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Questions tagged [diy]

D.I.Y. is an acronym for "Do It Yourself". Questions here are resources for enthusiastic amateurs working on their own bicycles.

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Burley push button wheels and axle?

I'm looking into building my own trailer and I want something similar to Burley's push button wheel system. My question is, where do I obtain similar wheels/axles? Here is the Travoy, one of their ...
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What can I get for panniers to commute with my 17" laptop?

I have looked for a pannier that can hold my 17" laptop for a couple of years. No such thing exists. I tried contacting a couple of places to make one, but they never replied. So, now I'm trying to ...
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Home made bottom bracket plastic sleeve

I want to make a plastic sleeve from a water bottle, for a classic cup and cone bottom bracket, to protect against moisture and impurities that may run down the seat tube. How do I know the proper ...
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How much tolerance is acceptable on the chainline of a fixed gear conversion?

When converting a geared bike to fg/ss, at some point there will be adjustments to be made regarding chainline. Without getting into details about what could be made to make it better (bb axle width, ...
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Bottom bracket conversion with rare cups

I'm asking this question as I'm interested in the community opinion in the idea of "am I taking the right path" or "is there a better way". tl;drl; - scroll to the bottom, please. Namely, almost ...
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DIY chainsaw powered bicycle [closed]

Does anyone have any plans on how to build a chainsaw powered bicycle? I've referenced instructables and YouTube but everything is so vague it doesn't really give me any sort of ideas as what I ...
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Anyone tried to brush mud/snow in rear-wheel while on ride?

I ride my bike in the snow. And I think my bike can be a lot cleaner if I had a snow catcher in my rear-wheel. There is possibility because the rear wheel fork comes with extra holes in it. I think ...
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How can I tilt up a stem of my bike's handlebar which is held by two bolts?

I bought a second hand hybrid bike and would like to adjust the stem of the handlebars such that I can ride it in a more upright position. The following photo shows a side view of the stem with an ...
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DIY Truing, Dishing Stand Experiment

First and foremost I have no knowledge or experience in building/maintaining wheels. So I have to try it! I was reading Roger Musson book and decided to build a truing stand out of scrap I have. I'd ...
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Installing downtube shifters with no clamp

I am trying to convert my Schwinn Mountain bike into a road bike. I bought a set of Shimano SL-SY20A 3 (2) x 7 Speed Down-Tube Shifters. they have a clamp attached but my downtube is very wide and the ...
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Determining the correct chain length (52/36 with 12/29 11S cassette combination)

I have a Campagnolo Record groupset on my road bike where I want to replace the chain. My combination is 52/36 crankset with 12/29 (Chorus) cassette. I got a Campagnolo Record Chain 11-speed for this ...
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How to bend handlebar to customize it?

Here in my country is kind of difficult to get certain types of handlebars, but it is easy to get flat and riser mountain type handlebars and standard types of road drop bars. So I'm investigating ...
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Abus Folding Lock: Adding Dampening to Joints

I want to add dampening to the joints on an Abus Folding Lock, such that it maintains its shape if I stick it through a hole or something. I received some brief feedback that I could use rubber bands ...
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What can I use for interior helmet padding?

My bike helmet needs more padding on the inside. Any suggestions of what to use? I"m thinking double sided tape and some sort of neoprene or other cushiony material.
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Servicing / replacing headset

The headset on my daily commuter is foobared. So I'll be looking to service it, possibly replace as many of the low-end components with better ones. As I've learned the hard way, it's the questions ...
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Bike-in-a-Kit Concept

Has anyone in the group has tried building a "Bike-in-a-Kit"- a sort of DIY bicycle, which can be entirely assembled and disassembled by the user and can be conveniently carried in a bag ? I face such ...
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My Bike doesn't seem to fit itself

I have a project bike. I made it myself from bits recycled. It is currently a single speed, although I'm thinking of adding gears to turn it into a bit of a commuter/excercise bike. Before I do ...
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Replace freewheel with freehub?

I have a Motobecane Super Mirage that I bought in 1977. I have another bike for regular use, and I've decided to completely rebuild the older one. I determined today that the freewheel teeth are worn ...
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How do I determine parts for my bike and where to source them (new)?

Do bike shops have specs guides or manuals to know which (eg: integrated headset bearings) parts to use on which bikes? And where do they source said parts (other than from the bike mfr)? And most ...
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What bottom bracket do I need for a decathlon rockrider 5.0

The bottom bracket on my Rockrider 5.0 has a little too much play in it so I figured it best to change it before I get a failure whilst I'm commuting. Does anyone know which bottom bracket I would ...
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Tyre replacement for Rockrider 300

I have a rockrider 300 which has tyre measurements as 26*2.0 and tube measurements as 26*1.75-26*2.12. According to the catalog they are semi-slick tyres. I want them to be even slicker. I have ...
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DIY: what material to use as DIY shim seat post?

Seat tube shim adapters are quite expensive, what kind of material do you recommend as a shim? I have seen in a thread some guys talking about home made shim: paper tape alloy drink can as a shim (...
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What's the best way to fix carbon to titanium?

