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    Suggestions on uglying a bike

    I live in a sketchy country & had a bike stolen out from under me. I want to get a decent commuter with decent components but make it look unattractive to thieves. Any suggestions besides:

    - different colors of ugly spay paint
    - black out the wheel graphics
    - ghetto tubeless to prevent flats in the ghetto
    - painting the serial number on the frame in BIG numbers

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    We had to do the same thing to my sonís bike at college. I put on old, mismatched pedals and handlebar grips. I added an old saddle with a small tear in it. I put a handlebar end bar on one side. I then wrapped duct tape or electrical tape around various joints to make it look like tape was holding it together. I used some blue masking tape around the front shock with oil dripped onto it to make it look like there was oil leaking. We never did do the ugly paint job, but that was a popular choice on campus.

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    Also, any tactical or strategic advice for riding through rough areas would be helpful as well.

    My original incident was several guys jumped me & punched me until I let go of the bike.

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    i have an old, beat up road frame, with decent components (Ultegra/105/Mavic wheels). the frame is actually a great frame, Reynolds 751 steel, but the paint is trashed. I am ambivalent about refinishing, as it's a sleeper performance bike. i also put pink grip tape on it, with the thought that no self-respecting thief would be caught dead riding a bike wth pink grips... That said, i'm 6'8" tall and built like a linebacker, so apart from being called a *** for having pink grips and/or wearing spandex, i can ride through rough neighborhoods without worry. I've got nothing for you on tactical advice other than bulk up or learn martial arts...

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    I'm 6'1" 185 (teenie compared to Gigantic) and haven't had any issues with people trying to start with me.

    However, I was a jailer in the biggest jail in MN where we get all the Chicago flunkies. Your biggest deterrence is confidence. I have a habit of making unblinking eye contact with people which takes them off guard.

    I agree with him on martial arts. If I weren't worried about brain damage I'd get back into Muay Thai.

    As far as uglying your bike- just make it unique. It'll be harder to sell and easier to find if it is stolen.

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    You change your own flats? Support your LBS and pay them to instead.

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    I got nothin'... Can't imagine getting jumped and robbed like that. That's crazy.

    I would consider a body-mounted camera for potential thug ID. Not gonna help in the moment, but it could help later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveRider View Post
    I live in a sketchy country & had a bike stolen out from under me. I want to get a decent commuter with decent components but make it look unattractive to thieves. Any suggestions besides:

    - different colors of ugly spay paint
    - black out the wheel graphics
    - ghetto tubeless to prevent flats in the ghetto
    - painting the serial number on the frame in BIG numbers
    Get on old ugly bike ride it.

    Ride it really fast like you stole it.

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    29er had some great suggestions. Be creative and the ideas will flow.

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    sure

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    There is a point where uglying up a bike interferes to much with use, and the persistent thief can still cut it loose:

    https://inhabitat.com/nyc/wp-content...e-planter1.jpg

    A few decals might be a good compromise:

    Anti-Theft Car/Bike Device | Dominic Wilcox

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    Im guessing he uses the "ugly" thinking to protect his shirts
    always mad and usually drunk......

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    Huffy decals could be an option

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    Don't ride a nice bike.

    But if you have to, rattlecan and stickers, and be done. Bonus points for the stickers to be the papery ones that disintegrate quickly.

    I agree with Volsung about confidence. That has served me well and I'm only 5'8. I ride through all kinds of neighborhoods, too.

    I also find that at least looking like you're wearing normal clothes makes a big difference. Look like a roadie, and you'll get all the wrong attention. Look like a normal guy using a bike to get around, and you don't get noticed as easily. When I was an undergrad, I'd ride my bike through neighborhoods with confidence in places where my friends would lock the doors of their cars if they got stopped by a traffic signal. I got friendly waves. They got scorn.

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    Paint it Pink - no guy in his right mind wants to be seen riding away on that thing, and it would stand out in a crowd and be very easy to identify.

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    Normal clothes...good advice. I normally wear a XC jersey with baggy shorts. I also ditched the hydropack for a bottle...looks more like I don't have anything.

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    I found this worked well....

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    The sticker, not the plastic whipsnake mojo....
    "We have met the enemy, and he is us" - Pogo

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    I'm 5'11," 190 lbs & in good shape. That didn't stop the five guys that jumped me. "Go fast" or "learn martial arts" is not helpful. I had just turned around which bled off my speed & they blocked the street.

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