3D Printed Thru-Axle Adapter

Recently I got me one of those bikes with disc brakes. However my Tacx Spider Team Repair Stand (T3050) only came with a quick release fork mount, which doesn’t work with the new disc brake fork (12mm × 100mm).

quick release

Sure, one could go and buy the updated stand (which comes with all kinds of handy tools), or other weird looking adapters, but since I’m a frugal Dutch guy, and already spent all my money on a new bike, I decided to 3D print an adapter.

hammer time

First up, I grabbed a hammer and bashed out the aluminum quick release axle from the front frame holder. It sat in pretty pretty tight so had to use some force (which is not easy for scrawny cyclists), but eventually it came out.

Next, I measured all the things and created a 3D model, visited my local 3D printer and got the adapter printed.

3d adapter

Fresh off the press, this print is solid. Only took a couple hours to print. Cost was $60 (you can probably find better deals online), cheaper than buying a new work stand.

3d printed thru-axle

All that was left to do is insert it in the holder and presto! My fancy bike now works with the old stand.

How to Print Your Own

I’ve uploaded the 3D file to Thingiverse so you can go and print your own.

The dimensions are for 12mm × 100mm thru-axle forks, but you can easily adapt the 3D file for other sizes.

Use 3D Hubs, Google Maps, or Yelp to find a 3D printer.

Hit me up on the socials @huphtur if you printed one.

Introducing Skate or Bike

Super stoked to officially launch a little side project. It’s called Skate or Bike and will feature people who sometimes ride 4, and sometimes ride 2 wheels.

introducing skate or bike

The first interview on the site is with Miki Vuckovich. I emailed him a huge list of questions and the next day, while on a airplane flight, he answered them all on his iPhone 😳. Thanks again Miki, you set the bar high for the next set of people to answer my questions.

A bunch of new interviews are already in the pipeline, so follow Skate or Bike via Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or RSS.

Should Dopers Be Banned From Strava?

Amateur cyclist Nicholas Brandt-Sorenson got busted for doping, then got busted again for selling dope. Peter Flax wrote a great article about him on CyclingTips. This and many similar articles got shared and discussed at great length on /r/Velo/.

strava doper

LA Times reporter Paresh Dave contacted me via reddit looking to write an article riffing of the Sorenson situation that takes a look at what social apps (Facebook, video games, Strava) should do to deflect bad actors (terrorists, cheaters, harassers).

He emailed me a bunch of questions that I answered for him. Not sure if Paresh is still working on the article, or if it got denied by his editors, but here my answers (in all its unedited glory, ESL included).

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My Rdio Replacement(s)

Some of us must have done something bad last year, because Santa shut down Rdio right before Xmas. It was one of the better music services with a clean design and amazing comunity with whom I discovered and shared so many great tunes with.

rdio goodbye

After Rdio shut down a lot of people went with the obvious choices: Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, etc. I played around with them for a bit but non did it for me. So I decided to go with some other options.

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I Have Never…

  • Done drugs
  • Drank coffee
  • Worn a scarf
  • Been camping
  • Watched Titanic
  • Smoked cigarettes
  • Listened to a Drake song (voluntarily)
  • Believed in a higher power (besides my watts)

…and most likely never will.