Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bikes: 84 Trek 660 Suntour Superbe; 87 Giant Rincon Shimano XT; 07 Mercian Vincitore Campy Veloce
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Originally Posted by CourtAzukiRacer
Just picked this bike up. I am wanting to fix it up. What do you think it will take to put this thing into decent reliable condition?
Search my threads started for the other detail on the bike, I only have one post.
Start with a good cleaning, then use fine emery papaer to clean up some of the rust, then ScotchBrite pad to clean all the aluminum parts, then use a wax cleaner to remove stains and oxidation on the paint as well as aluminum parts including rims and spokes and bars etc, followed with a good wax from either Mothers or Meguires on the paint and aluminum. Touch up any areas where paint was suppose to be with touch-up enamal paint so as to prevent future rust. There appears to be some heavy rust on the chrome on the fork crown lugs, removing the rust will only expose no chrome left to save, instead remove the chrome from the lugs altogether to get all the rust and pitting off and repaint white to match the frame paint...or leave it as is and nor worry about it!
Don't get to radical at replacing parts because the bike isn't worth the financial output you could get yourself into. Instead try to get the existing components to work. Whatever doesn't work try to find a used component to replace it with or stay with nothing better then Shimano 105. The pedals look really bad but if functionable leave them or replace with some cheap rat pedals you can find anywhere, there is a brand called Wellgo or MKS that makes inexpensive but good rat or platform pedals.
You'll need to tires and tubes.
Get a new chain since that one is rusted and probably worn out; I wouldn't worry about the gears since the appear to be square in shape and not pointed from wear.
I can't tell from the pics but the bar tape looks ok, if not it's cheap to replace. Also the brake hoods may not be available for those anymore since they don't look like "normal" levers, but check with an LBS to make sure. The brake pads again may or may not need to be replaced depends if their worn or have gotten real hard over time.
You don't have to replace the cables unless their frayed or rusted
And don't forget once you cleaned everything to relube it all.
Last edited by froze; 10-27-07 at 12:50 PM.