I bought a flick stand to go on my '80 Trek 610. It has to be the coolest accessory ever. Well, I noticed last time I used it that it was loose, and wasn't working properly. Upon further inspection I found this:
The darned thing is cracked. That's what happens to 20 year old plastic I guess. This thing is so old it says 'Made in USA' on it. Seriously, when is the last time you saw a plastic bit made in USA?
I wasn't going to just throw it out, so I decided to reinforce it by wrapping it in an aluminum shell. First, I traced it.
Then I used a rotozip with cutting wheel, angle grinder, and hand files to shape it. I bent it around an old frame tube to give it the shape, and drilled a hole on each side. I finished it off with a wire brush wheel to give it a uniform look and texture. Here's the end result.