As a bike oggler of the obsessive kind, I am blessed to live New York City. It is hard not to pass bikes while walking around the city and many have great little hacks that I find very cool. I do not always see a need to use them myself, but there are some creative folks pedaling around the city. I passed this whip the other day and saw one familiar hack and one hack that had me scratching my head, but I think I figured it out. Here is the said whip -
The first hack was one I have deployed on one of my bikes before, the old cork in the handlebar steeze.
The second thing I noticed had me puzzled for a short time. The rider had wrapped the undercarriage of the seat with a strip of old jeans. Take a look for yourself.
I was trying to figure out what the purpose was and I only figured out what I think this is all about when I stood up and viewed it from this angle -
It's a rare day that I ride in clothing that I care much about, however I do see some people that ride around in their work clothing or what I would consider to be "nice" clothing. You can see that the bolt securing the seat appears to stick out a little, and if you were wearing a pair of pants or shorts you really cared about, damage might be caused by the end of the bolt rubbing against the fabric. This leads me to believe that the rider pulls the denim over the bolt so that clothing damage will not occur.
At least this is my guess. If others have input or have used beverage or clothing items to hack their whip, comment or give us a shout out so we can post.