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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Old Brooks Saddle posted by: Beth on 9/23/2007 at 4:48:31 PM
This is the seat that came on a Superbe that I just bought for $10. The leather is really dry and it has some cracks. It's also got some white paint on it. Is it too far gone, or can it be brought back to life. If so, what is the best way to restore it? Thanks!

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photo link posted by beth on 9/23/2007 at 4:53:45 PM
Sorry- here is a link to the photo http://www.flickr.com/photos/12517924@N02/1430416476/

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Old Brooks Saddle posted by Paul C on 9/27/2007 at 3:22:02 AM
The seat may be ok if you try and remove some of the paint with a solvent depends what paint it is. It may result in a rough surface with remnants of the paint still showing. The leather can be made supple with neetsfoot oil. If you use saddle soap or any other polish it may become slippery when you are riding. The first thing is to try and remove some paint , you may find it is in the fibres and may not totally be removed. In trying to remove it the fibres will become rough. But you could resmooth them down, Burnish with water and then a surface finish.
Or at that price, use it until you come accross a better seat.(Just a thought)
Paul C
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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Atlanta restoration posted by: Lee on 9/17/2007 at 11:33:35 AM
We have a 1960's or 70's Murray tricycle that we would like
to have restored for our new grandson. It will need new
tires, handle bar grips, petals, rear portion welded and
painted. Do you know of anyone in the Atlanta area that
restores tricycles?

Thanks,
Lee dmaconlee@aol.com

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:pinarello re-paint posted by: bob on 9/16/2007 at 2:39:53 PM
i'm looking for someone (east coast) who can repaint to original a 1995 Pinarello replica of the Banesto Tour winning bike
pse send replies to robert.patterson@fao.org

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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:Schwinn Cycle Truck posted by: Eric on 8/29/2007 at 9:05:51 PM
Hello, I recently got into old Schwinn cycle trucks. There are a lot of things that are a little bit different about them.
On the one I'm working on now, I need to pull the wheels off. When taking the front wheel off, do I loosen the cups and pull the axle out? Someone said that you can pull the forks apart and get it off that way. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated, and if anyone happens to know of a good resource (print or on-line) for cycle truck restoration, that'd be great!

Thanks,
Eric

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Lug Lining posted by: bob giess on 8/22/2007 at 7:34:29 AM
Hi all, has anybody out there tried to use those fine tip Sharpie pens containing oil based paint, for lug lining. They're no available in the UK and I dont want to pay loads of postage from the States ( presuming I can find somewhere that will ship to the UK)only to find that they'ree no good.
Thanks Bob

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT: Lug Lining posted by Vernon Liddell on 5/16/2008 at 1:37:10 AM
Hi Bob,

I had some success with Pilot pens. The only problems are that the Black will never come off, and the gold is water based (I think). I oversprayed lightly with some Letraset lacquer then did the whole frame with cellulose lacquer. It would work if you could get nothing else, but it's a real ham way.

awra best - Vernon




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Lead Paint????? posted by: Mike on 8/20/2007 at 8:57:33 AM
Hello

Can anyone tell me if older bicycles 60's 70's have lead in the paint. I know auto paint was know to have it during this era.
Thanks

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT: Lead Paint????? posted by Joe on 12/17/2007 at 4:53:36 AM
I would say that it would, most all paint did. I would guess that most bicycles used the same type of paint as was used in the automotive industry. I wouldn't worry much about it unless you were planning on chewing on the frame. It wasn't until more recent years that they stopped using lead in paint.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:1967 OTASCO FLYING O EXPRESS posted by: Lorene Palomares on 8/20/2007 at 8:27:36 AM
Hi everyone,
I need some info about this bike. Its bright purple, the lights still work, I bought it for $20.00 at a thrift store. I found the picture on the picture database. Does anyone know how much this bike might be worth? Or really anything about it would be appreciated. Thanks.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Free Spirit BB/crank posted by: Fernando on 8/8/2007 at 8:27:08 AM
I found an old 10 speed in the trash and adopted a new evening project. I have cleaned most of the parts and wirebrushed the rust off the casete. Bearings on wheels cleaned and packed and got the freewheel to work. I NEED TO CLEAN AND PACK THE BB BEARINGS BUT DONT KNOW HOW TO TAKE THE CRANK ARM OFF. I to looks to be a solid shaft and both the drive and non drive sides are "pressed" in and have some sort of pressure screw in place. I just don't get it and would hate to mass it up in the removal.

I think it is a shimano crank but not 100% shure and bike looks to be from the 80s.

