Uglyfiying a Bicycle To Prevent Theft

About 8 years ago I was commuting to a high-rise and the only bike parking I had was in the parking structure where a small rack was installed. I decided to wrap my frame up in various places with old bar tape that I had collected from the LBS I worked part time at. Initially it was to prevent my frame from getting damaged on the bike rack, but it actually helped make my bicycle look more subdued…less desirable to thieves.

I figured if my bike didn’t look new, perhaps the thieves would simply by pass it and try and steal a much flashier bike. Then again…thieves are thieves. Anyhow, I’m curious to know if you do anything to “uglyfy” your bike to make it look less attractive.

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  1. Jim

    Nearly 40 years ago, I was on a bike tour that took me through the city of Montreal. While there, I encountered a cyclist who was riding a nearly new custom made Masi. He had stripped the bike down and rattle can sprayed it flat black. Then he wrapped it barber pole style with white tape. To any but a careful scrutiny, it looked like any other city beater. Stealth mode indeed!

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