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    Cool ways to cover screw holes?

    I got a Nishiki International (1982 I think) and I removed the water bottle holder. However now I'm trying to find a way to cover the holes but make it look cool at the same time. Originally I wanted something decorative like some sort of ornament with a screw that I could just screw in. What do you guys do to cover the holes?

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    well, I tend to put a bottle cage there.

    Covers the mounting holes very nicely. :-D
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    Just the screw? Maybe a brass washer? impossible without pix..
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    I usually just put a stainless steel screw/bolt in there. Or if fancy, a colored(anodized) aluminum bolt.

    You can try putting the end caps from a BIC pen in the opening...they come in colors.
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    there are plastic caps you can put on those.
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    probably not cool, but you can buy screw covers or caps. try google

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    +1 Stainless allen head bolts. I buy them in a box of one hundred (you can get them at any decent nut and bolt supply house).

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    Hardware stores sell little plastic plugs, usually black , in various sizes. I used them to fill extra holes on my tandem since I don't use a rack. They can be painted to match.

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    How about you try some copper tooling? I learned to do this in college and it is really easy. You can make some sort of design on a rectangular plate that can wrap 1/4 -1/2 way around the frame that is fastened on by the bolts.

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    Ace and Lowes have the the nylon plugs in black, Home Depot has them in white. They are usually in the hardware section in the pullout misc. hardware drawers labeled "nylon plugs".


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    Quote Originally Posted by steppinthefunk View Post
    How about you try some copper tooling? I learned to do this in college and it is really easy. You can make some sort of design on a rectangular plate that can wrap 1/4 -1/2 way around the frame that is fastened on by the bolts.
    This is the creative stuff I'm looking for! I think the screw holes that are unused are a good chance to further customize your bike and make it unique. Very cool idea... I was at the flea market other day and am kicking myself now for not buying a lion shaped ornament that had a screw at the bottom. That woulda been kinda cool.

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    Polished titanium socket head water bottle bolts are in the second set of holes on my Bridgestone. I think they look nice, but I'm sure that no one else has ever taken notice of them.

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    Old buttons (w a loop on the back), maybe uniform buttons or similar?

    Some old leftower jewelry like earrings? Those buttons used in the shirt arm ends when dressing up?

    Diamonds (or at least fake ones from a toy shop?

    fake eyes (like from a teddy bear)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by badmother View Post

    fake eyes (like from a teddy bear)?
    I like the fake eyes.
    Familiar, yet disturbing.
    Can make children either laugh with joy or cry in terror.

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    Look at JP Cycles (google it) and see what they have - they are a motorcycle parts house and will have fancy bolts - glass, studs, etc.

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    I've always ridden with a Camel Bak, so I don't carry bottles, so I use the holes to just carry HEX head screws of different lengths, specifically the type I would need in a quick fix on the trail, although I'm sure you're talking about a roadie bike. I ride strictly off road and you never know what may wiggle loose. I've lost no less than 5 bottles on the trails above Goldbar, WA. over the years, as well as an Avenir Pocket Max pump.

    You could also use the screws to hold important replacement parts. 'Ain't pretty, but functional.
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    Sometimes I put a Barbie Doll head on my rear skewer, looking back. Maybe you could adapt that idea.

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    You could shill for your favorite Atlanta GA soft drink maker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pass the peas View Post
    You could shill for your favorite Atlanta GA soft drink maker.
    Coke-top poppin' Raleigh Alyeska! What brand of fenders are you running?

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    VeloOrange 48 mm fluted aluminum fenders, as seen here:
    Show us your Vintage Touring bikes

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    Quote Originally Posted by pass the peas View Post
    VeloOrange 48 mm fluted aluminum fenders, as seen here:
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    VO says they are not pre-drilled - that is to say, if I wanted my front fender to sit slightly lower (rotating counterclockwise from the drive side), I could?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudak888 View Post
    VO says they are not pre-drilled - that is to say, if I wanted my front fender to sit slightly lower (rotating counterclockwise from the drive side), I could?

    -Kurt
    Correct. Not pre-drilled. You can rotate it until the tip drags the pavement, if that's your desire. Fitment on the Alyeska was a little difficult. There's not much room between the chainstays and it's a little tight between the fork blades too. I tweaked the back fender a little to try and get the radius to match a little better and accidentally creased it. I was able to reshape it, but the imperfections are still apparent to the critical eye. The leading edge of the front fender is a little high, but damn if I'm going to eff with it now that it's fitted up. At least not right now.
    OP: sorry about the threadjack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pass the peas View Post
    Correct. Not pre-drilled. You can rotate it until the tip drags the pavement, if that's your desire. Fitment on the Alyeska was a little difficult. There's not much room between the chainstays and it's a little tight between the fork blades too. I tweaked the back fender a little to try and get the radius to match a little better and accidentally creased it. I was able to reshape it, but the imperfections are still apparent to the critical eye. The leading edge of the front fender is a little high, but damn if I'm going to eff with it now that it's fitted up. At least not right now.
    OP: sorry about the threadjack.
    Peas
    I sympathize with you - I had the same problems attempting to mount Bluemels Lightweights to my own Alyeska. Ended up converting it to 700C. Marginal improvement.

    I believe it was just as much the fault of the Bluemels as the Alyeska's unaccommodating construction though - precisely why the VO's user-determined drilling locations appeal to me. Curiously - did you fit the front fender bracket to the front of the fork crown, or the rear with one of the Sheldon adapters?

    -Kurt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tigerprawn View Post
    I got a Nishiki International (1982 I think) and I removed the water bottle holder. However now I'm trying to find a way to cover the holes but make it look cool at the same time. Originally I wanted something decorative like some sort of ornament with a screw that I could just screw in. What do you guys do to cover the holes?
    I use small round-head bolts that need a small allen wrench. They cover the hole, protrude smoothly, and you can polish them.



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