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Old 10-15-12, 09:09 PM   #1
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Newbie's first build!!

So I found this bike in hard rubbish about two weeks ago & have finally gotten around to getting started on it. The bike started out as a 9 speed or so? Chain hanging off, worn out red grips, front brake disconnected, flat tires & so on.. Since then I've managed to take off all the front brake components, remove the gearing mechanism, back wheel made up for single speed & started removing the c**ppy adhesive from the bars.

My future plans for it are a Matador Red respray, white grips & thats pretty much it. Although because it has vertical dropouts I need to buy a suitable chain tensioner, I've done the research & the DMR STS SS Chain Tensioner seems to be my best bet at making this work.

I dont have a whole lot of knowledge as to how I should go about doing certain things to this bike so I'll be asking a fair few questions, if y'all could help me out that would be greatly appreciated!















Also I can only assume these are Carbon forks? If so is there a special way I should go about cleaning them up and spraying them? Thanks.

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lose the sandpaper and get yourself some brake cleaner

are you using a pair of panties as a rag?
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lol, those your panties? Not gonna lie, I've used weirder things as rags.

Diggin' the bike though, looks like it is, and will be a fun project,
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Old 10-15-12, 11:34 PM   #5
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Hahaha yeah just an old pair of underpants in the bottom of the drawer. Was using the sandpaper along with WD40 to try and get the old adhesive off the handlebars, worked alright but after reading a little more I realized I didn't need the sandpaper, just the pants lol. Any thoughts with painting those forks guys? Cheers
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Sup?

You can paint it like its anything else. Give it a light sanding beforehand.
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Yep, light sanding and you'll be good to go. Don't forget to post pics afterward!
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Wait, a noob build thread that isn't completely dumb?



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Old 10-16-12, 02:29 AM   #9
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Thanks guys, what grit sandpaper do you think I should use? I gave 120 Grit a go on the handlebars and felt it was a bit harsh on it. Picked up a can of Etch Primer this arvo so pics of the forks should be up by tomorrow
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200, 400, 600

But you should leave the fork as is.
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Looks like a great find. Are you going to use it as a single speed (and ditch the second chainring) or take it back to a multi geared bike?
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Good idea Bat56. I've been doing a fair bit of reading into the whole fork idea and don't think I'll continue with it. So many people saying not to sand or paint as it could damage the "structural integrity" of the forks. Seems legit and not too keen to ruin the only bike I've been able to find lol. I'll just clean them up with some degreaser and maybe apply a clearcoat tomorrow. Are there certain clearcoats to use or NOT use?

sundaecommuter I I didn't even think of removing the second chain ring, good idea! Not too bike savvy lol & yeah I'll just be using it as a single speed

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is it just me, or does that stem look painfully long?
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Yes, the clear coat on the fork is what makes it structurally sound.

Also, make sure not to remove the load bearing decals.
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Yes, the clear coat on the fork is what makes it structurally sound.

Also, make sure not to remove the load bearing decals.



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Did that bike come with a pair of those old 105 shifters, or just the one?
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Plug up those handlebars unless you want a hole in your stomach.
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I doubt the sticker on the fork is load bearing, but it could be. It is definitely worth proceeding with caution. As for what you read about sanding reducing the structural clear coat, those Profile forks are build pretty good but you have options if you are nrevous. First option is to recoat with structural clear, the other is to use strength-preserving sandpaper. That is pretty hard to find. Some people have developed techniques to sand without damaging the "structural integrity" that you read a fair bit about but I am not well versed so I'll leave that to the experts.
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Alright guys so I just got home then from the hardware store, picked up some of that structural clearcoat, pretty pricey but it's for a good cause. Also directions on the barrell say 83 coats, is that too much? As far as strength-preserving sandpaper goes, they were all out So I figure ill just dip them in a vat of resin.

Just ordered some new tape for the bars so they should be here in a few days. Just the one 105 as well hockeyteeth.

Diggin' all the feedback guys!
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You're a good sport, pfdun!
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hes caught on too quickly, must be trolling.
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More to the point, the reading that indicated some sort of compromise from painting a carbon fork was wrong.
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Sorry Bat I was kind of rambling as I really have basic knowledge of bikes & didn't want this thread to die in the ass if I was rude or too blunt or something of the sort. Will not be painting the forks, just cleaning them up a bit. Pictures coming soon!
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The undies match the water bottle cage. Nice.
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Taken apart the remainder of the bike now, just have to wait for my chain tool to arrive so I can nick that old one off. Removed the forks as well. Cleaned the handlebars up much more with some WD40 and yet another pair of old underpants, this time grey!







Taking sundaecommuters advice i've decided to remove the second chainring, although i'm having problems getting the last bolt off due to rust & my allen keys are nearly being stripped because of this Any thoughts on getting it outta' there?



Also a bit of a n00b question but this grey Shimano ring/washer at the bottom of the tube, is this meant to be removable? Its not budging at all.



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