I got a new bike and kept my old one as a beater. It's looking kinda Frankenstein (e.g., bad paint, lots of electrical tape, brass nuts in place of allen bolts) so I thought I would enhance that look. Any tips?
Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP)
Thats really a personal voyage 'lobserve'. Look at the bike, reflect on it and create a finished product in your minds eye. Take off everything that's not in that image and add what you need to get it there.
Schwinn Racer(hot rod 3 sp.), noname cantilever frame 1 sp., Peugeot U-O8, Kia 10 sp., soon-to-be-custom Sears Free Spirit 3sp.(project), department store mountain bike 21 sp.
If I'm understanding you, you'd like to emphasize the rough appearance of the bike? That's cool. Ghetto, but with style.
Maybe you can pick up some ideas from this motorcycle site: http://ratbike.org/
Ratbikes (and ratrods, for that matter) are interesting to look at. They seem to fall into two basic categories:
Cool Frankenstein machines with real jackleg engineering,
Gookwagons that are just a bunch of random parts and novelty crap that's thrown together.
I really like this kind of work done on beater bikes. Provokes ideas.