28 November 2007

Bike Accessories

Automatic Hub Cleaner, originally uploaded by [Zakkaliciousness].

Hey, world, we're curious.

You see these things on bikes all over Copenhagen.
We were wondering if anybody else out there uses them?

Please let us know.

At some point in time somebody clever took a dishwashing brush and bent it in a circle. Now you can buy them specially made for bikes at bike shops.


miketually said...

If I had those, the hubs would be the only clean part of my bike :)

They've been around for a while, I think. At least, to me, they look very Seventies, for some reason.

Zakkaliciousness said...

They look very 70's, indeed. I've just never seen them abroad.

chandru said...

Gosh, I remember these things from India long ago!(won't say how long exactly!) Given the general level of dirt in the streets there, I often wondered what good they did, but I think they were for decoration. Or maybe a poor man's reflector.

peter d said...

Never seen such things here, is it just a decoration? I remember that years ago people in the Netherlands used pieces of cloth (maybe cotton) to keep the (steel or chrome) hubs clean and free of rust.
Nowadays most hubs are made of maintenance-free aluminium.

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks chandru and peter d.

it's not decoration, it's for keeping the hub free of dirt. all i know is that even with maintenence free aluminium, my hubs get filthy, especially in winter.
do i clean them? no... :-) well, a little wash and scrub in springtime maybe.

kristin said...

I have such rings on my old GDR "Diamant"-bike.

tartansocks(long) said...

In the UK the're not that common,but a good idea nonetheless.Great Blog by the way.

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks for letting us know!

FM said...

Yea i use one similar to the one pictured. I have a flickr link to my bike with it attached.


Does anyone know where to buy these online, shipped to the US. I would pay a good amount of money for a few of those things, me and my friends have been looking for these things for awhile.

Zakkaliciousness said...

Very cool. thanks for that.
they're available in every bike shop in Copenhagen... but i don't know of anyone who ships.

whitepomfret said...

Yes, I used to use them in the 70's and early 80s on my bike. In Singapore, available from the cheaper local commuter bike shops, not the flashy sporting shops. They worked quite well till they get black and grimy!