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1991 GT Arette
December 3, 2020
Project for Mom. Attempting to revive/save a funky, rad 90s bike (splatter paint!) from a slow death in someone's "garage". Sun faded but still solid. New parts and some elbow grease should make for a decent Florida path-cruiser.
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Finished product. Picked up a new seat and cables from LBS. Very happy with finished product.
Scored some gravel tires from my new LBS. They really updated the look of the bike, should ride nicely on Florida bikepaths.
Took some advice from the forums and cleaned/polished the original crankset. The BB was also salvaged with the appropriate amount of elbow grease, tinkering and actual grease.
Frameset with handlebars.
New cockpit setup. Cannibalized the old MTB she was riding: SRAM Gripshift and Shimano brakes. GT handlebar from donor Timberline.
The frameset after a complete wash, polish and wax. I am pretty happy with how clean it looks, especially considering how it started.
Close-up of refreshed paint. Definitely a high-quality job in the beginning.
I really like the funky paint after a proper polish and wax! Almost no rust or scratches on the frame.
Sun faded paint after buffing and carnuba wax. The color did not come back but the paint is still in good shape.
Completely stripped down and scrubbed with elbow grease, and Dawn. It was seriously dirty.
Close up of frame when I got it. Non-drive side is sun damaged. 😭
Overview. Removed a junk Schwinn saddle and rusted chain. Stinking of WD40 from PO's "tune-up".
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