General Cycling Discussion - Cleaning/Restoring a bike frame
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08-06-11, 11:48 PM
To start, there's nothing wrong with my frame. No dents or anything. However i need some advice on how to clean it, maybe even replace the peeling decals. I love my road bike and plan on keeping it for a while. It has its fair share of scratches that I dont mind but how do i go about cleaning it? What about new decals? Is there a place to get this done? Also, would love to replace the handle bar tape as well. Where can i get that done? or is it easy to do it myself? I uploaded a picture as well. Thanks for reading!
08-07-11, 08:40 AM
I use a soft brush and rags to clean my bikes. I usually use a car wash type detergent and warm water. DO NOT use a spray nozzle to rinse the bike off or put pressure on anywhere there are bearings. I wouldn't worry too much about decals, however I am sure someone could make you a set. Are they decals or stickers?
Handlebars can be rewrapped, depending on the type of tape that is used will depend on where to get it, try your local bike shop. There are multiple videos on Youtube on how to wrap handlebar tape (http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wrapping+handlebar+tape&aq=0&oq=wrapping+handlebar).
08-07-11, 08:55 AM
I tend to be more concerned with the condition of the drive train.
I would also remove the chain (there may be a "master link)
or you'll need a chainbreaking tool
clean it with a solvent (I use petroleum based products personally YMMV) like mineral spirits and then re-lubricate the chain. I have success with a 60/40 blend of mineral spirits/30 weight motor oil. Clean and lube the derailleurs, the jockey wheels and rear cassette cogs. I would not use WD-40 but something like silicon spray or Tri-Flo. Spray some lube in the cable housings while you're at it.
Of course if you are going to wash your bike this is done after that.
08-07-11, 11:34 AM
Thanks for all the advice :)
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