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Old 02-16-10, 01:45 PM
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Bike mojo

In the early 90s there were all sorts of dodads to put on your bike. There were purple anodized parts, peace sign canti cable carriers and lots of loud paint and splatter paint designs. There were also all sorts of things like rubber lizards, eagle feathers, and other random bits that were hanging all over our bikes. They were termed Mojo. I donít know if this is a lost ďartĒ but I take my bike mojo seriously.

There are rules to bike mojo that must be followed for the bike gods to work in your favor. If not followed, they will not be happy.

The Bike Mojo rules that I subscribe to are simple:

1. The bike mojo must be found by the rider. The rider can not purchase mojo. It looses all power if it is purchased by the rider.

2. Mojo can be purchased by a loved one and gifted to the rider. The rider can give hints to the mojo they like, but the rider can not tell their loved ones what they want.

3. The mojo must remain on the bike unless removed by natural means or accidental removal.

4. The mojo must be of minimal financial value, but must have deep personal value, or then it is just extra crap hanging on your bike.
Here are some pictures of my Mojo.





Send me some of your rules for mojo and pictures of the mojo that you have on your bike.
Check surlyrider for more about bike mojo.
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I don't keep mine affixed to the bike, but I don't ride without having my faded-out rainbow haired pencil-topper troll doll in one of my bags. I've had him for around 15 years. A college buddy bought it from a vending machine during a snack break on a ride, and I taped him to my old bike. He's been my good-luck charm ever since.

BTW, the purple anodized peace sign cable hanger was from Sun-Ringle, and I think the entire line of their anodized doodads was called "Mojo". I think now that kind of stuff is considered "bling" more than "mojo".
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I'm too old to find nostalgic value in anything from the 90s.
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Unfortunately, most of this sort of fun has been co-opted by a particularly irritating subset of hipster scum that built a nonsense morality around treating fixed gear bikes like purses-- and subsequently relying on that nonsense morality when called out, vociferously clinging to a hastily cobbled culture they will wander away from in a year or two.

Man, I am craaaaaaaanky tonight.

That said, you will be hard pressed to see me on any serious ride without something my ex girlfriend once wrote on one of my sidewalls (Started in an attempt to follow Bobke's list of Things You Must Do Before You Die, now remaining for good luck). I don't know if that counts or not.
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hey, this is cool. I love it! In the '60s I used to clothespin baseball cards to my bike to flap on the spokes for sound affects but I see that doesn't qualify

the closest I can recall is auto mojo where I roped 1/2 a giant horseshoe crab to my front bumper one summer. I was working as a cook at a resort and photographing crabs for an extra credit summer term school project.

I haven't found anything decorative on my rides that I can recall but now I'm gonna LOOK! :-)
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I used to have a varied assortment of squeaky noisemakers, most of which came from random pages of the Archie McPhee catalog. Since getting a new ride, I have decided to leave it pristine for a few weeks before any such customization...
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