Thursday turned out to be Bike to Work Day, of which, as a non-commuter, I was totally unaware. Besides, I live in the Los Angeles area, where driving to work is considered a birth right. But the folks at Skywalker Ranch are up in Northern California, where they take biking to work more seriously, and in honor of the occasion, StarWars.com posted a piece on the conversion of a plain old bike into “The Empire Strikes Bike,” a vehicle with an The Empire Strikes Back theme, of course.
The bike, which was unveiled late last year and was conceived by Lucasfilm but built as a “fan endeavor,” started out as a standard Skywalker Ranch staff cruiser bike, then added its flavor from parts acquired on eBay, cannibalized from old bikes and toys. They don’t sell bikes like this, but they hope you’ll be inspired to create your own Star Wars-themed bikes. And who wouldn’t want a bike with lightsabers and a Vader head (from a Pez dispenser!) on the handlebars and stuff?