Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Florence, KY
Bikes: Mostly English - predominantly Raleighs
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Definitely understandable. I would have a little difficulty acknowledging something younger than me as being ancient. That would make me "almost dead ".
I'm also glad to hear that you're looking to restore an old bicycle. You are likely to put more money into it than you could get out, but that isn't the point of the exercise. I hope you enjoy the process and riding the bicycle when its done.
Good luck with that saddle too. Is it one of the Brooks ladies' models? I'm definitely not an expert, but I do know you don't want to use abrasives or solvents. Maybe if you dampen a cloth and slowly rub over the gunked-up parts, you'll be able to get a good portion of it off. Scanning either this forum or oldroads.com with the right keyword (that might be the toughest part, because you'll get a ridiculous number of entries if you use "restore" or "saddle" or "leather"), you'll find good advice.
In search of what to search for.