bike 101: decorating your bike for spring

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 ♥

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19 Responses to bike 101: decorating your bike for spring

  1. Sue says:

    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.

    • simplybike says:

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


      • SM says:

        “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 :)

        • simplybike says:

          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.

      • Sue says:

        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.

  2. Diana says:


    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!

    • simplybike says:

      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. Kara says:

    Perfect! Bring on spring. The bikes are ready!

  4. 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. So are mine…looking sweet!

    • Giovanna says:

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  6. Emily says:

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

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

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

  9. Julie P. H. says:

    So cute! I admire your festivity.

  10. Dottie says:

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

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