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    Need help with a Frankenstein

    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?

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    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.

    I find custom bike creation a zen like adventure.

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    Spoked to Death phidauex's Avatar
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    A nice paint job can do a lot for a beater.

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    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,
    or
    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.

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    Decorate your saddle with stitches....

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