As you can see this is my first post on this site and im hoping you knowledgable guys and girls will be able to help me out.
I have just recently got into Road Cycling. I have always ridden a mountain bike and recently fitted road tyres for the commute to my new office.
I have decided however to get myself a road specific bike.
I recently got hold of a 1980's MBK racing Bike at a a good price and at the perfect size for me.
I spent the first day i got it cleaning it up and converting it to a single speed using a shortened chain and a single speed freewheel 16t cog from my local bike store.
I then hit the road yesterday and took it for a 20 mile trip and absolutely loved it!
This has given me the motivation to take the next step.
I would like to Strip the bike and have it powdercoated and then refit everything with some new bits like brake levers etc, Chop & Flip the bars ( cant get used to the current ones) maybe eventually some deep rims when I can afford it!
I have started doing some research ( Sheldon Brown / Bike Forums etc ) but have already managed to confuse myself.
It seems that with some of these old French bikes it is not as easy as others to strip the bike down.
I am just wondering if anyone has worked on one of these or similar?
If so would they be able to write an IDIOTS
guide to stripping it down for paint detailing what I need to do, What tools may be required and what I might come up against.
I am a fairly mechanically minded person and can use tools but taking bikes apart is a new one on me!
The bike is an 80's MBK (Team Emelle) Tour De France replica.
Really appreciate any help / advice you can give me!
P.S Great site...... Bookmarked!