Look Ma, No Hands!
- Nov 3, 2017
- Santa Maria, CA, United States
How to patina a bike tips below!
If you are not into shiny bikes,any bike could easily be made old,with nice patina,simply ride it and I mean ride it hard like you stole it!Rap a chain around it and pull it back and forth then hit it a few times with chain and rocks or gravel,jump some curbs and potholes,hike ur girlfriend on the rack,or ur boyfriend on the handlebars,or both simultaneously! do a few power slides and bunny hops through either horse,chicken or cow,manure(which ever you prefer its all very acidic)mud helps too! let sit outside 6 months, then shoot it with a 12 gauge shotgun from 50 ft, kick the rims until they rock when they roll,next strip off the tank,lights,fenders,rack,and chainguard!now ride it with low pressure or better yet flat tires! Get some steel wool and a wire brush and ajax try to clean all the manure,rust and mud off, put the parts back on that you took off,oops you can't find most of them,that's typical not a problem! Oops you forgot how to put the parts back on that you did find,but now they just dont seem to fit good!heck still no problem just leave them off they rub and rattle anyways were on the road to success! Perfect,you are now on your way to owning a really nice looking old bike! You will fit right in with the really nice old original patina bikes now! Boy does it look great with no lights,tank,chainguard or rear fender,but still sporting the rack,and front fender! And if the desired look isn't reached yet simply tie a rope to it and throw it in a lake for 3-4 months,only 3 weeks in saltwater! Be sure to tie the other endto a tree so you dont forget where the bike is!
This is great and best of all no one will ever know your bike was once like new! Now you can show real pride of ownership hoorah! Don't You just love the patina and unrestored look!
Hope you enjoyed the tips!
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