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RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:Who restores saddles? posted by: Larry T. on 6/10/2007 at 3:33:40 AM
I have an old (1890's to 1910?) track bike that needs a restoration of the saddle. I have the old one that is falling apart in pieces. Anyone know of a good saddle restorer?

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:My Website / Blog For Bikes posted by: Keith Pops on 6/8/2007 at 6:04:36 PM
Hey. I've learned many many things over the years from this website and I hope some of you can come check out my blog where I'm posting about my process of disassembling, restoring, and building custom bicycles complete with pictures and videos at DirtyAgency.com. Don't let the name fool you into thinking it's something it's not. I'm working on mostly cruisers but the occasionally racer as well. Thanks everyone for all the help you've given me over the years.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:How to disassemble my crank posted by: Philippe on 6/2/2007 at 10:44:11 AM
Hello,
I want to disasssemble my crank, who can help me ?
What kind of tool i need for ?
it is an old Williams crank ...
Here is pictures:

http://i14.servimg.com/u/f14/09/02/39/34/105_2018.jpg

http://i16.servimg.com/u/f16/09/02/39/34/105_2111.jpg

http://i16.servimg.com/u/f16/09/02/39/34/105_2112.jpg

Thank you...

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:shimano 3 speed BELL CRANKS posted by: geoff on 5/31/2007 at 1:12:33 AM
hi,

BELL CRANKS.. you know, these things that change gears:

http://bikesmithdesign.com/SA/bellcranks.jpg

i thought someone out there might know something about the different bell cranks for shimano 3 speeds.

i have heard that some of the older shimano bell cranks are
better than others. i have heard there are types:

Positron

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the one with a red "N" in the adjust window

and one with a different letter?

any others?

-could you please advise which is best?

or modify a SA one to suit?


gkelland@student.ecu.edu.au

geoff

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:shimano 3 speed BELL CRANKS posted by nate on 6/1/2007 at 5:37:57 AM
The only type I've seen is the bell crank with the N as far as I know.
Shouldn't be hard to find an NOS or used one cheap.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:shimano 3 speed BELL CRANKS posted by: geoff on 5/31/2007 at 1:12:33 AM
hi,

BELL CRANKS.. you know, these things that change gears:

http://bikesmithdesign.com/SA/bellcranks.jpg

i thought someone out there might know something about the different bell cranks for shimano 3 speeds.

i have heard that some of the older shimano bell cranks are
better than others. i have heard there are types:

Positron

333

the one with a red "N" in the adjust window

and one with a different letter?

any others?

-could you please advise which is best?

or modify a SA one to suit?


gkelland@student.ecu.edu.au

geoff

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Light in Front tank posted by: Liza on 5/21/2007 at 10:16:56 PM
Hello :) I have been restoring my 1962 J.C. Higgins bike for about 8 years now... its pretty much done except for the light in the front tank. The light is perfect but the battery harness is rotted and there is a piece broken off. When can I get a replacement??? Any help is appreciated! I'm in the southern California area... thank you!!

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Front fender replacement posted by: Derek on 5/20/2007 at 11:43:18 AM
I've pulled a couple of pretty awesome vintage bikes out of the trash in the past few weeks,one is an Auto-Mini folding bike that seems to be in excellent shape, the other is a gray huffy bay pointe ten speed that is missing a brace for the rear fender and looks like it has mountings for a front fender that isn't there anymore. I plan on taking it to the bike shop once it stops raining to at least get the braceing for the rear fender, but i was wondering if anybody has tips on getting replacement fenders that will match the bike pretty good for the front tire. its a really cool shade of deep gray, and although i would like to replace the fender, it would look pretty lame if it didn't match up exactly. I also would like to add those old school torpedo headlights onto both bikes, but i was wondering if most bike places carry headlights in that style or if i would have to special order them.

