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What would you do to this mid-70's Bottechia?

Old 07-05-12, 04:25 PM
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What would you do to this mid-70's Bottechia?

I am not super handy with bike repairs (yet) but I have a 1978 Raleigh Super Course and this 197? Bottechia that both seem like good bikes to start with. Could someone give me an idea what what you think I would need to do to this Bottechia? The pedal thread on one of the crank arms is stripped, so I would need new crank arms as a bare minimum. New chain, cables and probably repack the bearings, although the wheels seem to spin very smoothly on it.

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Have you considered having a Helicoil installed in the crank arm? If that's out of the question a replacement crankset should be easy enough to find.

Looks like a nice bike.

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Welcome to the C&V ! To start, break it down, clean and inspect everything, then you'll have a better idea on what is needed. Whether a wheel spins freely or not, grease is cheap and it's better to do it now than find out in the middle of a ride that the bearings have run dry!
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Yes, breaking down the whole bike to individual component pieces should be your first step. You will have to do so anyway, if you are serious about doing a restoration on it. That way too, you can concentrate the work to individual pieces from the bike that will result in a much more complete, better restration/overhaul in the end, plus you learn much more about the bike and components ahving to disassemble them and putting them back together.
BTW, breaking it all down does not neccessarily mean the wheel and it's spokes. Leave those alone except for just general cleaning..........unless they need truing/tensionig or spoke replacement and that is usually better left to one more experienced on working on wheels.

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