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by melodiousdirge
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:06 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

I have a standard bike lock (the coiled plastic covered cable thingy) and wear the key around my neck on double chains at all times. ALL TIMES. (it's also got the keys for the padlock on my basket.) I wrap it through the spokes and around the frame and lock it. easy peasy. Smart - I do something si...
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:21 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

gaminwench wrote:a church key is a bottle opener.
Thank you - I knew it had to be something like that!
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

mudpuppy000 wrote:The lock I have comes with a bracket sort of like this one
Definitely an improvement over my $10 fumbly ass u-lock, but I want pushbutton ease of use. I think cumulatively, I probably wasted several hours dicking around with bike locks this year. It's already too short dammit.
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

skippy3k wrote:You may come back to your bike to find your trike drilled a lag bolt through a hippies foot as he was standing there admiring your ride. Funny/not funny.
No I think definitely funny, except for the hippy blood on my nice lag bolt.
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

With a trike, you have enough room to weld a lag screw to a battery powered impact driver and a remote keyfob. Walk away, click the remote and your trike screws itself to the playa. You and I need to be better friends. I was just thinking, quite literally, exactly the same thing, minus the remote k...
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 1:00 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

a church key is a bottle opener. 8) My bike's decorations have been on it for years; I 'lock' it with a bungee around the front tire and the frame. It looks neither desirable, nor anonymous. I love my playa bike (70's Schwinn). Yeah one thing I have going for me as well is that my trike is pretty r...
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:20 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

church key I feel like there's a reference here that I'm missing. Everything important gets a carabiner that gets clipped to one of like 10000 D-rings I have on almost everything I wear out there (this leads to frequent and sometimes lengthy searches of my person for the correct carabiner for the i...
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

In your first post is the answer. Get some handcuffs!!! One cuff on the frame, the other around the tire!!! 8) You know that's actually really not a bad idea. I might need some oversized shackles to go around the 4" tire... or I guess I could just lock it to the spokes. Hmm. The only problem I can ...
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:14 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

just looking for a convenient bike they can sit on and roll away on without hassle. Oh I agree, and that's why I'm comfortable just locking the front tire of my trike most of the time, even though if someone wanted it, they could just pick up the front wheel and walk away. In fact one night this ye...
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:45 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

maladroit wrote:The easiest, smallest (and funniest) bike lock is a hex key to loosen the stem before you walk away.
Nice! Still be kind of a pain in the ass to reset the alignment and height every time, but definitely effective and funny at the same time.
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:32 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Re: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

Ah; this is what I was thinking of (hopefully decommodification rules allow me to post links in answer to a specific request, even if the request was my own??) http://www.amazon.com/Abus-Locks-495-Frame-Lock/dp/B001BAJA4A Unfortunately most of those are for bikes equipped with road tires, not mounta...
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:27 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)
Replies: 78
Views: 6604

Playa Bike Locks (Is there a better solution?)

I take my trike everywhere on Playa. Half the time I walk and just pull it behind me, but that beast comes everywhere (with my water and food and layers, so I never have to go back to camp unless I want to). Locking it up every time I stop to look at something SUCKS, but I know the drill, so I lock ...
by melodiousdirge
Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: Elliot's Trailer Wreck - A Tale Of Warning
Replies: 57
Views: 4117

Re: Elliot's Trailer Wreck - A Tale Of Warning

On the topic of chains, can someone educate me? My trailer has very heavy chains, but I need to twist them a bit or wrap them up to prevent them dragging. Now, I know dragging chains and setting wildfires will get you in trouble, but I also know a twisted chain is weaker and maybe even illegal. I al...
by melodiousdirge
Fri Sep 18, 2015 12:06 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: Elliot's Trailer Wreck - A Tale Of Warning
Replies: 57
Views: 4117

Re: Elliot's Trailer Wreck - A Tale Of Warning

maladroit wrote:The grim reaper is hobbling around out there with blue balls.
I love the quotes that come out of this forum
by melodiousdirge
Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:43 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

About ten years ago I found a pair of bicycles in a thrift store: Matching -- yes, same color -- his & hers Schwinn Collegiate, made in Chicago, in excellent condition except for the tires. They wanted something like twenty bucks for each. But I didn't have any actual use for them. I have been kick...
by melodiousdirge
Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:13 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

Oooo update. As soon as I told him I knew which store he worked at and what his real name was he promised to ship the bike tonight. I remain skeptical but there is a glimmer of hope. Unfortunately (fortunately?) I also ordered the storm trooper edition from target last night because I was pretty sur...
by melodiousdirge
Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:05 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

