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Cycling Crafts: Summer crafting to fancy up your two wheel buddy

I’ve been doing a lot of bike riding lately. Not only has it become my primary transportation for around town, I’ve been training for a triathlon and some long distance rides called brevets. Each week I ride my bike to get from here to there, and then once a week I go for a long endurance ride, and then once a week I do hill, speed work, and sprint intervals. It’s great fun! Cycling has definitely been on the mind.

I have my lovely hybrid Bianchi:

And, last fall I purchased a vintage Motobecane with a mixte frame – c’est super cool, n’est-ce pas?

It’s a french road/touring bike from the 1970’s. I cleaned it up, tuned it up, and just got it back from the bike shop today. It was in for final repairs – wheels were way wacked up and needed to be trued and the gearing cables were really loose.

Anyway, I have these visions in my mind of me cruising along on RAGBRAI on my “super cool” bicycle looking “trop mignonne et pleine de vie” as I wizz by really fast with a cute tank, big necklace, bike shorts, and a cute little skirt fluttering in the wind around my waist. Maybe even a unique little cycling cap. Oh and don’t forget the handmade handlebar bag!

(super cool in french = super cool, trop mignonne et pleine de vie = so cute and full of life – I think, it’s been too long since my last trip to france or my last french class)

Needless to say after sending the bike to the shop, getting a water bottle, a little under the seat bag, and my cycling shorts :: quick digression:: gregory peed on my old pair when he was a kitten – along with my dress shirt from banana republic and my handmade shirt dress :( He’s made up for it with loads of cuteness, purrs, and a lack of pissing anywhere but his litter box for the last 8 months. Anyway, digression over:: …Needless to say I really don’t want to buy any more cycling gear outside of necessities like a rear light and a reflective vest. Crafting time? Yes indeed! I started searching around and found a load of patterns and great ideas for what I can sew, crochet, and knit up myself! While I’m not ready to bust out the spandex and sew my own shorts, I think skirts, handlebar bags, skirt guards, and maybe even a new cap are in order. Here’s what I found:

Cycling Skirts

Over on Pattern Review, there was high praise for this pattern. The little “ballet” skirt actually looks a lot like little cycling skirts that you wear over your skin tight cycling shorts – which I’m not ready to try sewing yet just for the record.

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While there isn’t a pattern for this skirt, I thought it looked simple enough that I could make one up as I go along. I really like the idea of having a few “cover up” skirts to wear while cycling around.

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Same goes for this cute little number, which I found on the same site: LookBook

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The cutest yellow skirt ever!  – no pattern – but inspiring!

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I really like the selfish seamstress, because I often joke that I’m a selfish crafter, haha. She has a nice little selection of free patterns, including this cute ballet skirt, which I think would make for a perfect cycling skirt.

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Miss Celies Pants tells the fun story of making her skirt here, another ballet skirt, which I also think will be great for cycling.

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Super cute, super fast skirt to make. Will definitely give sewing this one a try.

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Cycling Cap

I made a winter cap quite a few months ago, but now I need a summer cap. I think this one looks pretty great and want to give this tutorial a try.

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Cycling Shirt

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Bicycle Bags and toting things

Super cute. love this bag.

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Fun little handle bar bag on Lark Crafts.

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Okay, if I had all the money, I would skip the crafting and just buy this awesome bag, haha. My true colors come out.

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This seems like a really nice messenger bag to carry stuff around town in. I love how it’s so high up on the back.

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I never thought about using a basket as my, umm, basket! Hahah. Maybe I’ll use that Hobby Lobby coupon in the side bar and go grab one for my bike. This post shows several examples.

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This is another “duh” moment. Purses with straps for my handlebar bag, excellent idea!

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Oh re-nest, I love you, and this is a great set of diy pannier bags.

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Cuteness on Dollar Store Crafts.

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And a similar bag on the Vegan Lunch Box.

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Skirt Guards

Love this crocheted skirt guard on Etsy.

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A well-written article about why dress guards and chain cases are so great, not just for fashion, but for the protection of your favorite threads.

A post I found with links to other great skirt guard posts.

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A pattern for crocheting your own skirt guard.

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Link to and thoughts on skirt guards.

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Saddle Covers

Buy a custom made seat cover on etsy.

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Crocheted Seat Cover pattern on HolyCrapYarn&Stuff.

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And it says it’s crochet, but I swear it looks knit, seat cover.

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So I definitely have a long list of things I want to make, but the first on my list will be a little cycling skirt. I’m going to try and make it by the end of this week and get a pattern up for it next week. We will see. I’ve been having these headaches and have been sleeping more than usual – potentially over training, so I’m going to take it easy for a bit. Yeah, I got back from herb class on Saturday and pretty much passed out for the next 2 days! I swear, pillows and pattern coming soon!

Until Next Time!
Kristin

3 thoughts on “Cycling Crafts: Summer crafting to fancy up your two wheel buddy

  1. Love this post, and all the crocheted seat cover pattern ideas!  (yes, the second one looks suspiciously like knit)

  2. ooh, randonneur stuffs? awesome! am training for a century in marin myself with some friends. i’m curious what kind of hill stuff you are doing, cause isn’t iowa flat? totally inspirational read! and cute projects too!

    <3 this post :)

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