Make a Spoke Card

Spoke Cards are a fun way to decorate your bicycle. They first appear in the 1980s when bicycle messengers in big cities Spoke Card examplescompeted in impromptu races called “alley cats.” Racers identified themselves by displaying their name and racing number on small cards wedged between their wheel spokes. Today, Spoke Cards are used for advertising, showing off your bike club name, or celebrating special events. Some spoke cards even have road maps printed on them! What will your spoke card say and do?

What you need:

  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue Stick
  • Heavy paper,
  • Pictures from magazines or comic books
  • Peel and stick clear laminate or clear packing tape
  • A bike with spokes, of course!

Step 1: Cut a heavy piece of paper into 3 or 4-inch
squares. Draw your own design or glue cool pictures that you found in a magazine or comic book. You can also print and make the Major Taylor spoke card.

Step 2: Glue two (2) pictures together, back-to-back.

Step3: Laminate both sides of your spoke card. Be sure to press laminate or packing tape carefully over pictures and press firmly for a smooth surface.

Step 4: Trim your card leaving a half-inch of lamination around the edge.

Step 5: Insert your spoke card between the spokes of your bike. Now you are ready to ride in style.


Download Template for Making Spoke Card