Off Topic Tangent... topic adjacent thought: I won an auction for like $200 for a special edition huffy fat tire bike on ebay. These are selling at Target (and target only) for $349, and the auction I won was for a sold out Darth Vader edition. I was pumped, but then things got weird. The seller tol...
by melodiousdirge
Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Stories
Topic: Elliot's Trailer Wreck - A Tale Of Warning
Replies: 57
Views: 4117

Re: Elliot's Trailer Wreck - A Tale Of Warning

THAT, is a lucky catch Elliott. Wow - a story to tell with pics to prove. I don't know if I've ever had a call that close, but in 2011 I did help out some college kids who had a small toyota truck pulling the smallest available u-haul (Max load 1200lbs I think), who had put a THREE HUNDRED GALLON wa...
by melodiousdirge
Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:26 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

depends on whether the sleeping hippies is on their side or back, I guess. the logic was, using a 40 inch waist example, that the average diameter would be about 40/pi or 13". a 40" diameter tire 'could' roll over a 13" diameter hippie or a skinny waist 32 would be maybe 8" thick and 14 wide. If hi...
by melodiousdirge
Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:18 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

Hey check it out! As soon as I found this I realized I already had it bookmarked (I'm a bookmark whore... I've collected hundreds of burn related bullshit I have never read, but anyway_ This guy has done almost exactly what I want to do, only he used a steel car rim, and I want to use an aluminum 10...
by melodiousdirge
Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:57 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

if you hit the soft belly area, it will squish to an acceptable spine thickness. It seems like we need to factor in the width of the wheel here too, because the magnitude of squish will be inversely proportional to the width of the tire, but then maybe that will be cancelled out by the reduced fric...
by melodiousdirge
Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:42 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

A-RockLeFrench wrote:I love this. My mind blew when I learned that the hub actually hangs from the rim.
Tensegrity bitches! Engineering is awesome.
by melodiousdirge
Thu Sep 17, 2015 9:41 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

cruising over hippies requires bicycle tire diameter at least the hippie's waist size That's great to know - being an Engineer, rules of thumb are like gold in my world. Good thing there aren't all that many fat hippies. In fact I think the biggest one I know is one of my best friends and his waist...
by melodiousdirge
Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:54 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

In other news, searching Reno craigslist I see several dickheads offering to buy used fat tire bikes for $100, and the same dickheads offering to rent them out specifically for burning man for $150. For a bike. For a week.

Wherever you build something great, vultures will gather.
by melodiousdirge
Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:46 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

My Mongoose Beast (Walmart) has aluminum rims without cutouts. Excellent! I'm bidding on a couple right now. I really am kicking myself for not trolling the bike dropoffs on the way out of the burn this year. I'm pretty sure there would have been some fat tire jobs in there that could've been had f...
by melodiousdirge
Wed Sep 16, 2015 9:56 am
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

Hey does anyone know if the wheels that come on those walmart mongoose fat tire bikes are steel, or aluminum? They appear to be solid without cutouts (only spoke holes). If they are aluminum I think they might just be the perfect starting point. I've seen a couple of those bikes around used for pret...
by melodiousdirge
Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

Re: The building of wheels

Hell yeah! I spent about 20 minutes talking to the guy who made that trike out there this year. I think - that looks like the thing that was a big silver bird, and I couldn't believe he'd made that shit work. Thanks for the link - that's awesome!
by melodiousdirge
Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: Bikes & Transportation
Topic: The building of wheels
Replies: 21
Views: 1428

The building of wheels

One thing I've always been kind of awed by is the number of different kinds of wheels I see out on the playa. People come up with ways to make wheels that if you would have told me about, I'd never think would work, but you lovely motherfuckers come up with some incredible handiwork and I'm duly imp...
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Stories
Topic: Law Enforcement in 2105
Replies: 96
Views: 10129

Re: Law Enforcement in 2105

I only saw a few cops, despite the reports. I'm about 85% sure I was approached by a plainclothes. Cute little asian girl looking like she just got out of an RV - clean and painfully sober for 2AM on a playa night. "You look like a cool fun guy, do you know where I could get some Ketamine?" "Nope!"
by melodiousdirge
Mon Sep 14, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Building Camps & Villages
Topic: Lag screws vs everything else...
Replies: 915
Views: 135588

Re: Lag screws vs everything else...

Hi All; I just wanted to share my lag bolt experience from this year. I bit the bullet and went waaay overkill with the bolts I bought - 5/8" x 24" outght to do it, eh? So the good: My impact driver could put them in all the way They were HELLA strong. There was seriously no f'n way any of that wind...

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