DIY Winter Bike Tires--With Zip Ties

Fritz Rice was a victim of one of this winter' snowpocalypses, and being the intrepid biker he is, he wanted to keep riding through the frozen mess. His solution for maintaining traction? A box of zip ties. Ingenious. Via.      
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Russian Snow Chariot Is Bad Ass

  What goes great with a Kozak hat, a huge field of snow and a handle of vodka that you don't plan to share with anyone? A homemade snowmobile built out of scrap metal and old skis, of course! Legend has it that the snowmobile before your eyes was built by a Russian mad scientist who needed a cheap way to get around in the snow. Little did he know he was building the coolest...
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How To: Hi/Low Beam Bike Headlights Created with Hardware Store Parts.

A bit of grinding, a tad of soldering, and some serious awesomeness; this how-to has everything. With some ingenuity and a shopping list from only Home Depot, Jake has created some serious two-strength bicycle headlights powered by a single 7 Ah gel cell battery. The instructions are available here. Via Lifehacker.
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DIY Lantern

Curblier simplyfunstuff broke her camping lantern on the way to a camping outing this summer. This meant a fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants DIY project. She put together an ingenious contraption that consisted of a Maglite, a roll and a half of paper towels, three wooden scewers and some tinfoil. Looks like the foil was used to keep the paper plate in place, but another option would have involved folding/wrapping a sheet of foil between two of the scewers,...
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Easy DIY Bicycle Skirt Guards.

Pant legs are problematic enough... I can only imagine the drama of trying to cycle with a skirt. So, the fine folks at EvilMadScientist came up with this easy tutorial, using tulle and zip ties. Check out the goods here.  
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How-To: DIY Carbon Trekking Poles.

Jason Klass is a mighty ambitious outdoors fanatic and DIYster. My favorite? These DIY trekking poles made from carbon golf club shafts. "Overall, I ended up with a sturdy, finished product that only weighed 4.4 oz. per pole. The cost per pole was about $18.50 since I already had the glue, etc. that I needed. While not as light as some of the commercially available ones, like Gossamer Gear Light Trek 4s, it proved to...
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How to make a glowing cycling jacket.

Kempton knows a little bit about sewing and electronics. And this Instructable proves it. The Light for Life cycling jacket is made of hemp and wool and is populated with a bunch of bright LEDs, which also act as turning signals. If you'd like to make one, gather your diy courage and the following materials: -sewing machine- sewing needles- seam ripper- enough cloth to make a jacket- tape measure- pins- sewing thread in different colours-...
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Make a "Two Go" Extra Bike Seat.

A milk crate. Some cuts. Standard Joint parts. And a whole, additional person can sit safely and uncomfortably on your bike. No jokes. The instructions are here. Go forth and ride.
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Make Your Own Field Bag.

WhipUp highlights the Camp Creek Blog, which offers an easy tutorial for making a custom field and forage bag out of recycled clothing. While you're there, check out this Nature Notebook tutorial as well.
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Build a Climbing Wall in Your Garage.

MakeZine highlights this Instructable from Kraker89, who designed a built a complex climbing surface for around $400. Now, go and do likewise.
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DIY $25 Bike Rack Stores Five Bicycles!

Whether you have a family that loves to ride, or a problem amassing a too many for yourself, you've got to be able to put all those bikes somewhere. This clever and inexpensive design from Ryan is build from dimensional lumber, can store five 'cycles, and has a relatively small footprint. Copy his design, or just be inspired to create your own.  
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Swamp Butt No More: Styling Coroplast Fenders for Your Ride

Get rid of swamp-butt, one campaign sign at a time! (See pic above: coroplast fenders by Kent). Cheap and easy to set up, here's the definitive guide to the DIY coroplast (think election signage) fender. No coroplast left? Try this: a metal fender made with a one bolt, washer, and nut. Really wanna live large? Go on and make your own mudflaps.
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Recycle Your Cycle Tubes

If you ride your bike often enough to get flats regularly and occasionally end up having to throw away your tubes (if they are torn or unpatchable), try this: recycle them! There are heaps and heaps of uses for a used tube, but let's start you off with a handful. Ice Axe Handle Grip Bike Armor Carabiner Anti-Slide Follow the link to find 20 uses for castoff tubes, and then get creative and come up...
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DIY High-Powered LED Bike Lamp.

Visibility is key when traveling manual-style on your bicycle. So keep yourself safe and save some money by creating your own LED bike lamp, for WAY less than a $200 Cateye commercial product. My word, that's bright. Just check out the test shots.
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Grippy Sticky GoGo: Making your own tire chains for wintertime riding

This is round two of the Grippy Sticky Series! Get after it this winter on your mountain bike by building your own set of tire chains. Cost is around $15 and a little bit of your Saturday ride time, but the first icy turn you corner around in December, you'll be patting yourself on the back for making these. Here's the skinny on how to make them. Even Calvin's dad gets after in the winter!...
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Make a Flashpack: Backpack with Integrated LEDs

As the weather cools down, making for more comfortable bike riding conditions, the available daylight decreases. So, keep yourself safe, and might I say, looking very styling, by adding LEDs to your backpack, Camelback, or fannypack. Not that you actually own a fannypack... Via.  
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DIY Car/Bike Rack.

Makezine features this DIY bike rack: "I bought a Thule roof rack from Goodwill a couple of years ago. I have only had it on the RL once because it is too much to put up there and take down and frankly I'm not a fan of roof racks anyways. I also had a $30 bed extender (the other kind for wood that hangs over your tail gate) sitting in the corner which I have...
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How to turn your bike into a rolling 'tripod'

For a measly 10 bucks you can turn your bike into a rolling tripod. (Or would that be bi-pod?) Crank one out, pop it on and you're ready to make some awesome, non-stop action videos. What you need: a small digital camera a reflector mount, sans the reflector rubber shims for the reflector mount screwdriver wrench 2" x 14" x 20  thread screw nut for aforementioned screw 1/4" wing nut 1/4" metal washer 2 1/4"...
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DIY Mosquito Bite Salve.

With summer comes nibbles from the world's most dangerous insect, the mosquito. Here's a homemade product to prevent, reduce, and heal bites from mosquitos as well as other little buggies. half of a lemon two pinches of mint *follium* citric acid, glycerin, instruments: filter paper some glasses lemon squeezer some spoons etc...
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Make a Wooden Bicycle Stand for under $15.

Keep your bike upright and sleeping tight with this bike stand created from scrap wood. Materials. Glue Clamps 2x right angle braces 10 1' foot pieces of Drill and small drill bit Phillips screwdrivers
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