Monday, May 11, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Pack It On
Combine the freedom of backpacking with the increased mobility and speed of cycling and you get the fast-growing sport of bike packing. At its core, bike packing is exploring and camping from your bike. The variety of trips, terrain, and gear options make bike packing accessible to any level of cyclist. Travel on pavement, a bike path, fire roads, or singletrack. Haul gear with a trailer, panniers, frame bags, or bungees over your rear rack. Go on a leisurely overnighter or a week-long race. Whatever flavor of bike packing you fancy, the following skills will help you squeeze more enjoyment out of your journey.
Bike packing routes range from steep singletrack to wide open fire roads and stretches of pavement. Knowing your route helps you figure out any adjustments you’ll need to make to your bike and plan what gear to bring. Follow these tips to chart a solid trip.
Be flexible. Weather changes, bikes break, legs turn to lead. Plan several camps along your intended route so you don’t feel pressured to push on to your final destination if something happens.
Keep distances conservative until you have a better idea what mileage you can cover on different types of terrain. Riding 10 to 15 miles a day is a good place to start. If you get into camp early, dump your gear and explore with a lightened load.
Remember, no bikes are permitted in designated wilderness areas. If an area is slated to become wilderness, it might get closed to biking early—get in touch with the local management district to find out.
Posted by Raymond George at 12:00 PM
Thomas, a 16-year-old has created instructions on Instructables for a DIY wind turbine that is attached to his bicycle. Charge your phone with the wind! It's made from some scrap parts, and some inexpensive electronic parts he has purchased.
Materials• an old CPU fan• toroidal inductor• 2N2222 or 2N3904 or BC547 transistor• 5v step-up module, (boought on eBay)• germanioum diodes (5 pieces)• a small perfboard• an old phone battery or a 18650 cell• and a small switch• bike support element
|The simple assortment of parts needed|
• Soldering Iron
• Glue Gun
• Wire Stripper and Cutter
• Electrical Tape
|The tools Thomas used to build it|
|The scrap PC fan he used for the turbine|
|The finished product|
Posted by Philip Skocich at 10:00 AM