I picked up an 88 Rockhopper Comp a couple months ago for free, and it was in pretty rough shape but complete so into the shed it went. I was bored and remembered that it was back there so I pulled it out and cleaned her up a bit yesterday and today and to my amazement its cleaning up nicely. I cleaned all of the components and rubbed them out with automotive rubbing compound and aluminum foil after washing it with regular old car wash and water. I do think that it will need brake and shifter cables and I know that it needs tires and tubes (looks like the original tires are on it) but it shifts through all of the gears as it should and the brakes work fine as it is but the cables are kind of ratty looking. This is my first try at fixing up an old bike so I am sort of feeling my way through it and would accept any tips or tricks that anyone has to offer to help the process though I am researching all corners of the internet for info and coming up with a lot of info.
how hard is replacing cables in general? this bike has a U brake on it and it has a little catch thingy that sits in a groove and I am unsure if that is something readily available or if something will need to be made up? use the old one? I dunno
anyways here are a few pictures of how it looked before and after and like I said I think its turning out fairly good for this being my first go at it.
A shot from underneath, I think it looks pretty good now.
The seat post had a lot of rust at the top, the stains show up much more in this picture than when looking at it with the naked eye.
Sorry for all of the pictures! I was just amazed at what a little elbow grease and some polish and soap could do so I figured I would photograph the entire process. I will likely go back and do some more polishing on the components but this is a good start, I also need to decide whether I am going to just touch up all of the chips (there is a lot of paint chips all over) or just paint the whole bike, that decision is for later.
The next step is to get some tubes into those raggy tires just to make sure it really is running as smooth as I think that it is before I buy tires for it (anyone know where to get cheap tires? used would be ok too as this is just for kicks) I rode it around my driveway but the tires leaked fast and I had to pull it in. anyways thats my little project and some pictures and probably too much typing what do you guys and gals think? also I hope its posted in the right area! its a 1988 so I guess its vintage?
couple more images in the next post, it would not let me put more than 10