Yeah, I had to bring that home. In my yard sale travels, I have seen bikes at all different price points — most needing nothing more than a little TLC. I’ve even found perfect condition bikes for a mere $25.
Whether your bike just needs a lift or that perfect condition bike isn’t quite your style, here are 10 ways to give your bargain bike a whole new look:
Seat Cover 1 of 10If your seat needs a little TLC, make your own cover. This seat cover is so simple, you could make a few to fit every mood — or for each person on a shared bike.
Photo and tutorial via Pickles
How to Paint a Bike 2 of 10I love the two-toned look of this painted bicycle. It's a simple update for an old bike.
Photo and tutorial via Craftzine
Girl to Boy 3 of 10
Vintage Makeover 4 of 10Breathe new life into an old bicycle by touching up the vintage look. I so love this!
Photo and tutorial via The Scrap Shoppe
Duct Tape Stripes 5 of 10Oh, duct tape. Is there anything you can't do? With the wide variety of colors and designs now available, you can create a look you'll love.
Photo and tutorial via Yellow Cloth
Decoupage 6 of 10Now this is a cool idea! I love the vintage feel of the prints she chose, but you can go with anything you like. Even if it doesn't last long, the project is simple and inexpensive.
Photo and tutorial via Happiness Is a Butterfly
Fabric 7 of 10I would have never thought to use fabric on a bike — other than the seat, of course. This update uses fabric all over the bicycle for a soft, girly look.
Photo and tutorial via Cori Kindred
Vinyl Stickers 8 of 10Customize your bike with vinyl lettering or designs. This is a super easy update that would be great for a child's bike — they'll love the opportunity to make it their own.
Photo and tutorial via Bit of Green
Twine 9 of 10The twining on this bike started out as a way to keep the handle bar grip from coming undone, but it ends up as a fun way to add character all over the bike.
Photo and tutorial via Lovely Bike
Glow in the Dark 10 of 10This update does more than change the look — it adds a safety measure, too. Safely ride your glow in the dark bike at night, with a coat of glow in the dark paint.
Photo and tutorial via Instructables
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