I have a Schwinn Mesa GS that I got in 1999. I did a fair amount of off-roading with it the first couple years I had it but now I use it for urban riding. I have some street tires on it and I love it- I can cruise at a nice pace on pavement and I can still take it off the beaten path a bit.
Here's my problem\question:
This bike has an obviously low-end RST fork. I've searched all over the web and I can't seem to find any sort of description or model number to identify it, let alone any sort of technical manual. Forgive my lack of proper terminology- here's a description: At the top of each post there is a plastic cap. It's an end cap only- it doesn't serve as any sort of adjustment mechanism. If I pop the cap off, I can see about 4" down the pipe. At the bottom of the pipe there's a hole. I assume the hole is just there to relieve air pressure. At the bottom of the fork there's a hex bolt. I doubt this serves as any sort of adjustment but I could be wrong.
I want to take the fork apart for the purpose of painting it. Is anyone familiar with one of these things? Do I just remove the bottom bolt on each side to take it apart? If I remove the bolt will I ever be able to align it back up with the spring inside?
Thanks in advance for any replies. Let me know if any more info is needed.