Posted By colin on May 22, 2009
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Nothing tickles me more than a man or woman with a flair for Do-It-Yourself ingenuity! Especially when this cleverness pertains to transforming the everyday bicycle into something extraordinary! This could be some as simple and practical as an umbrella attachment or more inventive…
Crafty Tweed Cyclery
On our last SF Tweed Ride, the dashing and talented Lanky Joe transformed his two wheeled steed into the epitome of Tweed Cycling by elegantly wrapping his bars and seat in tweed fabric. The tweed was crafted from an actual tweed jacket and in a jolt of creative genius he used the jacket pockets as miniature panniers. Then with the remaining he crafted matching fingerless gloves.
Obviously with this much fine workmanship Lanky Joe won hands down the contest for Most Stylish Pairing of Habiliment & Steed!
Amazing DIY Bicycle Accessorizing
Bicycle Garden Box, crafted by FriendOfHumanity
One of the most genius bicycle adaptions I have have laid my eyes on in ages is the Bicycle Window Box. What could be more refreshing then pedaling along with your very own green garden on your handlebars. Grow strawberries for a refreshing treat or grow fresh herbs to make every ride minty fresh. And it really is perfect for hosting your own a mobile garden party!
You can build your very own mobile garden by following the Bicycle Window Box guide on the Instructables site.
There are more numerous amazing guides to ingenious bicycle adaptions on the Bikes section of Instructables. From a turn signal cycling jacket to how to build a bamboo bicycle to building your own fancy flower pattern twisted spoke wheels.
All this brings me to an announcement for our first online contest…
The SF Tweed Bicycle Ingenuity Contest
In celebration of the upcoming Maker Faire, we are pleased to announce the first SF Tweed online contest. For this contest we implore all you clever tweed cyclists to create a either a crafty bicycle adornment or amazing bicycle accessory akin to the examples shown above.
- Your creation must be specifically bicycle related
- Your creation must be appropriately tweedy/vintage/dapper (for ideas see below)
- Your creation must have been made by you
- Your creation can be something made specifically for this contest or can be something made recently (however it must have been built no earlier than April of this year)
- Contestant must submit photos of themselves with their Creation to dapper (at) sftweed (dot) com
- Contestant must also create a How To Build guide. This How To can either appear on Instructables.com or as a video on Vimeo/YouTube/etc.
- Contest is open to anyone in the world (however, international winners must pay for shipping & handling for any prizes won)
- Entrees must be submitted no later than Thursday June 25th 11:59pm
- Entrees will be judged on ingenuity, craftmanship, and the presentation of the how to guide.
Examples of Tweedy Ingenuity
Feel free to use any of the following ideas or run with your own bit of cleverness
- Tweed Wheel Covers
- Bicycle Bag made from a Tweed Jacket
- Tea Cup & Saucer Bicycle Holder (and teapot holder?)
- Portable Fancy Wooden Mini Bar (cabinets and fold out bar top?)
- Traveling Seamstress Stand (for making knickers on the fly)
- Side By Side Tandem Bike (way more proper then staring at your tandem partner’s behind)
The Grand Prize!
Minnehaha Canvas Shoulder Bag
A fabulous Canvas Shoulder Bag donated graciously by the Minnehaha Bag Co..
A simple canvas shoulder bag for commuting, running errands or as a basic briefcase. Cotton fabric is breathable for better comfort than synthetic messenger bags. The bag holds 15 liters worth of belongings with two small hanging inner pockets and key clip. It is built sturdy with leather reinforcements, a buckle system, and a lightly padded back and bottom to give some support and comfort while keeping a soft overall structure that conforms to the body.
There will also be runners up prizes to be announced at a later date.
International winners must pay for shipping & handling.