Here’s a neat idea for cargo hauling on a bicycle: the “Reel” system turns that unused triangle between the top tube, seat tube, and down tube into a storage solution.

6 Responses to “Reel”

  1. Pitt says:

    I finally went to the bike shop Saturday morning and bought a new rear wheel for my bike. They swapped over my existing gearset and tire, but I did have to buy a new $6 inner tube- apparently technology has marched forward and the new inner tubes use a smaller diameter fill port that actually fastens to the rim via a nut, to prevent the stem from bending over as commonly used to happen.

    The rim is also made out of some strange material…”Aluminium” or something I think they called it. It sure was light. I’m just happy my rear brakes will work now (and I didn’t have to buy one of them there fancy new fangled disc brake setups)

  2. matt says:

    Ooooh, aluminium. Look at you, Mr. Fancy.

  3. Kevin says:

    Not bad for a tube, same that I charge for one installed, still cheaper than Walmart.

    Your fancy rim hole is probably due to what they had in stock. You now are the proud owner of a presta valve instead of a schrader valve. Hope your pump has a dual head or he at least hooked you up with a brass adapter.

    More than likely if your old stem was “bending over” it was due to it being under inflated then stopping, causing the tube to shift inside the tire, I see it on kids bikes all the time.

    Congrats on keeping the beat running, if you ever needs to be pointed or forced in the right direct ask me or Matt.

  4. Pitt says:

    presta valve, that was what he called it. $5.50 for the tube, he threw in an adaptor for my old Scraeder valve inflators, $45 for the rim (the cheapest wheel they had in stock). Total after tax was $60, which included them swapping over the tire and tube, and the gearset. I figured it was pretty reasonable (I already had the wheel off the bike).

    I didn’t really have a problem with the valve bending over, I ride with 50-60 psi most of the time. But it was either that, or bore the hole out for the schrader valve.

    Rode at lunch today, 85 degrees out and sunny. Not having a crooked wheel made a pretty big difference, I was hitting a lot higher speed down some hills. Rear brakes still need adjustment, but at least they are there now.

    Front wheel is an old steel rim with a schrader valve still. And a fairly dry-rotted tire. And loose bearings. :-/

  5. Kevin says:

    “But it was either that, or bore the hole out or the schrader valve.”

    I’ve seen what you’ve done to those Lemons cars, think you can handle drilling out a rim. 😉

  6. Pitt says:

    I actually locked up the rear wheel during braking yesterday. I haven’t been able to do that in months.

    Front bearing’s still a little loosey-goosey. Need to tend to that…

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