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    Bike "restoration"

    Hey guys!

    I have a Trek 6000 I bought new in 1998. Rode it for about 1.5 years on weekends only on trails. Mothballed it. Then in 2002 or so I took it out replaced the rear rim (it was bent) and rode it for a while till I bought a Trek 8000 to replace it. Since then it has sat.

    I want to convert it to a urban assault vehicle (pleasure paved road style) and tune it up.

    Beyond cleaning it up what can I do (cheaply) to it, does it need (or is it possible) to lube the wheel hubs and bearings or something?

    Should I changed the cables for the brakes and shifters since they are so old and a bit rusty?

    Also to save some cash can I slice off the numbs on my tires instead of buying street tires?

    The reason I am trying to save so much cash is I am sure I can buy a nice bike for 300 or so and spending over 100 on this one would make little sense.

    To be clear it "works" as is but I want new tires and am willing to do a little work for it to be like new mechanical condition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fmullegun View Post
    Hey guys!

    I have a Trek 6000 I bought new in 1998. Rode it for about 1.5 years on weekends only on trails. Mothballed it. Then in 2002 or so I took it out replaced the rear rim (it was bent) and rode it for a while till I bought a Trek 8000 to replace it. Since then it has sat.

    I want to convert it to a urban assault vehicle (pleasure paved road style) and tune it up.

    Beyond cleaning it up what can I do (cheaply) to it, does it need (or is it possible) to lube the wheel hubs and bearings or something?

    Should I changed the cables for the brakes and shifters since they are so old and a bit rusty?

    Also to save some cash can I slice off the numbs on my tires instead of buying street tires?

    The reason I am trying to save so much cash is I am sure I can buy a nice bike for 300 or so and spending over 100 on this one would make little sense.

    To be clear it "works" as is but I want new tires and am willing to do a little work for it to be like new mechanical condition.
    If you are thrifty, you can find decent tires for less than $10, cables can be found cheap too.

    If you do your own work, you could do the rehab you describe for less than $50. I routinely do rehabs with about $25 in parts. Go to www.niagaracycle.com or simlar and you will see what I am talking about.

    Rusty cables need to go, housings "might" be OK.

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    Thanks!

    So can you give me a laundry list of what I should do? I am going to take it apart as far as practical to clean it up.

    Cables
    Possibly Housing (depending on condition)

    What about clean and lube wheel hubs and crank etc?

    If you give me a list of what you would suggest for such a bike I am pretty sure I could figure out:

    1. If my bike needs it or not
    2. How to do it.
    Last edited by fmullegun; 02-18-09 at 04:11 PM.

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    Cables and housing like you said.

    Regrease seatpost and stem.
    Lube any moving parts (pivots, hinges, derailler pulleys, chain)
    Repack/adjust hubs, bottom bracket, headset (in order of importance).
    Clean up bike if you'd like.
    Readjust deraillers and brakes if needed.

    Sheldon Brown's and the Park Tool's websites are your best friends.

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