what Style Mods do you have?

Discussion in 'General Bike Discussion' started by cowboy, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. cowboy

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    I enjoy modifying my book, adding stickers on it, repainting it, changing the grips to better ones, I was wondering what kind of clever stuff people around here to to trick out their bikes?

    I also want to add some bling to my handlebars without it looking like this:
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    Actually just kidding

    I have seen someone who took yellow paper and fixed it through their spokes so it looks like triangles and other crazy stuff...

    How about welding a hood ornament where the goosekneck attaches?
     
  2. Industry_Hack

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    Check out the thread I just started about Stem Captain. I'm also waiting to hear back from Purely Custom, which makes all sorts of bike bling.
     

  3. HandsomeRyan

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    ◘ Homemade under seat beer opener...
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    Kind of hard to see, sorry.

    ◘ Automated Handlebar End Lights I designed.
    Automatic Bicycle Handlebar End Lights

    ◘ Custom paint and decals for a bike I built up for my wife... (she never rode it)
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    TaCo is a hypocorism I made up for my wife using the first 2 letters of her first and last name. The double entendre created by this logo on a pink bike is nothing short of classy. ;)

    ◘ All the cool kids have a home made 200 watt stereo trailer they pull behind their bikes too. (well, at least I do)
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  4. HandsomeRyan

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    As I dug deeper into the bowels of my photobucket I cam up with a few more items I've made that could be considered "bling". (some of them were sort of functional but mostly I just made them because I was bored)

    ◘ I welded a front Porteur style rack...
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    ◘ Fishing rod holder I made...
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    ◘ Auxiliary fork mounted lights...
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    ◘ Home made hard plastic panniers... (marine battery boxes)
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  5. RoyEveritt

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    Ryan, you should do this for a living!
     
  6. RoyEveritt

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    Interesting trailer. I've often wondered how a hard-tyred trailer compares with bike panniers, fatter tyres and so on, in terms of drag and handling.

    If you can make the trailer ultra-light and with very low drag, it ought to be better than having all that weight on the bike. I designed a lightweight trailer many years ago, but now I'd just mould it in high-grade plastic.
     
  7. HandsomeRyan

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    Thanks. I'm the poster child for wasted ability. If someone would pay me to build stuff/solve problems I'd do it in a heartbeat but I lack a formal educational background in anything so getting a foot in the door is difficult. I've just taught myself the stuff I wanted to know like woodworking, welding, sewing, composites fabrication, basic electronics, mold-making and casting, etc. I've never really found a way to translate what I know into something that people will pay me for.

    I don't know if you saw my thread about trailers but of all of them I've made/purchased have felt easier to pull than carrying an equivalent amount of weight on the bike. I can tell you that my WIKE aluminum and plastic trailer is pretty light and not bad at all to tow.

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  8. HandsomeRyan

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    Around the holidays you can't go wrong with a little mistletoe on the helmet. I did indeed get some smooches at the ride I wore this too [in spite of looking like a zombie in this pic].
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  9. Michigander

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    I'm not so into blinging up bikes these days, but I know a guy who bolts mail boxes to his seat racks, because he says they're a great and cheap water proof storage system for riding.