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Old 12-25-14, 03:52 PM
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General question for someone too lazy to go through all the threads

Is it difficult to refurbish an old 10-speed?

If parts need to be replaced, can they be bought new or do you need to try and find old ones?

The reason I ask is because my ex has my old Puch 10-speed (circa ~1985). My memories of it was it was like driving a sports car, Reynolds 531 frame, 700 cc tires, a super smooth ride. Since she is about to sell "the house" I am debating whether it is worth trying to get it from her or let sleeping dogs lie.
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Old 12-25-14, 04:01 PM
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1. No.

2. Yes - most things can be found new.

3. Definitely get it. Any 531 bike is worth the effort, assuming the frame is not bent.

Here's a great place to start: FREE SITE 1
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Originally Posted by tandembethesda View Post
Is it difficult to refurbish an old 10-speed?
Depends on your abilities, tools, and enthusiasm.


If parts need to be replaced, can they be bought new or do you need to try and find old ones?
Most consumables are readily available new and OEM.


The reason I ask is because my ex has my old Puch 10-speed (circa ~1985). My memories of it was it was like driving a sports car, Reynolds 531 frame, 700 cc tires, a super smooth ride. Since she is about to sell "the house" I am debating whether it is worth trying to get it from her or let sleeping dogs lie.
Yes.
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Old 12-25-14, 04:11 PM
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A Puch with a 531 frame. Hopeless. Send it to me for immediate disposal.
Seriously, it should be easy, there are even some wheels being built to accomodate 7-8 speed freewheels. If it's been sitting around, it probably just needs a good cleanup and tuning. Upgrades in parts can be had as things break or wear out. You came to the right forum. Most LBS employees will seriously tell you it's hopeless.

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Old 12-25-14, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by tandembethesda View Post
I am debating whether it is worth trying to get it from her or let sleeping dogs lie.
You are going to get it from her, as it were, no matter what........and let her have the dogs.......
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Originally Posted by tandembethesda View Post
Since she is about to sell "the house" I am debating whether it is worth trying to get it from her or let sleeping dogs lie.
Get the bike.

20 years ago, I was a very 'old' young man. Divorced, homeless and breaking free of addiction; I needed to rebuild my life but aimless and clueless, I took a crappy old bike for payment for money that I had lent because knew I would never see the cash again. That bike changed my life, it led to knew life, a much much better life.

If you have fond memories of that bike, there is boundless potential to life in that bike. Divorce is difficult, always. You will need something to carry your through and in my experience, a bike is the best thing for the job.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and find peace and happiness in the year to come.
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Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
Here's a great place to start: FREE SITE 1
^ Randyjawa's My Ten Speeds site... best place I know for a beginner to get started.
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Old 12-25-14, 05:14 PM
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YES, get your bike back!
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Listen to Marc (above). It may only need a wipe-down with an oily rag.
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Thanks for the great comments everyone.

I needed to the push..

I'm looking forward to getting it back (or at least trying)
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Excellent! Oh, and don't forget to show us the bike once it's back. "531" will do for now, but we really need pictures.
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Originally Posted by jeirvine View Post
1. No.

2. Yes - most things can be found new.

3. Definitely get it. Any 531 bike is worth the effort, assuming the frame is not bent.

Here's a great place to start: FREE SITE 1
you obviously never had an ex
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Is it difficult to refurbish an old 10-speed?
Make no mistake about it, refurbishing an old Ten Speed is NOT easy, unless you have some mechanical skills, some appropriate tools, and, at the very least, the desire to learn how to start and complete the task. That said...

It is easy and fun to get started. You will make mistakes, and not understand this and that, but if you keep trying, you will learn. I know this for a fact - I have taught a LOT of people how to refurbish old bikes. And they all learned, at different speeds, but finally became good at bicycle repair. That said, neither you or I will even know everything. I still learn bits and pieces every time I restore/refurbish an old bike.

Part replacement, for most common items that wear out, is no issue. Most bike shops will have appropriate cables, cable casings, tires, inner tubes, brake pads, spokes,nipples, tire liners, bar tape and even satisfactory saddles. Specialty items, specific to the bike in question, are usually more difficult to get, but are best sought out on Ebay or, better yet, the For Sale forum of Bike Forums.

If you are interested in getting the bike back - get it and don't waste time doing so. In my world, once an old bike is remembered by the owner, it is, usually, sold off quickly.

Good luck with the bike and, if you wish, spend some time on my website. It was designed and published just for you.
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Old 12-26-14, 08:04 AM
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It's easy till you get to a stuck stem or seatpost!
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Is it difficult? YES, it can be. First, you have the myriad of tools that are required. A local co-op can be a solution here. I hate to think what I have invested in tools over the years, but it is a lot.

Secondly, you have surprise issues that come up, particularly if you don't inspect a neglected bike carefully: stuck seat post, stuck stem, stuck bottom bracket fixed cup, stuck bottom bracket adjustable cup, worn out wheel hub cones, stuck pedals, RUST, etc.

I share your laziness. In my case, its all about typing. Rather than re-answer questions I have answered at least 100 times already, I usually suggest people search the forum via google.
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Old 12-26-14, 11:43 AM
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As a complete beginner (with no prior mechanical knowledge) currently going through my first rehab, I can say that the process is easier than I had anticipated. Normal consumables (tires, tubes, handlebar wrap, cables, etc.) are all very available, and vintage looking new stuff can be found (I like Velo Orange).

There are a few more technical decisions to be made at the start of a rehab, like rear spacing and gearing and component compatibility issues, but the hands on work has, like I said, been easier than I expected it to be. Acquiring tools has set me back some $$$, but it hasn't been too bad.

I've definitely been checking the My Ten Speeds site and Park Tool's website for guidance.
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...oh yeah, if you're in Bethesda, there's at least one bike co-op over in Alexandria where they can offer advice and assistance.

I know one of the guys who works there. Google lists another in Mt Ranier, over between the DC line and College Park.
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Fixing bikes can be therapeutic, riding them even more so. Go for it!
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I'm too lazy to answer.
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If you're interested in having a shop do it, I temp at Bikenetic in Falls Church, VA and there's two of us there who love to bring back oldies like yours. You could bring it in and we can at a minimum tell you what it needs. PM me if interested. (hope this doesn't violate any forum rules mods?)

If you really want to do all the work yourself (A much more rewarding experience) I second the bike coop in Alexandria, VeloCity, great folks there and they have all the specialty tools and expertise to assist.
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