Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bikey Uses for Non-Bikey Things

The Planner Guy chastised me for not posting in several days.  "There's nothing there," he scolds.  On the defense, I snap back that I live in the suburbs and work at the airport, where I stay all day.  There's nothing to look at but airplanes and parked cars.  Whaaaa!  I've been on my bike but the weather has mostly been very windy and bitterly cold so there haven't been in good bike adventures.  The pedal on my Eco was restored on to the crank shaft without having to replace the whole crankset so I am very grateful for only a $15 repair at Single Track. 

One new bike related discovery though, courtesy of Dahon Bicycles.  I contacted them asking how to get some touch up paint to cover a few chipped areas.  Customer Service contacted me back and said the paint won't work because it has to be baked on.  Don't have a bike oven yet.  He told me instead to match the color of my bike with nail polish, and that's exactly what I did.  Looked around for a few weeks to find just the right color of red to match "brick" the color of the Eco 3.  Sally Hanson's Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Cherry Red (07) is a perfect, perfect match (really!).  And very durable.  I've been on and off the Eco all week and it hasn't chipped off; in fact I can't even tell where I applied it.


I thought how lucky I am to have a red bike that I can find nail polish to match and how glad I am that I purchased the Eco 3 instead of the Speed 7, which comes in two shades of blue.  Then I remembered that it's not hard to find nail polish in just about any color you can imagine.  Immediately, my mind went to what other color my next bike would be.  I'm thinking pale aqua would look really nice on my nails, especially during the summer months.

5 comments:

JD said...

Thanks for the post (and tip). I didn't get touch-up paint with my Dahon either. I don't have any chipped paint yet but I'm going to pick up some "07" for when I do.

She Rides a Bike said...

I found it at Target, BTW.

blog author said...

I've done that too, except it is not matchy-matchy. But very effective!

Charlotte said...

Works great for painting a fender accent too! :)

http://chiccyclist.blogspot.com/2009/08/honjo-fender-painting-update.html

Cherilyn said...

Awesome tip! I'm picturing you wheeling your bike throughout Target to get juuust the right shade!