Spoked to Death
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Boulder, CO
Bikes: Salsa La Cruz w/ Alfine Internal 8-speed, Scattante Ultegra roadie, Maserati fixie conversion
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I recommend using duct tape and old cut up innertubes to tie things together. Use some duct tape on the seatpost so it looks like thats all thats holding the seat up, and wrap some inner tube around your cable stops so it looks like the housings are held on by innertube. Mismatched pedals helps too, even if they are identical pedals, just different colors.
Different colors of bar tape will help as well.
duct tape on the saddle (even the back, where it won't rub on your shorts), will also give it a nicely overworked appearance.
Good luck, I like the appearance of a bike that has been ridden to death and beyond. When I see shiny bikes I wonder, "did they buy it to stroke it, or ride it?" I just give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that they just got started riding it to death, and that it'll look appropriate soon enough.