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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

the bike side viewAs promised here's a quick overview of geek-bike. What started as a stock Raleigh SC30 now includes a rear rack, a pannier, and a custom 12V 20W halogen lighting system.

The lighting is based around a 12 volt yard light. I removed the stake and created a mounting bracket using an aluminum strip. The light is wired up to a two-way automotive switch and powered by a 12 volt battery made to power emergency lights.
the light up close

The battery is housed in a custom home-made pannier. The pannier started life as a $5 Wal-Mart fanny-pack. I cut the straps from the sides of the pack and inserted a piece of sheet-metal cut to the shape of the back. I riveted this to the fabric to help it keep the shape.

I also riveted to it two more pieces of the aluminum and bent them into hooks. The original straps were then riveted to the back of the pack. The hooks go over the rack and the strap allows me to secure it with some downward tension, keeping the battery from bouncing off the rack.
the custom battery pannierI used a grommet kit to put a hole where the wiring comes out and goes to the switch box.

the hooks

the battery

the metal backing

the switch

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Anonymous Gay said...

Brilliant! Absolutely Brilliant! So, where do you store the iPod?

8:55 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Keys said...

Please do not encourage this behavior! Do you have any idea what it is like to live with a cross between Albert Einstein and Bill Gates with a little bit of Bill O'Reilly thrown in?

8:28 PM  

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