Okay, this ain't working.
If you've been following along at home, you know I got me a new set of tires.
That's a good thing, for my old tires were getting sort of old and crusty.
More on that later.
Well tires nowadays, at least the kine I was looking for, come with these reflecto strips on the sidewalls so that folks can see you riding around at night.
If you go out riding around at night, which I don't.
Though I may.
That's another story.
So anyways, I was looking for ways to get rid of the eye blinding glare of these reflecto thingys which make it look like I got ole man tires on my bike.
Image is everything don't you know.
So I do a Googlio search and I can't get any info about how to black out tire sidewalls. See the stuff I wanted to use is no longer being made and the only thing I found that was similar was like thirty bucks and the hot rodder dudes don't even use it they use like shoe polish.
Cirage a chaussure:
Well if it's good enough for some dude and his deuce coupe, it's good enough for me!
If you remember, I tried the El Marko thing:
It was okay, but not as opaque as I wanted.
Pardon me boy, is this the Chattanooga Choo Choo?
My tires are twenty nines,
Maybe I can give it a shine!
Here it is with the polish:
Boy this reflecto stuff is tough!
Still reflectoing right through the shoe polish!
So then I'm thinking hey! maybe I'm using the wrong stuff.
I remember that shoe polish also comes in those spongy bottle thingys for a shine when you're in a rush:
This must be the stuff they're talking about!
All by itself, it's doesn't really do anything.
Combined with the paste, it's a little darker:
I may be able to live with that.
Then again, maybe not.
Seriously, I don't know why this is bothering me so much, the sidewall thing I mean, for I go so fast my tires are just a blur anyways.
Well maybe it's because I started something and dangnammit! I'm not going to stop until I get it right!
Or at least close.
I may be visiting El Marko land again.
Or shelling out thirty bucks.
One thing is sure.
My shoes will be looking good.
As soon as I get around to polishing them: