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I've seen a few bikes now rolling around town, bike that are supposed to be a "cafe" bike, with electrical tape on the headlight in an X pattern. Now I get the purpose of this on a track, keep the glass together in an accident. But in town, I think they just look like a giant tool. I mean unless you ride in such a way that getting in a wreck is more likely. But hey, I guess what ever floats their boats. This, among other things, just bugs me. But then Im a judgmental prick so oh well lol
 

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Just add it to the list of things that the clueless hipster wannabe douchenozzles do to cheap old bikes to try and look "cool"....
 

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On the track you use tape over the whole headlight. The electric tape "x" is just poser bullshit.
 

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Ya, what they all said. Kinda like a number plate with 59 on it when it's not a race bike.
 

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I've seen a few bikes now rolling around town, bike that are supposed to be a "cafe" bike, with electrical tape on the headlight in an X pattern. Now I get the purpose of this on a track, keep the glass together in an accident. But in town, I think they just look like a giant tool. I mean unless you ride in such a way that getting in a wreck is more likely. But hey, I guess what ever floats their boats. This, among other things, just bugs me. But then Im a judgmental prick so oh well lol
Same here... don't get me started on the rolled up jeans! :p
 

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IINM, the tape and yellow light on bikes started during the war and the yellow lens and tape obscured the light so planes couldn't see them as easy and shoot at them.
 

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I can't speak for here but in England during the war blackout hoods for headlights went way beyond a couple of strips of tape. The headlight was covered except for a small rectangular slot and it had a hood over it do the "light" could not be seen by a plane. The earliest taping of headlights I know about was production racing. The rules called for working headlights and the glass was taped to keep it from shattering in the event of a crash. Putting an X on a headlight for a road bike simply says X marks the spot of a wanker.

 

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If you're speaking of blackout lights, I think that's a different thing. They were white lights with only a small horizontal opening in the lens cover. They also typically had a visor to make them less visible from the air. I believe the yellow lens is a French thing, and the tape is to mimic the racing practice of taping lights on production racers.

Oops...looks like hoofhearted beat me to it...
 

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Hey, yellow lenses aren't always hipster bait...
 

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Just tape a question mark on the lense and get'm scratching there heads. It could start a trend and we can all grin knowing what we did. :confused:
 

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Fucking hipsters, they ruin everything. I cant even go out of the house in my flannel shirt and overalls anymore without being called a hipster, no im not a hipster I just have shitty fashion taste lol.
 

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And dont get me started on hats, I'm a hat guy and always have been, since I was a kid. I think it started the first time I saw a video of Sinatra crooning beautiful women. I wanted to look like him so I started wearing a suit and fedora. Now every douche wagon wears a Trilby, calls it a fedora and ruins that for me too.

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lol, customizing your headlights is tough work, I'm glad you posted that video Ichiban, I wasn't sure if I was doing it right.
 
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