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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.


  • 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.
  • Step 2: Get measured Get measured by a professional and then have the handlebars, pedals, and seat adjusted for a more comfortable fit.
  • Step 3: Find a new seat Get a new seat that is narrower, wider, or has built in gel padding for added comfort.
  • Step 4: Add storage Add storage space with a backpack, saddle, basket, or small cart.
  • TIP: Look for something that is waterproof and can be locked up like the rest of your bike.
  • Step 5: Replace tires Replace worn tires and add fenders to protect against flying mud and rain water.
  • Step 6: Add attachments Add attachments and accessories, including LED lights, a mirror, a bell, and a compass.
  • Step 7: Upgrade your style Upgrade your style to match your new bike with a new helmet and matching gloves before hitting the road.
  • FACT: In 2007, of 698 bicycle deaths, 616 involved males -- eight times the rate for females over the same time period.

You Will Need

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

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