current obsessions

current obsession: colorful bike rims

by Grace Bonney

Snow may have officially started falling in Brooklyn, but I’ve still got summer colors on the brain, namely in the form of brightly colored bike rims. I’m still such a bike-riding novice that when I first started seeing these around town, I assumed they were some sort of extra layer people snapped on to decorate their bikes. Turns out it’s just the rim, which you can get in nearly any color you want these days. As the fixie craze went into full swing over the past year or two, these colorful rims started popping up everywhere, and I was always running around like an idiot trying to snap pictures of them. Neon colors stop me in my tracks, so spotting electric yellows, oranges and blues on people’s tires has been a highlight of the past few months. My bike doesn’t quite work with this look, but if I ever end up selling my bike and getting a new frame, that sucker will definitely have neon frames. Orange and lime green, hopefully. Until then, I wanted to share some of my favorite examples from around the web. I love seeing how trends (neon hues) pop up in all sorts of fun places at once. xo, grace

Images above via (clockwise from top left) Zimbio, Zykle Fix, Cool Things and Jelly Bean Bikes

Image via Road Warrior Bicycles

Image via Fixie-An.tk

More colorful bike rims continue after the jump . . .

Image via Blue Lug at Flickr

Image via Fixed Gear View

Image via Corina Bermudez (via Urban Outfitters)

Image via Himy Syed on Flickr

Image via Third Rail Design Lab

Image via DTLA Bikes

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  • Check out https://www.missionbicycle.com/ if you want colorful bikes – they build all their bikes custom, so you can pick the color of EVERYTHING – chain, rims, frame, headset, hub… I actually read this post expecting to see them! More great colorful bike pics on their tumblr, too. Based in my lovely San Francisco – but they will ship anywhere in the world! I don’t have my own yet but I’m saving my pennies…

  • YES! Love! Velocity rules Emily! I used to live in GR and have had friends that work at velocity! I have hot pink velocity rims myself.

  • How fun! Seems like it’d be great for safety as well. If it caught your attention, it may also catch a driver’s attention so the cyclist gets noticed. I have not seen these in San Fran yet but something tells me now that I see your post, I will notice them everywhere. If you like color and like riding, consider wearing unique arm warmers….practical and fun. I get comments at every light when I wear them :)

  • Urban Outfitters teamed up with Republic bikes, I have the Aristotle and love it. cant beat turquoise rims, and a pink chain on a putty colored frame! It is like an ice cream shop bicycle!

  • Oh my gosh, I’m afraid I’m with you about the neon, Grace….stops me dead in my tracks too, lol….

    These bikes are dope! I recently spent a week in Montreal visiting family with my husband, and was delighted to find out that they have a ‘common bicycle’ program there much like that of Amsterdam ~ you can borrow common bicycles everywhere and ride for a 1/2 hour free. EVERYONE rides bikes there, and it was so fun to see a colorful variety of custom rides too. Seems to be what all the cool kids are doing these days. *wink*


  • I’m sorry, bush these are horrible bikes altogether – cheap Chinese bikes, components and hey-look-at-me!-colors (which clearly work..). I know it’s all in the eye of the beholder, but (I) see it as some infants picking out all the bright coloured stuff out of the IKEA folder, when moving in together.
    When time goes by they see what they did wrong, start saving up and slowly transform their interior into something more stylish. They see how ‘subtle’ is the way to go; they didn’t see anything special about a Barcelona chair, but over time..

    Don’t get me wrong, I’d rather see someone riding a brightly coloured bike, than a car, but that’s not the point now.

    Read/look into it a bit more and you’ll end up loving a bike like this a lot more:

  • THANK YOU for showing a photo of a bicyclist wearing a helmet! A good friend died in a minor bike collision hitting her head on the curb. It could of been avoided had she been wearing a helmet. Safety before fashion.

  • ooo, i have a republic bike. the crew at republic rocks and were super sympathetic when the first one was stolen & hooked me up a second time. highly recommend one for an inexpensive, but practical bike for commuting to work, esp in nyc!

  • nice collection of pix. A little bike anatomy lesson for you since your description is a bit confusing. Tire goes on the (neon) rim. Add spokes and hub to = Wheel. Wheel attaches to the frame. Frame holds brakes, cranks, derailleurs, handlebar stem and seat post.

  • Love this! This makes me want to go get a new bike just so I can own some if these. It reminds me of a photo I once saw of a bike with a rainbow spectrum of paint swatches stuck in the spokes. It created a mesmerizing spin of colors when the wheels turned! This is so much more practical though!

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