Riding a bicycle is a great way to get around, stay fit, and enjoy plenty of fresh air. Curious about bringing your very own version to life through the power of art? Read on for everything you need to know!
Step-By-Step Images and Instructions
Begin by taking a blue pen and using this to draw a small circle to the left of the center of your page, around half an inch from the bottom.
Bring a line out from the left-hand side of this, extending out around one inch, and ending with a small circle.
Outline the two circles and connect them with a set of parallel lines. Use the blue pen to fill in the new shape – this will look like a lower-case letter d, turned on its side.
Bring another thick line out, this time up towards the top right-hand corner of the page, using a ruler.
Then, add another, identical line, this time at around a 20-degree angle, extending from the top corner of the main circle.
Bring a short line from the one you just created this time at a 90-degree angle to the left.
Now, return to the dot at the end of the original “d” shape. Bring two sets of parallel lines up from this point in a “V” shape, with the left-hand arm pointing straight up. You can use the ruler to draw these nice straight lines.
Bring another line across the top of the “V” and fill in the lines with the blue pen so that you have solid lines.
Return to the diagonal line on the right-hand side and add another line pointing down to the bottom right-hand corner. Leave a small dot in the end.
Bring a “hook” up from the top of this line, like a backwards “C”.
Now, add two small lines extending out to the right-hand side, just beneath this hook.
Turn to the top of these lines, and draw another, slightly curved line from this point to the central spoke.
Use a black pen to add a rectangle to the end of the “hook” to create handles, and then add a “teardrop” shape to the central spoke to create a seat for your bicycle.
Return to the central circle and draw several spokes coming out from the central point.
Now, add another circle to the front of the bicycle, this time larger, to create the front wheel.
Use the black pen and ruler to add a series of spokes to the front tire, spanning out from the central point.
Use the black pen to add a second wheel to the back of the bicycle.
Take the black pen and the ruler and add spokes to the back wheel of the bicycle.
Now, use an orange pen and a ruler to create a square shape at the front of the bicycle, with a slight slant on the right-hand edge. Then, add a series of straight lines horizontally across the basket with the ruler.
Repeat this shape on the back, behind the seat of the bicycle, and add the same horizontal lines.
Take a pale, orange pencil, and shade in the baskets.
Use an orange pen to add a series of “crown” shapes, emerging from the back basket.
Then use a pink pen to add the same shapes to the back of the bicycle, in between the orange designs.
Connect the shapes – the tops of the flowers – to the top of the basket with a black pen.
Grab a light green pen and add a jagged shape to the back of the back basket, as well as a slightly bumpy shape emerging from the front basket.
Use a dark green pen to replicate each of these shapes, adding more items and leaves to the baskets.
Use a brown pen to add details to the leaves in the front basket.
And now we have your very own cute bicycle, complete with basket, ready to take you anywhere you need to go – but where will your first adventure be?
Learning to ride a bike is an essential life skill, which can unlock a whole new world of health, fitness and travel, as well as giving you a cheap and accessible mode of transport. Bicycles as we know them were first introduced in 1817 by a German baron named Karl von Drais.
Over time, the design continued to grow and evolve, with the introduction of the “high wheel bicycle” in the 1870s. The term itself was first used in France, during the 1860s, when a new two-wheeled machine, complete with mechanical drive, emerged and became popular. In the late 1800s, bikes appeared in China, and now there are over half a billion bicycles in the country.
In addition to using bikes for health and practical purposes, they have also been instrumental in a range of challenges and competitions, including that achieved by Fred A. Birchmore in 1935, who set a goal to circle the entire globe by bicycle. His aspiration was successful, and he covered over 40,000 miles across many countries, using a boat where a bicycle was impossible. Overall, around 25,000 painstaking miles were pedaled, and Birchmore worked through an impressive seven sets of tires to complete his challenge.