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Old 10-17-16, 07:24 AM
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It depends on the type of paint, ambient temperatures and humidity levels.
Probably a week is safe. It is the tight grabbing that does it as we discovered the hard way.
That said the frame looks a lot better with the new paint job. The defect will be almost completely obscured by the front brake caliper.
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Old 12-21-16, 11:15 PM
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Well, it's all done!

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Old 12-22-16, 06:37 AM
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Wow!
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very nice !
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Just think; "Little Suzy" who first got it as a present back when Nixon was president is probably now looking forward to retirement, and is probably a grandmother, too.
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I got a soft spot for old 3 spds, though I prefer the Shamano to the S.A. I found one at garage sale,$15 a while back.
not as well made as the Sears,(definitely Raleigh fenders, but likely Taiwanese) Anywhere I wouldn't go with one of
my good bikes is where I rode that thing. I beat the daylights out of it, and had fun doing it. It finally died of a badly
busted chainstay. RIP ol' huffer.
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Well that paint looks nice.

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Well that paint looks nice.
Thanks, the paint stayed tacky on the first green respray so I traded out some IT labor for a different bodyshop I do computer work for to paint it again, correctly this time. They matched the paint and completely stripped the frame to bare metal instead of just sanding it down a little like the first shop did. The neighbor lady fell in love with it when she saw the bare frame with the fresh paint. Her husband contacted me later and is going to surprise her with it for Christmas.

This is the first bike i've refurbished and I gotta say that I'm surprised how well it rides after cleaning and repacking all the bearings and lubing the rear hub. There are no noises or squeaks or rattles of any sort.
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This is the first bike i've refurbished and I gotta say that I'm surprised how well it rides after cleaning and repacking all the bearings and lubing the rear hub. There are no noises or squeaks or rattles of any sort.
Careful you might get hooked.
Hooked because of the pride of refurbing something to perfection = no squeaks
Hooked on again realizing some new skills wrenching.
Hooked on .....

When/if you move to lightweights and enjoy riding more than wrenching, it can be quite addicting from several perspectives. N+1 syndrome.
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Careful you might get hooked.
Hooked because of the pride of refurbing something to perfection = no squeaks
Hooked on again realizing some new skills wrenching.
Hooked on .....

When/if you move to lightweights and enjoy riding more than wrenching, it can be quite addicting from several perspectives. N+1 syndrome.
Yep, hooked already. I've got a que of lightweights I've been hoarding. But first, The neighbor lady, not knowing she's getting this for Christmas, asked me to refurb one for her husband next.
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Originally Posted by BicycleMonkey View Post
Yep, hooked already. I've got a que of lightweights I've been hoarding. But first, The neighbor lady, not knowing she's getting this for Christmas, asked me to refurb one for her husband next.

+1


Hey, looking for early 80's Spanish or German lightweight - if they might be in a que?
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