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Old 11-07-07, 03:10 PM   #1
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Need Ideas for Decorating Bicycle

I'm trying to decorate my bicycle and trailer for a Holiday Lights Bicycle Tour. The event is Dec. 19 so i have a bit of time to plan, but I want to really blow away the competition when they give out awards for Best Decorated Bike, Decorated Rider, and Decorated Helmet.

I need help coming up with ideas (the crazier the better) for bicycle decorations.

The best I've come up with so far:

I'm planing to make my flat bed bike trailer into a sleigh by adding painted wooden cutouts on each side. I was going to fill the sleigh with empty boxes wrapped to look like presents. For the helmet, i was thinking some antlers would be classy and go well with the 'pulling a sleigh' theme established by the trailer.

I'm not crazy about the presents as trailer-filler but i have not thought of anything better.

Please post your ideas of other things i could add to make people say "wow" when I ride by. I'm wanting to add lights, sounds, stuff that moves, anything to set my bike apart from the competition.

Bought stuff is great, but I am proficient at fabrication and basic electronics so if your idea is something I could build that is great too.

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Old 11-08-07, 07:03 AM   #2
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Update:

My wife decided she wants to decorate her bicycle as well.

She picked a 'candycane' theme for her bicycle. She wants a basket on the handlebars full of candycanes to give out to kids, and I think maybe some canycane cutouts in the spokes, but I'm not sure what else we can do to carry the theme throughout the bike.
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The "over the top" people are in the boat parades. Get ideas from them and just downsize.
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Old 11-08-07, 07:29 AM   #4
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I would get a bunch of the the flashing christmas lights, a car battery and a small inverter and have at it. I like the candy cane theme...just don't tell my wife or I will have to do that for our Christmas parade

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somebody makes light up rims - I distinctly recall people gofing on the concept, but here is a valid use!

Anyway, make use of those LED ropes - they come in white and red, which would support the candy-cane theme...
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I think I want to integrate some of those 'flameless' LED candles onto my bike. I have not decided exactly how or where, but I think candles have a very 'holiday' feel to them and the parade starts at 7PM so it will be quite dark.

Another element I want to add is Jingle Bells. My bike is not suspended so every little bump could add a little jingle to the ride.

I think i have a few friends talked into joining us in the festivities. I'm not sure how 'hardcore' they'll get with decorating, but any ideas that I can't use I'll pass along to them.
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put a snow-making machine and small generator on your back trailer. spray liberally into crowd. dress up yourself like a snowman or jack frost or the cold miser.
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Update:

My wife decided she wants to decorate her bicycle as well.

She picked a 'candycane' theme for her bicycle. She wants a basket on the handlebars full of candycanes to give out to kids, and I think maybe some canycane cutouts in the spokes, but I'm not sure what else we can do to carry the theme throughout the bike.
Wrap her bike with red & white vinyl electrician's tape or crepe paper in a spiral around all the tubes...
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Collect plastic gasoline cans. Put bows on them, put a big pile on the trailer.
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