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Old 04-10-10, 07:42 AM
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Got my bike, where should I start? Couple questions.

Hi all, just wondering where I should start with the clean up process, like what is necessary and what not.

I got my vintage experiment,first vintage bike ever, its nothng too special an 1984 Apollo Super Sport I nabbed for 25$

Its in great condition, rideable as is but I am turning it into more of a light tourer/urban cruiser.

Obviously I can see this bike has had nothing done to it in 25 years.

So what are the most important things to do?
1) I already changed tubes tires
2) The brakes are side pull caliper and don't work worth squat.
3) Should I be repacking bearings in the headset, wheels etc?
4) Does one usually take every part off and soak it in de-ruster (oxalic acid or whatever). This bike is not that rusty just normal dirt.

What should I start on first? I just don't want to take it all apart for no reason, and have it sit there so trying to get an idea of process that is more efficient and necessary.

Thanks!
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Old 04-10-10, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Aquakitty View Post

Obviously I can see this bike has had nothing done to it in 25 years.

So what are the most important things to do?
1) I already changed tubes tires Good place to start.
2) The brakes are side pull caliper and don't work worth squat. New pads, I highly recommend Kool Stop Continental pads if they are appropriate for your brakes.
3) Should I be repacking bearings in the headset, wheels etc? Definitely, 25 year old grease needs to be replaced.

4) Does one usually take every part off and soak it in de-ruster (oxalic acid or whatever). This bike is not that rusty just normal dirt. OA is just for rusty parts, and will damage aluminum or zinc plated steel parts. Just a good cleaning should do the trick.

Also, new cables with modern lined housing will be very important and will help insure your safety while riding.

Above all, have fun!
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Personally, I'd tear apart and repack all bearings before I ride it even once. Well, okay, maybe tear isn't the best word. I'd also suggest new cables and housings and new brake pads. That's liable to spruce up the braking. At the very least replace the 25 year old brake pads.

You may find that you don't need oxalic acid. A lot of stuff that at first looks like rust turns out to just be dirt that will clean up fairly easily. I spruced up a whole lot of chrome recently using plastic pot scrubbers that you might find at the dollar store and palmolive dish soap.
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Old 04-10-10, 07:57 AM
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Oh, and the bike won't work until you post pictures of it on the internet...
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This is where every newbie should start .

That and you LBS shop for a few tools that you might not already have- such as:
A crank puller
a freewheel remover specific to your bike
a large 12" adjustable wrench
a spoke wrench sized to your spoke nipples
cone wrenches
a spanner for removing the left side retaining ring and one for the adjustable cup
grease
cable & housing (a kit may be a good bet for a single bike)
3/16, 5/32, and 1/4 ball bearings
bar tape
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THIS is where every newbie should start .
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Nice vintage bikes...

And after you have had a chance to look over Sheldon's information, perhaps a cruise through MY "TEN SPEEDS" will add a little to your understanding.

I have owned and still do own a couple of Apollo Sport 10 bikes and I just put an Apollo "Custom Sport"(full chrome moly, forged drops and Shimano Deore drive with an 18 speed transmission) in the work stand for clean up. Don'tcha just love the old head badge?

Good luck with your bicycle.

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Originally Posted by DiegoFrogs View Post
Oh, and the bike won't work until you post pictures of it on the internet...
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Great info thanks guys, been on sheldon brown all morning.

I'm not a bicycle newb just a "classic" bike newb, I always do my own repairs, but never encountered the needs of the geriatric bike.. I think I will just overhaul the whole thing the bike is quite pretty and yes I like that headbadge a lot.

Honestly I think it is the nicest looking bike I've ever owned.. and it rides so nice ... dammit ok gotta go get started.

I hate people who post threads with no pics but I don't have a camera here
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+3 Bearings come first. Grease is probably rock hard. You risk doing damage to the hubs, bb spindle and cups, it you ride it without addressing the bearings. And bearings and grease are cheap, really cheap. Next comes cables, housings, and brake pads.
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Also, grease the seat post, stem and threads on the pedals.
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Yep, bearings, bearings, bearings. They come first or else regret will come second.
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Originally Posted by Aquakitty View Post
... I'm not a bicycle newb just a "classic" bike newb... I think it is the nicest looking bike I've ever owned.. and ....
Hi Aquakitty -

If you are just discovering the unparalleled functional beauty of these old two-wheeled gems, you will be pleased to find that there is still a plethora of beautiful machines to be had: English French Japanese American Austrian Swiss Italian, et al. - A veritable world of incredibly beautiful bikes. Amazingly, many can still be had for very little money (at this time).

The biggest downside is the ineluctable compulsion to collect more of them - until your garage, basement or apartment is filled to the rafters. Many of us though, don't look at that as all downside: Rather, we take joy in the search, in pondering which bike goes for an airing that day, attending to them, and in spending a few halcyon moments standing among them, simply surveying our collections, admiring them, and planning what that next build, upgrade or acquisition ought to be.

PS. +2 on the bearing and seat post lube.
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First Grease the bearings, especially the BB, and hubs and lube the chain. Then, get those brakes working properly. Then, check the chain for wear. After that, have fun.


After that,
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< Gets chills down the back neck, looks around for hidden camera's.


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- until your garage, basement or apartment is filled to the rafters. Many of us though, don't look at that as all downside: Rather, we take joy in the search, in pondering which bike goes for an airing that day, attending to them, and in spending a few halcyon moments standing among them, simply surveying our collections, admiring them, and planning what that next build, upgrade or acquisition ought to be. .
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