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Old 03-26-13, 12:38 PM   #1
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Fix Up or Not: Nishiki Blazer

I am not pro and have intention of being so. Just would love some advice on whether to spend the time to fix up a bike purchase or not. Thanks!!

I purchased a Nishiki Blazer mountain bike through local site for $25. I plan to use it for leisure street use only but when I was looking into it this forum kept coming up so I figure you all might be a great resource to ask.

It seems to be in decent shape. I knew I would need to replace the chain and fix up or replace the handlebars for rust but the rest of the body seems okay for my use. The gears also show some rust on the tips and some rust on axels. The shifter and breaks work but are a little rough. Like I said I'm a noob and don't know very much. Willing to put a little work in if it will be a decent bike but don't want to further sink a sunken ship.

Is this type of rust going to cause trouble? or can I remove it well enough and prevent future rust? Thanks for the help ahead of time

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Old 03-26-13, 07:45 PM   #2
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I'd replace the chain and clean up the rust on the hubs and QRs. I would NOT try to clean the rust on the casette. When you put the new chain on, the lubricant will take care of the cassette. I'm really into Nishikis currently owning 3 mountain bikes and 4 road bikes. But the Blazer is a lower end bike. Check the frame to see if there is any serious rust that may be eating into it structuraly. Probably not, but check any way. Certainly it's worth a new, low end chain. Other than the chain, I would lube the hub bearings and bottom bracked if you have the tools and do it your self. Other than that, and painting the stem & bars with spray paint, I'd just ride that bike. It's not worth a substantial investment.
IMHO, you did OK for $25.
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Thanks Rocco. And thanks for the tips on what to do with the bike. I realize the Blazer is not a great Nishiki bike but figured it was better than spending more money on a used Huffy or such. I think it will serve it's purpose. Thanks again for the tips.
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