Bikes are the ultimate mode of transportation, right? They get the wind in your hair. They're energising. They're environmentally awesome. They slip through commuter traffic and the countryside like nobody's business. Nothing else comes close for quick journeys - and even for the odd longer expedition, come to think of it.
Naturally, bikes need a bit of TLC to keep them sweet, and they respond well to personalising - and so sugru makes a highly versatile addition to your cycle kit. Top cycling site BikeRadar agree, calling it 'an incredibly useful tool.' We've put together 12 ways to modify your ride and to make it work better for you.
1. Attach your bike bell to your brake lever
You can use sugru to make your bike bell easier to reach while you ride.
2. Adapt parts of your bike so they work better for you
The brakes on Michiel's secondhand bike were too short for his fingers - so he adapted them with some sugru. Problem solved!
3. Give yourself a better sense of direction
Ben cycles around London quite a bit, but admits he has a pretty terrible sense of direction! This little improvement has revolutionised his cycling - it's quicker and safter than stopping to check a smartphone.
3. Attach a mirror to your handlebars
Mike uses mirrors while cycling, but the original mounts were loose-fitting and he was always readjusting them. So he attached mirrors to his handlebars at just the angle he needed.
4. Make a removeable smartphone bike mount
Rayco sent us this clever way to keep your GPS or maps smartphone app handy when riding about town.
5. Skip duct tape and glue - make an invisible fix
This sugru-er used yellow sugru to seamlessly secure his handlebar tape. And you can also mix sugru to make new colours! This technique is perfect for creating invisible fixes and adaptations for any colour-scheme. Read more about colour mixing sugru
Henry sugru-ed his camera to his handlebars - sugru is great for this as it has excellent dampening properties and will absorb shakes while filming.
7. Customise your bike grips
James made his own handle grips that fit his hands just so.
8. Make your kit easier to use when in motion
Like Duncan, who made the light switch easier to switch on and off while he was riding.
9. Create some extra storage space for your commute
Michiel attached a bike-messenger-style tube to give him a little extra space to store stuff on his commute.
10. Make your bike basket more secure
sugru-er Eleanor loves to use her bike basket to carry her stuff around, but on bumpy roads things can bounce out - so she made some sugru hooks and attached elastic to keep things in place.
11. Silence a noisy mudguard
Smooth out the bone-rattling effect mudguards can have with a simple sugru bumper
12. Make your bottle holder more versatile
Taking wine to a party? Pop it into your sugru-padded bottle holder for a streamlined and breakage-free ride! Kudos to Johann in Vancouver for this ingenious idea :)