Join Date: Feb 2010
Bikes: to many, maybe a 100...
umm, first clean it, you need this stuff..
1. 2 or 3 pails, disposable food trays are good for soaking small parts.
2. if you can get hot water running in a hose outside +1 to karma.
3. I use anything for soap, dish, laundry, shampoo, but best would be a
tsp alternative like Natura,s SAFEPREP, ussually I use MR CLEAN if I have it
but I changed to this SP stuff, and it smokes grease, oil and dirt, and its
4. pile of rags, torn into strips and squares. DONT RUB DIRT INTO CHROME. Scratches bite...
5. bunch of flyers, old newspapers to soak up any run off, after you have used
the hose of course.
6. never sand anything...ever...
7. being tool reckless with steel is bearable, but be nice to aluminum, wrench buffet.
8. save everything, bag and label if you have the martha in ya. plus finding 1983 this or that
can be impossible sometimes, even a stupid little bolt.
9. be nice to decals/stickers, they are hard to find, and pricey.
so...take it all outside, hose down the bike in a seperate spot, bring it to your newspaper mat,
lighly brush down everything with sponge or rags dripping in 20-80 soap/hot water, after the dirt is gone, break the bike down to individual parts, place all small parts in trays of soap/hot water, polish/wash the larger parts, frame/forks/bars, buff dry with soft rags, let them dry and pull out the small parts and wash and buff dry, use a lightly oiled rag and rub down everything, reassemble using gease on bearings, oil on cables, once built rub down with rags again to get rid of fingerprints and water spots. test ride and adjust brakes/bar/stem/seat positions, tighten everything up good, and then give it to me.