Customize your bike for about $6

How To's/Tech Tips

So here’s a super cheap and fun way to quickly add some pizazz to your bike.

Get yourself some engine or brake caliper enamel from your local auto parts store. I chose a funky green. I would have preferred pink to match the theme of my bike.

Then I removed my caliper and rotor. I made sure I taped off part of the rotor where the prongs met the brake surface for accuracy.

I followed it up with a full tape job.

I then disassembled my caliper, removing the pads and I cleaned up with a degreaser. After taping off some of the moving parts, I started to paint!

I also pained the inside of the rotor. I used a bottle to to allow it to lay flat, but not so the other side would be touching the surface.

It took a few coats of paint, but I think the final result looks pretty good.

RL Policar

RL Policar is an avid mountain biker and the Editor In-Chief of and Between the two sites, he's published well over 4,000 articles (and growing).

9 thoughts on “Customize your bike for about $6

  1. I call that bike my Watermelon. Pink cables and grips (fruit), green rotors and calipers(rind)…black frame (seed).

  2. Simple but it does stand out. Thanks for the idea! How durable is the paint? Will it chip off easily?

    I see you already installed the magnetic pedals, write up coming soon?

  3. DT,

    Tonight will be the first time I’ll be riding with the newly painted rotors and caliper, so we’ll see how it goes. Same thing for the pedals. I had issues installing the cleats, I’ll have to use a Dremel to grind off part of my shoes.

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