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Bicycle lovers, come hither!

So, a while ago Edward and I started a bicycle project. I say ‘we’, I said what I wanted and he is doing all the actual labour…

It’s a Raleigh Caprice Ladies Bicycle, one of the old models. It’s in the process of being stripped and re-painted (racing red!), and it’s going to have a bell and a wicker basket and whitewall tyres and lots of pretty things like that! It’s also going to have my name stencilled onto the side in white.

I was trying to think of accessories (Steampunk, Victorian, Dieselpunk or otherwise) that I could add to the bike, but I keep drawing blanks…

Any ideas, smart people? How can I make this bike even more ace?

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  1. Grendel Footman Grendel Footman September 9, 2010

    a gattling gun mounted on the handlebars?

  2. Kimika Ying Kimika Ying September 9, 2010

    This one  is modernized but I like the location of the basket.



    Undoubtedly more than you have in mind to do.  :)   But the frame is very stylish.


    What about a small marine compass mounted on the handlebar?

    It sounds like a great project.



  3. MichaelD Mannonen MichaelD Mannonen September 10, 2010

    How about a horn that plays “Rue Britania”?

    • Edward Pearse Edward Pearse September 10, 2010

      *laughs at the idea of “Rue” Britania*

  4. Queer Hermit Queer Hermit September 10, 2010

    Instead of spokes, how about a gear encased within a rubber tire?

  5. Scarlet Jaggernov Scarlet Jaggernov September 10, 2010

    RUE Britannia?! *faints*

    I love the compass idea, actually Kimika, that would look cute!

    Grendel, gatling gun is a tad much… I already have a nice holster fixed on for my hunting rifle ;)

    And I love the idea of the gear wheels… But I already bought the wheels… Also, that sounds rather tricky!


  6. Jonathon Spires Jonathon Spires September 13, 2010

    You could motorize it with a kit like this:


    More dieselpunk (I’ll never understand that term) than steampunk, but you could make an early step-through frame bike look like a Great War era early motorcycle. You’d probably want to upgrade the brakes. For making the bike look quiet a bit older and cooler, you could check out the rat-bikes section of


    I hope you enjoy the Raleigh



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