Bicycle Mechanics - Newbie with old bike question
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05-29-03, 12:45 PM
Hello all, I have been lurking and I find all of the discussions to be very informative. I would like to start a little road biking (besides the up and down the lake ride on nice days, here in Chicago, on my MTB). I have an old Giant road bike, I'm not sure how old, I bought it from a friend for 35 dollars, including the U-lock and helmet. The bike says Giant Quasar, however I can't find any information on this type of bike (it is Chromoly, it says in the front). Does anybody know anything about this bike type? Secondly, I would like to strip this bike, clean the frame and possibly paint it, and then replace all of the components with inexpensive components, to learn about bike maintenance and have a half way decent city road bike. Is this doable? Would you have any suggestions? I apologize for the long message.
05-29-03, 02:05 PM
Do a search for painting. there are a few threads that should help you out.
I have heard of the Quasar but have no info on it.
And lastly, you should be able to strip it down and build youre self a decent road bike but it would probably be cheeper to buy a new one.
05-29-03, 02:20 PM
Long message? You obviously haven't read some of mine. :D
05-30-03, 03:18 AM
I would resist the temptation to strip the bike for now. If it works OK then just ride it. Its best to learn bike mechanics one step at a time, so do repairs and adjustments as you need them. You will also be able to build up your toolset gradually, buying what you need.
05-30-03, 08:43 AM
Thanks for the advice. I will follow it. Right now the brakes are horrible, and I would like to replace the wheels. That should be enough to work on.
05-30-03, 08:45 AM
For some good repair "how-to" click on Barnett's at the top of this thread listing. In addition, www.parktool.com has a very good "how-to" section as well.
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