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC: Front fender replacement posted by Ed on 6/6/2007 at 7:52:17 PM
The Auto mini was the real prize. Ed




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Spaceliner wiring posted by: Akikuro on 5/13/2007 at 2:19:02 PM
Hi-
I'm trying to restore a woman's Spaceliner and i can't figure out how the wiring should go for the horn and light in the front tank.

Does anyone have suggestions? Much appreciated!

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Spaceliner wiring posted by nate on 5/17/2007 at 4:30:15 AM
It should be pretty easy:
Two wires from the battery holder, one goes to one terminal on the light and the other goes to one end of the switch.
Then a wire from the other end of the switch to the other terminal of the light.

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Spaceliner wiring posted by Akikuro on 5/19/2007 at 7:44:57 PM
Thanks. I tried it but no luck. I'm wondering if it's more complicated that i have a light and horn wired to a single battery tray,

I took some pictures of the parts. Any help anyone could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Also- can anyone recommend a good polishing compound to brighten up and maybe protect a painted frame? I have a Columbia 3 star and i want to clean it up without stripping the original paint.
THANKS!!

http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/akikuroz/album?.dir=ec3bre2&.src=ph&store=&prodid=&.done=http%3a//photos.yahoo.com/ph//my_photos




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Restoring Old School BMX Bike posted by: Sarah on 5/8/2007 at 9:47:08 AM
I have had this bike for a few months now & just recently decided I need to fix it up. I'm not sure of the year, but I know it's either a 1979 or 1980 Mongoose Motomag. It has all the decals, but there is some rust on the bolts & frame. I don't ride bmx, and don't know much about restoring bikes...so any information would be great. I'm more than willing to post/send pictures as well to get further help. Thanks!

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:���Restoring Old School BMX Bike posted by mike on 6/23/2007 at 12:59:42 PM
Here is a great link:

www.bmxmuseum.com




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Armstrong 42 posted by: Kristin on 4/24/2007 at 1:03:56 AM
Hi,

I have an Armstrong ladies bike, single speed. It has T42 stamped on it so I assume it was made in 1942. It has what looks like the original carrier, armstrong rubber pads on the pedals and the armstrong cut out chain guard. It is black with white front and rear fenders (black underneith).
I am restoring it and wondered if anyone could give me any tips from their own experience and if there was any additional information on this bike and/or photo's.

Thanks in advance
Kind regards
Kristin

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Chain system - slipping gears posted by: Joshua H on 4/21/2007 at 12:33:48 PM
Hello

I have a 1974 Sears Free Spirit street bike. When pedaling uphill or sometimes downhill the chain will slip off its current gear to another one, what should I do to prevent this?

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Chain system - slipping gears posted by nate on 4/23/2007 at 5:12:25 AM
Sounds like you need to be sure that the rear wheel is lined up properly in the frame.

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Chain system - slipping gears posted by Ray on 5/16/2007 at 6:51:10 PM
I have in my posession several antique bikes. I would like to restore them and sell them. I have A bicycle ministry where I collect and repair old bikes. I have come into posession of several that are antiques. I dont know what is allowed in restoration and what is not. I would like to hear from some with this knowledge that could help me out. Thanks in advance. Ray

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Chain system - slipping gears posted by clare snyder on 9/27/2007 at 5:57:51 PM
first thing is to make sure the tension on the shift lever is adequate. Tighten the screw in the center of the shift lever 'till it has a heavy drag.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:what kind of bike do I have posted by: Mike Muise on 4/15/2007 at 11:40:57 AM
I want to restore an old bicycle my grandfather gave to me years ago .I need HELP identifying it so I can come up with a colour and reproduce some name decals .Thankyou!!!

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:tips fpr rims, paint, chrome posted by: p.k. on 4/8/2007 at 5:24:54 AM
I just bought an 1950's J.C. Higgins. The frame is in good condition but the tank, fenders, fender skirt etc have minor rust and no luster. The rims are totally shot, and the spring is alos very rusty. I cleaned with the kit available here and it helped but not much. Soooo, does anyone live in Massachusetts that can recommend places to do the chrome, paint and the rims. For the rims and spring I was thinking of sanding down myself and spray painting , would this last and look good?? Finally, where would I find a serial number???

