Here’s 10 cheap and easy DIY bike projects anyone can do

Here is a collection of 10 DIY bike projects that you can do in your free time. Each one contains links to different ways of implementing the project. The reason for I put this collection together is because I couldn’t find anywhere else on the internet that brings all these great projects in one place so make sure you bookmark it! I hope you enjoy the list and getting creative. Let me know if there are any more great DIY projects you are aware of.

1  DIY bike stand

bike mount diy

When you get into your bike repairs you will soon get sick of standing the bike upside down. At that point you will want a bike repair stand. There is no shortage of articles about how to build your own so I recommend starting with the roundup by Bikehacks.

2  Make your own bike camera mount

bike camera mount on photojojoThanks to most cameras having a standard mount screw it is very easy to hook up your camera to your bike and share your cycling adventures. The two articles below offer an easy way of doing this.

3  Bright Bike

bright bike screenshot Help yourself be seen at night by using so called retro-reflective materials. The guys behind Bright Bike have all the kit you need and the easy to follow steps to implement it on your bike.

4  Store your bike on these DIY bike racks

Ryans bike rack wall In a small house in London the bike can be the cause a lot of clutter. These racks help to keep your bike out of the way and leave more room to enjoy your home.

5  Make your own bike trailer

one wheeled bike trailerIn the quest to go car free the bicycle trailer is an essential tool. How else are you going to get all that shopping from the supermarket? By re-purposing some old bike parts you can make your own trailer and save yourself a lot of money.

6  LED bike wheel

spoke imageIf I saw this on the road I would be nothing short of amazed. The guide in Instructables shows you how you can turn your wheels into fantastic digital displays.

7  Give your bike a healthy neon glow

amazing neon glow from bike on instructibles Further amazement is provided in this guide in Instructables about how to “boy racer” your bike with a neon glow.

8  Ugly your bike

ugly your bike Here is another interesting DIY project we have discussed before on London Cyclist. Uglying your bike to make it unattractive to thieves. If you couple this with our bike lock tips you are good to go!

9  Make your own super bright bike light

ultimate bike light huge lightSometimes you just get the urge to go out and bike late at night. When this happens your standard bike light will probably not be enough for you to feel comfortable. What you need is the ultimate in bright bike lights. The guides below will show you how to modify standard bike lights and save a lot of money when compared to top of the range bicycle lights.

10  DIY bike panniers

bicycle panniers DIY job Carrying a bag around on your bike is irritating and causes your back to sweat. Panniers solve this problem. The two below guides show you how to make your own.

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24 Responses to Here’s 10 cheap and easy DIY bike projects anyone can do

  1. Biekjuju 29/09/2009 at 10:59 pm #

    Love this compilation – thanks for assembling these in one convenient place!

  2. thegirlinthecafe 30/09/2009 at 10:01 am #

    If anyone knows where to get the:

    # 2″x1/4″x20 thread screw
    # Nut for said screw
    # 1/4″ wing nut

    (Needed for bike camera mount)

    in the UK I am happy to hear it!

  3. OMW 30/09/2009 at 10:14 am #

    This is awesome. Some projects look quite DIY intensive but some of the neon tubes look worth it! I get the funny feeling we may see more of these around london soon…

  4. Andreas 30/09/2009 at 12:56 pm #

    @Bikejuju – glad you enjoyed the list – always good to have it in one easy to find place isn’t it?

    @thegirlinthecafe – any DIY store should have these – best to go to a small local store that has builders supplies. E.g. Wing nut: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nut_%28hardware%29

    @OMW – its true some look more time intensive than others but I wanted to cover loads of them. I found ever more but thought I should limit to 10 for now!

  5. danceralamode 03/10/2009 at 4:11 am #

    Yes! I was trying to figure out how to mount the camera to my bike. I will be doing it this weekend! Check me out on Monday to see if I was successful! (Oh, I can just see my camera smashing onto the road on Highland!)

    I don’t ride at night, but I really want a neon bike! Keep the DIYs coming please!

  6. N 04/10/2009 at 10:42 am #

    No DIY bike post is complete without Kent Peterson’s essential guide to DIY fenders, “Fend For Yourself.”

    http://www.carsstink.org/peterson/FendForYourself.html

  7. Andreas 04/10/2009 at 12:27 pm #

    @danceralamode – took a look at your blog very cool. Please you find the article useful
    @N thanks for the link to DIY fenders – had not seen that before now!

  8. danceralamode 06/10/2009 at 2:23 am #

    Crap, I guess I won’t be trying these anytime soon. Bicycle stolen today! ARG! I hate bike thieves!

  9. Andreas 06/10/2009 at 9:30 am #

    Oh no! It is probably covered under your house insurance have you called up to check?
    What happened?

  10. Sasha 16/03/2010 at 8:04 am #

    The screw required for camera mounting is 1/4″ whitworth thread. Very easy to obtain in the UK and they are sold on ebay

  11. Dan 14/09/2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Wow what a great list! I made my own panniers, check them out

    http://www.bicycleprojects.com/images/oziogallery2/913103916_xfkL5-XL.jpg

  12. Chief Redelk 17/01/2011 at 10:04 am #

    I like your site,,,BUT.. when I see the word “Instructables” I am no longer interested.. Their photo’s are to small to make out and they expect you to pay to make them larger.. I feel it’s a rip off.. To much free stuff on the net to be paying for this and that.. I liked their site a long time ago before I had to pay.. Someone got Greedy I guess.. can you list ONLY free sites that don’t gouge people? Thanks

    • Thetis 17/01/2011 at 10:48 am #

      I am baffled by your comments about instructables. Indeed you do need to be logged in to enlarge the pictures but you only need to sign up for their free account, then double clicking the photos makes them full size. What you don’t get if you don’t pay is the ability to see the whole instructable on one page, or to download in one go as a .pdf. Or at least that is what I have been doing happily for years.

      Perhaps you should have another try?

      • Chief Redelk 17/01/2011 at 11:20 am #

        Thanks.. I must have become confused. I clicked on a photo and they said I needed to up grade to pro or some sort of thing… I thought they meant I had to pay due to the fact I am seeing a LOT of pay stuff now when not that long ago there was a lot of good info for free.. I will TRY to join and see if I can join for free. Thanks again for the enlightenment…As they say,, Live and learn, Smile..

        • Chief Redelk 17/01/2011 at 12:43 pm #

          Well I went there again. I tried to sign up and they DID want money..Something has changed for sure.. Sadly..

        • Thetis 17/01/2011 at 2:00 pm #

          I had a look at Instructables sign in page. The first three options have a price tag and it may seem at the first instance that all options are for pay accounts. But then if you scroll down, there is a big green button that says”no thanks, I’m happy with a free account for now”. Press that one!

          Perhaps the layout is misleading to the point of cynical but fortune favours the persistent.

      • Chief Redelk 17/01/2011 at 3:39 pm #

        Finally got it.. Many thanks.. Bless you,,

  13. Shawn McAfee 27/11/2012 at 9:22 pm #

    Great ideas for DIY bike gear.

    I’m going to try and make one of those repair stands out of PVC.

    I designed and built my own DIY bike racks and made this tutorial on how anyone else can duplicate them.

    Both of those bike racks cost a grand total of $80 and only took about 2 hours to build them both.

    Check it out,
    http://www.texasmountainbiketrails.com/diy-bike-rack/

    Hope you enjoy!

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