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Old 11-23-09, 10:36 PM   #1
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Useful hardware items

Wondering if you have any useful items you picked up at Lowe's or Ace Hardware that just worked perfectly on you bike?

For me, it the all purpose conduit hanger. Great for attaching light and other components to your handlebar, Works like a charm at $.75

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Don't live near any big box stores but, thankfully, there's an Ace in the nearby town. I've gotten the following for my bike since summer--P-clamps, zip-ties, electrical tape, micro-lever switch (put on rear brake cable to activate my brake light), T-brackets for my turn signals, wire, sheet metal screws (for making my own studded tires), cheap Bell knobbies for making my own studded tires, hmmm, this list could go on-and-on. I also have to mention the center-off toggle and 9V battery connectors that I got from Radio Shack for adding the LED-strobes/turn signals.
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I used some threaded rod to make U-bolts to mount my front racks.
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I used a thin fender washer from the hardware store to remount the taillight for my '69 Raleigh Superbe 3-speed on the back of the rack as shown below. The washer fit perfectly into the extra space in the slot for the spring, and jams tightly in there. It made for a much more visible location for the light, the light's not prone to being bumped out of place there, and the wire for it can be hidden under the rack.

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Old 11-24-09, 09:41 AM   #5
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Not necessarily "Hardware", but I managed to craft my homemade bike light handlebar mount out of plastic Reflector holders. The bike shop let me sift through their pile of reflector and computer parts. Then I went to the hardware store for some knob-type bolts and wing nuts - also picked up some of that industrial strength velcro. Make a great mount that I can easily pop on and off the bike.

There's other useful stuff at the hardware store - 4 and 5mm hex bolts are great for replacing seat post and stem bolts, zip ties are handy for just about everything (we McGyvered a pedal back together on a ride recently with a zip tie) - The safety aisle is great, too. Good reflective material to use if you need it, and they're starting to get small LED's that you can stick on just about anywhere.

The other trick is CO2 cartridges. If you carry around the unthreaded type, you can buy the cartridges in bulk at Walmart or Target in their ammunition section. Much cheaper there than at the bike shops.
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I used a thin fender washer from the hardware store to remount the taillight for my '69 Raleigh Superbe 3-speed on the back of the rack as shown below. The washer fit perfectly into the extra space in the slot for the spring, and jams tightly in there. It made for a much more visible location for the light, the light's not prone to being bumped out of place there, and the wire for it can be hidden under the rack.

Wouldn't a small p-clamp work here.. if you could get one small enough to fit the rack tubing? I've also bent some alloy channel ... drilled holes in one end to screw it to the back body and holes in the other end to hold the light.
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Don't live near any big box stores but, thankfully, there's an Ace in the nearby town.
You're not missing anything, hardware-wise.

I once struck out looking for something fairly simple at a Lowes store, and as the associate decided that he couldn't find what I was looking for, I said "I guess I'd better go to a hardware store." He said "this IS a hardware store." I said "Pheh. No it's not. I mean a REAL hardware store."
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