Planning

The very first step is to make a list of all the wondrous features you'd like for your bike. I talked to some longtime Burner friends and got a ton of great ideas.  I also made a Pinterest board with some fun ideas I'd like to try.

Essentials

  • A good headlight for seeing in the dark
  • NeoPixels on the frame so you can be seen
  • A basket for carrying water and other stuff

Extras

  • A tall tail-fin "flag" so you can be seen from a distance
  • Daytime color -- paint, bling, and fun fur
  • Audio sound system / bluetooth speaker

Pie-in-the-Sky Ideas

  • POV Spoke wheels that show images as you move
  • Multiple bikes synched together for group riding
  • A "find my bike" feature that makes it blink in the dark from a distance

There are so many ideas to have. One feels almost attacked by the flock of ideas!

The planning stage is a great time to get realistic about what your essentials are, how much time you have, and what can be realistically done with a reasonable battery pack and budget.

For this project, I'm going to start with the essentials, then move to the extras if I've got the time. The pie-in-the-sky ideas probably should have been started September of last year, the day I got home from the last festival of the season, but I'll give some suggestions for after-market solutions you can buy.

This guide was first published on Jun 18, 2019. It was last updated on Jun 18, 2019. This page (Planning) was last updated on Jul 20, 2019.