Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Annandale, New Jersey
Bikes: 2014 Surly Steamroller, 1989 Nishiki Altron
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The non crate is a 65, the krate is a 68. The crate needs alot of work done to it, a new fork, new wheels/tires, and the saddle needs to be refurbished. I have the tools and the know how to repair it. The fork and the saddle are easy. The hard part with it will be finding replacement wheels and tires, since they are oddballs. Rebuilding the hubs you will need a diagram of how they go together. When I did the rear hub on my breeze it was a coaster brake, a trip to the lbs or to the library will be a definate in order to get the diagram of that particular coaster brake model. You can get new coaster brake hubs, but if you want a full restoration, rebuild the hubs you have; it will give a better sense of satisfaction when the job is finished. The person who had the breeze before I got it did some very stupid stuff to it. One thing they did was that the hub was rebuilt without using the diagram. There are two half bushings in there that act as part of the locking mechanism, they were put back in when that person had it backwards, another thing that person did was pack the hubs with heavy weight grease, a big don't, use a lighter weight grease, but not white lithium grease though when repacking coaster brake hubs. Another thing this person did was put mismatching wheels on it, and he painted over the chrome wheels with silver spray paint when the rims showed a few specs of rust, which could have been sanded and then buffed over. So basically take your time, just like with restoring a vintage car, restoring an old bike is an act of love. The smallest details will send you on a loop.