If you live in an urban area (in the US, anyway), you've probably seen bikes with tacky or simply ugly paint glopped or blotched on them.
The bikes' owners so deface them in order to make them less
appealing to would-be thieves.
However, some argue that it can have exactly the opposite
effect: Crooks, they say, know that the bike must be good if someone
made such an effort to make them visually unappetizing.
In any event, the bike in the photo turned out to be, on
closer inspection, just a typical '70's Bike Boom ten-speed turned into a
single-speed. It's perfectly reliable transportation, I'm sure, but
nothing special. Or, at least, it's not special enough that its owner
had to make it seem less special.