Thanks!!!!!!!!

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:tips fpr rims, paint, chrome posted by nate on 4/9/2007 at 5:20:26 AM
Chroming is really expensive, and sanding and painting bad chrome doesn't work.
Maybe you should look on eBay for some used parts in better shape?




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Crank cotters posted by: James Montgomery on 4/7/2007 at 9:47:45 PM
I have a 1955 Phillips rod brake roadster that is in need of crank pins and a front rim.
The rim damage is slight enough that the bike is ridable but the front brake is unusable.
Is this reparable or is a new rim in order?
Is it possible to build new wheels using modern rims that will work with the rod brakes?
This bike is gorgeous looking and quite comfy to ride with the original leather seat!
Thanks,
James

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Crank cotters posted by nate on 4/9/2007 at 5:22:21 AM
You might want to put this under the English Roadster topic, there are a lot of Phillips experts there.
Sometimes you can tap dents out of a rim, and then re-true it with good results.
Modern rims probably don't have the correct profile for rod brakes.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:How to Restore Phillips Racer..? posted by: Don F on 3/23/2007 at 4:07:06 PM
Help! I had about a dozen replies when I tried to sell my circa 1972 vintage Phillips Deluxe racer for $189, but fortunately the buyer backed-out --- and now I have decided to restore and keep the bike myself! This is the bike I received for X-mas as a kid and I do love it and I'm happy I am keeping it, but I have NEVER EVER worked on a bike beyond light tune-ups. The bike has not been ridden in twenty-five years due to a kinked rear rim and is dry and dusty but only the chain is rusty. Do I need to disassemble, clean, lube and reassemble the entire bike? Are there parts (plastic washers, springs, etc.) I will inevitably need if I do attempt this? Can a lightly rusted chain simply be cleaned and oiled?? Can I still get the lightly-kinked rear rim straightened, smoothed, and balanced by a bike shop, or do they not do that anymore...??? I am a mechanically competent person, but a full bike restoration is a bit of a challenge....

Thanks in advance for any help you can give, and I'd be pleased to send a pic of the old girl if you'd like to see it.

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:How to Restore Phillips Racer..? posted by Skip Intro on 3/25/2007 at 6:06:52 AM
That's a great cycle to restore, both sentimentally and value-wise.
I'd also post your question under the English Roadster topic. There are a lot of Phillips experts there.
One thing I can say, do not re-paint it unless it is a complete pile of rust.

RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:How to Restore Phillips Racer..? posted by Skip Intro on 3/25/2007 at 6:08:55 AM
Is that your 72 Phillips with the saddlebag in the Picture Database?

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:How to Restore Phillips Racer..? posted by Don F on 3/26/2007 at 2:50:30 AM
Yes, by George, that's it! Apparently thanks to Vin.... and what a great site this is!

As for the paint, I'm an architectural historian and preservation specialist, and the basic motto is ---roughly -- " retain and preserve as much historic fabric as reasonably feasible", and thus I've always believed in keeping the original "patina". I've never understood --- for example -- these characters who would take a good, original 1960s "muscle" car and completely replace every single element, so that there's not a shred left of the evidence of that trip to the drive-in in 1967, or that street "fight" in 1969, etc. etc.

The frame of my Phillips has a few good gouges in the top tube from the loosey-goosey cable retaining clamps, but is otherwise in pretty shape, and all original --- everything you see in the photos --- saddle bag, Pirelli rear tire, Wright saddle, Huret deraileurs and mint chainguard, --- even the water bottle and original toe clips (not installed) are original to the bike. And that's the original brochure by the front rim. Only the right brake lever is not original. It was a low-cost bike and is certainly no Raleigh Professional, but it's probably as rare...

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