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    Fixing up a couple of bikes for daughter and granddaughter - advice?

    Hi,

    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.

    Bike 1
    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?


    Bike 2
    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.

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    Bike #1 . Get exact replacements. There are others that will work but those particular shifters are among the least costly and, if you get anything else, there's a chance of some incompatability. If the bike needs very many parts it may be more cost effective to replace the whole thing.

    Bike #2 . Take off the rear wheel and lay it over a trash can with the cog facing up. Spin the cog with your fingers and notice what spins and what doesn't. Spray some WD40 or the like into that crack and let it soak in. Spin the cog with your fingers and see if it "catches". My bet is that'll fix it.
    My greatest fear is all of my kids standing around my coffin and talking about "how sensible" dad was.

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    A quick Google for British Eagle Kudos indicates it's a very cheap bike, in the BSO category, would look at the cost of any spares vs just buying a new bike, even cheap shifters from Microshift & a set of brakes will soon add up to more than a compete bike of the same standard.

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    People fixed things for their families before the internet ..

    What's the best way of maintaining a bike's frame to prevent further build up of rust when in storage?
    store it inside, not in a damp, unheated, Back Garden shed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    People fixed things for their families before the internet ..



    store it inside, not in a damp, unheated, Back Garden shed.
    Probably explains why mine, which I've hardly ridden in the 11 or so years I've had it, is in the best condition of the three.

    I've priced the parts and they do come out pretty much the same as a new bike. I've just seen a deal on a Carrera Vengeance mountain bike. Looks like a slightly older model (2011/2012) but available for 199. Means nothing to me but looks more 'the business' than anything we've got at the moment. So I might take the plunge and upgrade instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syntaxterror View Post
    I've just seen a deal on a Carrera Vengeance mountain bike. Looks like a slightly older model (2011/2012) but available for 199. Means nothing to me but looks more 'the business' than anything we've got at the moment. So I might take the plunge and upgrade instead.
    That's no deal, given they are currently new at 179.10 Carrera Vengeance @ Halfords for 179.10 ! - Hot UK Deals today

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    Yea The China shipping to What container ports . brings the cost down where home based companies cant compete.

    seems people wont support local shops & go to the web .. further destroying local small businesses ..

    growth is in the service sector food & drink .. & security against Zombie and Labor unrest..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Yea The China shipping to What container ports . brings the cost down where home based companies cant compete.

    seems people wont support local shops & go to the web .. further destroying local small businesses ..

    growth is in the service sector food & drink .. & security against Zombie and Labor unrest..
    Bit confused here, if mean the link to the deal i posted, Halfords is the UK's biggest cycle retailer with a very heavy retail store presence, the UK retail sector for LBS's appears strong, in both the chain and IBD factors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
    Bit confused here, if mean the link to the deal i posted, Halfords is the UK's biggest cycle retailer with a very heavy retail store presence, the UK retail sector for LBS's appears strong, in both the chain and IBD factors.
    The link you gave may be out of date. It's from the Halfords site I got the price of 199.

    Since looked up some reviews. Seems like it's a lot of bike for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syntaxterror View Post
    The link you gave may be out of date. It's from the Halfords site I got the price of 199..
    Was in date when posted, single day deal, you have to be quick with these sort of deals

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimc101 View Post
    Was in date when posted, single day deal, you have to be quick with these sort of deals
    Right. Thanks. I hadn't seen that site before. I'll have to add it to my bookmarks.

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