Hello & Welcome,
Today I managed to spend a little quality time working on the Schwinn Continental. The drop handlebars were covered with adhesive left over from the old bar tape. First I tried removing the adhesive with GOO-GONE. It worked OK but not great. After getting most of the old adhesive off, I decided to try sanding the bars down. This worked much better. You will need to wear a good respirator/mask when sanding down Aluminum or Alloy. After sanding I went over the handlebars with a little Goo Gone on a paper-towel to remove the dust.
The road brake levers I took apart and cleaned up with Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish. QUICK TIP: When you take apart a brake lever for the first time, Leave the other lever assembled. This will give you a reference. It is easy to forget where all the little washers and spacers go. This is also a good idea to remember when breaking down brake calipers. I`m happy with the handlebars and the levers, I think they cleaned up pretty good. The stem has a little oxidation but not too bad. I might touch it up latter. The Top-Nut and the front brake cable hanger both polished up real nice. Those were done with Turtle-Wax Chrome Polish & Rust Remover and a little brass brushing. The stem mount shifter assembly (stem mount) cleaned up pretty good. There is some minor pitting on the shifters. But I think they will still show pretty good. Today I remembered that I had left the seat-post clamp bolt and nut soaking in the cleaner.(since earlier this week) They were fine, Lucky for me it is an older pail of cleaner.
So I am thinking brake and derailleur cables will be next. And a new chain and new rim strips. Then I will be waiting for parts to arrive. So I`m hoping to get the cables and chain done tomorrow just in case the parts arrive Monday. This will also give me a chance to test and adjust the derailleurs and brakes. One more QUICK TIP: With digital cameras and camera phones it is real easy to photograph anything you might want to reference latter. So if there is only one, take a few pics before you take it apart. You won`t regret it. That`s all for today. Remember to Ride Safe and remember to Always... RESCUE, RESTORE & RECYCLE