The 5 second method of fitting a bike in a car.

This method seems obvious but it only occurred to me a couple of years ago (which says more about me than anything I’m afraid…).

You can use this method for adult bikes but too but it works really well for getting kids’ bikes in the back of your car.

What you do:

simply loosen the but at the top of the stem tube (or it might be an allen key nut).

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Then twist the loosened handlebars until they are 90′ the wrong way, making them in-line with the rest of the bike.

From this...

From this…

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To this, in 5 seconds

 

If you were feeling energetic you could take the pedals off too. Or better still, train the owner of the bike to do it all themselves!

Don’t forget to straighten them firmly at the other end (damn, that’s another 5 seconds…).

Other bikey ideas you can do to your bike to make it cooler (or weirder if you ask my neighbours…)

I just thought I’d post some bike hacks, inventions and and modifications that have worked for me. Here’s some that I use a lot…

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so I zip tied an old kid’s seat to the toptube of the bike (the top tube is the bar that runs from your seat pole to your handle bars). Its an awesome little set up as I can chuck either kid on for short journeys. I got the idea when we were in Sri Lanka, where kids and adults get around this way. It feels like you are hugging your passenger for the whole journey. Great if its your cute 4 year old, and the perfect way to make friends with hitch-hikers.
If you look closely you can see the price tage
:$3 from the 2nd hand shop!

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the seat in action. 3 humans on a regular bike

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I fitted an old-school back rack (the kind with the spring-loaded clip) onto the FRONT of my bike. I haven’t seen a cool enough factory made version of this. The old-school racks are really wide and the clip make it easy to put thing on and off, even without straps. It probably adds 1kg to my bike but I don’t care: I usually have stuff stacked high on it anyway. I put a little factory-made front rack on then zip tied the old-school rack in top of it. As you can tell, I have a Phd in zip-tie-ology.

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