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    Junior Member Alyx's Avatar
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    This is my bike :D

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    Originally was a Gran Delta road bike. I got the bike from a friend for $20.
    It had rust, but after a little TLC (and when I mean little, I really mean little like 5 -10 minutes tops) it looked like this.
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    Yes there is still a little little rust but I am working on it. I was removing the rust with White Vinegar and steel wool. It was an old trick some friends told me about.
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    So as of right now it looks like this. It's like a maroon color and teal. I'm not done yet. I need to repaint the frame and replace the brakes.
    This is what is done so far. I did it in literately 1 1/2 -2 hours. The removing rust, getting the bike, and putting the new parts on. Tell me what you guys think.
    Oh and the black bike is my cousin's fixie.

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    I'm going to suggest that both your and your cousin's saddles may be a little too low. Look into ways to find the correct saddle height for your cycling inseam.

    http://www.bikeradar.com/fitness/art...t-right-14608/

    Are those wheels appropriate for brakes? Other than that, the color is a little ostentatious and doesn't really fit the bike but it's not the worst thing in the world.

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    It's not done yet. I need to change the brakes they work right now and the guy who helped me put it together said it is appropriate for now until i switch bars. I just ordered some thru a bike store and ordered a new brake. As for the saddles, I'm assuming you mean seat, if I raise the seat I wont be able to reach the floor.

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    What did you use to remove the rust? I'm intrigued by the 5 - 10 minutes tops claim.

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    White vinegar, elbow grease, and steel wool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alyx View Post
    White vinegar, elbow grease, and steel wool.
    Oh I see, thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alyx View Post
    if I raise the seat I wont be able to reach the floor.
    Depending on bottom bracket height you should barely be able to get a toe down with your butt in the saddle while it's at a proper height.

    See here for a video on what is generally considered appropriate mounting and dismounting technique: http://sheldonbrown.com/starting.html

    If you're just riding around a low seat doesn't matter, but if you ever get into longer distances it can start causing knee problems as the quadriceps will overdevelop and patellar tracking gets knocked out of whack.

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    Junior Member Alyx's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
    Oh I see, thanks.
    No problem.

    Quote Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
    Depending on bottom bracket height you should barely be able to get a toe down with your butt in the saddle while it's at a proper height.

    See here for a video on what is generally considered appropriate mounting and dismounting technique: http://sheldonbrown.com/starting.html

    If you're just riding around a low seat doesn't matter, but if you ever get into longer distances it can start causing knee problems as the quadriceps will overdevelop and patellar tracking gets knocked out of whack.
    Alright thanks. I ride around town for now until i get the bike where I want it to be. This weather is so messed up that I can't paint or really work on it cause it rains on and off.

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    Junior Member Alyx's Avatar
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    Thanks but this is for me to show the process of my conversion

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
    What did you use to remove the rust? I'm intrigued by the 5 - 10 minutes tops claim.
    Crumpled aluminum foil works really well
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    Junior Member Alyx's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Crumpled aluminum foil works really well
    Hmm never heard of this. One of my friends said just sand it with 220 or 240 grit.

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    I always just use some aluminum foil
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    Junior Member Alyx's Avatar
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    Well as you guys see there is still rust. I may try it tonight.

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    I use steel wool... but I've never ad to do anything that heavy, usually just light surface rust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alyx View Post
    Hmm never heard of this. One of my friends said just sand it with 220 or 240 grit.
    220/240 will RUIN CHROME. As will steel wool for the most part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
    220/240 will RUIN CHROME. As will steel wool for the most part.
    Looks like the rust already took care of that.

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    you should just start painting it, the moisture in the air allows for the paint to stay in a thicker liquid state, allowing it to naturally even out, so you'll get a more even coat all around
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
    Crumpled aluminum foil works really well
    I tried this on a motorcycle exhaust header recently. Not only did it do a terrible job of removing rust, it also dulled the finish of the surrounding chrome quite a bit. Maybe it works better on light surface rust, followed with some Simichrome polish? I generally use naval jelly and medium or fine steel wool.

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    1 tsp wood bleach and a gallon of water, soak for up to 24hrs or until rust is gone. wear gloves and do it outside, s... is strong but does the best job on heavy rust. make sure to rinse thoroughly after


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