How to Customize a Bike

If you've ever lost your bike in a sea of doppelgangers, or if things just don't fit right when you ride, this guide will help you make your bike as original as you are.

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Every avid cyclist should know how to fix his bike; learn the basics in this video series.

You Will Need

  • Paint
  • Professional measurements
  • Seat
  • Basket or bike bag
  • Tires
  • Fenders
  • LED lights
  • Bell
  • Mirror
  • Compass
  • Helmet
  • Gloves

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Get a new paint job

    Find a bike shop to give your ride a fresh coat of paint with style, or save the money and do it yourself.

  2. Step 2

    Get measured

    Get measured by a professional and then have the handlebars, pedals, and seat adjusted for a more comfortable fit.

  3. Step 3

    Find a new seat

    Get a new seat that is narrower, wider, or has built in gel padding for added comfort.

  4. Step 4

    Add storage

    Add storage space with a backpack, saddle, basket, or small cart.

  5. Look for something that is waterproof and can be locked up like the rest of your bike.

  6. Step 5

    Replace tires

    Replace worn tires and add fenders to protect against flying mud and rain water.

  7. Step 6

    Add attachments

    Add attachments and accessories, including LED lights, a mirror, a bell, and a compass.

  8. Step 7

    Upgrade your style

    Upgrade your style to match your new bike with a new helmet and matching gloves before hitting the road.

  9. In 2007, of 698 bicycle deaths, 616 involved males -- eight times the rate for females over the same time period.

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