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bike 101: decorating your bike for spring

April 7, 2011

Spring bike basket decor

Seeing all the beautifully adorned bike baskets popping up in Bike Basket Flickr group lately pushed me to finally decorate my bikes for spring. This project took me less than ten minutes, $2.50 in flower supplies, some zip ties we had in the garage, and a good pair of scissors.

Spring bike decor

(I used inexpensive craft store flowers, leaves, and zip ties to decorate my Raleigh for summer and fall as well.)

I cut up the flower and used bits and pieces to adorn Fiona’s handlebar and back basket and Bee’s front basket. The zip ties are very easy to use and allowed me to attach the flowers anywhere I want. (I also used zip ties to attach my basket to the rear rack of my Raleigh and it’s held up beautifully. Zip ties are a wonderful little invention).

And voila, the finished effects…

Spring bike decor

Spring bike basket decor

Spring bike basket decor

My bikes are all ready for spring ♥

19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2011 07:38

    I really like the flower on the handlebar on the Raleigh it adds a nice touch for spring. I may do that for my Raleigh. :) Also, I posted a few pics of my son as an infant on the bike seat my husband purchased back in the day from our LBS. My husband remembers it handled very well and cost around $175.00. He said at the time it was one of the better ones, but he doesn’t recall the brand name. My son loved it.

    • April 8, 2011 08:38

      That bike seat looks great! How old was your son when you were able to have him sit in it?


      • April 8, 2011 15:26

        “A” was 13 months in that photo and I believe we had purchased the seat as soon as he could sit upright and hold his head up securely. The seat had adjustable straps that would hold him in and a bar in front that would come down and lock. It was light weight and made of “strong” plastic and it also came with a soft, cloth padded lining. We got a good three years out of it, or as soon as his knees started to hit my husband’s back. “A” really loved going for bike rides and we never heard a peep out of him. In one of the photos you can see him smiling. The only time he would not smile would be when we put the helmet on :)

      • April 8, 2011 21:17

        SM – that sounds wonderful, very promising! Is it difficult to get him in the seat and then yourself on the bike without the help of a second person holding and helping balance the bike? S.

      • April 9, 2011 10:21

        S, in response to your second question. My husband, G, never had any balance issues and the bike had a sturdy kickstand and G would also hold and keep the bike in balance with his body. He was always able to get “A” in the seat without my assistance (and would often take him on rides alone), but I would always standby just in case. Back then, I was not confident with my balancing skills, so G would always be the one to ride with “A,” I was a bit nervous, and G was much stronger and had great balancing skills. I’ve never had the opportunity to use, or try a bike trailer, which in terms of balance and in hindsight, probably would have suited me better. I hope this helps you with making a decision for the future.

      • April 10, 2011 15:13

        Thanks so much, Sue, all of this really helps!

  2. Diana permalink
    April 7, 2011 10:01


    I love your pics of your life on a bike! I recently bought a 1972 Raleigh Superbe in root beer sparkle brown with original everything, and am totally in love with it.

    My bike has the same beautiful Brooks seat that yours does, and I’m wondering if you lock the seat as well? I’m in Oakland, CA , so I’m probably in a higher theft area than you, but I’ve been locking the seat because I was encouraged to…but am wondering if you do this as well?

    Best to you!

    • April 7, 2011 20:53

      Diana – congrats on a what sounds like a great bike find! The Brooks seats are really great and very expensive to replace, so you’re right to consider locking it. I don’t because I live in a small college town in the Midwest where bike seat theft is non-existant. Bike theft in general is pretty rare here too. But when I visited Dottie of Lets Go Ride a Bike in Chicago – a larger urban space with higher crime rate – I noticed that she looped her locks through the Brooks seat as well. So I would say that’s a good idea to do in a larger urban setting where theft is more likely.


  3. April 7, 2011 11:51

    Perfect! Bring on spring. The bikes are ready!

  4. April 7, 2011 14:59

    Cute but subtle–I like! I actually have a random pile of silk flowers on a dresser (I needed the vase for something else) so this could be a good way to repurpose them…

  5. April 7, 2011 18:37

    So are mine…looking sweet!

  6. April 7, 2011 19:36

    Lovely! Thanks for providing a sweet little spot of springtime cheer. And I loved your earlier bike date how-to as well!

  7. April 7, 2011 22:06

    Fantastic job on outfitting your bikes for spring! :) I’m digging on the pink against the yellow of your bike.

  8. April 8, 2011 11:44

    I love this idea! I might have to shamelessly plagiarize.

  9. April 10, 2011 09:37

    So cute! I admire your festivity.

  10. April 11, 2011 07:43

    Bee is so pretty with the pink flowers! I need to decorate my bikes for spring, too.

  11. March 12, 2012 15:34

    that looks lovely :-)
    I’ve always liked the look of this one in a shop in London:

  12. Ellen permalink
    June 17, 2012 18:18

    One Question – I know this post was written a long time ago, but I recently bought a Raleigh Sports (1969) and I love your rear basket. Can you tell me who it’s made by? I’ve looked at the Wald rear basket but it looks smaller than yours does in the photos. Thanks!

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