Loading
Welcome to Babble,
Settings
Sign Out

Get the Babble Newsletter!

Already have an account? .

MENU

10 Bicycle Makeovers for National Bike Month

Have I mentioned lately how excited I am for yard sale season? Last year, I picked up a $5 bicycle. It needed new tires but had a brand new seat and a decent frame. In my favorite color.

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 10
    Seat Cover
    If 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 10
    How to Paint a Bike
    I 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
    Girl to Boy
    Take your hand me downs from girl to boy — and back again. This is a great idea for younger siblings or any kids' yard sale find.
    Photo and tutorial via Infarrantly Creative
    (Boy to Girl tutorial on Nature for Kids)
  • Vintage Makeover 4 of 10
    Vintage Makeover
    Breathe 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 10
    Duct Tape Stripes
    Oh, 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 10
    Decoupage
    Now 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 10
    Fabric
    I 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 10
    Vinyl Stickers
    Customize 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 10
    Twine
    The 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 10
    Glow in the Dark
    This 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

Follow Heather on Twitter, Pinterest, and her blogs.

More money saving ideas from Heather on Inexpensively.com:
Where to Buy Fitness Equipment & Sporting Goods
4 Great Ways to Benefit from Decluttering
Make Money on Your Excess: Tips for a Successful Yard Sale

More on Babble.com:
Fix It or Trash It: When to Repair or Replace Electronics, Furniture, and More
Grow Up Your Kid’s Room on a Budget

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest
Tagged as:

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, profile photo and other personal information you make public on Facebook (e.g., school, work, current city, age) will appear with your comment. Learn More.

FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterest