Reader Louie from Orange County, Southern California sent us a couple of pictures and some text to match. I can understand the tape on the tire if you live somewhere where rain is an anomaly, but that hack would not work where I live and ride.
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Duck tape on the rubber of my main whip. Trying to get every mile out of them. Felt SR91 road bike, commuter with rack in rear - affectionately called "Felt Up." Roll with an 8 speed, other chain rings removed.
I tossed in another ghetto headlight hack on another bike, a Schwinn, for fun. The Schwinn is affectionately called Optimus.