Broken glasses? Local shop owner grabs a bike chain link

Broken glasses? Local shop owner grabs a bike chain link

“Geeks use tape,” Fahrner wrote. “I use chain links.”
(Photo: Martina Fahrner.)

Martina Fahrner of Clever Cycles on Southeast Hawthorne lived up to her bike shop’s name Tuesday after the bridge of her glasses broke.

“They just snapped in the middle,” the shop owner and Bicycle Transportation Alliance board member said in a phone interview Wednesday. “The next morning I went to work, and they snapped again. So I had to find something to stabilize them.”

The problem was that, even glued together, the glasses didn’t pinch her nose properly. So she started looking around the shop for “something flat and decorative.”

The answer: an old piece of bike chain. She glued it to the bridge of the glasses to rest on her nose.

“Geeks use tape,” she wrote in a Facebook post about the trick. “I use chain links.”

Fahrner said the trick “definitely works when your glasses are broken, but I think you can also decorate your frames with the chain links when they’re not broken. The only problem is that it weighs a little bit more.”

Fahrner said she’s been surprised by the attention they’ve drawn.

“I probably will keep them just a bit longer,” she said. “‘Til I have new glasses.”

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