11 Incredible Bike Mods

Cyclists love their bikes—and many of them are all too happy to cut them up to create something new and awesome.

1. The Tallest Bike On Earth

Tall bikes are a fringe trend, but one DIYer took his tall bike to the extreme: The current Guinness Record holder for tallest rideable bicycle is Terry Goertzen of Canada, whose bike stands an impressive 18 feet and 2.5 inches.

Goertzen might not have that record long, though: Los Angeles resident Richie Trimble recently constructed a new version of his Stoopid Tall bike that measures a full two feet taller, sitting over 20 feet above the ground.

2. The Rail Bike

The golden age of railways is long gone, but some abandoned railroad tracks are having a second life as pedestrian and bike paths. Bike Hacks reader Will built a bike specially designed for use on the railroad. His first prototype derailed and crashed when he hit about 16 miles per hour, but his newer design is much safer (although it still experiences problems at rail switches).

3. The Jet Powered Bike

Here’s another fun ride you’re probably better off leaving to the professionals. Robert Maddox designed this bad boy to accelerate with the help of a pulsejet, which allows the bike to go more than 70 miles per hour.

4. The Sea Nymph

Flickr user Megulon5; cc

Flickr user Megulon5 participated in Aquachopper Expidition 2011, which involved creating bikes that could be used on water or land. The Sea Nymph, created by Jay and Jessica of San Francisco, has unique canoe-cycle style and steers the same on both land and water.

5. The Snowplow

This pedal-powered snowplow by Firefly Workshops makes cleaning up after light storms quite fun (though its creator does note that it’s totally useless after heavy snowfalls).

6. The Lawnmower

Flickr user Fahrrad Rasenmäher; cc

This cool tool allows its user to trim their lawn while enjoying a leisurely bike ride in the backyard.

7. The Galloping Horse Bike

If you’re looking for a bike mod that’s more about fun than function, you’ll appreciate this piece by Smitty Regula, which incorporates two plastic horses that appear to gallop on each side of the bike as the wheels turn.

8. The Nimbus 2000

Until we have some sort of new, crazy aerial technology, you won't be able to fly on a Nimbus like Harry Potter—so this broom-based bike, which allows the rider to lean forward and steer with the broom handle, is the next best thing. The creator, Ben, was a Maker Faire attendee, while the photo was taken by Will O'Brien of Engadget.

9. Office Chair Bike

When it comes to comfort, it’s pretty hard to beat this office chair recumbent bike by Instructables user Woodenbikes. It features a 35-pound office chair and was built in celebration of Bike to Work Day.

10. Sidecar

If motorcycles can have sidecars, why can’t bicycles? This Instructable by stevebod can show you how to make your own, complete with a safety harness and guard.

11. Windshield

Though bike riders face bugs and bad weather just like motorcyclists, you rarely see a windshield on a bike. Bike Hacks reader George from New Hampshire constructed a custom windscreen that uses a wire basket as the base and a removable wire frame and plastic cardboard cover to provide protection from the wind. The Plexiglas window at the front can be shifted up or down based on the rider’s needs. In all, George says his design is quite effective at protecting his hands and face from the cold.

From Snoopy to Shark Bait: The Top Slang Word in Each State

There’s a minute, and then there’s a hot minute. Defined as “a longish amount of time,” this unit of time is familiar to Alabamians but may stir up confusion beyond the state’s borders.

It’s Louisianans, though, who feel the “most misunderstood,” according to the results of a survey regarding regional slang by PlayNJ. Of the Louisiana residents surveyed, 72 percent said their fellow Americans from other states—even neighboring ones—have a hard time grasping their lingo. Some learned the hard way that ordering a burger “dressed” (with lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo) isn’t universally understood, nor is the phrase “to pass a good time” (instead of “to have” a good time).

After surveying 2000 people (with proportional numbers from each state), PlayNJ created a map showing the top slang word in each state. Many are words that are unlikely to be understood beyond state lines, but others—like California’s bomb (something you really like) and New York’s deadass (to be completely serious)—have spread well beyond their respective borders thanks to memes and internet culture.

Hawaiians are also known for their distinctive slang words, with 71 percent reporting that words like shaka (hello) and poho (waste of time) are frequently misunderstood. Shark bait, one of the state’s more colorful terms, refers to tourists who are so pale that they attract sharks.

Check out the full list below and test your knowledge of regional slang words with PlayNJ’s online quiz.

A chart showing the top slang words in each state
20 States With the Highest Rates of Skin Cancer

They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. Floridians get to soak up the sun year-round, but that exposure to harmful UV rays also comes with consequences. Prevention magazine reported that Florida has the highest rate of skin cancer in the U.S., according to a survey by Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

BCBS surveyed 9 million of its insured members who had been diagnosed with skin cancer between 2014 and 2016 and found that Florida had the highest rate of skin cancer at 7.1 percent. People living in eastern states tend to be more prone to skin cancer, and diagnoses are more common among women.

Here are the 20 states with the highest rates of skin cancer:

1. Florida: 7.1 percent
2. Washington, D.C.: 5.8 percent
3. Connecticut: 5.6 percent
4. Maryland: 5.3 percent
5. Rhode Island: 5.3 percent
6. Vermont: 5.3 percent
7. North Carolina: 5.2 percent
8. New York: 5 percent
9. Massachusetts: 5 percent
10. Colorado: 5 percent
11. Arizona: 5 percent
12. Virginia: 5 percent
13. Delaware: 4.8 percent
14. Kentucky: 4.7 percent
15. Alabama: 4.7 percent
16. New Jersey: 4.7 percent
17. Georgia: 4.7 percent
18. West Virginia: 4.5 percent
19. Tennessee: 4.5 percent
20. South Carolina: 4.4 percent

It may come as a surprise that sunny California doesn’t make the top 20, and Hawaii is the state with the lowest rate of skin cancer at 1.8 percent. Prevention magazine explains that this could be due to the large population of senior citizens in Florida and the fact that the risk of melanoma, a rare but deadly type of skin cancer, increases with age. People living in regions with higher altitudes also face a greater risk of skin cancer due to the thinner atmosphere and greater exposure to UV radiation, which explains why Colorado is in the top 10.

The good news is that the technology used to detect skin cancer is improving, and researchers hope that AI can soon be incorporated into more skin cancer screenings. To reduce your risk, be sure to wear SPF 30+ sunscreen when you know you’ll be spending time outside, and don’t forget to reapply it every two hours. 

[h/t Prevention]


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