I'm building (experimenting if you wish) something out of the old bike parts and I need to fix two parts together one titanium and carbon. Basically the parts are two tubes one made of carbon of a ...
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How to build a Camping trailer, and riding across country with it [closed]

I'm trying to build a camping trailer for my vintage Schwin Le Tour. I want to ride my bike across country and camp in this the whole way. I was wondering if anyone has done this before, and if anyone ...
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Easy build, high weight capacity trailer for Burning Man [closed]

TL;DR I want to make a high capacity trailer from bamboo to ride around at a desert festival. Bamboo structure (probably 1.5" or 2" major strength lengths, 1" for crosses) Hitch using bamboo & ...
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Have you built your own components? [closed]

I got a commuter rig from a mailorder mike operation and would love to replace the stem with something I've made. I am getting into some CNC/casting/woodworking was curious if people have fabricated ...
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How can a GPS with damaged screen be put to use?

I bought a Holux 260 Pro last year but it fell off the bike on very first day, due to faulty clamp. Sending it to the company for replacement is very costly(>50% of the device cost) so it's been lying ...
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I have accidentally removed a front suspension fork - what now?

I have accidentally removed the suspension fork from my bicycle (Trek Remedy 8). I was trying to take off just the handlebar, but was distracted for a moment and unscrewed the wrong bolt. How safe ...
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Should or can I (car) wax my frame?

Having spent the whole summer taking a bike apart, painting it and now in the process of building it again, I was thinking about waxing it. I want the finish to last as long as possible, after all, I'...
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DIY colouring components

I find silver, black and occasionally red are quite dull colour choices. Granted there are some components out there in more interesting colours, but the engineer in me won't let me choose the "wrong" ...
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Does new chainring require change of other parts?

I'm thinking about changing my 2nd chanring to a smaller one (2 chanring setup). I hear most people recommend to change the chain when changing the cassette. Hence my question: should I expect to ...
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Checking spoke tension without specialized tools

I have laced and trued my first wheel (YAY!) at home, while in the fork. It is fairly true (to the point I used to pay money for), but I am not sure if the spokes are tensioned properly (I guess it is ...
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Would like to custom-build a bike but I'm not sure on what parts to buy

Currently I have a 2011 Trek 3700 (no disc brakes) and just this year have gotten into riding mountain bike trails and would like to have a bike better suited for doing that. I'd like to keep the ...
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Laws applying to Homemade Tricycles

I am a freshman in high school who is planning to build his own recumbent tricycle. However, I would be very disappointed if my creation was illegal to ride on bike paths and sidewalks. I have ...
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Building my own full suspension MTB: How to I select a frame?

I've recently gotten back into mountain biking. I took my 5 year old Iron Horse full suspension out to the mountain with some friends that had recently purchased new bikes. I haven't ridden for a ...
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51cm top tube too small for someone who normally cycles frame with 55cm top tube?

I'm looking to buy a second bike and have found a really nice frame. The bike I cycle at the moment, which fits me perfectly (I am 5'11" (180cm)), has a 55cm top tube. The frame I'm looking at has a ...
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Converting downstem shifters to barcons

What considerations should be made for converting a downstem shifting system to barcons? Both the current system and the system that I would like are friction shifters. The bike is a 1986 Peugeot ...
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Removing a stuck pedal

I'm sure this question must have already been answered somewhere here, but it doesn't show up in any search results I make... I'm changing the pedals on a 40 year old bike. Pretty sure the pedals are ...
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How can I make a glow bike?

How I can make my bicycle glow? As seen in this Blackberry commercial (with screen capture image below).
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Tools required for trailbuilding?

Shovel, Saw, Roulette (very long, perhaps even geodetic roulette), Ax. The trail will be built in a forest. So there's no rocks, just dirt, small stones and a lot of roots. What else will I need to ...
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Cheap energy sources for electronics during touring with low amount of sun energy?

My goal is to find a cheap energy sources for touring. I cannot use solar all the time so I am planning to get Reelights outlined here, for lights, because they are cheaper than installing a hub ...
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How to attach and mount wheels onto a cargo trailer?

I am planning a bike to move heavy things, separate question here, and sixtyfootersdude is doing a cargo trailer that converges to some extent with my goal to move cargo here. I am not sure whether ...
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Equipment needed for Frame-building?

Since misunderstood question here, a new question with narrow scope. So what are equipments need for frame-building?
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How can I build my own open-source cyclometer?

I am interested to build a bike but I would also like to have free software/hardware. How can I build a cyclometer with open-source software? Would it be possible to find reflashable hardware or open ...
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Recumbent, diamond-frame or trailer to move heavy things?

Heavy things can be a lot of books, full beer cans, construction woods and other misc in a place where I cannot use a car and the trip is long and suitable for riding. So which one would you favor? ...
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How can I get started building a bicycle?

Now that I've been riding a while, I'm interested in building my own bike. In this case, it will be a bike for commuting and getting around town. It will probably be a flipflop fixie/single gear, ...
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Trailer hitch between a bike and trailer?

I want to make a bike cargo trailer. It seems to me that making the hitch will be one of the most difficult parts so I opened a separate question for this. How would you attach the trailer to the ...
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How to make a cargo trailer?

This page is for a general answer and it consists of at least two main parts: personal experience and technical part. The technical parts are perhaps the two hardest parts. Has anyone attempted to ...
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DIY wooden bike rack — looking for plans

I'm planning to build a bike rack to store several bikes on the floor of my garage. Does anyone have plans for such a rack? We have a circular saw and a drill and the usual hand tools, but no router, ...
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How to clean out the inside threads of a braze-on?

I'm installing a basket on my cruiser, and getting some of the allen screws into the fork braze-ons is rough going. It feels like there's dirt or grease inside the threads of the braze-ons. Forcing ...