23rd August 2016

How to personalise your bike, written by our customers

We recently held a ‘Pimp Your Ride’ competition for Friends of the Co-op (newsletter subscribers) encouraging them to share photographs of their customised bicycles, and it was fantastic to see what everyone had done. Personalising your bike is a great way to make it unique and to make it feel like your own, so hopefully these pictures shared by our customers will inspire you to do the same.

Sara won the people’s vote (and £100 from us) with her submission, ‘Houghton le Spring’:

electric tape bicycle

Sara kept her caption short and sweet: “Pimped my bike with Electrical Earth Tape to hide the rust!!!!!!”

Kids make the best customisers:

frog bikeThis is Daniel with his “kick ass hand-me-down Frog 55” which is pimped with a “slammed stem, FSA top cap, Raleigh 2×1.95 tyres, CatEye Velo 5 computer, football valve caps, spoke reflectors and bike sticker selection. Eat my dust!”

Personalisation for all the family:

taking small children on a bicycle

Phil, with his entry ‘Taking “the bus,”‘ reported: “My Revolution Courier Disc has slowly evolved into a proper car replacement. WeeRide seat up front for my co-pilot (pictured trying to get at the snacks in the bag) and a Revolution tag-along behind for my 5 year old stoker. ReeLight magnetic dynamo lights and  good rack make this a brilliant commuter. Maybe not as “cool” as some other bikes, but cycling with the kids makes rides much more fun. ”

A touch of class:

classic bicycle

Jack’s 1978 Triumph Traffic Master was “built by Raleigh on the site which is now Nottingham University. My customisations are the new pedals, front and rear Pletscher luggage racks with folding rear basket and red leather satchel and kool-stop salmon brake pads. It is also fitted with a mid 1960s Huret speedometer with odometer and a number plate displaying its frame number.”

And one of our own Revolutions:

revolution bicycle

Harry is proud of his Edinburgh  Revolution  Ascent, pimped with “a Brooks B17 saddle, Brooks saddle bag, new deep rim wheels with Schwalbe marathon plus tyres, Clarks floating brake discs front and back… Gears upgraded to Shimano Acera 8 speed with KMC chain; LED light kit; Specalized bottle cages and TDF water bottles; Lock on soft rubber grips; Neoprene rubber fork and rear arm protectors. Plus some plain black mudguards.”

It doesn’t have to be difficult

You don’t need to start pulling pieces off your bike to make it your own. A simple change of saddle, bar tape, grips, pedals or mudguards will do the trick, as well as adding bike bags that suit you best. It’s the adult version of Spokey Dokeys.

(And if you’re buying a new bike from us, we can customise it for you for free. Just tell us what you want.)

Happy pimping!

See more of our customers’ personalised bikes

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