We always welcome stories concerning how readers make bikes their own and reader Chris from D.C. sent along the following text and pictures. Enjoy.
- - - - - - - - - - - - -
I purchased a 70's Gitane earlier this summer but was turned off from the original condition. Living in a condo, I didn't have the time or space to prep/prime/paint so, I did some research and purchased gaffer tape (alt. gaffers, gaffer's, gaffa) and wrapped my bike with it.
Gaff tape is great since it doesn't leave the sticky residue like duct tape/electrical tape. I rode during the rain and hot humid days, and the tape is still sticking - just make sure the surface is clean, like anything else, before you start wrapping! Though, you might get normal surface tape wear over time.
- - - - - - - -
My most recent hack occurred when I discovered a nut/bolt securing my cargo rack fell off during a ride. Needless to say, zip ties are your best friend.
Also found more uses for zip ties to prevent further loss of hardware!
Check out my helmet hack. Purchased this head lamp and secured it to my helmet.
For some kicks. Still standing after the earthquake!