Saturday Snippets: 02.December.2017

Whoa, December! First off, a big Happy Birthday today to our most favourite godson, and another Happy Birthday tomorrow to our most favourite middle-M nephew!!

I’m ready for December, especially if it means we can see a change in our weather. Seriously! We’ve had around 270 mm of rain this month, and I’m beginning to suspect I’m suffering from seasonal affective disorder. I need me some sunshine! Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 02.December.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

We tackled our bike storage conundrum this past week, and are very happy with our solution. | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

  • Some of our original ideas were to build a sliding drawer in the back of the van or some type of hanging/sliding drawer. Both ideas would have been quite costly (heavy-duty drawer slides are expensive!) and fitting the bikes in would have still been quite tricky (they’re just an awkward size). Also, the designs we were originally going to attempt, would have rendered much of the storage space as difficult to easily access.
  • Then, we had the grand idea to mount the bikes on the back doors! I think we dismissed the idea at first, because we thought the bikes would be too wide. But Jonty, my resident Puzzle-Master, found the perfect angles to make both bikes fit! | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

  • We’ve used 80-20 to build the mounts. The key to this solution is having the handlebars lock into place. This, along with two mounts for the wheels, prevents the bikes from rotating and ensures no part of the bike catches on door frames. The front wheel is stored behind the bike frame and is also locked into place using the same handlebar mount. Ingenious! | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

  • The great aspect of this design is that the bikes will naturally swing out of the way, whenever the doors are open, allowing us access inside. And the bonus is that we were able to find an orientation that allowed us to keep the seats on the bikes (lowered all the way down) while being stored. This means there’s just one fewer piece of random gear to store! | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

Happy Weekend!