Originally Posted by CHMMX
Ok, so 1) don't paint the braking surface, 2) disassemble the wheel and 3) be sure to paint the spokes,
Oh, in regards to wheel disassembly, does that little plastic ring on the back wheel serve any purpose? Can I just break it off? Cause I would think it would kinda be in the way.
In theory, I believe its there to prevent the chain from running off the upper cog wheel on the cassette. What they did before someone decided we needed them is beyond me... probably had their derailleur adjusted correctly, would be my guess.
As for dis-assembly, well - this is why they make masking tape. Assuming you are using rattle cans,
a. Mask off all but the spoke nipples and the rim surface,
b. Support the wheel off the ground so it turns freely,
c. Spin the wheel as you apply the paint.
NOTE: Mask everything else - spray paint goes everywhere, and you wont know it until you remove the masking.
Keep a rag and solvent handy for getting it off.
The more I ponder this, the more I like the artistic approach, i.e., painting flowers or Peace Signs or something like that on the rim.
Besides, certain kinds of chicks are going to dig that...
Last edited by dahut; 08-01-10 at 10:51 AM.