It's been awhile, but I'm finally in the middle of rebuilding this classic touring bike. I've torn it completely down to the frame which I soaked in oxalic acid. The frame and fork are really starting to look good. However, I noticed a very slight dimple in the top tube which I hadn't noticed before. You can't really see it unless you rub your finger across it. I'm going to use Frame Saver on the interior and taking the fork to a paint shop to match some touch-up paint. Then hoping to bring a good luster back to the grey metal flake with a good polishing. The down tube decals are good, however the Special Series decals on the seat tube and fork are significantly faded. Otherwise, the frame is a keeper.
This would have been my forever touring/commuter bike if I hadn't had to get over the fact that it is too big for me. It's 58ctc top tube & 60ctc seat tube. I think someone 6'2" or so would love this size.
Almost everything is stamped Specialized, even the crank shaft.
Superbe brake lever(needs hoods)
Specialized bars & stem
Deore deerhead cant brakes & kool stop pads
Sugino At crank with 1/2 drop
Superbe labeled MKS pedals(I rebuilt and rolling smooth)
Front D Montech
SR fluted seatpost & I put an Avocet saddle with it.
Here's the rub:
Front wheel is non-stock Alexrims DM18 with what looks like a lower-end Shimano hub(I've rebuilt with White Lightning Crystal grease and rolls really smooth.)
Rear wheel is a Sun rim laced to a Sansin hubs which I also rebuilt the same & Shimano 6spd cassette. Looks high-end, but I'm convinced not original
RD is Shimano STX long cage. Don't know much about it, but it works well. It looks low-end however.
I'm replacing the cable, but not the housing.
I'm putting some almost new Michelin City 32c tires on it.
Well, unless I've missed something, that's pretty much it. I don't really need to post a picture do I?
When it's built, I'm going to post it on craigs in the sf bay area. I'd like to get a fair price for her. Any opinions?