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non-professional GT clean and paint

Old 12-18-12, 09:24 PM
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non-professional GT clean and paint

i have owned this GT for a number of years. i bought it at the goodwill for 5 or 10 bucks along with another newer one for 10 or 15 bucks but i let the newer one go to the kids who found them for me as a finder payment. i like the older ones better.

anyways, after having it a number of years, it was stolen and horribly repainted.



i kept my eyes open for it and finally found it, about 6 months later. it was the ugly walmart spray paint red though, everywhere.

i decided to keep it from being stolen again, i would just leave it ugly. this obviously worked as i still have the bike after 5more years. i passed the GT on to my oldest son to use until he is old enough to get my jeep wrangler but he wanted to change its looks. i explained the high possibility that people would attempt to steal it again and that if we repainted it, it would not be a ride to school or the store bike but would only be a special use bike where we wold be on it the whole time or putting it back in the garage when done riding. no locking it up somewhere. my son agreed because his mom gave him a walmart huffy full suspension mountain bike to ride to school.

we tore the GT down and sanded all the ugly paint off and primed the whole bike. jason picked out some colors and we went to work painting. i am sure i don't have any in-process pictures but i do have some assembly pictures.


this is from the first evening we started putting it back together.


this is from tonight. we only work on it every two or three weeks to try and get everything done well. we just spray painted it but wanted the paint to dry well so we gave it lots of time to cure. we also cleaned and repacked all the bearings and i am currently cleaning the brake mount points and preparing to mount the brakes. the grips are in jason's stocking so they will have to wait till next week to install.

all in all, jason said he has learned a lot tearing this bike down and rebuilding it. he is very happy with the out come so far.

once he gives the bike back, which i cannot wait for, i am heading to the skate park to ride the pool. my hybrid mountain bike did not do as well as i had hoped in the skate park pool
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Old 12-19-12, 11:10 AM
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Cool story. Love working on bikes with my kids or their friends.
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Old 12-19-12, 12:37 PM
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My first thought after reading was "Cool story bro, tell it again". Then I realized how ****ing cynical I've become.

It really is a cool story though. I always worked on my bikes by myself as a kid, and my dad is just now becoming fairly serious about cycling, just at the same time as I am. At least it came around some time, right?
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Old 12-19-12, 01:31 PM
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Love the pacman dropouts on the new fork.
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Old 12-19-12, 04:42 PM
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ha ha ha, yup, those forks were donated to me because the originals were so tweaked.

i am trying to get my kids into road biking because we have a fair amount of events here in texas to attend. my youngest son is all for it but my oldest son only wants to show up to the event and think he can do it. he doesn;t understand that long rides require training to prepare.

if i lived near my dad, i could probably easily get him back into riding, he used to do triathalons
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Old 12-19-12, 08:28 PM
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Yea, my dad has been getting into racing recently. As soon as I add an actual geared road bike to the stable, Thats something that I want to get into right away. I'm one of a handful of people actually resurrecting a cycling club at my school, and we would be competing on the collegiate level. So excited.
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