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My first bike was a Columbia ballooner of unknown age in the early 60's. On that bike the front axle was 1/4", not 5/16" and there were no lock nuts on the cones. One day while delivering newspapers that front wheel locked up because one axle nut had come loose. I took the bike to a bike shop and they replaced the broken axle and when I got it back it still did not have lock nuts. That is how they made them I guess. You are totally dependent on those axle nuts staying tight.
I guess I'll need to find some lock nuts then. Thanks for the tip!
 
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Sorry for the radio silence. Between the colder weather and some other stuff, I haven't had the opportunity to make any progress on my bikes as of late. I do have one small update that I meant to post almost a month ago, but I just never got around to it until now.

I applied a clear coat over 2 of the spoons I painted chrome. The clear coat dulled the effect on the Rustoleum chrome, but it turned the Dupli-Color chrome to a less-than-attractive metallic silver. So it looks like Rustoleum is the winner out of these 2. I know there are some other chrome paints out there I haven't tried yet though, so I'll probably want to test those out before I commit to anything yet. That'll most likely have to wait until the weather warms up again though.

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That's all the progress I have to report for now. Hopefully the weather will warm up long enough for me to make some real progress soon, but I'll just have to wait and see.
 
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Maybe more sanding between coats? That's is a little disappointing, "dull chrome... and metallic silver" really don't cut it, especially when compared to the lid.
Well, that was after applying a clear coat. If you look at each spoon on the right, those are what the paints look like without clear. Still, it is disappointing how these chrome paints never look even half as good as the lids.
 

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