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Popular Mechanics

Popular Mechanics October 2019

Discover the latest in technology, engineering, and tools with Popular Mechanics. Plus, get essential advice on your home and car, useful DIY ideas, in-depth explanations on how things work, and more!

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4 min.
popular mechanics studio presents build a bar project part 3 of 3

We believe in the beauty of handcraftsmanship. Taking your time. Doing things right. It's why we partnered with Knob Creek®leader of hard-earned, small batch whiskey-on this three-part build a bar project. Because just like how Knob Creek® takes no shortcuts when creating their signature full flavor bourbon, you should take no shortcuts when finishing and furnishing your bar. In the third and final installment of this series, we'll show you how to customize your bar with pyrography (a decorative wood burning technique), wireless LED lights, and all the finest tools for entertaining at home. So at the end of the day, you can pour yourself (and your friends) a well-earned drink and enjoy. Cheers! CUSTOMIZE YOUR BAR Wood buring (pyrography) is a unique way to add rustic personalization to your project. The process…

3 min.
1 my pop life

DARREN ORF Deputy Editor Would rather go on a dungeon crawl than a bar crawl. The Best Thing POP Ever Taught Me All things planes. Coming to work at Popular Mechanics I’ve learned the finer differences between the AC-130U Spooky and the AC-130J Ghostrider, and I’m all the better for it. Favori te app and why Marvel Unlimited—I’ve purchased A LOT of comics in my lifetime. For $70 a year, I get access to Marvel’s whole library (at a six-month delay). That saves me tons of money—and tons of space. PETS I have a cat named Laser (who we call Li). She doesn’t really know how to meow… she kind of just coos loudly. She’s a strange one. The Best Money I Ever Spent Every time I buy flowers for my girlfriend. They always make her smile. PRODUCTS I’M USING…

3 min.
popular mechanics

Alexander George EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Matt Allyn Features Director; Brian Dalek Director of Content Operations; Leah Flickinger Director of Content Creation; Lou Mazzante Test Director; Suzanne Perreault Senior Managing Editor; Jesse Southerland Creative Director DESIGN + PHOTO Amy Wolff Photo Director; Colin McSherry Senior Art Director; Eleni Dimou Senior Designer; Zack Kutos Designer; Kristen Parker Photo Editor; John Hamilton Associate Photo Editor EDITORIAL Molly Ritterbeck Health & Fitness Director; Darren Orf, Christa Sgobba Deputy Editors; Tracy Middleton Senior Features Editor; Tyler Daswick, Taylor Rojek Associate Features Editors; Andrew Daniels How-To Editor; Courtney Linder, Senior News Editor; Hailey Middlebrook, Jordan Smith Editors; Danielle Zickl Associate Health & Fitness Editor; Matt Bevilacqua, News Editor; Daisy Hernandez, Paige Szmodis Associate News Editors; Ezra Dyer Automotive Editor; Katie Fogel Social Media Editor; Drew Dawson Gear & News Editor; Jessica Coulon Assistant…

3 min.
you should completely wipe your phone—but not for the reason you think

ONCE EVERY FEW MONTHS, I take my iPhone and go to Settings-> General-> Reset-> Erase All Content and Settings. I skip the offer to use a backup, or transfer data, and build from the factory settings. My friends think I’m masochistic. But hear me out. Clearing out old apps or files, even if it’s just to re-download them, will help almost any device. But deleting is tedious. The trick is to do it all at once, with a clean wipe. Your vital stuff will still be there. Modern cloud systems, as long as you have your password, will keep the stuff most of us really care about—your SIM card is your phone number, and as long as you have iCloud or Google Photos, copies of your photos and videos are safely stashed…

2 min.
bafang g310

PRODUCED: CHINA TIME TO DISASSEMBLE: 2 HOURS, 45 MINUTES NOTES:E-bikes are booming: The U.S. imported at least 215,000 electric bicyles in 2017, up from 64,000 in 2012, according to industry experts Ed Benjamin and Frank E. Jamerson, PhD. But brand-new rides are expensive. Instead, you can buy a conversion kit, and electrify any pushbike for around $1,000. We’d start with the G310: The motor employs decades of hub motor development to pack up to 500 watts of power into a lightweight and silent package—a first for geared hub motors. “As soon as you experience a motor that’s totally silent under assist, you never want to go back to one that makes a buzzing sound,” says Justin Lemire-Elmore, founder and owner of Grin Technologies, a Vancouver-based engineering company that specializes in DIY e-bike…

3 min.
the most fun you can have on three wheels

RALLY RACING I S one of the most challenging forms of motorsport. A driver and navigator blaze down actual public roads—closed, of course—at the ragged edge of control, the navigator calling out the turns and the driver reacting in real time as the road rushes ahead like a video playing at 8x speed. Rallies take place on all sorts of surfaces, from asphalt to snow, but the sport is synonymous with dirt. And so rally cars are optimized for that environment: Knobby tires, beefy suspension, and skid plates are universal must-haves. If that sort of equipment sounds awfully familiar, it’s because rally culture bred the crossover: A Toyota RAV4 is just a Corolla Hatchback that’s built for the Acropolis Rally. CanAm, maker of the Maverick side-by-side lineup, knows how to build…