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Ugly Your Bike

One of a number of source promoting the notion of ‘Spoiling’ to help protect bicycles against theft or tampering, while parked in public environments. The idea is to discourage thieves by ‘camouflaging’ the brand and quality of a bike 'while keeping it a first class ride'.

The theory is that even if a knowledgeable thief recognises the brand or model of the bike, they know they won’t be able to sell it so easily, so are more likely to focus their thieving intentions elsewhere. Several advocates of the informal strategy provide step-by-step guides online to show people how to make their safer, uglier for parking in public.

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