7 Days to Die: How to Craft and Use the Bicycle

Learn how to craft and use the Bicycle

Tired of walking everywhere? Wish you could transport yourself and your loot from place to place without attracting a herd of hungry zombies? In 7 Days to Die, the solution is the Bicycle. This simple vehicle is both the quietest and most environmentally friendly alternative to running everywhere.

This guide will walk you through how to craft and use a Bicycle and offer advice on maintaining it.

Bicycle Stats

  • Standard Durability: 1500
  • Base Speed: 10 m/s
  • Noise: Moderate
  • Defense: 90
  • Seats: 1
  • Storage: 9
  • Modification Slots: N/A

How to craft a Bicycle in 7 Days to Die

How to Craft the Bicycle in 7 Days to Die

Though this vehicle requires no Workbench to construct, it will require some parts that you’ll either need to locate, purchase, or craft. To craft the Bicycle itself, you will need the following components:


Crafting Wheels for a Bicycle in 7 Days to Die

Wheels may be looted from vehicle parts crates, salvaged from rusted cars, purchased, or crafted. Crafting requires level 5 in the Vehicles crafting skill and the following components:

Bicycle Handlebars

Crafting Bicycle Handlebars in 7 Days to Die

Crafting requires level 5 in the Vehicles crafting skill and the following components:

  • 3 Duct Tape
  • 3 Leather
  • 1 Mechanical Part
  • 9 Short Iron Pipes
  • 3 Springs

Bicycle Chassis

Crafting a Bicycle Chassis in 7 Days to Die

Crafting requires level 5 in the Vehicles crafting skill and the following components:

  • 7 Forged Iron
  • 3 Mechanical Parts
  • 3 Duct Tape
  • 3 Leather
  • 3 Springs

Mechanical Parts

Mechanical parts can be looted from parts containers, salvaged from vehicles and machinery, or purchased from a trader.

Vehicle Crafting Skill

The vehicle crafting skill can only be increased by finding and reading copies of the Vehicle Adventures skill book.

How to use a Bicycle in 7 Days to Die

How to Use the Bicycle in 7 Days to Die

With your Bicycle in your inventory, you can place it in the world like a regular block, except that it does not snap to the world’s voxel grid. Once placed, however, it has several available functions when holding down the interact button (default E key). This radial menu of functions is identical across all vehicles, but actions may differ depending on the type.

Here is a quick rundown of each of the Bicycle’s main functions:

1. Drive

Denoted by the steering wheel icon, this action will put the player in the driver’s seat of the vehicle and allow them to operate it. This function can also be accomplished by simply pressing the interact button when aiming at a vehicle.

For the Bicycle, the view will switch to a third-person view when driving it. Players can travel faster than walking while riding a bike and can go even faster by holding down the sprint key. Keep in mind that boosting like this will drain your stamina.

2. Open

Marked with the raised hood icon, this action will open the inspection screen for your vehicle, allowing players to refuel and repair, apply or remove mods, and generally see the vehicle’s overall stats.

Though the Bicycle sports two available modification slots, it does not accept any of the available vehicle mods. It can, however, be dyed in different colors by inserting a dye into the cosmetic slot.

The Bicycle does not use fuel and, therefore, cannot be refueled.

3. Repair

Marked by a wrench icon, this action allows players to spend Repair Kits to restore their vehicle’s durability. This action will not become available until the vehicle’s condition is below maximum and may also be performed through the “open” interface.

4. Lock/Unlock

This action locks or unlocks your vehicle, allowing or preventing other players from using it.

5. Passcode

This allows players to set, change, and input a passcode for their vehicle. With this, only the owner of the vehicle or someone who enters the correct passcode may drive or otherwise interact with the vehicle.

6. Honk Horn

This action creates a momentary, loud sound that can be heard from a fair distance away and will attract wandering enemies.

7. Take

Marked with a hand icon, this action returns a vehicle to block form, transferring it and its contents back to your inventory and allowing it to be carried. This is useful for moving vehicles through tight spaces or to get a vehicle unstuck.

8. Storage

Denoted by the bag icon, this will open a vehicle’s inventory and allow players to add or remove items from it. The Bicycle has 9 available storage slots.

Tips and tricks for using the Bicycle

Tips and Tricks for Using the Bicycle in 7 Days to Die
  • The sound from a vehicle’s horn can be heard from a fair distance away; this may be used to lure enemies out of buildings or to lead them into traps
  • The Bicycle is the only vehicle that does not require fuel, making it the least intensive in terms of upkeep
  • The Grease Monkey perk can reduce the cost of crafting Bicycle components by 33%
  • Bicycles are relatively small, making them an excellent choice for tight spaces and crowded streets.

Final thoughts on the Bicycle

It’s nothing fancy, but it beats walking. The enormous map The Fun Pimps created for this title makes having a vehicle almost necessary for survival and vital if you want to travel beyond your immediate vicinity. Never count out the humble Bicycle in times of need.

Looking for some other tips to help you get started in 7 Days to Die? Check out our 10 Tips for Getting Started and the 7 Days to Die Beginner’s Guide.

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Aaron Van Dyck is a thriller novelist with a passion for survival games and exploration. He started writing at the age of 13 and has always been drawn to the sense of self-reliance and freedom found in open worlds. An avid urban explorer and RPG enthusiast, he enjoys dungeon crawling and has a particular love for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Far Cry 5, and Cataclysm: DDA. He's also a fan of shooters and action games with immersive stories and unique monsters to encounter.

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