This is an easy, ghetto bike project that incorporates things like paint, an iPod speaker, and an LED tube.If you follow the instructable correctly, you should end up with a very nice bike for under $25!
This is my first instructable!
Step 1: Materials
You can find most of this stuff for very cheap:
Duct tape <$4
Speaker wire: around $3
LED tube kit (found at wallmart in the automotive section) $9.99
Old bike: Free (found)
Old Speaker: Free (taken off an old alarm clock)
Old Headphones: Free (found)
Toggle Switch: >$2 (Radio Shaq)
Step 2: Paint!
What good are accessories if the bike looks like crud? I used Rustolium, but any paint will do. I only needed one can of paint, the bike was black, so i painted it black and green.
Step 3: The Coolio Light!
I bought an LED tube kit from Wallmart for $9.99. It has better battery life than a Cold Cathode Tube. I got 2 6v batteries and hooked them in series (positive to negative) to make it 12v. I then hooked it to a toggle switch. and then to the LED tube. I put the batteries in my mail mail man style basket, and duct taped the light to the bike.
Step 4: The Stereo!
What awesome bike is complete without a cool ipod ready stereo? All I did was take a speaker and use the speaker wire to connect it to a headphone plug that i had cut off of an old pair of headphones. In the future i think i will add an amp to it, because it isn't very loud.
Step 5: The Cool One Person Seat!
What bike could be awesome without a cool seat? I took the seat that came with my bike (It was pretty torn up) and just duct taped it to death. I put some caution tape on the back for night riding.
Step 6: The (optional) Two Person Seat!
I was fine with my bike for a while, until i wanted to take friends around in it. I had an electric bike before, and i decided to use it's BMX style seat. The problem was that, it didn't mount on a normal bike. So i took apart an old bike seat and took off the seat part so all i was left with was the metal frame. The old BMX style seat was strong, but it still needed support, so i cut an old hocey to run down the middle of it. Then I realized that the metal part and the hockey stick didn't touch, so i added an extra piece to make it taller, I then tied the springs to the seat.
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Step 7: You're Done!
Congratulations, You now have the coolest bike in the world! Not really. If you liked this instructable, or found it helpful, please vote for it, thank you and have a nice day;
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