offering a 40-tooth option.

The new sprocket was designed specifically with Shimano’s Zee FR rear derailleur in mind since that mech couldn’t work with the larger 42-tooth ring. We’re thinking it’ll find a wider audience than that when it comes in stock March 17. From OneUp:

The new 40T has all of the same tried and trusted features as our 42T. It’s compatible with most SRAM and Shimano 10X rear derailleurs, no need to be limited to just one drivetrain company! It’s machined from 7075-T6, weighs in at 70g and has 8 upshift points and costs $90 including shipping.

Nick at OneUp also mentioned the 40T is compatible with Saint rear derailleurs when the mode converter is in Freeride mode. They’re still testing with Sram short cages, so can’t yet recommend the 40T with anything other than medium and long cage SRAM derailleurs. Their full compatibility chart is here. More pics below…


Found: Nanotips Paint Makes Any Cycling Gloves Touchscreen Compatible

Nanotips paint makes any cycling glove touchscreen compatible

Nanotips just wrapped up a very successful crowdfunding campaign, and now their conductive nano-particle paint is ready to turn your favorite cycling gloves into touchscreen friendly hand coverings.

Two versions are available, one for leather and thicker materials like rubber, and one for cloth fabrics. Simply paint it onto the first knuckle’s worth of glove, let it dry, and *boom* touchscreen compatibility. Each little bottle retails for $20 and will coat 20 to 30 fingers depending on material and version. Once dry, it’s washable and durable, and can be reapplied as needed. Swipe down for video and more…


Hack! Make Boombotix Give Turn By Turn Directions w/ Killer Music

hack bluetooth speaker to provide turn by turn navigation on a bicycle

When the Schwinn CycleNav came out, my first thought was “Man, wouldn’t this be great if it could stream your music, too?”

Then, some readers suggested it’d be even better if it gave turn by turn navigation with actual street names and such. Then it hit me – Just use the very bicycle friendly Boombotix Rex, Google/Apple Maps and Pandora.


Killer (and loud!) music from great sounding speakers and detailed navigation. Sure, the Rex costs twice as much and doesn’t have a light, but the audio rocks and the directions are legit. And I’ve already got a light.

So, the hack: sync your phone to a Bluetooth speaker, pick your favorite map app and tunes and -boom- you’ve got your own rockin’ never-get-lost set up. UPDATE: You can do this with any Bluetooth speaker, but the folks at Boombotix just chimed in to say the Rex can also ping Siri, letting you remake your directions on the fly without pulling your phone out of your pocket/bag. It’ll also answer calls, though not sure how well the speakerphone mic will pick up while cruising along.

Found: Snow-Shredding Bike Kit – KTrak Keeps You Sane in the Off-Season


The snow is still falling outside and my bikes are calling to me from their lonely perch in the cold garage. Argh! When is spring gonna get here?? Enter the KtraK bike kit. Now there’s no need to wait for the thaw. Shred the pow past the break!


Hack: Converting 2014 10 Speed Roval Control Carbon 29er Wheels to 11 Speed CX Disc

Bike Barn 2014 Carbon Roval Wheel 11 Speed hack (1)

Ok, so this isn’t really much of a hack, but more of a “we didn’t know if this would work previously, the guys at Bike Barn figured it out, and now we know.” With the introduction of 11 speed drivetrains which added 1mm to the standard 130mm road spacing, the compatibility with disc brake hubs at 135mm spacing was a relative unknown. When Aaron and Jas were asked by a customer if it they could make the Roval carbon mtb wheels work for his CX bike, the set out to make it happen.

Going into the project they were given the answer, “it may work, or it might not.” See how easy the switch was after the break.


Mini Bike Shop Shows Doll Houses Aren’t Just for Girls

The Doll House Garage (2)

Posted by Reddit User Sponge_worthy82 on Reddit today, this beautiful miniature bicycle shed and repair area was lovingly constructed by his aunt, and is the lilliputian scale garage of our dreams.


From the Aunt:

“This started when I saw the Pedal ID bikes on the internet. They sell them in Milwaukee WI. The fixed gear bikes can be taken apart and change the sprocket, seat, handle bars, wheels, tires. The tools to take them apart are included with the bike. I am a piano teacher and the children come and have to wait. I thought this would be fun, for even the boys to play with while they wait. The tools were very hard to find. The scale is always too small or too big. I have found men on the internet who make the most incredible tools of metal and wood. The cost is way out there. I cannot work with metal so I am limited to what is available. Like the Bike rack is a toast holder from Salvation Army for $.99. I love to build. I love to fabricate. I love to make something out of something else. The wheel holder was a napkin holder. I took the weaving off and made the wood inserts so the tires would stay upright.”

Whittle past the break for more close ups of the impressive little shop…. READ MORE ->

An Electric Bike Desk – Pedal Power for the World!


Over the years Bikerumor has seen pedal-powered Interbike Margaritas, the London pedal-powered Espresso cart, small electric generators to strap onto your home trainer, and even concept bikes that collect energy while you ride and later power your home. Those are great, but how often are you making margaritas or coffee?

The Pedal Power project by co-founders Steve Blood and Andy Wekin of Essex, NY, is building real-world solutions to generate power while sitting behind a desk, something too many of us spend far too much time doing. Sit ‘n’ spin past the break to see the bike desk in action…


World’s Tallest Bicycle – Richie Trimble Rides New 20+ Foot High StoopidTaller Bike

richie tremble rides stoopidtaller tallest bicycleBack in April, Richie Trimble got quite a bit of attention for riding a Huffy modified into a 14.5′ tall bike called Stoopidtall.

Now, he’s topped that by almost six feet with the Stoopidtaller. Coming in at 20 feet 2.5 inches at the handlebar and weighing about 275 pounds, the new bike is said to be the tallest bicycle in the world.

It rides on 36″ wheels, uses eight full length bicycle chains and parts of a Monster Beach Cruiser. He built it over four days, then took to the streets of Los Angeles on December 28th.

Climb past the break for more photos from the inaugural ride…