Fixing up a couple of bikes for daughter and granddaughter - advice?
Now that I've finally made room in the garage, I think it's about time I fixed up a couple of bikes that my kids have had at some point or another and wrecked. Actually, one's in pretty good condition but there's a problem with the back wheel.
This is a British Eagle Kudos. Nothing special. Just a bog standard mountain bike we got for our oldest daughter when she was about 9 or 10. So that makes it about 8 years old. It'll do for our youngest, who's 11 but currently bikeless. It needs a lot of work, though. It needs two new gripshifters, two new brake systems (the whole lot) and a new seat would be nice.
The rust isn't too bad on it apart from an area on the frame around the rear wheel. That definitely needs to be seen to. If the rust gets too bad, considering it's at the narrowest part of the frame, then the bike will be a gonner.
I am thinking of doing a complete scrub down and respray. What's the best way of getting rid of rust, though?
I've been shopping around for gripshifts and other parts. The bike came with SRAM MRX (3-speed left, 6-speed right) gripshifts. Would there be an issue with changing them for another gripshift or would I have to stick with this model?
Again, a cheapo bike. Think my daughter got this just before her 7th birthday. It did her for about 18 months until a fault developed in the back wheel, which we never got around to fixing. The problem is that the cog has disconnected itself from the wheel, so that when you turn the pedals, the cog turns but the wheel doesn't. I have no idea what's broken in it or what's the best solution.
The bike itself is in pretty good condition, apart from a few specks of rust.
What's the best way of maintaining a bike's frame to prevent further build up of rust when in storage? Bike 2 is unlikely to be used again for another 5 or 6 years, when it'll pass onto my granddaughter.