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Old 01-09-08, 11:41 AM
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Plan A or Plan B?

Now that I have these two old bikes to bring back into shape, and given that I am on a learning curve about how to do that, I am considering two plans. At the end of the day, I will most likely sell or donate one of the bikes and keep the other. At this point, I'm leaning towards keeping the Peugeot, and giving up the Fuji. So, in no particular order, two plans are emerging. Your advice?

Plan A

Work on the Fuji to get a feel for what I'm doing. No upgrading, just sort of tear it down, clean it, lube it, and replace things like the chain and cables if they need to be changed. Take all the major components off the bike to thoroughly clean them and to learn how to remove / reattach them. I have no idea in what order this should be done. Brakes first? Derailleurs first? At any rate...once I have an idea of what I'm doing, turn my attention to the Peugeot.

Plan B

Set the Fuji aside, and concentrate on the keeper bike. Same process as above, but possibly upgrade components. Why practice on the Fuji when I really want to keep the Peugeot, and how hard can it be, anyway? Given the Peugeot saw very limited service, I'm fairly confident the important things (like the bottom bracket) are going to be quite serviceable. Probably only needs thorough cleaning and lubing and cable adjustments. Then, armed with the knowledge and new skills, bring the Fuji up to speed and find someone who really needs a bike but can't afford it.

I'm looking into the available books, but I wish there was one that wasn't just repair, but also outlined a step by step book on "bringing a bike back to life." I don't know if there's a better order of things to do (what's first? what's next?).

Usual caveat -- I realize this is all so elementary to many of you. I'll just post questions until you bonk me on the head.
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Just reference the Sheldon Brown.com for repairs.
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Old 01-09-08, 12:12 PM
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We used to do a "Geezer Group Fix" for you in past years to nurture your mechanical skills.
Set the bike upside down,lets remove the wheels..............
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Originally Posted by spry View Post
We used to do a "Geezer Group Fix" for you in past years to nurture your mechanical skills.
Set the bike upside down,lets remove the wheels..............
+1 First things first

Before taking the wheels off- Check for true by pushing a brake block near the rim and spin the wheel. Then take the wheels off and report back.

And Plan A- that Peugeot is too good to practice on.
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Bring both bikes to the LBS, see what they think of each. Have them get the bike that's best in operating condition and go out and ride it while you're fixing the other one.
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Plan C...work on the engine and train for your upcoming century.
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Plan C...work on the engine and train for your upcoming century.
I haven't forgotten.
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Practice on the older bike - Plan A! With either bike, don't be surprised if it has old-style loose bearings and you need new parts. You gots tools?

I don't know Hermes - DG is looking pretty buff!
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Practice on the older bike - Plan A! With either bike, don't be surprised if it has old-style loose bearings and you need new parts. You gots tools?

I don't know Hermes - DG is looking pretty buff!
I have a multitool that goes in the bag. That's about it, except for conventional screwdrivers, crescent wrenches, and a hammer or two.
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I have a multitool that goes in the bag. That's about it, except for conventional screwdrivers, crescent wrenches, and a hammer or two.
Hammers are good.
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Plan D. Go back to the Cypress, and send the Roubaix to me.
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I vote for A

No, I mean B

No that isn't right, I did mean A

But now B is sounding better

Hmmm ... To B or not to B, that is the question
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A And B Or B And A
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Originally Posted by Tom Bombadil View Post
I vote for A

No, I mean B

No that isn't right, I did mean A

But now B is sounding better

Hmmm ... To B or not to B, that is the question
Now that's funny. My first book is called To Do or Not To Do. And I don't want any trash talk about that!
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Practice on the older bike - Plan A! With either bike, don't be surprised if it has old-style loose bearings and you need new parts. You gots tools?
I assembled my bike tool collection by getting into jobs and buying whatever simple tools I needed to complete it. If I needed a tool I couldn't afford, I would either borrow the tool from my LBS or pay them to do the work.
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Rule No. 1: Never implement Plan A when there is a Plan B available.
Rule No. 2: Never implement Plan B when there is a Plan C available.
You get the idea.

I bought a Spin Doctor tool set and a work stand when Performance or Nashbar (forget which) had a 50% off on tools sale. Got them both for about $100. I used nearly every tool in the box during the recent build. They are probably not Park quality but seemed to work very well. The work stand is invaluable.
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A And B Or B And A
Of course, A OR B is true unless both A AND B are false, in which case, well, I guess DG will have to punt!

Edit: Got it wrong the first time!
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My first book is called To Do or Not To Do.
Does a scantily clad woman grace the cover?
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Does a scantily clad woman grace the cover?
You wish, you pervert...
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Plan E Fix both, turn one into a single speed mountain bike
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The choice between plans A and B depends on your mechanical skills and your confidence in them. If you need access to some specialty tools, including a shop stand, you could always pop over to my house some Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
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Plan DG seems most likely - at least 5 new posts per day, describing every purchase decision, indecision, and revision.

Given the lack of basic bike tools, I predict we'll soon see a new poll asking for everyone's favorite size of Allen wrench.
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