I haven't had a bike in almost 45 years but just got one a couple weeks ago. I just rescued a bike from the dumpster! It's an old 10 speed Raliegh and it looks like it says "Luner Record" on the tube that really puts a hurt on young boys who slip. I'll try not to ever do that again. The bike was only a 5 speed when I got it, but that is fixed. We are back to a 10 speed. The front wheel need to be trued REAL bad. Couldn't use the front brake it was so bad. There was no seat or seat stem, so that was job #1. After truing the wheel, I was still having a bit of a time with the front brake. When I took it apart I found the shaft that the brake handles pivot on was snapped in two. Does anyone know of a parts supplier for this part? I don't know if you can just go to a bike shop and get parts for old bikes. It seems like today, you just toss things away.
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One more question. I took off the front fork and didn't think about balls falling out. LOL Any idea how many balls I should have? I managed to find and clean 42 of them. Can I get these in a bike shop if I need more?
I'd love it if you say, "Just run to the bike shop. They can order one (or two)." Thanks. This is my first bike since my Huffy back in 1956, so I guess you can say I'm a newbee. ;-) Thanks for your help.