Well hello, I've just joined this forum to learn about this bikes as I start this new hobby/exercise. I have attained a specialized crossroads trail hybrid from my uncle since he moved on to another bike and decided to Build a bike according to what I want. It stated as a junkyard build but quickly turned into something a bit more
This is what I began with:
I started looking for CHEEP parts but I figured, since I will be using this for at least a 20 mile commute let me make it reliable, I ended up with these parts:
Then I decided well...I'm already knee dip might as well paint it! So I went and bought these:
Still waiting on the wheels/tires/tubes to arrive.
My frame had a bit of rust on a few scratch areas so, I had been hearing about oxalic acid and its love for rust. I decided to test it and took one of the few parts that came with the frame and it went from rusty as hell to this:
With that I decided to make a a nice acid tub in my garage:
I started with the bottom of the frame:
Then rotated per side of effected area.
As I had the frame bathing I started work on stripping the fork:
Then it went it for a quick dip, and after a soapy wash I primed it:
Now just waiting for it to dry. The frame is almost done being derusted and will begin stripping the paint soon, I read that one of the forum members makes decals? I wanted to keep some but they got hit hard with the rust, so that's not happening.