Bikes are wonders of engineering and efficient transport machines, but do you ever wish they looked a bit more fun, funky and – well – you?
We bring you six of the best ways to decorate your bike. You can express your style, have some fun and get crafty! The perfect project for a wet weekend.
1. Knit your own bike seat cover
Put your craft skills to good use with something practical and fun. This knit kit has everything you need to make your own knitted saddle cover – with wool, knitting needles and instructions.
NPW Bike Seat Cover Knit Kit, £7.95. Available from NPW.
2. Sticker up your bike
Cheaper and less permanent than bringing out the paints, bike stickers are a quick way to brighten up your bike. With themed multipacks, and everything from flowers to polka-dots, you could really have a lot of fun with these. Go as subtle or as loud as you like!
NPW Bike Stickers, from £2.50. Range includes vintage, road and urban. Available from The Pod Company.
NPW Paint Job Stickers, from £3.95. Range includes chevrons, flowers and polka-dots. Available from Bikelands.
3. Add a decoration that doubles as storage
How about a decoration that’s also a useful way of carrying bits and pieces. This genius invention – essentially coloured elastic tape woven through the bike frame – means you can stash bits and pieces on your bike when out and about.
REEL by Yeongkeun. Not currently available in the UK.
4. Add some designer style
If you love innovative design, and want a stylish and unusual way to brighten your bike, then check out the Vektor CMY. Charlie Patterson and Jasper van der Bosch won the Southbank Centre’s 2012 BOOST programme with this unique laser-cut decoration, and its now available to buy from Southbank Centre shop.
Vektor CMY Cycling Accessory, £10. Available from the Southbank Centre shop.
5. Bike Streamers
Nothing brings to mind 70’s style summers than riding through parks in the sunshine, the wind in your face and handlebar streamers floating out beside you. You can get really crafty with this one and make your own as you only need a few bits and pieces like ribbon and glue. There is a great how-to guide from Rookie Mag.
If you’d prefer not to get glue all over your fingers, there are lots of options online particularly if you like the shiny metallic ones.
Raleigh Handlebar Streamers, £5.69. Available from J.E. James Cycles
6. Colourful chains
If you have a single speed bike there are lots of customisation options, like changing the handlebar grips, pedals, and chain rings. One of the easiest is changing the chain. Red, blue, green, white – what to choose?!
YBN Anti-drop chain. £15. Available from Bikelands