basket full of gold

28 Aug

As many of my readers know, I am in love with my cruiser bike. It has been in my life for 3 years now and has brought me so much joy. Actually, here’s my first ever blog post about it. Many other bike adventures have since been chronicled, including 2 posts about sculpture walk last year, here and here, and one of my most favorite rides of the year here.  The thrill truly does exist in the ride… wide handlebars, cushy leather seat, 3 simple speeds and back pedal brakes, all together make me re-live the childhood joy of cruising the streets. However, good looks are also sometimes a factor, and so of course, the metallic purple paint job and the gold paisley patterns are things I can’t help but show off. goldbaske4The only thing I ever felt was missing from my cruiser was a proper basket. After several diligent searches on the internet and coming up empty handed (I guess gold-guilded bike baskets aren’t all that popular?), I decided to get DIY on my wheels… I mean, c’mon, I wasn’t just going to settle for wicker! I found an awesome basket set up at Canadian Tire: the thing could DETACH from the handlebars… perfect for taking into the store while shopping or for easy unloads at home. The other mandatory ingredient for the project? Gold spray paint. goldbaske2 goldbasket1I got to work and did several coats, on a sunny day, with ample dry time in between. I removed any hardware that I didn’t want turning gold, and made sure to lay down a protective backdrop. It was easier than expected, and honestly the entire thing cost me barely over $30 plus a little bit of my time! goldbaske3Isn’t the new golden vessel atop my purple cruiser absolutely fantastic?

3 Responses to “basket full of gold”

  1. Charlotte 29/08/2013 at 01:50 #

    Looks fab! I love a bit of gold spray paint :D


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