Bicyclery: Bikes, repairs, lessons, and culture

Kirby vacuum hacks!

December 9, 2014
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So we resurrected this old vacuum from the basement.  In doing research on how to repair it we quickly learned that it was so much more then a typical vacuum cleaner. 

It was pretty exciting to realize it was marketed to a wider audience then house wives.

Available attachments include: steam cleaner, pet groomer, power sander, and paint applicator.

We started to get inventive about what after market mods we could add to our utility vacuum. 

Starting small we added a water bottle/ beer holder.

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Since we still hadn’t fixed the belt pushing this monstrosity was a bit too much work. We realized the handle is easily removable and that the body is spaced almost perfectly for bike drop outs.

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It worked as a proof of concept! The geometry is a little awkward but next time we can use a more proportional frame!

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Fuji fixed

September 29, 2014
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Bridgestone

September 29, 2014
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FreeSpirit

March 20, 2010
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This is the first bike we built up as part of bicyclery.  It was really fun taking this old Free Spirit and turning it into something that is stylish and fun to ride.

Originally a cheap department store bike complete with pressed dropouts one piece bottom bracket and possitron shifter.

 

We single speeded it and gave it a pair of bullhorns.

We converted the bike to a single speed, and gave it a pair of bullhorns.

 

You can take freewheel hubs apart and convert them to single speed ones.

 

We were able to build it up to be, in my opinion, substantially better then it was originally.

 

Faster, lighter, simpler; stylish, and really fun to ride.

 

Sold!!


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    Definition:

    Bi·cycle·ry [by-sicle-ree] Nown, Adj, Adv
    -Noun, plural –ies
    1. A place in which people work on bikes that is populated by enthusiasts who do not identify as cyclists.
    2. Bike stuff; as common place; ie. cutlery
    3. The art of riding or maintaining bicycles.
    4. Having a quality of bike culture. Ie: The show was so bicyclery, it seemed like everyone rode there.

    About Bicyclery:

    It is our intention that Bicylery becomes a for profit and economically sustainable bike shop that will also be able to meet the needs and act as a re-source to our community.
    Contact:
    Gregdov@gmail.com
    631-745-9486

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