I follow a great DIY blog called “Bike Hacks” which features reader submissions for creative hacks related to bicycles. Â These are usually really down and dirty, low cost solutions for people more interested in function than form. Â As a practical cyclist I’ve created myriad hacks to the many bicycles I’ve manned in my day and have submitted a few of them to “Bike Hacks”.
The blog recently featured one of the hacks I came up with wherein I put a front derailleur to interesting use as a chain tensioner on my the DIY long bike I built a few years ago.
For those who’ve not seen my long bike which I lovingly call the RecycleCycle you can view a gallery of the build process and some of it’s recent iterations in theÂ DIY Longtail Cargo Bike Build aka RecycleCycleÂ gallery I keep at Flickr.