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Old 07-25-06, 07:13 PM
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What parts of this old mountain bike can I salvage? *PICS*

*I posted this in the mountain bike forum as well, but I haven't been getting any responses yet, I'll try here

Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. I've come here asking for some advice.

I have had this old Raleigh mountain bike that fit me well for almost 6 years but is now pretty messed up. So many problems in fact, that I will have to basically reassemble a new bike or buy a new bike.

I want to see what parts I can salvage...I am confident the tires and rear brake are in good condition...but I'm not sure how "bad" the rust on the frame is. Please give me your opinion on whether I can keep the frame/spokes.


















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Old 07-25-06, 07:16 PM
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Turn it into a singlespeed beater and have fun with it....
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That looks like surface rust, for the most part. You probably could save the whole thing.

However, since it's a low-end bike, your best bet money-wise would be to put as little as possible into keeping it on the road. At some point, it's going to make more sense to just get a new bike.
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Originally Posted by The Fixer
Turn it into a singlespeed beater and have fun with it....
What are the odds of the rust compromising the structural integrity of the frame and breaking just as I'm going over a narly jump?
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Old 07-25-06, 07:22 PM
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Originally Posted by spider-man
That looks like surface rust, for the most part. You probably could save the whole thing.

However, since it's a low-end bike, your best bet money-wise would be to put as little as possible into keeping it on the road. At some point, it's going to make more sense to just get a new bike.
It cost about $300+ (Canadian) at the time of purchase, it was a decent bike in it's time.
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Old 07-25-06, 07:23 PM
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Also, can I shave off the rust with a file? I just picked up a bastard file and I have another one I can use. I also have sandpaper.
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Old 07-25-06, 10:21 PM
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You can save it but your total cost will be about $400! Good luck.
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Old 07-25-06, 10:29 PM
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Step away from the file, use steel wool or emery cloth for the rust on the frame. Fixer is right, this is a great frame for a singlespeed project. The rust on the components actually looks like signs of neglect that runs deeper than the surface, this one is really not much of a keeper. Can you move the seatpost and stem?
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Have a look through 'catch of the day' http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=90501 and see where others look and what can be found. There may be better bikes than yours going very cheap. Depends on how much time you have and your experience with bike mechanics. Your bike may need new bearings all round, a chain, and cables. Strip all the bits off, clean and inspect them to see what else it needs. Having done this you will know if it is wothwhile to continue, and if not then you will have a stock of cleaned spare parts (the good bits). Assembling a bike is like tuning an instrument, the better it is tuned the more pleasure it is to ride. All the best if you choose this path!
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Personally, I would save that entire bike. Take it apart down to the last bolt & ball-bearing. Strip and sand the frame. Shoot it with some rattle-can primer & paint. Re-assemble with cleaned and greased parts. New chain and you're set to go!
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Old 07-26-06, 02:45 AM
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Originally Posted by harrye
Also, can I shave off the rust with a file? I just picked up a bastard file and I have another one I can use. I also have sandpaper.
A file will definitley comprimise the frame. Sandblasting is cheaper and more efficient. Then see about having the frame powder coated. The group is very low end and not really worth saving IMO. Whatever you do good luck.

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I tend to save everything, except for cassette and chain (obviously).

If nothing else, think about saving the frame. If you do the paintjob yourself, think about using a Zinc-based primer, for rust protection. At the end, your frame might be better protected agaisnt rust, than when it came from the factory.
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Also, can I shave off the rust with a file? I just picked up a bastard file and I have another one I can use. I also have sandpaper.
Don't use a file. Naval Jelly or phosphoric acid will remove the rust. I wouldn't bother. You can get a new bike for what it will cost to replace those components. I hate to break the news to you, but $300 six years ago is low end. Not Wal-mart low end...but LBS low end.

How did the bike get so rusty in the first place? I have an MTB that received minimal maintenence for the past 13 years and has no rust on it.
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ummm the chainring protector?
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Yep...sand, paint, grease, fixx. Would make a great beater.
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Originally Posted by harrye
*I posted this in the mountain bike forum as well, but I haven't been getting any responses yet, I'll try here

Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. I've come here asking for some advice.

I have had this old Raleigh mountain bike that fit me well for almost 6 years but is now pretty messed up. So many problems in fact, that I will have to basically reassemble a new bike or buy a new bike.

I want to see what parts I can salvage...I am confident the tires and rear brake are in good condition...but I'm not sure how "bad" the rust on the frame is. Please give me your opinion on whether I can keep the frame/spokes.
Yeah you could strip it completely get the frame bead blasted, prime and repaint, clean all the parts, and then build it back up. You will probably replace a lot of components, and might spend between $400 and $750 to get a decent bike. For about $650 you can get a decent new modern MTB with a suspension fork and mechanical disc brakes.

You could patch this one up as a beater, 2006 bikes should be going on sale as dealers prepare for 2007s real soon now.
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Old 07-27-06, 02:02 AM
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Why does he have to spend any money at all? All those components will work just fine once they've been cleaned, oiled, greased and adjusted optimally.
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