The MacGyver fix that saved our biking adventure!
This isn’t a project you’ll want to make for yourselves (unless you find yourself in the same situation as me, which is very unlikely) but nevertheless, this is one of my proudest moments as a ‘maker’!
I had taken my boys on a ‘biking adventure’ along a riverside cycle track. We were a mile into the ride when my youngest son fell of his bike and somehow loosened the handlebars (they were so wobbly you couldn’t steer). I was on the verge of walking the bikes back to the car, but decided to have a go at fixing them using wooden sticks and strips of plastic torn from the bag that held our packed lunch.
I was hoping the repair would last long enough for us to ride back to the car. Well, 7 miles and 3 hours later, the bike was still going strong, in fact the only thing beginning to wobble was my boys legs after all the cycling!
Oh… and my youngest boy wasn’t the tiniest bit embarrassed about this low tech fix… he proudly called it his ‘stick bike’!
If you’d like to see a more aesthetically pleasing use of wooden sticks, have a look at my Rustic twig and wire bowl, it was made entirely from twigs scavenged from the countryside – it comes with full instructions.