My silver colored Trek mountain bike was stolen a week ago. It wasn’t the most expensive bike in the rack. Actually, it was parked right next to a discrete, custom black mountainbike with nice expensive breaks and shifters. But only my bike was stolen. A piece of green paper was taped to the rack, meaning the thief probably scouted first, and then came back in the middle of the night to cut the lock.
I guess my bike looked shiny and clean, and I was stupid enough to use a cable lock…
Anyway, bye bye old bike!
And hello, new bike that looks exactly like the old one, but with three extra kilos of locks:
Because I had a big fat U-lock on the back wheel, I suspect the theft was a professional job. Now I want to make my bike a little harder to sell second hand. I googled ‘uglify your bike’ and found out that some people go to extreme measures to keep their bikes. Like drizzling the whole frame with cocoa powder and painting over it. Ripping up the seat is not an option in Copenhagen, because it rains every other day in winter. Besides, I think that if a bike looks like a rusted piece of crap, people are more likely to strip it for parts, thinking it’s abandoned.
So i just started with a few simple upgrades. It’s a work in progress: Some brown paint on handlebards, fork and seat makes the bike look dirty or rusty, and I’ve given the bike a feminine touch, with hearts stars and glitter. And it’s now a genuine Star-Trek bike!
It’s not really ugly, but it’s also not the easiest bike to resell on the whole street. Next up is a few well-placed stickers! Not cool skate stickers of course, but fairies and lady bugs from my daughter’s magazines.
Edit: I’ve added a few more stickers. From now on, I’ll just smear it with a bit of whatever I’m eating; soft ice or kebop. And then I can probably safely say “I did what I could”. I now officially ride a silly clown-bike.