Hello everyone! A few quick questions.
Hello everyone! So i recently inhereted a Kent Gran Concor from my father. I've been looking online and so far everyone has been saying it's " scrap metal ", or " don't waste your time ". I'm going to be one of those people that is going to go against the world on this one and actually give it a shot. Anyway onto the point.
1. The shift levers are in the middle of the bike however they are very stiff what would be a good way to loosen them?
2. The brakes are also stiff but i can get them to move, in your opinion what kind of brake pads can i use to replace them?
3. what is a good grease for the wheel bearings as well as a good grease for the chain?
Thank you everyone for your time. ( Yes i'm new :) )
I agree, it may not be worth the cost to refurbish it
Looking at your pictures, it is pretty rough shape and it never was an expensive bike. It does have a brazed frame rather than the heavier welded frames you would find on the cheap Schwinns and similar entry level bikes of the late 1960s to early 1970s. It is from that era. I don't recognize the brand name but there were many different ones that are no longer in business today. The cranks are old three-piece, cotter type cranks and not the really garbage one-piece Ashtabula cranks. Many bikes of that era had shift levers mounted where yours are. They are less user-friendly than the newer indexed bar end shifters or twist grip shifters. The first thing I would do is to determine the weight. Stand on a scale and weigh yourself. Then do it holding the bike. The difference will be the weight of the bike within a half pound or so. If it weighs more than 30 pounds you are wasting your time on it as you can find better, newer bikes at garage sales and second hand stores to fix up. Ditto for the wheels being in true. If the rims are steel, that's another sign of a bike not worth fixing. They would be rusty by now and are heavier than alloy wheels. If the rims are bent, the spokes are rusty, you should probably forget fixing it. A lot of times if you try to true a wheel on something this old, the spokes will break. You will definitely need new brake pads and cables all around. You should disassemble EVERY place where there are bearings. It is rusty so the cables and housing are probably rusty too. It may not be all that easy to disassemble. Most bike shops no longer have the tool to remove cotters so you can get at the bearings in the bottom bracket. You can beat the out with a hammer but it may destroy the cotters. It would not pay to have any work done by a bike shop. Labor is too costly. Even doing all the work and buying parts online, you may find the cost far exceeds what the bike would be worth if it were in better shape and working correctly.