The 3D printing revolution has come for your bike. Discover the best 3D printed bike parts and accessories to enhance your riding experience!
It’s always a challenge to create a “best of” list, especially when biking is the subject because there’s such a huge selection of accessories and add-ons from designers (many of whom also happen to be avid bikers).
We’ve managed to sift through a lot of what’s out there and put together a great selection of ideas that can turn your bike into something even better than a sweet ride.
If you see something here that you’d like to have printed, or this list sparks an idea for another special accessory for your bike, but you don’t have the setup or time to do it yourself, we can suggest Craftcloud, the 3D printing and price comparison service from All3DP. It’s also quite handy if you want to source local manufacturers.
Without further ado, let’s get to that list!
Biking always goes well with hydration (within the law, of course) and having a special place on your bike to store a bottle, cup or goblet is a handy addition. This simple print manages to give you style as you take a swig.
When you’re going for a ride, who doesn’t want a banana to snack on plus a place to stash your water bottle? There’s room for two bananas on this cool contraption so you can bring one for a friend!
We all know biking and listening to some music is a great combination. This maker has designed a nice case for bike-mounted speakers and they seem great for any ride. Let the neighborhood start dancing!
This one’s by far the most heartfelt on our list because it enables people with hand disabilities to enjoy biking! Several models exist that can assist, depending on the needs of the user.
Valve caps are a category of makes where there’re a huge variety of options and each one enables the bike owner to express their personal taste and style. It was tricky, but we managed to limit ourselves to choosing just two.
The first is a pizza slice so everyone will know what your favorite food is as you bike around town. Note that this print is only designed to fit Schrader valves.
Show that you have a bit of the dark side in you when you ride with this tiny head of a Star Wars imperial soldier. You can download the files to print one that fits either Presta or Schrader valves.
This articulated mudguard, according to its designer, can fit any wheel. Although its shape doesn’t exactly following that of traditional mudguards, its unique shape and possibility to be printed in multiple colors gives it our approval!
In life and in biking, it’s the small things that can make a huge difference. And what better example than this tiny piece that can fit on any bike (after some customization) that helps keep the chain on its intended route. If your chain frequently falls off, this one’s for you!
This tiny gadget will prove itself handy when you need to remove the tire from the rim. It’s the kind of tool that helps you do a “dirty job” without getting your hands dirty!
Wall-mounted stands are a popular gadget among bikers and come in different shapes and sizes. We found this particular one easy, simple, cheap, and practical, all at the same time. If you print it in a color that fits your place, it can double as a wall decoration.
This intuitive design can be referred to as a “manual GPS” since you can securely attach a map of your bike route (or any other paper) onto your arm. It certainly looks cool as a wearable gadget.
This handle lets you carry your folding bike in style. It can prove quite useful on staircases, walking through crowded places, or anywhere that bikes aren’t allowed. You’ll need Velcro straps or cable ties in order to permanently attached this handle to your bike.
This accessory isn’t exactly going to make your life easier, but it promises to add some laughs. You’ll need a few household materials in order to do the final assembly and start shooting some peas!
This design will create hours of fun and entertainment. The bubble machine is powered by your pedaling, so while you’re riding, others can enjoy the spectacle of a moving cloud of bubbles!
Summertime’s on the horizon and many people go by bike to the beach. Once you get there and find no good way to stabilize your umbrella, your bike’s got you covered (literally) with umbrella-holder clips. You’ll also need screws and some possible printing adjustments to make sure it fits perfectly with your bike frame.
Last, and certainly not least, comes the biggest print on the list: An entire bike frame that has been 3D printed! Other parts will need to be added to assemble a fully functional bike.
In addition to the standard bike frame that can be 3D printed above, check out these other innovative takes on the conventional bike frame:
Ride safe out there and enjoy all these awesome potential upgrades to your bike!
(Lead image source: francfalco via MyMiniFactory)
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