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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Storage posted by: Phil on 6/8/2006 at 7:39:25 PM
I have never counted them, but I must have about 20 wheels in storage, probably not that great of an amount; does anyone have a space-economic way to store these? Thanks.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by: Terry on 6/8/2006 at 4:06:35 PM
I need to find someone that works on horns. I have a donald duck bike that the quaker horn doesn't work on. I would also buy one if someone has one. This one looks to be in very good shape it just doesn't work

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Centurion Decals? posted by: Denise Saxon on 5/31/2006 at 6:22:28 AM
I have a vintage Centurion 10 speed that I would like to re-paint, but if I do that I'd love to have new decals to put on it...is there any where on the planet to find such a thing as Centurion decals?

Thanks!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Centurion Decals? posted by mike on 8/8/2006 at 1:55:02 AM
Same here I am also restoring an old Centurion and cannot find any new decals. I am considering putting Cannodale or Trek decals instead. Any Ideas?

          Centurion decals posted by Terry on 11/19/2006 at 8:49:28 PM
I am also in the process of restoring an 80's era Centurion road bike. Have you had any luck finding decals?

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT: Centurion Decals? posted by zach on 1/12/2007 at 6:41:08 PM
I have searched high and low with no luck. The closest thing I can find is the centurion boat company. Which makes decals for there boats and window decals for trucks. I think it would be as close to the real thing as your going to get.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   SPOT WELDING ? posted by: ADR on 5/31/2006 at 3:13:00 AM
CAN ANYONE SPOT WELD PROFESSIONALLY THESE PEDALS (ROYCE UNION OLD FOLDING GERMAN)TO THEIR CRANK ARMS ?THEY ARE COMING OUT. I CAN'T FIND ANY SHOP AROUND.I'M IN QUEENS NY

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   help needed! posted by: me on 5/29/2006 at 7:54:49 PM
hey,
I need a manual for a Motobecane moped.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   help needed! posted by: me on 5/29/2006 at 7:54:49 PM
hey,
I need a manual for a Motobecane moped.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by: Jeff on 5/28/2006 at 2:00:34 AM
To repair some damage to my fenders, I had to remove the fender braces. Where can I get rivets to re-install the braces? Or should I just use machine screws and nuts?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by Phil on 5/28/2006 at 8:12:19 PM
I think you can get rivetts at Home Depot in the hardware department.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Tires posted by: Barry on 5/25/2006 at 12:46:46 AM
Hello.

This may seem like a very simple question, (actually, I'm hoping it is a simple question), but I haven't had any luck finding tires that appeal to me for my 1960's era three speeds or middleweights.
I thought that the tires would be the easiest part of the project.
Can anybody tell me if there is a company that makes a good quality 26 x 1 3/8 or 26 x 1.75 blackwall tire that looks like the old style tread and sidewall design?
I can find slick, performance tires, or knobby, off-road looking tires, but nothing that has the old fashioned tread designs. Something like a brick tread would be great, but I realize I may be asking for a miracle there.
I don't know if Kenda makes a tire of this type, but I have heard that their quality leaves a lot to be desired anyway.
Can somebody recommend anything?
Please?

Thank you much.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Tires posted by Dee Railleur on 6/3/2006 at 1:10:30 PM
You should look for Scwalbe for the old style 26" - they make flak-jacket tires that will outlast many of the bikes I've installed them on. I love the Schwalbes for look and durability, too. And yes, they corner just fine, wet or dry. German company with a strong rep, online searches only require the schpelling to be accurate - but here you go: www.schwalbe.de.
Also like Vredstein (Dutch), somtimes they have the off-white rubbers that perfect the old CCMs that use 28" rims. I used one pair (that didn't fit a Dutch bike?!) for 3 years on my favorite city ride/loaner/ cargo beast hybrid. With over 4000 kms on them, the back tire finally got a flat and I relented with a Nokian (Finnish tires, unbeatable quality) to replace it.
Good luck!
Cog in the Smog,
Toronto, Canada




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Broken Stem Bolt posted by: Jason on 5/24/2006 at 9:06:43 PM
I have an early 50's JC Higgins...The stem bolt has broken and part of the screw and wedge are still stuck inside the goose neck. Does anybody have any suggestions as to how get this off. Thanks.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Broken Stem Bolt posted by ned on 5/25/2006 at 6:23:32 PM
get a steel dowel and see if you can either pound on the end of the broken bolt, or insert the dowel all the way down to the wedge. If it is the old style the wedge is like a cork stuck inside of the end of the stem, which is split to expand. If it is a diagonal wedge it might be difficult to get the dowel to hold without sliding.
Did the bolt snap off during removal? How far down?

