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Make: Bicycle Projects

Book Description

Teaching everything from how to make a "chopper" to soldering up electronic circuits, Make: Bicycle Projects presents 18 different projects to enhance your bicycle for the summer, including a handlebar-mounted synthesizer horn, a LED headlight, and a mini trailer hauling an armored suitcase. Along with the cool projects, critical how-tos are served up including treatises on stripping down and repainting a bike as well as chapters devoted to mechanics and tools.

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. 1. Bike 101
    1. Origins
    2. Anatomy of a Bicycle
      1. Brakes
      2. Brake Lever
      3. Cassette
      4. Chain
      5. Chainring
      6. Derailleurs
      7. Frame
      8. Gear Shifts
      9. Handlebars
      10. Pedals
      11. Saddle
      12. Tires
    3. Variants
      1. BMX
      2. Fixie
      3. Folding
      4. Penny Farthing
      5. Recumbent
      6. Tall
      7. Tandem
      8. Tricycle
      9. Unicycle
    4. Just Hack It
    5. Summary
  3. 2. Basic Bike Mods
    1. Commercial Add-Ons
      1. Bottle Holder
      2. Brakes
      3. Cargo
      4. Child Seat
      5. Fenders
      6. Handlebars
      7. Lights
      8. Mirrors
      9. Noisemaker
      10. Pedals
      11. Pegs
      12. Reflectors
      13. Repair Kit
      14. Saddle
      15. Smartphone Mount
      16. Stickers and Streamers
      17. Wheels
    2. Project #1: Adding EL Wire
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
    3. Project #2: Installing a SpokePOV Kit
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
    4. Project #3: DIY Smartphone Rig
      1. Procedure
    5. Summary
  4. 3. Gallery of Cool Bikes
    1. Unicycle Conversion
    2. Chopper Bike
    3. Stretch Cruiser Bike
    4. Restored Cruiser
    5. High Rider
    6. Drift Trike
    7. Cargo Bike
    8. Bouncer
    9. Bug-Out Bike
    10. Parade Bike
    11. Bike Plus Tape
    12. Kinetic Sculpture Racer
    13. Summary
  5. 4. Bike Hacker’s Workbench
    1. The Essential Bike Mechanic’s Toolkit
      1. Bike Stand
      2. Bottom Bracket Tool
      3. Cable Cutter
      4. Cable Puller
      5. Chain Breaker
      6. Chainring Nut Wrench
      7. Chain Wear Indicator
      8. Chain Whip
      9. CO2 Inflator
      10. Cone Wrenches
      11. Crank Puller
      12. Freewheel Remover
      13. Grease
      14. Hex Wrench
      15. Key Wrench
      16. Lockring Remover
      17. Multitool
      18. Pedal Wrench
      19. Pressure Gauge
      20. Rasp and Patches
      21. Screwdrivers
      22. Socket Set
      23. Spoke Wrench
      24. Tire Levers
    2. Assembling the Ultimate On-the-Go Bike Repair Kit
    3. Summary
  6. 5. Advanced Bike Mechanics
    1. Project #4: Stripping Down a Bike
      1. Parts List
      2. Tips on Stripping Down Your Bike
      3. Procedure
    2. Project #5: Painting a Bike
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
    3. Project #6: Making a Fixie
    4. Summary
  7. 6. All About Wheels
    1. Anatomy of the Wheel
    2. Wheel Dimensions
      1. Road/Racing Wheel
      2. Mountain Bike Wheel
      3. BMX
    3. Wheel Maintenance
      1. Fixing a Flat
      2. Inflating a Tire
      3. Tightening or Replacing a Spoke
      4. Truing a Wheel
    4. Summary
  8. 7. Hacking Frames
    1. Parts of a Frame
    2. How to Weld and Braze
      1. Procedure
    3. Project #7: Braze Up a Frame
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
    4. Make a Chopper
    5. Summary
  9. 8. Adding Power
    1. Project #8: How to Solder (the Quick Version)
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
      3. Cleanup and Lead Concerns
    2. Harnessing Solar Power
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
    3. Add a Waterproof Microcontroller Pack
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
    4. Summary
  10. 9. Lighting It Up
    1. LED Poesies
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
    2. Project #9: Accelerometer-Controlled LED Strand
      1. On NeoPixels
      2. Parts List
      3. Procedure
      4. Installing the Light Strip
      5. Programming the Arduino
      6. The Sketch
    3. Summary
  11. 10. Making Noise
    1. Audio Synthesizers 101
    2. Project #10: Synthesizer, Horn, and Alarm
      1. Parts List
      2. Building the Buzzer Horn
      3. Building the Synth
    3. Bicycle Alarm
      1. Procedure
      2. Code
    4. Summary
  12. 11. Hauling Cargo
    1. Typical Cargo-Hauling Options
      1. Basket
      2. Panniers
      3. Rack
      4. Trailer
    2. Project #11: Bike Basket Project
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
    3. Project #12: Mini Trailer
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
    4. Summary
  13. 12. Party Trailer
    1. Projet #13: Light Organ
      1. Parts List
      2. Procedure
      3. Programming the Light Organ
    2. Summary
  14. Index