Pimp your bike – stylish ideas for bikes
Lifestyle object, sports equipment, transport, expression of personality – a bike can be all of these things. Some bikes are as pure as possible and everything is perfectly matched. Other bikes are strikingly colourful, ornamented with flowers, or even in some cases painted individually. There is nothing which doesn’t already exist. Even the range of bike accessories is vast. Bikes can be customised with one gadget or another.
The somewhat different bicycle bell
A bicycle bell is not just a bicycle bell. The principle is the same across the board: they all fulfil their purpose, some with a piercing ring and others soft and melodic ting. The Oi! by Knog belongs in the latter category. Pleasant in sound and minimalist in design, it nestles nobly around the handlebars like a ring. And it stands out because it is so unusual.
The Oi! is available in two handlebar diameters in black, silver, brass and copper. An integrated recess on the clamp is designed with the brake cable or gear cable in mind.
A saddle made of rubber
No leather in sight, just natural rubber and cotton – that’s all the Brooks Cambium saddle needs. It looks great, it’s waterproof and is available in two different sizes. Though, it’s not that cheap. There are saddle covers in every possible colour and pattern to provide a fresh look.
Handlebars and bar tape
Patterned and vibrant or pure and one colour – the handlebars can be individually customised using bar tape. Bar tape made of cork gives your bike an eye-catching look without much effort. The same is true for silicone rings, which can be multicoloured.
Stickers on your bike
A yellow circle with a laughing red sun in the centre and the words “Nuclear power? No thanks” is probably one of the most common stickers seen on bikes. Moreover, stickers are probably one of the simplest ways to stimulate thought.
In addition, stickers are a popular way of embellishing bicycles individually and cost-effectively. A collage of different stickers is very easy to make. And put in the right places, they can even portray a message here or there.
Transport aid for every taste
People who do their shopping with their bike or go on bike tours can’t do without them: panniers, baskets and/or bags are essential. Choosing one isn’t so easy because there is such a huge range on offer.
Especially for bags, not only is the design important but how it works too. Some bags can be attached not only to the luggage rack, but also transformed into a shoulder bag or backpack. They should all be water repellent or they should at least come with a waterproof rain cover. (e.g. www.basil.com) Find out more about the pros and cons of various bike bags.
Not yet available for purchase, but still a cool idea: The Reel bicycle storage system is a flexible strap which makes use of the free space in the frame. Shopping or sports gear can be transported in this woven pocket. Small buttons made of silicone are stuck to the bike to prevent the strap from slipping.
Basket options are almost unlimited too. They can be made of metal, or woven from wicker or rattan. Some have a lid, others are designed specially to carry small dogs. They come in all sizes: for the handlebars and for bag racks. In fact, now they are available for the front wheel too – like a postman’s bike – for example this beautiful model made of wood from WoodYouRide.
Bikes with flowers
Somehow pretty: a vase for your bike! Simply attach it to the forks or handlebars using the stretchy nylon cord and you’re ready to ride away with individual flowers or a succulent bouquet.
This is where safety meets design. Instead of the classic cat’s eyes, which look like points in the dark, reflex strips in the tyre side walls or spoke reflectors help to be more visible.
Now there are even pictures and lettering to illuminate the wheels. A device on the spokes can be operated via an app and the motifs can be changed to suit your heart’s desire.
There is a vast array of gadgets. Some are neat little playthings, others are genuinely useful and others quite luxurious. In any case, bicycle accessories are something for the eye. At the end of the day, it would be pretty boring if every bike looked the same.