I just recovered my old Diamond Back Topanga from an old apartment. I left it behind when I moved out and had long written it off, but I called the old landlord to find it was still there, happy days! I bought this bike new back in 1993 or 1994, I don't remember the exact year. I put many hours on this bike but haven't really ridden it for about 10 years and it's been sitting, rusting, neglected.
I'd like to bring this great, reliable bike back to life and maybe even put a front suspension fork on it, so I'm looking for advice so I can form a plan of attack.
I just got it back tonight so I've only been able to take these pictures of it. It's covered in dirt and grime, but everything seems to work. Here's my plan so far
Clean and re-oil rear cartridge & both derailers
Clean & repack bearings on both wheels
New tires & tubes
Replace brake pads (rubber appears cracked & dried out)
Clean & wipe down with WD40 to remove rust
Some spots are a bit rusted, mostly nuts and bolts, but the frame is in great shape, and most of the hardware looks servicable.
As for the fork, I started mountain biking back when Rock Shox just came to market. I always wanted to put front suspension on this bike but I could never afford it. Now that they've been out for a while prices have come down, so it's time.
I haven't taken the steering assembly apart to measure, I'm hoping I can get some help to deduce what size will work with this frame. I measured the outside diameter of the frame where the steering tube goes through and it appears to be 1 1/4". I'm hoping that means that this frame will accept a 1 1/8" fork as I understand that's the most common size. I also think it might be threaded since it looks like the handlebar stem goes into the steering tube on the fork. Sorry if I'm getting the terminology wrong here.
Any help or knowledge about this particular bike would be greatly appreciated as I've spent hours on google trying to come up with any specifications I can find on this bike but can't find much.
On to the pictures! I'll try and post more tomorrow when I have daylight.
The serial number on the frame is I3A18952