Inspired by bruce19's thread on "Beater Bikes" I thought maybe a group "show and tell" might be fun. Living in all sorts of different types of neighborhoods and climatic environments and having a wide variety of cycling needs, I'm sure we all have our own unique versions of what a beater actually is.
Mine is a 1988 Trek 820.
It's main purpose is as a commuter and it is therefore parked outdoors at work for 13 hours at a time in all sorts of weather. It's also not the safest neighborhood, so camoflage helps keep it from being messed with.
The first thing I did was throw some old, rusty fenders onto the bike. With Cantelever brakes this was a bit of a challange. I ended up cutting each fender into two pieces as they would not fit under the brakes. Using all sorts of rusty old fasteners including bike headlight mounts, old "L" brackets, and even extra fender stays...I managed to dirty up the bike a bit. An old rack and a metal crate added to the non-desirability a lot. 23 years of natural weathering has done the rest.
I present to you for your viewing pleasure (or not), "The Beast"
It's dirty, grimey, very rusty (spokes, fenders, fasteners and adjusters), but packs 18 speeds of dependability regardless of the weather. The steel frame is rock solid. The bike looks so bad that even though I've occasionally forgotten to lock it up, it's still around.
So who else is willing to show off their beaters?