A couple of days ago, my wife dropped by the local transfer station (aka, county dump) and comes home with a GT Passage (21 speed hybrid/city bike) complete and seemingly in good condition despite the usual rust on the fasteners, etc. It's condition was proven to me by my promptly pumping up the tyres and taking it for a mile ride. This is the first bike that I've ever gotten from the dump in (almost) ridable condition.
It's obviously their low line (although it came from a local bike shop) model as evidenced by no quick release on the rear axle and Shimano 100GS components throughout. I've never messed with this line, and they're obviously cheap although they seem to do their jobs nicely. Now, I've yet to start tearing into the bike, and it's going to get a complete work over before it replaces my Raleigh Sports at work as the lunchtime errand runner. I've got a couple of questions in the meantime:
1. The shifters are sticky. The rear one works half the time, always works on going down the cluster, hangs up half the time when I try to get the derailleur to climb the freewheel. Obviously it needs cleaned out. Anyone have any favorite method, chemicals, etc. on doing so?
2. The front shifter climbs the freewheel perfectly. Going down, it immediately snaps from third to first on one push of the button. Am I correct in assuming we're talking cleaning, or was this a cheap and dirty deliberate design on the part of Shimano?
Otherwise, this looks like one of the easiest jobs I've had in ages. Wire brush the rust off the fasteners, disassemble, grease, polish, reassemble. I'm amazed how nice the frame paint is.
Thanks for the assistance.