Bicycle Re-Paint

Years ago I saw a cute red bicycle online. It doesn’t have pedals, it’s designed to let the kids learn balance without fear of falling down or the confusion of trying to pedal.

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Costing over $120 for a bike with no pedals, I decided to make my own. I was just going to buy a used bike and remove the pedals but that would have been too easy, so it became a project.

I went to Goodwill and bought a bike for $5. It was pink as pink can be!

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I made a very quick and rough mock-up of what I had in mind…  Red and Silver (though the silver looks white in this mockup):
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When sanding the paint I accidentally stripped some some of it down to the metal. I was originally going to use metallic paint for the silver but grinding down to the metal created this awesome brushed metal looked much cooler than silver paint ever could so I couldn’t resist changing the plan so I spent the next several hours stripping all the paint…

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Instead of a fade (which wasn’t coming out as cleanly as I was hoping using a spray can) I decided a crisp line would work nicely.  I applied some stickers onto the paint and metal before clear-coating so that they’ll never peel or fade:

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Final touches include a bike horn and custom license plate.  Later I put the pedals and training wheels back on for indoor use (less wreckage to property):

Doing laps around the kitchen

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