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Old 10-17-12, 02:28 PM
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The bike that changed colour , then back again

A funny thing happened this weekend to my Singer bike.
As you know from the photos that i posted before that my Singer is black.
Well this weekend i went out on my bike to a fete de velo.
It was supposed to have a troc velo there ( where they sell second hand bikes )
As i was leaving it started to rain quite bad but i decided to still go.
The plan was that the rain would keep other buyers away ;-)

Well the short story is that the rain kept the sellers away as well and there was only 3 children's bikes.

Anyway so i put my hood up and set off in the rain and decided to hang around at the fete to look at other things.
The bike and i were in the rain for at least three hours and were completely soaked.
When i got back i reached in my pocket to get my door key and noticed the bike wasn't black anymore!
It had turned this beautiful transluent blue. It was like the frame was blue but i could see scratches and marks that weren't there before. It was a very beautiful colour but i had visions of the bike being a fake Singer and the cheap
paint job was washing off. I checked the singer name to make sure it wasn't slowly running down the frame in drips
and it was fine. So i left the bike and got on with having a bath and some food. When i checked it again the bike was dry and was black again.
It turns out that this is a special Singer colour where they paint blue under the black topcoat.
I'm not quite sure why the rain would make the blue more pronounced but it was a cool colour why it lasted.
Next time it's wet i'll try and photograph the effect.
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I guess you are only meant to appreciate that color only when you are brave enough to go out in the rain.
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No mind altering organics were involved, just the rain?

Sounds pretty cool, there were these matchbox cars that used to change color in cold water and back again when dry...wonder if it is the same type of paint?
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Are certain you were not suffering from hypothermia?

Such tease. Tell us about an Cephalopod bike, but fail to take pictures. So mean!

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^ Thanks,the octopus clip, it made me smile! My first job was working in an Aquarium shop. Feeding the Octopus was always fun. We'd put a crab in a mason jar and turn it upside down in the bottom of the tank. The octopus would descend on the jar and start flashing all kinds of colors and pattern, very fast. In a moment of two, he'd have the jar turn over and the crab was done for. The few specimens that we had for a time would get used to this game and begin flashing when ever we put our hands in the tank. Happy, fun little critters they are! Strange they never caught on as popular pets....hard to to pet or walk an cephalopod I guess?
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No mind altering organics were involved, just the rain?

Sounds pretty cool, there were these matchbox cars that used to change color in cold water and back again when dry...wonder if it is the same type of paint?
"Mind altering orgainics? Oh yeah dude, for sure!"
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Ok the mystery is solved and it wasn't the funny mushroom omlette that i ate there.

On closer inspection the bike is actually blue and not black. The Cattin is the same colour as well.
The bike looks black but at certain angles you can see it is a very dark blue.
The Actual colour name is bleu fonce.
So it's a very light blue coat with a very dark blue coat on top.
Obviously when wet the lighter blue can slightly show through the darker coat.
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Ok the mystery is "further" solved
It turns out it's not my bike, or my apartment...does any know what day it is?

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Ok the mystery is solved and it wasn't the funny mushroom omlette that i ate there.

On closer inspection the bike is actually blue and not black. The Cattin is the same colour as well.
The bike looks black but at certain angles you can see it is a very dark blue.
The Actual colour name is bleu fonce.
So it's a very light blue coat with a very dark blue coat on top.
Obviously when wet the lighter blue can slightly show through the darker coat.
Another case of color confusion. This happens to me all the time. Still, no pictures!
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I've been wondering if the top coat hasn't oxidized and the micro rough surface gives you the flat coloring.
I wonder what a little polishing compound and wax, or clear coat would do to it?
Probably bring up the blue.
+1, it would.
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