HELP
I now need to ride this bike!

Fernando

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Free Spirit BB/crank posted by Dave on 8/25/2007 at 7:53:22 PM
We picked up an old Schwin Varsity for a 4H project for our 13 year old son. I'd like you to share some of your tips in restoring your old bike. Especially in repacking the bearings. Thanks Dave

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Free Spirit BB/crank posted by Steve on 9/16/2007 at 12:23:45 AM
Hi! In case nobody did help you yet :-(
UNscrew the bolt AND remove the washer underneath. Then find an ectractor that can be screwed into the thread around the bolt ( that mght have held the dustcaps) and then.....use your brain or ask somebody who knows how to use an extractor.
Have fun,Steve




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Fixing old horns posted by: Keith on 7/31/2007 at 5:44:01 AM
I have several old electric horns that no longer work. I checked the obvious (batteries, connections, etc.), but I usually just get a quick chirp and nothing else. Is there someplace where I can get info on repairing my old horns and lights? Thanks.

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Fixing old horns posted by Paul Crisp on 9/28/2007 at 1:07:42 PM
Some are seled and cannot be adjusted. If thats the type you have had it.
If it has the lock nut and scre on the back, it may allow you to adjust.It may need freeing of with penetrating oil, then slacken the locknut and slowly adjust the svrew until you get a better note on the horn. you may have to turn it backwards and then forwards in small movements till you get a better note. It's worth a try. The contacts wear and can just need a fine readjustment.(Doesn't always work,depends how bad it is)
Paul C




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:wheel/tire size confusion posted by: Greener on 7/30/2007 at 8:47:07 AM
Recently got my mitts on a give-away bike. It's called a "Vagabond," and I've located a Firestone tag on it, but I can't find out anything about it (year, value, etc.). It has a banana seat, is one speed with no hand brakes. Any insight into this bike's history would be appreciated!

It's tires say 26x1/38 and are shot. I want to replace the rubber, but my new 26" tires won't fit on the rim. They are way too small! Any ideas on this?

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:wheel/tire size confusion posted by clare snyder on 9/27/2007 at 5:34:20 PM
You need "Canadian" tires. These 26 X 1 3/8 tires were common on Canadian and British bikes in the sixties and seventies and are still available (at least up here). As usual, only import brands - mostly Kenda (which WERE made in Thailand, but, alas, are now CHINESE like just about anything else.

FIRESTONE VAGABOND posted by Todd Anderson on 11/2/2007 at 5:24:35 PM
Hello. My name is Todd Anderson and while doing an internet search I came across your blog. I am wondering if you would be interested in selling the Firestone Vagabond Bicycle you now have. That was my first bicycle as a kid and I have been looking to obtain one for about a year now. Let me know if your interested. Thanks.

FIRESTONE VAGABOND posted by Todd Anderson on 11/2/2007 at 5:26:16 PM
By the way, my email address is tcplus3@hotmail.com.

RE:FIRESTONE VAGABOND posted by Sarah Delaunay on 3/20/2011 at 2:04:20 PM
I have a 1943 firestone vagabond featherweight bicycle... This bike is all original and it was kept in a garage for fifty years. I don't know how much you would like to spend, but I could not let the bike go for less than $2500. Email me back if you are interested. Thanks.

RE:RE:FIRESTONE VAGABOND posted by sandra boudreau on 6/5/2011 at 1:47:54 PM
could you send me a pic of the bike please

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:wheel/tire size confusion posted by alan gooset on 8/30/2011 at 1:59:07 PM
I won't pay 2500 dollars for a bike vintage or not !
by: 24.200.133.6




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Schwinn Starlet III posted by: annie on 7/30/2007 at 6:01:35 AM
My 10 year old daughter fell in love with this bike we bought at a sale -$30! Great shape and a lovely blue. Just needs a good cleaning -- and sounds like carefully! Two questions. What is the push button for on the front metal portion just below the right handlebar? Where do I find the serial # on this bike? Thanks!

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Seatpost bolt posted by: Audrey on 7/25/2007 at 8:04:19 PM
I am re-building a 1950's AMF Roadmaster that has an 8" bolt in the seatpost. I managed to muck up the threads and now I can't find anyone who carries this, including a bolt supply store. Any thoughts on where I can get a new one??

