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Save a tree, decorate your bike

Posted by on December 3rd, 2007 at 3:45 pm

“xmas bike” from felixpdx on Flickr.

I came across this photo while perusing my Flickr contacts today.

I’ve decorated my bike for rides before, but have never thought of doing this. Seems like a great idea to me.

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wyatt
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wyatt

my old frame has been decorated (forgive the shabby cell phone pixelation):

wyatt
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wyatt
tonyt
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tonyt

Awesome!

Ashley
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This makes me sooo happy. What a wonderful idea!

Phil Hanson (aka Pedalphile)
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Brilliant, in more ways than one.

Now, how long before political correctness sets in? (Got your holiday bike up yet?)

Ray Ogilvie
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Ray Ogilvie

A christmas bike is a great idea but it is not an ecological sound alternative.
Christmas trees come from farms not forests.
If we don\’t support the farmers they might be forced to sell off to condo developers with the next measure 37 fiasco.

Nuada
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Nuada

If anyone is doing this kind of thing locally please post your contact info. I\’m looking for someone who sells neon wire and does the soldering set-up for a 9V battery so I don\’t have to order the stuff from the SF Bay Area. Burners?

James
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James

Lame.

anonymous
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anonymous

Wow Ray, uhh, what if the farmers grew something else? Like food maybe? And how is it not more ecologically sound to decorate something that already exists, rather than purchase something grown explicitly for the purpose of standing in your living room for a month and then being thrown out?

Joyce
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Joyce

IKEA has these LED Tree lights for $1.99 each(10 bulbs). The light set is powered by 2 AA batteries (included) with 60 hours burning time.

Stripes
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Stripes

Awesome! Any bets on how many years until we have a giant one of THESE in Pioneer Courthouse Square at Xmas?! Portland, the City That Bikes!

gabriel amadeus
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I just found out about these, more spendy (and target – eww)but solar powered!

Jim
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Jim

Doesn\’t that make it a bit harder to ride?

Klixi
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Klixi

I like bikes as much as the next person, but me thinks this is a bit much. 😛

wyatt
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wyatt

apparently this is not for everyone. just like christmas. and christmas trees.

Joe
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Joe

sweet!!!I grew up riding BMX everywhere..

I can see it know Tree Bikes Pop\’n up on corners all over.. he he

Bearhat
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talk about see and be seen.

awesome job, felix and hannah!

organic brian
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organic brian

On a related note, you can get trees w/ the roots and soil which can be planted again after Thuh Holidays. I had expected to find info on the Friends of Trees website, maybe I\’ll call them later. Check out this company:

http://www.livingchristmastrees.org/

felix
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Its a mini too!

ZOOBOMB!

felix

E
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E

joyce, I saw them too, but I also noted they said \’for indoor use only\’. I was wondering if rain would get into the battery pack fairly easily and short it out (an experience many of us have had with Planet Bike lights…)

Ray Ogilvie
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Ray Ogilvie

anonymous #9,
Christmas tree farms are usualy small acerage. Not anywhere near large enough to make viable food production farms except at the local farmers market, which they may well be doing also.

My point is that tree farms are a green enterprise.
I mulch my tree when I am through with it. Will you mulch your x-mas bike?

joel
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well, im still not ready to give up my christmas tree, but we *do* have a tree stand made of bike bits…

though if i came up with a \”tree\” made of bike parts… hmm…

Mark Allyn
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Sorry that I don\’t have pictures, but I have been riding on my neon wire decorated bike and fiber optic decorated clear plastic rain jacket for the past few weeks; mostly downtown and southeast.

la
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la

overall it\’s better to use what you have already than something you don\’t. this applies both to trees and bicycles.

for a long time my front porch light consisted of christmas lights wrapped around a wheel.