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Cool Recycled/Biodegradable bike accessories?

I need some advice. I've just modified my DRZ. The OEM rear axle has been replaced by a broken wooden coathanger. This saves weight and recycles household materials. Do you think this sort of thing will become popular?



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It looks a bit long to me, may be worth cutting it down as it may drag the road when you are banked over hard on lefthanders, AND your missing a bolt from your chain runner ! That could cause more problems.

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You could whittle any part you need, using old branches and scrap wood. The future's wooden.
....Until the travelling termites get wind of this....
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You could whittle any part you need, using old branches and scrap wood.

The future's wooden.
How are you getting on with making the the teak chain ?

Or are you going to use a leather belt.
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How are you getting on with making the the teak chain ?

Or are you going to use a leather belt.
Why teak? Is that a good wood to use? Isn't it a bit heavy? For a chain-substitute I was thinking of using elastic out of the waist band of old y-fronts. Is this a good solution?

Am worried about the termites mentioned above. Do you think this would be a serious problem?

Please help. I'm worried.

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Everything is Possible . . . . .

Have a look here:

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This lad certainly deserves a medal, and a decent career in a decent industry.

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Why teak? Is that a good wood to use? Isn't it a bit heavy? For a chain-substitute I was thinking of using elastic out of the waist band of old y-fronts. Is this a good solution?

Am worried about the termites mentioned above. Do you think this would be a serious problem?

Please help. I'm worried.

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Teak is quite an oily wood so would be self-lubing. I think it gives good resistance to insect attack as well.

I'm only in my 40s so haven't got a pair of Y-fronts that are old enough to consider throwing away yet. So can't offer advice on the suitability of the elastic.
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...hmmm! interesting, glue-on nobblies could be a way forward for me... pistachio shells would be ideal.

(got a pair of old DRZ spindles if you need them... if we're on recycling).
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How about using BBQ skewers for spokes, that'd shave a few g's off the total. You can also save money and weight by not oiling your airfilter and removing the seat, standing is good for exercise anyway.
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I would Patent that ASAP Chris.....

Touratwat will carve their name into it and charge £300 for that at least !!

Perhaps a mahogany shaft for the 1200GS !!!! Gotta be worth £1000 of any 1200GS owning stockbrokers dividend !

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Many thanks for your suggestions. Sadly the bike is now reassembled with a oem Suzuki axle and new tyre/chain/spox. The only reason it was ever like that was I needed my paddock stand for one of my other bikes and hence I was able to shove the DRZ in the corner like that. The coat hanger will now be used to stir paint. The other wheel (off a klr 250) is back in the depths of the garage.
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The next one: Pannier racks

Following the very successful DRZ rear axle, I now have wood pannier racks on my AT. Much cheaper than MM and TT too...





Please note all wooden designs are now patented...

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