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How to Fur Your Burning Man Bike, How To Turn Your Bike Into a PlayaFly & other ArtBikes & ArtRides to go on!

August 20, 2009

I just got a kick stand for my bike!! Now to put a tennis ball on the end so it doesn’t sink into the playa! If you have some old tennis balls, hey, be a sport, and bring them–they’d make a great spontaneous gift!

Now, what, where and when will we ride?

I hope we get out there to join the Pink Ride shown in the video above: meet Wednesday noon at BatCountry 9:30 & Esplanade. And we’re organizing a First Friday ArtRide where we will also celebrate Lord Ganesha’s birthday and give out the bandanas we’re making with Lord Ganesha on them! Meet us in Kidsville at DNA and 510–you’ll know you’ve found the ArtRiders by the tie-dyed “prayer flags” flying with Lord Ganesha on them as well as a 6′ and a 12′ tie-dye banners! And don’t forget–Critical Tits is Friday also; meet at the Man at 4pm.

What will we ride? How about a fur bike? Or turn your bike into a PlayaFly?

Toni the Tiger can’t make it this year so she’s loaning us her tiger fur bike and matching trailer; I think my pink bike is festive enough already with all the doodads attached to it, and we’re working on a shade kinda thing for it too.

So you want to fur your bike? This video by Halcyon who leads the Pink Ride, though  kind of long at almost 10 minutes, will show you how if you’ve got some fur fabric and a glue gun. This might be the kind of decor for a bike that rides to BMan in a trailer so as not to leave parts of it behind… Lynne from the ArtBarn wound and wrapped colorful used fabric around her bike in much the same way for a fun effect.

Roaming the internet, I found this site,  Morristown Bikes, which had a post about ArtBikes at Burning Man.

The blogger writes, “One of the easiest and most memorable art bikes in the past year was a group of people who created “Playaflies” When traveling across the dark desert, they would bounce and dance and look like multicolored fireflies! The effect was great when it was a large group of them together. Watch here: Playa flies There are free instructions for building playaflies for your own bike, and you can buy the lights for just $15:

Jellyfish Bike by Mr Shiv.

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Mr Shiv made this bike for Burning Man 2002 for the ocean theme using 7 strands of Lytec EL wire. The tentacles threaded/tie to hardware cloth mesh attached inside the frame. The inverter box is located inside the larger box on the rack. Mr Shiv says the “jellyfish “head” is made of one strand of blue EL wire running back & forth across a crescent-shaped frame, which was then covered with blue plastic.”

Tree bike by InfiniteWorld.

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Infinite World saw this tree bike parked at Burning Man last year and writes: “One of the best things about Burning Man is all the amazing unexpected things you encounter at random.”
So true!
3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 21, 2009 5:19 am

    Awesome! See you at home!

  2. August 21, 2009 6:10 am

    Hey Halcyon! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! Love your videos–obviously! I’m looking at my header from 2007 and wondering–is that your pink bike?? I hope we make it for your Pink Ride–my hair will be pink and orange, my bike’s pink etc etc! C ya on the playa!


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