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Old 08-04-09, 07:34 AM
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Introducing my Bike

Hi everyone, my first proper post here,

basically, im 16 years old, and totally new to racing bikes and stuff but the other day got an old gillott bike, the guy who owned it from new used it daily when he was younger but for the last 15/20 years it sat in his garage! I have discovered that in fact its one of the raleighs which was stamped as a gillott when edwarde owned the company which people often call junk and say are awful bikes but I still love it, its my first 'proper' bike and im still going to restore it and spend the money on it that I would have if it were a 'real' gillott,
its all original except for the handle bars but it will soon have a set of similar vintage drop bars.

here are some pictures:
PICT0519.jpg

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Soon the handle bars will be dropped with red tape, and there will be new tyres but they will still be amber walled, any advice on aesthetics for the future? what should I do with her? for a while im just gonig to ride and enjoy the bike with the old cracked green paint and red handle bars but would like to do something a bit more organised in the future, i was thinknig original green paint plus just white everything else, so whtie seat and handlebar tape?

also, the frame has quite a bit of rust in spots where the paint has come away, what should i do about this? ive put some 3 in 1 all over the frame so should I do anything else or not? and also, if this bike is as worthless as I have read elsewhere, is there much reason to keep the paint original? I probably will for a long time but eventually it might be nice to respray, especially considering the corrosion, or should i try and save the original paint at all costs anyway?

and any other tips or history about the bike? by the way, the serial number is 141825.

thanks,
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Old 08-04-09, 07:38 AM
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I would replace those tires immediately.

On rust, I would do a search of this forum, its a really common topic with lots of good info and opinions out there (including many from me). You need to deal with the rust first, then decide whether to touch up the paint (by far the cheapest option) or repaint the bike. I almost always touch up rather than repaint.
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Old 08-04-09, 07:53 AM
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Even though it isn't what I first think of when I hear someone say "Gillott", it's certainly a respectable 3-speed, and less common than a Raleigh Sport. Not especially valuable, but a neat bike that should be a fine rider.
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Old 08-04-09, 08:01 AM
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yeah im getting the tires replaced in a couple of days, so dont worry about that, the surprising thing is that even those shot old tires still had enough air in to ride after 20 years
and i am reluctant to repaint, so touching up would be good, is it usually possible to get the same shade of paint when getting it touched up or will there always be patches noticeable?
and as youread this I am searching up on rust
thanks! and yeah, even on those awful tires it rides beautifully, i love it!
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Old 08-04-09, 12:40 PM
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The 1st step for rust is some stuff called pb breaker and a green scruby. PB breaker is for loosening stuck bolts. It makes wd40 look like water. It also takes off surface rust very easy.
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Old 08-04-09, 02:05 PM
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Way cool old bike there Searjeo!
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Old 08-04-09, 02:11 PM
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Do you mean PB Blaster?
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Old 08-04-09, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by tolfan View Post
The 1st step for rust is some stuff called pb breaker and a green scruby. PB breaker is for loosening stuck bolts. It makes wd40 look like water. It also takes off surface rust very easy.
I've never used the stuff, but I've heard it called PB Blaster by several other folks. If the OP is looking for it, might help to check for both product names.
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Old 08-04-09, 03:02 PM
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Hmmm. The *all new* Blaster PB 50 or Blaster PB Penetrating Catalyst? http://www.pbblaster.com/productlist2.html
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Old 08-08-09, 12:33 PM
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thanks evwxxx!

yeah I found PB blaster on the internet and it looks like great stuff, will get some! and does that also work for protecting those spots after you've exposed bare metal?
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Old 08-08-09, 04:45 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Sounds like a great project. Best of luck!
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I like your style, searjeo. Keep us informed as this progresses!
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Old 08-08-09, 06:43 PM
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Searjeo, I like your style, too!! I have kind of a beat up Peugeot uo-18, which as I understand it is kind of a low end Peugeot. But-----I LOVE IT!! Hope you will feel the same about yours. I think it is so great for a 16yo to be so interested in maintaining the authenticity of the bike. That's really unusual as I see it. But I am constantly amazed at your generation and the depth you show. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Old 08-08-09, 07:23 PM
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Hi Searjeo,

It's been a pleasure to read your thread and I will take a keen interest in the progress of your Gillott. It is a respected brand and a good place to start an interest in vintage and classic bikes. It sounds like you 'have the bug'.

I too, started an interest in bikes at a similar age. I'm now 55 and have never regretted my passion for bikes. You meet some wonderful people and will share an interest that can be a life long adventure.

Being Australian, I started my interest with a well respected Australian made bike. Unfortunately I sold it off to purchase another bike. I wish I still had that bike, I loved it and it took me to many places. I would like to be able to look back at it to see how far I have come.

You seem to have a good 'feel' for bikes and are asking all the right questions. This forum is a wonderful resource as there is always someone with great advice and experience in the things you are interested in.

Have a great time with your Gillott,

Gary Fountain.

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Old 08-08-09, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
Even though it isn't what I first think of when I hear someone say "Gillott", it's certainly a respectable 3-speed
Say what? Looks like it's got a rear derailer to me.

For rust, do a Google search "oxalic acid rust site:bikeforums.net" but don't use it on anything but painted or chromed steel -- not even zinc/cadmium plated -- it will dull or blacken those things, including alumin[i]um! To use it, you'll have to disassemble and soak, so if you're not into that, then the PB-whatever is a better bet.
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oxalic acid is a bit expensive, and it's also dangerous. First, try lemon juice or Coke. If that doesn't work, get oxalic acid.

Charles, I have made the mistake of getting acid on aluminum. Is there any hope of restoring the look? If so, how?
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How about using Barkeeper's Friend? It contains Oxalic Acid, but I don't think it's pure Oxalic Acid. Plus, it's powdered, so you can sprinkle some on a wet cloth to rub just the areas that need it.
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A warning about Oxalic Acid a chemical which I've been using as a cleanser for over 30 years in my line of work:

Here in the UK it comes under the 'Poisons act' and is not at all easy to buy 'off the shelf';
it's a white salt-like crystal which is dissolved in warm water or Methylated Spirits.

It does not burn or sting but you should still wear latex gloves when using, also rinse the job off with clean water afterwards.. most importantly wash your hands with soap and water after use
otherwise you could risk a severe bout of vomiting and illness if it gets near your mouth.
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