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Broken Stem Bolt posted by Jason on 5/26/2006 at 9:37:21 PM
Yes, the bolt snapped during when I was trying to loosen the stem bolt. It is about 5 inches down, and it seems like the broken peice of the bolt may only be about an inch or probably less. I have tried using a screw driver and a hammer, but have had no luck at all knocking the wedge loose. I was thinking of taking it to a bike store, but my confidence will be boosted if I can get it loose myself. I will try the steel dowel approach. If that does not work, do you have any other suggestions. Thanks for the help.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   colson tandem posted by: Terry O~Brien on 5/21/2006 at 3:29:55 AM
Hi all - I have late 30's rear steer Colson tandem frame,doe anyone no how to remove the rear steer fork from the frame? I have the gooseneck out & the assembly loose. The wedge for the neck is broken & stuck inside, if that matters. Thanks

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Mead Ranger posted by: Mike on 5/17/2006 at 9:04:57 PM
Thanks for the response. That was fast. I also should have asked about the round tube under the down tube. It appears to be approximately 2" in diam. and 14" Long. It is metal and has a removable cap that looks like it had wires or a cord attached on the inside. Any thoughts on what this is. Also. I paid $300.00 for a collection of bikes and this Mead was within.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Mead Ranger posted by Brian on 5/21/2006 at 9:53:24 PM
That tube is for holding the batteries for lights. A very desirable accessory to have. They can be quite costly, even just the clamps are hard to find. The front fender on most Rangers was short and drilled for a special bracket for the headlight. The battery tube could be mounted above the top bar or below it.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   MEAD RANGER posted by: MIKE on 5/17/2006 at 4:03:08 AM
Hello
I recently came across some old bikes one being an old mead ranger. It appears to be in very good condition but does show some wear. Are bikes like this better left alone. where or when do you decide to restore? Does it hurt or help the value? Any help in this topic would be appreciated. I am rather new to collecting old bikes and want to learn more.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   MEAD RANGER posted by nate on 5/17/2006 at 12:18:52 PM
Congrats on finding a valuable and desirable old bicycle.
A good rule of thumb is to never repaint. Period. (Unless the bike is pile of complete rust.)

As the saying goes: "It's only original once"!
Just clean it up as best you can.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Restoration Tips posted by: Jason on 5/12/2006 at 6:22:49 PM
I am restoring an old JC Higgins bicylce, and when it comes to painting, I am a little inexperienced. I was given some advice to get the bicycle "powder coated." But as far as painting details on the bike(fender details, chain guard stripes) with a different color, what kind of paint is used. Spray enamel, automotive paint?...I have heard many suggestions. Does anyone have any advice in this area. Thanks.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Restoration Tips posted by hazz138 on 6/9/2006 at 5:38:58 AM
You could look into auto paint shop for someone who does pinstripeing it will probably cost you but it would look great or do what i did buy some brushes and start practiceing good luck




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Wald parts posted by: Barry on 5/4/2006 at 10:39:55 PM
Hello.
I was just wondering if anybody has any experience with Wald replacement parts.
I'm going to need to purchase some aftermarket parts, (handlebars, gooseneck, maybe chrome fenders), and their name came up. I believe they are still American made. (Somewhat of a rarity today!)
I have absolutely NO prior experience with fixing bicycles, but I thought I might try a pretty basic project just for fun.
If anyone has experience with Wald parts, what do you think of the quality, and would you recommend them?