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Schwinn Template posted by: Michelle on 7/19/2007 at 1:42:02 PM
Hi everyone,
I have a SCHWINN MIDGET STINGRAY 16 inch from approx 1970 and need a template for the chain guard. It is painted on not a decal. If anyone has one or knows where I can purchase one please let me know. thanks,
p.s. I'm in Southern California.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:retro or metro posted by: Tamie on 7/18/2007 at 9:46:39 PM
My husband just bought me, for my 41st b-day, the greatest gift ever. I now have a 1951 JC Higgins Color Flow female bike with rack, skirt protector - I call fins, fenders w/reflector in back. It does not look to me as if there was ever a tank attached, but I could be over looking that. I also do not see where the light scratched paint or anything, maybe there was not one, and I do not see a ? springer??? It all looks very original down to mint troxel seat. This is a dream bike and so COMFORTABLE, heavy as heck, but rides smooth. One speed, coaster back brake. I could go on and on about how this gift is one of a life time. BUT...

My question is this, are there missing parts? And when I seen the bike I loved it for its charm and character. When I went to find pictures of it, I was shocked to have gotten such a great find at a price less than $50.00.

So now do I keep it retro and find the missing parts if there are any, do I keep the original paint job which is still very nice no rust but speckles / chipped slighly, And the wheels are in great shape, the big white wall balloon tires, coaster brakes, chain ect all in great shape. It is not that I want to ever sell but value is kinda cool.

Or should I go metro and pimp it out... lol.. 41 with a pimped out 1951 color flow, add new lighting, paint,a bell, baskets to rack, blinker and a light with radio, what about glow strips?

What are all the opinions for my lovely new "GG" as I will name her "generation gap" "go girl" "go go" I like it better than Molly, my kids thought it was a joke. ha thats what little they know.

So RETRO leave alone find the parts missing, "bat wing light" tank? if any, and use the brillo and tounge depressor and shine her up leaving all as is or
METRO revive / revamp?

Please all replies welcome..... my friend also got a deal at a GS for $5. She already went and bought spray paint.... no, that is not what I want. I want opinions and suggestions.

Funny, we told our husbands we get an awfull lot of men looking at us now that we are on these wonderful lovely cruisers.

All replys appriciated ! Thanks you for your information in advance.

Help..........I want to ride soon.

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:retro or metro posted by nate on 7/20/2007 at 5:16:30 AM
Sounds like a great bike.
DO NOT RE-PAINT IT!!!!!
Painting can kill a bike's value.

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:retro or metro posted by Brian on 7/21/2007 at 5:04:30 PM
I would paint it, you can never replace those hand painted pinstrips. Just polish it with automotive paste wax, use same on chrome with fine steel wool. You can add a fender light, bell and a wicker basket and you can even find a tank for it.

RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:retro or metro posted by Brian on 7/21/2007 at 5:06:51 PM
I wanted to type I would NOT paint it but my fingers typed somethong else!

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:retro or metro posted by Michael on 7/24/2007 at 9:22:27 PM
HI
Do NOT repaint. I am just workig on some older bikes and found the folowing worked well. First an over all light hand washing if it is filthy. Then, a diluted citra solve type cleaner and toothbrush on chain and chrome. The solution cuts grease and is somewhat oily itself. I thought some rims were rusty but found the solution cleaned them off nicely, by just rubbing with toothbrush then rubbing off residue and any remainig lotion with a cloth. When it is clean enough to work on removing and regreasing hubs, chain etc. that should be done early on since you wil just get things dirty again. IF you look up any chrome cleaning tips they will alwayts say to use the least aggressie solution and to not use steel wool, etc if at all possible. Just stupid. Some suggest vinegar and baking soda solution. I found that all but some tiny rust pits were cleaned. Oiling, waxing and cleaning them in the future will keep the rust at bay somewhat. Removing more chrome will simply speed up the process and leave scratches. I would recomend touch up painting as small as possible any open metal areas on the frame to prevent rust, but preserve that original finish. Also, if there are decals be very careful about damaging them and don't rush to replace or to make the finish look brand new. Cause its an old bike! Aint that the point? Finally would use a liquid bike wax NOT CAR WAX very sparingly to give a good shine. As to oiling cheain etc., new lubes are not heavy grease monsters which attracted dust and ruined chains. As to adding things it may be hard to find exact replacement but easier to find period correct accessories at some Goodwill, junk stores, flea markets, etc. My sister had a bike like this and I don't think there were tanks on girl's bikes.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:vin # posted by: chris on 7/16/2007 at 9:13:56 PM
where would i find the vin# on a columbia sports III i dont know where it is and i dont even know what year it is

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:vin # posted by nate on 7/17/2007 at 5:42:55 AM
Try the left rear dropout.
You might find a 2-digit date code on the rear hub

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