Bodge Tweak Hack: Part 4
The bodging is endless! This week the home welded brake mount and hosepipe chain guide.
We are going to round up the best Bodges, Tweaks and Hacks in one last post next week but for now check out these beauties. Since we started down this trail we have been inspired by both trailside and shed based bodgery all of which have taken varying amounts of tea to complete.
Do you recall such masterpieces as the Wye Valley Cut & Shut Stem or the lateral thinking that led to the Knock Shock homemade clutch mech? Well here we have a few more to keep you entertained/inspired/shocked!
[part title="Weld on disc mount"]
This was sent in by Stephen Langrell who had needed a mount after a mate gave him a Hayes disc brake. With his Kona frame, the Colin McRae 'Stage One' special no less, lacking disc mounts the only option was some scrap aluminium an old mount and an arc welder.
Once this banger of a bodge was complete it apparently "worked like a dream and to my surprise the frame held up". We are not sure if it's still running but he gets top marks for commitment to new technology but maybe no prizes at the local weld-a-thon.
[part title="Brake Lever Tyre Lever"]
Real trailside innovation here from a guy calling himself Tobias Wild-E-Beast. After sending it off some woodwork in Leogang Tobais' mate snapped his lever clean in half. That wasn't going to put a stop to the trip so 4 zip ties and a Park tyre lever later this little gem was born. Sounds like it worked for a few days and its a definite reminder to always have zip ties in your bag.
[part title="Hosepipe Chain Guide"]
It seems Alpine resorts have a reputation for nailing bikes and this bodge was the result of such an incident. Day one in the Chatel saw a man only known as 'Fletchbean' and his mate, lets call him 'Godberseed' belting down the mountain when a stray rock devoured the roller on his shiny new chain device.
As the pair were partaking in some French mountain top cuisine, or maybe it was a burger, the discussion moved to using a hosepipe to fix the bust chain guide. Just as this spark of an idea flew from their mouths a piece of plastic was spotted that could do just the job. After some careful zip tie choice the new 'guide' was up and running, to wind everyone up it was even left on the bike for the rest of the week to prove expensive chain devices weren't needed! Top job Fletchbean and another zip tie reminder.
[part title="Liftpass Chain Guide"]
From the bottom to the top the chain guide theme continues, this time it was a lift pass to the rescue. Namesake of our contributor, Nick Hamilton bust his guide whilst out trail building in the middle of nowhere. Some quick thinking based around the contents of his wallet meant that this solution was cobbled together. Not a good looking bodge but one that definitely did the job and got Nick home.
[part title="Homemade mech hanger"]
Thankfully the days of the mech hanger being part of the frame are behind us but Alex Cartwright suffered from this fiendish design decision on his Orange Patriot. Smashing his mech and hanger to pieces in Fort William Alex was left with what turned out to be a fruitless search for another Patriot rear end.
Not wanting to part with his frame he found a hanger from a Commencal frame and got to work. Sandwiching the hanger between the frame and hub the bodge worked a treat and got Alex rolling again in no time, he even bought more of the same to do the same with giving him a few spares. Ten out of ten for grinder and file work there Alex.
[part title="Snapped Frame in the outback"]
Finally this bodge is up there with the best of them and could make bodge of the year! Many of us taking part in a long distance ride would probably turn back if our frames snapped, not Paul Rosser and his mates! The guys were 4 days in to the 1050km Munda Biddi bike trail in Wester Australia when this happened. Paul said "the frame was cracked right through at the seat tube and we could pull it apart." Some Kiwi ingenuity was needed...
[part title="All you need is a strap"]
That came in the form of a strap from the stem to the seat post that kept the seat tube from bending and the only downside was "the constant scream of metal on metal." Not to much to put up with for 40kms! At the next rest stop the guys blagged a fresh bike and set off for the rest of the trip. Some amazing bodging here and a proper, logical solution saved the day.
We will be rounding up the best of the best bodges, tweaks and hacks that have been sent it next week so if you have any last minute gems then fire them over to firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy bodging!