Here's my 1986 Raleigh Marathon. It's a fun ride, but needs some work.
Originally I was planning on selling it, but I just like the bike too much. So I might not get rid of it after all. Please don't tell my wife
I'm planning on taking it as far apart as I can with the regular tools. There's a little rust and lots of dirt on it.
First thing I came across are the brake bolts. The Diacompe N500 brakes have been taken apart entirely and are mostly cleaned up now. Only thing wrong with those brakes are the bolts. They're a 'bit' corroded.
It's just superficial though. I am sure I can still use the bolts, but I'd rather have new (or new looking) ones. Is there anything I can do to get these to look brand spanking new, or should I just get new ones.
Just a quick thought... Will I be able to sand the spring lock (larger round part in the picture) and paint it matte black to give it a better look?