Reader Richard from Indianapolis submitted the following text and pictures.
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I'm not a "big" hacker, but don't believe you "need" bike stuff to be "bike stuff". Sometimes other things serve just as well. I have no need for special "bike" socks, for example. And most often my riding shorts are military cargo shorts or pants over a Canari liner.
Handlebar/seat bag: was my first bag on my bike. Was riding loops at a park so no need for tools, tubes, etc. So had one on handlebars and one on seat. Holds phone or camera, ID, snack, keys, etc. I think I paid $3 each on eBay. Held on with 3 wire-ties.
Shoestring bag tie: The rubber o-ring on my seat bag broke, leaving it a bit mobile. Found this black shoe string from a pair of shoes and figured that would both hold the bag in place, allow it to be undone if I need to adjust the seat, and could serve other purposes such as holding pants legs away from chain, securing cargo, etc in a pinch. Fortunately haven't had to use it yet.
Tennis racket tape/bar ends as aero bars: Have had these bar ends on the ends and now in the center as "trial" aero bars. Most often I ride urban routes where I have no need so have ordered in expensive clip on aero bars. these were a free test however for longer rides in the country and have worked well. They worked great as traditional bar ends too. Wrapped with padded tennis racket tape then covered with a layer of electrical tape to smooth it all out. First set I used was a free set of bar ends off a bike that was otherwise going to the trashman - by covering in tennis racket tape gives both grip and comfort, and in the case of the first set, covered the chipped blue paint.