Below: The Raleigh at the end of day one. It came in with both derailleurs hanging off the frame and the back-wheel removed. The chain was a mess So I just cut it off and tossed it. To free-up the dangling derailleurs I just cut the rusty cables. Unfortunately the mounting hardware was missing for the Shimano Deore front Derailleur. After pumping up the tires I could see the nylon side walls were failing. Too bad as they had almost no tread wear.
Below: This was originally a triple chain-ring. The smallest chain-ring was disconnected and mangled and just bouncing around on the bracket shell. I removed the crank for cleaning and discarded the damaged small ring. As you can see the rest of the Shimano Bio-Pace chain-ring cleaned-up nicely.(with Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish of course)
Below: The original Shimano Deore rear derailleur cleaned up great. And after re-mounting and installing a new Jag Wire Basics shift cable it is looking and working great.
Below: I was unable to locate the mounting hardware for the original Shimano Deore front derailleur. I did however find this Shimano Deore LX derailleur "on sale". You will notice it is mounted a little higher than usual. This is to make room for the egg-shaped Shimano Bio-Pace crank/chain-ring.
Below: Here it is finished (except a little paint chip touch-up)sporting a new set of Kenda Kinetics (tires). Hey, Wasn`t I going to do a post about paint touch-ups? This would be a nice one to use, as the nicks will show-up good against the white paint job.I will try real hard to remember to do that tomorrow. I should mention that this bike has a "bonded" frame. It is not a "brazed" lugged or welded frame. The fittings are bonded together with epoxy. As far as I know this is the first bonded-frame bike that I have ever owned or worked on. Pretty cool stuff!
Below: I refurbished my friend Don`s Ross "Hi Tech" rigid mountain bike. The tires had no noticeable tread wear. But the "Gum" side-walls were all dried-out and badly cracked. When Don told me He had a "Hi-Tech Ross" that needed a tune-up and
tires, Well this is not the bike I envisioned. I did not realize that Hi-Tech was the model name. And that this is actually a very "old-tech" mountain bike. Also the words "tune-up" do not imply a frozen front derailleur. Or a free-wheel that is just barely free. Or cables so rusty that one section was tossed with the cable still stuck inside the cover.Fortunately I had saved some identical clear cable covers from another build. Also one of the jockey wheels was barely movable by hand. Yeah, it needs a tune-up alright!..... lol.
Below: The tires I borrowed off a donor bike, they give this bike a whole new look.
It had the typical 26 X 1.95 on /off road 1980`s tires.(identical to the tires in the first pic of the Technium) Mostly this bike just needed lots of cleaning and TLC. I did replace the Ross plastic mount saddle with a similar better quality used saddle with actual rails. I though it odd that Ross would not "fully commit" to building a quality mountain bike. The saddle mount was not even good for a department store bike. Also the kick stand was what you would expect to find on a very cheap department store bike. I replaced it with a "good quality" vintage alloy kick stand.
Below: A nice shot of the Ross all cleaned(1 & 1/2 half cans of Clean Streak) and polished. Unfortunately I was not able to see Don`s reaction to the bike. And I can`t wait to see his reaction when he sees the bill...lol Maybe I can wait for that! :)
These were two of the three bikes that kept me from working on the Centurion and the Fuji most of this week. Although I did manage to almost finish the Centurion this afternoon. It just needs cork-tape and a few adjustments and it`s finished. Also the roofers were making lots of noise this week (directly above me for what seemed like most of the time) I`m glad they are here, But DAMN they are noisy! So tomorrow with a little luck I will finish the Centurion and dive into the Fuji S10S. Till next time please "Ride Safe" and remember to always RESCUE-RESTORE& RECYCLE. Cheers,Hugh