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Restore an Old Bicycle

Cycling canada goose outlet vancouver is a great way to exercise, and to explore your area. For many people including myself, canada goose outlet orlando the high cost of quality new bicycles is a discouragement, so in this Instructable I will show you how to take an old second hand bicycle, and to clean, repair, and improve it. By restoring canada goose outlet store montreal an old bicycle canada goose outlet 80 off you can save money, as well canada goose outlet eu as gaining a really good understanding of canada goose outlet germany how your bike works, and also have the chance to personalise it. I feel much more motivated to ride regularly now that I’ve spent a few weeks working on the machine.I started with buying (for 40) a racing bike from the 1980s, and after about 5 weeks of work, it was really satisfying to finally go for the first full ride today!Bear in mind that there is a lot of variation in the specifics of different makes of bicycle, so not all of this might absolutely apply to your own project, but the principles and steps will be the same. If canada goose jacket outlet toronto you’re stuck, try asking in your nearby bicycle shops (I was helped out for parts and advice by two near me), or asking canada goose outlet locations in toronto friends.The pictures show how the bicycle originally canada goose outlet ontario looked, but I’ll give you a bit of a description too. The rear brakes didn’t function, as they had been bodged. The gears were in good working order, although extremely dirty. All moving parts were very grimy and had not been regularly lubricated. There were many rust spots visible on canada goose shop uk the surface, and the bicycle had been subjected canada goose sale uk to multiple coats of paint. There had been little surface preparation between paint jobs over the years, so it was very lumpy and some had been applied with a brush. There was also paint all over the cables (which were rusty and splitting), and over most of the parts of the bike that should definitely not have paint on them! To top it all off, https://www.canadagooseparkasoutlet.ca there was some gharish pink handlebar tape. Clearly there would be a lot of work to be done!Things I needed for this project:Pliers, side cutters (for deailng with cables etc) Hammer (useful for ‘persuading’ stuck parts) Allen key set Screwdrivers of various sizes White spirit (for degreasing parts) Metal tin, toothbrush and paintbrush (for cleaning parts with the white spirit) NitroMors (chemical paint remover) Aluminium oxide paper (it’s better than wet lasts longer, I used 80 240 grit) Wet Dry paper (I used 400 2000 grit) Spray paint Anti rust primer canada goose outlet ottawa Masking tape for covering areas of the frame prior to sprayingGood canada goose factory outlet toronto location quality mask canada goose outlet parka for when working with paint or chemicalsPaper towel (for cleaning things, wiping up grease) Grease Lubricating fluid Spanner set Wrench canada goose outlet shop set Bike stand (not vital, but does make it easier to work on) Crank pulling tool (I used the one by Parktool) Chain link tool Wire wool and sponges (for cleaning parts) Wet wipes (assists in cleaning and degreasing)New parts and components I ended up purchasing:Wheels x 2 (700C size in my case) Free wheel Gear cables Brake cables Handlebar tape Decals (these are reproductions of the original 1980s decals) Brake pads Tyres Rim tape Inner tubesPLEASE NOTE: This project will require extensive use of basic hand tools as well as some chemicals and paint. Exercise appropriate caution and always take heed of the warning labels and instructions of whatever product you are using. This will allow you to properly inspect and work on each individual part, and if you intend to paint the frame, then you’ll need to do a full disassembly anyway. It took me a few evenings to strip the bicycle apart, longer than normal as corrosion had jammed certain things, and also because I’m not that experienced at this stuff.Removing most things are pretty straightforward, usually a matter of undoing various bolts and screws. I used to a component tray to place all the little fixings into, and then labelled where they had come from a canada goose outlet nyc precaution that I was incredibly grateful for when I came to reassembly the bicycle a month later! I’d recommend also taking plenty of photos of everything as you go, this record will help you if you get stuck (or if you want to turn it into an Instructables project!).If you want to remove the crank arms from the bottom bracket (the axle that your pedals rotate around), then you’ll probably need a ‘crank puller’ tool. Like many things on bicycles, this is an example of something that varies hugely from decade to decade and manufacturer to manufacturer, but the crank puller is a pretty common type. In short, it screws into the threads on the insde of your crank arms, and then extends an inner section, pushing against the canada goose outlet uk axle onto which the crankarm is forced. Apply force with a large spanner and you’ll be able to pull the crankarm off the axle. I’d recommend watching some tutorial videos online before you try this, as it requires some care.My ‘stem’ (the piece that connects the front forks to the handlebars) was firmly jammed into the front forks, likely due to galvanic corrosion. Luckily I could remove mine without means more canada goose outlet edmonton extreme than a quick tap with a mallet to break the corrosion bonds between the canada goose outlet new york city stem and the inside of the forks. If yours causes you more trouble than that, an online search will find people canada goose outlet store uk attempting to all sorts of crazy methods so hopefully you won’t need to go there!The ‘head badge’ of the bicycle is the metal badge on the front with the manufacturer’s motif. The first step (and by far the longest!) is to remove the old paint. The primer we will use needs to be applied to bare metal for good adhesion and a smooth finish, so we’ll have to do this step well. For me this is where I briefly felt like an archaeologist as I found myself removing layer after layer of paint, gradually going back in time. Initially it canada goose uk site turned out the bike was bright metallic blue, then it was yellow, then lurid green, and lastly the white I saw when I bought it.In removing the paint you have two allies abrasives and chemical paint stripper.I would thoroughly recommend buying Aluminium Oxide paper for this work. It will last far longer than Wet Dry paper (I only needed a few sheets for the whole job), and doesn’t clog up. Wet Dry is also useful. I’d recommend getting some coarse grades of the Al Ox paper (60, 80, 120), and some smoother grades of the wet dry (240, 400, 800, 2000). Now for this job there really is no substitute for hard work, it took me about 2.5 days of near constant paint stripping. Hopefully it’ll be quicker for you, as you’re unlikely to be faced with four different layers of paint!Be careful with using canada goose outlet sale the coarse Al Ox paper, it’s apparently easy to find yourself removing metal as well as paint, and causing damage to your frame. Go slow if in doubt!To help you, you can use a chemical paint stripper such as NitroMors (with due respect to the hazard warnings for the specific product you use). This wasn’t that effective for me as it really canada goose outlet belgium only removed the top layer of paint, but if you’ve got fewer layers to cope canada goose outlet usa with then this might well be your saviour! See the photos above for the different stages of the paint stripping. Don’t panic, a lot of rust will be relatively superficial, and will not consign your bicycle to the scrapyard just yet. If ignored, rust will only canada goose outlet vip get worse, so let’s remove what we can, and chemically treat what we can’t.

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