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When I posted the “Bre Builds a Bike” piece here last night, I neglected to include a link to the PDF that originally accompanied the Weekend Project. It’s a sweet little comic book that recaps the salient features of the video and includes this nice display of rudimentary bike tools. You can access the PDF on the link below:

Build a Single-Speed Bike — MAKE PDF (2.1MB)


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Aaron Staggs says:

    why would you mess up a bike by taking off the gears??

    1. Anonymous says:

      If you live in an area where you would oouldn’t need to change gears a lot, it could make for a simpler bike to ride and maintain. If you live in a hilly area like me, the last thing you’d want is a single speed or fixed gear bike! :)

  2. Couldn’t resist the share:
    back in the early sixties, my dad terrified us by building the Bucking Bronco bike — both wheels with off-center hubs — ensured a truly kooky ride — especially down hill…. YIKES