It’s springtime, which means it’s time to get back on your bike! Here are ten of my favorite bike accessories for utility, safety, and style. Got some bike projects to share? Post ‘em up in the comments!
Fabric Horse utility belts
These city biker hip huggers are designed by Philadelphia crafters Fabric Horse. The “Halfbelt” holds a phone, (lady-sized) wallet, keys, and a multitool easily. Also available with more storage or as a U-lock holster only. They’re also going to be part of the Bazaar Bizarre at Maker Faire Bay Area this year, yay!
Bright Bike reflective tape kits
The fiercely reflective tape in the kits by Bright Bike will help you vanquish your foes, or at least help prevent them from running you over. Available in many colors. What’s that circuit board in Michael’s front wheel? Glad you asked…
Ever wanted your bike wheel to light up with bright, psychedelic-colored patterns as you ride? Me too. MonkeyLectric makes a persistance-of-vision (POV) device that does just that. I get compliments on mine all the time!
Adafruit also makes a (programmable, open source) POV bike wheel accessory, called SpokePOV. It’s only a single color, but uses a hall effect sensor to keep the design (which you create) upright while you ride.
LilyPad Arduino bike patch
Yes, I did just use two animated GIFs in a row. Learn to make this blinky bike patch using a LilyPad Arduino in this CRAFT Video!
You need your fingers for using your brakes, but it’s still a bit chilly to ride! Try knitting up your own fingerless mitts with this free CRAFT pattern. Not a knitter? These are fast to make; I’m sure a crafty friend would love to make them for you! Oh, and that sweet bass (pictured) was made by Joe Kruse.
Let those behind you know just how fast you’re going! It’s a project in MAKE Volume 19.
MAKE Volume 11
Check out the DIY Wheels section in MAKE Volume 11 for bike projects like Mr. Jalopy’s mobile drive-in theater, a pedal-powered iPod charger, and more! Subscribers can read it now in the Digital Edition.
Mini Bike Light