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6 Ways to Renew Your Bicycle Love

6 Ways to Renew Your Bicycle Love

If you don’t already trek through rain and snow half the year, then your bike has probably been in deep hibernation until now. Well, it’s time to pull it out and let it breathe the Spring time in!

Though there are sure to be a few foul days ahead yet, get your bike-thusiasm on by trying one, or all, of these simple steps to making biking fun again.

Spoke cards
These are simply small laminated cards that you stick in the spokes of your bike wheels. They’re a very basic idea, but can say a lot about you and represent your interests, your passions, your art! They are usually about the size of a playing card, but whatever fits, fits.

Bells & whistles
Tired of yelling “left!” while you’re trying to pass in traffic? Well, bells can be an important part of bicyclist communication and picking the right ring can give you a new command of the road.

Paint it
You can easily spray paint your bike to be any color or design you want! If you’re shooting for something small, you don’t really have to worry about taking everything apart, just make sure to cover up all non-frame portions with plastic or newspaper. If you’re looking to change the color of the whole frame, that takes a little more effort. WikiHow has a good 12-step breakdown of what to do.

Swap parts
Maybe you’ve forgotten about it or just continue to put it off, but you’ve always wanted different handlebars, or to have pedals without straps, or a more comfortable seat. Sure, they’re things you can live without, but boy would it be nice to finally upgrade it! Get the season started right and just do it. Ask around among your cycling friends to see if they’ve got extra parts or maybe you can do a straight trade.

Build a bike bucket
While it may not be as cute as a little wicker handlebar basket, the utilitarian convenience of the bike bucket rules. Anything you can fit in a 5 gallon bucket (or two), you can transport on your bike! On the Portland Bureau of Transportation website, you can even download a PDF with step by step instructions on how to get started making your own.

New routes
Though I’ve pretty much been a strict commuter bicyclist for the past seven years, the fastest route is not always the most enjoyable. Changing your path somewhere can be the absolute easiest way to renew some love for biking. Go through a beautiful neighborhood, break at your favorite coffee spot, ride by the waterfront (if the city has one, of course), most of all, have fun!

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Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is an illustrator, artist, and writer. Her formative years were spent in the heart of the Puget Sound in Olympia, WA. Though Portland, OR has been her home base for some time, she always has an adventure around the corner.


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7:50AM PDT on May 1, 2013

Thanks for the information.

1:21PM PST on Jan 11, 2013


2:44AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

Me and my bicycle are such good friends. It makes me feel young and healthy!!

3:32PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Thanks. I need to get my bike out now.

10:48PM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Nancy R., barring brain injury one cannot forget how to ride a bike. If ever I got another bicycle it would be a trike bike (low-rider style). Those bikes are fun.

11:49PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Good idea! :D

1:16PM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Don't know why, but I'm still scared spitless of riding a bike! Wish I could get over it.

5:29PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

Come on summer!!

8:11PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Gonna look at the bike bucket idea.

7:15PM PDT on Apr 11, 2012

Thanks for the post

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