If you’re not familiar with Bixi Bike, it’s probably because you don’t have them in your city yet. No need to worry, I’m sure you’ll have them soon. It’s a public bicycle sharing system similar to Commune Auto or Zipcar, but for bicycles.
A little while ago I found a Bixi bike stand all alone on the side of the road. It looked so lonely all there by itself so I took home with me. Wouldn’t you? I contacted Bixi to come pick it up but they seemed focused on the success of their program and didn’t have time to come get it. So, naturally, I wanted to make something out of it.
In my workshop, there’s always music playing and it’s an important part of my work environment, so I turned the bixi chassis in into a speaker cabinet. The front is curved plexiglass that’s constantly in tension to hold the two 6″ drivers rigidly in place. I kept the plexiglass clear so the drivers look like they’re floating and one can still admire the elegance of the dock itself. Definitely one of my favorite found objects.
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Bike touring is different than other types of travelling in that you don't really know how far you're going to get every day. This can make planning accommodations difficult and stressful, but it doesn't need to be.
In this post, I share some of the techniques I use to find accommodation on the fly so you can enjoy the ride and not stress about where to rest your head that night.
Stay tuned for more free-cycling adventures & inventions.