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    Concord Pro-II Need Advice

    This is my fathers old bike from when he was in college(1970's). I want to restore it for him. I have included some pictures of the bike. Please give me some advice on the restoration, year, or any other info about the bike.
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    Kind of hard to tell much from the pics, except that (edit: can't spell ) oxalic acid will be your friend. Do a search on it in this forum.

    The crank shows that it was not a real high end offering, but it could still be a serviceable ride.
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    don't be so angry clancy98's Avatar
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    if you are going to search, you might as well search for Oxalic acid instead
    Irregardless is not a word, and you do not sound more intelligent using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
    I would suggest you keep your expenses low on this bike, as it is a low end department store bike.
    Someday that "low end department store bike" may well be a very fond momento of a much beloved parent. Many factors are of course involved but, if it were my dads, I wouldn't spend more than a grand on it. It would look like brand new when I returned it to him. (hey, this is the guy that spent $300 at the vet's to fix my $2 hamster). Then, after he died, it would join my stable where it would get an occaisional ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by molarface View Post
    Someday that "low end department store bike" may well be a very fond momento of a much beloved parent. Many factors are of course involved but, if it were my dads, I wouldn't spend more than a grand on it. It would look like brand new when I returned it to him. (hey, this is the guy that spent $300 at the vet's to fix my $2 hamster). Then, after he died, it would join my stable where it would get an occaisional ride
    Don
    Totally agree. After rereading the original post, it is clear it is not about market value. My original post was off the subject, sorry, so I deleted it.

    I would definitely study up on oxalic acid. To do it right, you have to get rid of the rust, without removing thin layers of chrome or paint. Anything abrasive (steel wool for example) will remove chrome and rust, leaving behind a mess. I know, I did it.

    Buy loose ball bearings at your favorite LBS or on line supplier, apply ample grease, and the bottom bracket and wheels should be rolling. Go to the park tool site for all kinds of repair guidance.

    If possible, stick with the original paint. After the oxalic, some good polishing compound, and the paint will be OK.

    Cables, tires, tubes, can all be bought almost anywhere, from Walmart to online.
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