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Build Yourself A Bicycle Cultivator
While hoeing weeds in our garden last spring, I came up with the idea of converting an old junk bicycle into a garden cultivator. I immediately quit hoeing, spent a couple of hours working on the bicycle and, to my great pleasure, was able to use it to finish the hoeing with ease.
Here is how I did it, step by step
1. Remove everything that can be removed from the bicycle.
2. Put a tire and wheel where the rear wheel was (minus the sprocket and chain). You may have to squeeze the rear forks inward if you use the front wheel, especially if it's a 10-speed.
3. Using a torch or hacksaw, cut the forks off the front fork assembly.
4. Turn the frame upside down, putting the front fork assembly back in opposite the way it came out, and tighten the large nut down so the fork assembly can't turn. Put the handle bars and rod in and tighten.
5. Depending on your height, you may have to replace the seat rod with a 1 inch steel rod or pipe which is longer. I'm 6 ft., 4 in. so I used a 14 in rod. Drill a 3/8 in, hole through the rod approximately 1 1/2 in. from the end. Depending on the bicycle and you, you may have to heat and bend the rod to put the tillage tool at the correct angle.
6. Insert the rod into the seat hole with the bend toward the tire.
7. You can make your own tillage attachments, or go to the hardware store and buy them. Mount an attachment to the bent rod using the 3/8 in. hole, then adjust height and the handle bars.
John C. Nielson.
Box 104
Driggs, Idaho 83422

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1983 - Volume #7, Issue #3