DIY Commuter Bike Mods

So, you just built your bike with salvaged parts and your new ride needs some custom, DIY bling on the cheap. Your accessories can either say, "I have notable finger dexterity and time-management skills," or, "I have a credit card." The first message is the one we can help you to convey. Here are to get you started.

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This is a requirement for cruising knitting circles and hackey sack tourneys. Suggested uses: vinyl records, Polaroid camera.

This is how to pimp your wheels '80s arcade style. And try a Space Invaders theme if PacMan is not your bag.

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Pedal cages add power on the upstroke to improve pedaling efficiency. When they're homemade they add an aura of handyman mystique. And they work out different muscle groups.

This light is mounted with plastic ties, not duct tape, for a more-permanent, but not-quite-screwed-on look.

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Save $100 and make your own bright, 500-lumen bike light with rechargeable batteries.

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A mirror from an auto-parts supply store, galvanized wire and an alligator clip: useful for safety and watching your back.

This is a simple trick for mounting your backpack on your bicycle without ruining it.

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When your children grow up, the bike trailer you hauled them in should do. Here's how to convert their former ride into a cargo trailer.

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Broad-beamed and bright, this is the Cadillac of bike lights. And it costs less than $5 to make.

This is how to be the coolest kid on the block. Though it's impractical for heavily-trafficked areas, it's perfect for an eco-minded crime-fighting duo in the suburbs.

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Make your bike shiny, safe and geek-chic.

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This mutant cart bike, , looks like the punch line to one of Conan O'Brien's old "If They Mated" sets, but it's unequalled for parts recycling and just showing off.

The hidden gem in this bike mod series, a couple of well-placed magnets can make your commute a dream.

Merge safety with fashion with this blinking turn signal jacket. It's also great for clubs. Other styles include "Eat at Joe's," and "Bathrooms for customers only."

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