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Above: The right chain-stay and seat-tube were badly scratched.
Above: After the paint was "dry to the touch" I hung it up to to cure.
Above: The fork was scratched much worse than this photograph shows.
Above: I sanded and painted the fork, eliminating the Trek graphics.
Hello and Welcome. This morning I got up early and grabbed the Trek frame and headed off to "Cycle Therapy" in Waterford Mi.I did not have the proper tool for removing the SAKAE 1.37 x 24T Bracket. I tried to improvise. But gave up, fearing that I might damage the bracket or bracket-shell. They were happy to remove the bracket for me. And since they had it apart and on the stand, I asked them if they would go ahead and service it for me. So they did, and for a very reasonable charge.Before leaving I had them order me the correct wrench.It will be there Wednesday. Since I am building this bike for myself, I thought it would be a good investment. Also I picked up 3 sets of cotter pins, which I will no doubt need in the future.
After getting back to my shop/garage I started sanding down the bad scratches on the frame and fork. I use automotive wet sand paper. First rough or course then medium then fine. I can live with a few scratches, but these were severe and the metal was beginning to rust.After finishing the sanding I wiped it down real good making sure to remove all the dust. Then I taped-off the areas I did not want or need to paint. The down tube and most of the top tube are in good shape. This made it possible to save the Trek graphics.And being Glossy Black I was able to match to color,(close enough for me anyway) I`m not to concerned about the paint being perfect.I just wanted it to look decent and not all rusty and scratched up.
That was about it for the Trek today. After dinner the UPS truck showed-up with the parts to finish the Nishiki. The black and gray Velo saddle looks great.And the
bottle cages and micro-adjust seat post look cool too. I also cleaned-up and re-mounted the kick-stand. I know the guy I`m building this bike for will want a kick-stand. Personally I can do without the extra weight. Two things that every casual rider or commuter wants is a comfort saddle and a kick-stand. The Velo saddle
looks pretty good. It appears to be "about" the same quality of the WTB Speed V Saddle that I usually use. I will install the grips tomorrow. I want to save the set that are on it now. So there will be some soapy water and a very small screw-driver involved. Tomorrow I am picking up a Japanese mixte with some nice componants. I may
use some of them on the PACER "Special Edition" I will try to take some pics of the Nishiki Manitoba tomorrow (weather permitting).
Now that I have the paint almost finished and the bracket serviced. The Trek build should be moving right along. Also,I have placed the order for the new tires for the Huffy 10 speed. Once they arrive that will go quick.Basically it will get tires shoes and a tune-up and lube. And a good cleaning/polishing as well.
Well I hope you have a wonderful Holiday. And I hope you get a chance to get out and ride. Till next time, Ride Safe and remember to always RESCUE,RESTORE&RECYCLE.
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