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.
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.
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.
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.
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!