Thank you much,
Barry

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Wald parts posted by Brian on 5/5/2006 at 1:01:32 AM
Wald replacement parts are the best you can get. Many manufacturers used them as original parts. I dont know if Wald is still in business. Many of the parts they used to make are getting hard to find. So many replacement parts are made in China and Taiwan now. If you have a source for Wald parts I would not hesitate to buy.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Wald parts posted by Barry on 5/7/2006 at 3:25:20 AM
Thanks Brian.
An online search turned up quite a few results for Wald parts, but I guess that doesn't always mean much. There's no guarantee that those sites have been updated recently.
Now that I've heard a positive endorsement for the parts, I'll take it to the next level and actually see if I'm able to purchase anything.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Wald parts posted by Pat on 5/7/2006 at 4:24:19 AM
Worksman Cycles lists Wald Baskets as an Option still for their bikes.. I think its safe to say they are still around in some form.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Wald parts posted by John Metz on 5/8/2006 at 11:28:54 AM
Try e-bay!

Cycle on!

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Wald parts posted by ned on 5/25/2006 at 6:39:32 PM
Try amazon.com I found a place called Niagra Cycle Works that lists Wald parts on their Amazon store, though not at their website. It's one place to get 5/16" axles, which I need for my Hawthorne

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Wald parts posted by Dee Railleur on 6/3/2006 at 1:01:05 PM
Hello from Canada!
Your posting raises some curious ideas about American distribution systems. A Canadian company provides the shop(s) I've worked at for over 8 years with many of the best quality of WALDs brand line. I have wondered about it being all American (no disrepect) because the globalised market crushes perfectly good firms regardless of tradition. BABAC, D'Amour Bicyclette (DAMCO) are two distributors operating in the province of Quebec (they speak English just fine) to supply the rest of eastern Canada (and beyond). Perhaps a polite request with their managers will reconnect you with their Stateside manufacturer(s). While I have some quibbles with their stock choices, I have to admire consistent quality in most of the line of baskets, wheel-pressed chromed fenders and handlebars that I know are still made under the WALD name. I keep hold of any stems etc. stamped with that name because they help complete restorations of older bikes, without taking away from safety or the contemporary aesthetic. Here are the #'s for:
Babac Cycle Products (514) 527-8261 ...
D'Amour Bicycle & Sports Inc. Quebec (514) 637-6511
I've been able to order from them via catalogue only (no web stuff), even as a hobbyist - credit cards are fine - but Canadian bike shops usually deal with these two as reliable backups for all sorts of supplies. Their tubes and tires are always priced to compete.
Well, best of luck, hope this helps.
Regards from the Cog in the Smog,
Toronto, Ontario.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Wald parts posted by Dee Railleur on 6/3/2006 at 1:02:15 PM
Hello from Canada!
Your posting raises some curious ideas about American distribution systems. A Canadian company provides the shop(s) I've worked at for over 8 years with many of the best quality of WALDs brand line. I have wondered about it being all American (no disrepect) because the globalised market crushes perfectly good firms regardless of tradition. BABAC, D'Amour Bicyclette (DAMCO) are two distributors operating in the province of Quebec (they speak English just fine) to supply the rest of eastern Canada (and beyond). Perhaps a polite request with their managers will reconnect you with their Stateside manufacturer(s). While I have some quibbles with their stock choices, I have to admire consistent quality in most of the line of baskets, wheel-pressed chromed fenders and handlebars that I know are still made under the WALD name. I keep hold of any stems etc. stamped with that name because they help complete restorations of older bikes, without taking away from safety or the contemporary aesthetic. Here are the #'s for:
Babac Cycle Products (514) 527-8261 ...
D'Amour Bicycle & Sports Inc. Quebec (514) 637-6511
I've been able to order from them via catalogue only (no web stuff), even as a hobbyist - credit cards are fine - but Canadian bike shops usually deal with these two as reliable backups for all sorts of supplies. Their tubes and tires are always priced to compete.
Well, best of luck, hope this helps.
Regards from the Cog in the Smog,
Toronto, Ontario.




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RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   60's Stingray type-LEOPARD PRINT seat posted by: Scott Williams on 4/25/2006 at 8:05:24 PM
Anybody know the make of the mid-60's Stingray type bike that featured a leopard-print seat and gold paint?

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