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From Road to Wall, What's Best?

Old 11-27-13, 07:00 AM
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From Road to Wall, What's Best?

Doing some year end reflecting and realize that I haven't ridden my vintage Shogun once this year. As I am another year older I realize that I just don't need so many bikes hanging up in the garage, silently mocking me for not riding them. Since the value of the Samuri is pretty much nil, I don't want to go through the hassle of selling it on Ebay (Craigslist here in the middle of nowhere is not a viable option) and so I want to hang it from the rafters as a display piece of 1980's cycling history.

When turning a rider into a museum piece, is it best to degrease bearings, chain, etc. and hang it up? I use synthetic grease, if I leave it as is will synthetics turn to solid like conventional grease? What about the stem & seat post to prevent them from seizing up, anti-seize of some kind? Thank you for any helpful guidance anyone can send my way.
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Old 11-27-13, 07:16 AM
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It will mock you from the wall. Or your significant other will. I say unless you own an urban loft, it's best to get it out there in the museum of the world....
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I would suggest a coating of WD 40 or Break Free (typically found with other gun related chems) I have a bare frame (no paint) that survices wonderfully coated in this stuff. All my guns are wiped down with the Break Free and survived years without rust or attention in a save and on display. I do periodically wipe them down as a preventitive measure. I like playing with my toys too!
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Freeze it in Carbonite.
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I'd just repack everything, and put a thin coat of grease on the seatpost and stem when re-inserting (as usual). Pull it off the wall once a year and spin the bearing parts, and slightly adjust the seat/stem and it should last 20 years that way. Wax the frame before hanging it up also. Keep it out of direct sun, and the cables should stay fine.

Now if you were packing it away for two generations from now, cosmoline is the stuff to use (but eventual cleanup will take time).
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Old 11-27-13, 08:30 AM
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Replace the grease and adjust as you normally would. Clean and wax the painted surfaces. Might want to offer some kind of protection to the exposed metal surfaces, also but I don't do it, myself. And then...

Watch the dust and spider webs collect..!-)
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Old 11-27-13, 08:48 AM
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Freeze it in Carbonite.


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I think you should put the grease in the frame opening, not directly on the seatpost. That way, the excess saves your frame (a little), on the inside, instead of just all landing on the exterior someplace.
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I can't think of a good reason to degrease the bearings -- one of the functions of grease/oil is to prevent rust.
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I appreciate the helpful comments, thanks again.
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I would make sure the derailleurs were positioned for the least amount of spring tension to the mechanisms
So cross-chaining is the way to go, small, small.

As to corrosion, it really depends on where you are storing it and where you live. Damp of course is bad. Heat is bad. Oxygen is bad.
If you have cloth tape, wrap it in kraft crepe paper, tires too, you can do those around the circumference, pull the tape taught and it will form around the tire.
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I am not sure whether it was fact but more likely it was fiction that back in the 50s and 60s you could buy WW2 Jeeps that were preserved in Cosmoline. It was supposed to keep all parts preserved and rust free. I remember that you could buy them for like a couple hundred dollars (supposedly). Seemed like everyone that I hung out with knew about this and we all wanted one. Maybe the TV shows like Rat Patrol and Combat just fed into this want. It looks like Cosmoline is still available.
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Maybe toss it on Craigslist instead of Ebay and help out some local who might be looking for a good ride. No sense in hoarding it.
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I am not sure whether it was fact but more likely it was fiction that back in the 50s and 60s you could buy WW2 Jeeps that were preserved in Cosmoline. It was supposed to keep all parts preserved and rust free. I remember that you could buy them for like a couple hundred dollars (supposedly). Seemed like everyone that I hung out with knew about this and we all wanted one. Maybe the TV shows like Rat Patrol and Combat just fed into this want. It looks like Cosmoline is still available.
Supposedly Charles Lindbergh's VW Beetle is preserved in the stuff. I think Cosmoline is much like Frame-Saver -- a waxy-oily coating with a solvent carrier so that it can be sprayed or pumped through the things to be preserved until such time...
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