Shade structure for your bike

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Shade structure for your bike

Postby oleg8888 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:07 pm

I've designed this for the trip in 2006.
We built bikes and it looked and worked great. Got tons of compliments and questions.
Structure is based on PVC, so it's very light.
The benefit of having a shade will dramatically extend your bike trips under the sun.
It has unlimited decorative solutions and very easy and cheap to build.
If desired, you can take the structure off for the night or put more lights on it.
It will take you one trip to hardware store and a few hours to build. Less if you worked with PVC before.
If there is enough interest, I'll post directions and parts description right here. :)
There is still time :wink:

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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby Bravetiger73 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:21 pm

instructions would be fantastic
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby Elderberry » Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:47 pm

Great pics, great idea. I'm sure posting of your plans would be well received.

Doesn't sound like you had any problems with wind.

It appears that the shade cover lets the wind through. Stupid question, but does it really provide shade?
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby oleg8888 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:09 pm

I used a mesh kind of fabric. It was white and provided great shade. It really did work.
One of the best materials for this application is Organza (gota love the name).
You can find it on http://www.ebay.com/sch/Sewing-Fabric-/160737/i.html?_catref=1&_fln=1&_ssn=dreampartycreation&_trksid=p3911.c0.m282
or your local Joann store.
The wind blew tight thru it.
We built an art car in '07 and used a lot of this fabric. It looked really good.

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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby oleg8888 » Fri Aug 19, 2011 5:11 pm

I will try to put together the "manual" and post it here
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby Hoolie » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:45 pm

I remember seeing these bikes out on the playa. Great stuff. Fun pictures too.
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby morningglory » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:36 pm

Post some instructs, so I can make one for next year. This year a hat will have to do. These are awesome sauce.
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby oleg8888 » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:38 pm

I will, as soon after the burn.
Didn't get a chance to post detailed instructions this time around.
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby Waders » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:00 pm

I would love for you to post the instructions for that pvc shade. Thanks a ton.

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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby Mojojita » Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:57 pm

Great structure but the girl in pink needs to be schooled about feathers - a huge no-no on the playa.
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby Token » Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:27 pm

I just wear a hat. Works fine.
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby dandelion » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:19 am

I'm SO doing this next year. Instructions please! :)
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby oleg8888 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:57 am

I'm on it.
Since I'm too lazy to type, I'll do a walk around video with instructions spoken out.
Then will answer the questions
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby hookahdude » Sun Sep 11, 2011 1:16 pm

I love this idea. I am trying to line up a trike with a basket for the wife for next year. She has a couple of medical issues and I just think a trike would be perfect. The shade structure looks awesone and very easy to personalize. Thank you so much for the ideas! They have the cogs turning!
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby oleg8888 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 2:04 pm

hookahdude wrote:I love this idea. I am trying to line up a trike with a basket for the wife for next year. She has a couple of medical issues and I just think a trike would be perfect. The shade structure looks awesone and very easy to personalize. Thank you so much for the ideas! They have the cogs turning!

Consider a trike with gears, mine is single speed and wife found it hardto pedal.
Check walmart they have all kinds of tikes. You can always return it if she doesn't like it
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby BBadger » Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:28 am

Definitely a nice bike decoration, but I have doubts over its ability to provide meaningful amounts of shade.
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby AntiM » Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:18 am

Sorry, I look at the fake flowers and the mylar streamers and see MOOP. I mean, I can't get my silk floral garlands to stay in one piece, and they're indoors in my house!
Some sunshine, some dust, a little paint and a tutu. Yeah.
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Re: Shade structure for your bike

Postby lucky420 » Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:00 am

cool idea but no streamers please, I did pick up quite a few long silver streamers on moop patrol.
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