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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   where to start posted by: Dan Mitchell on 4/25/2006 at 4:50:23 PM
Just got a old schwinn tandum bike that needs some parts and care to get it working condition.
Need a supplier of parts for this type bike.
Thanks for the info
Dan

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Schwinn Parts posted by: Ed. on 4/24/2006 at 10:48:36 PM
I have a 1954 Schwinn Black Phantom, totally original, mint condition, but missing rear fender reflector/tail light. I'm having trouble finding one. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Thank you.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Schwinn Parts posted by Bikesavage on 5/3/2006 at 4:23:19 AM
Memory Lane Classics. Ask for the good glass lense model. They have the tail lights too.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   information needed posted by: Mike Berry on 4/23/2006 at 12:15:42 AM
How can I locate someone near my home who is capable & qualified to complete restoring a bike? I live in the Denver area and I am searching for someone who can complete the final details needed to finish restoration of my bike. This bike is already in excellent condition, but it is not 100% perfect. It still needs a few fine details to be completed before it will be perfect.

If anyone knows of someone within the Denver area that you could recommend to complete this type of detailed finish to a restoration project, I would certainly appreciate your input.

I am not a "bike person" so I am in uncharted waters for me. Are there a few people, or companies, that are considered the "best-of-the-best" when it comes to bike restoration, as there are for car restorations? If there are, I would appreciate it if you could pass along their names and contact information to me.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Stingray Orange Krate Restoration posted by: tasha on 4/20/2006 at 4:17:01 PM
Hello!

I want to restore an orange Krate Stingray...and i have NO bike repair or metal restoration experience at all! The paint is in ok condition because another kid that had the bike after me spray-painted it. The spray paint seems to be peeling off to reveal pretty unrusted orange paint! Anyway, the chrome is rusty on some spots, especially the wheels and sproket, and I need some tips on how to refinish, or any links to a good place with tips would be much appreciated. I'd prefer to make this a DIY project, but might resort to bringing it in. what do you think?

thanks much!

-tasha

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Stingray Orange Krate Restoration posted by tasha on 4/20/2006 at 4:37:28 PM
ok, i found a good resource and pretty much answered my own question, but any more advice for a first-timer would be great! as this thing has plenty more broken stuff.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Stingray Orange Krate Restoration posted by Steven on 9/18/2006 at 11:34:50 PM
I am kinda new to the old bikes scene. One of my good friends gave me great tips on cleaning my Schwinn Corvette. For the chrome, use 0000 ultra fine steel wool & mothers aluminum polish. Just take your time & go slow.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Bicycle with plastic gas tank posted by: Chad on 4/13/2006 at 4:23:35 AM
Does anyone know the name/model of a bicycle produced in the late 70's that looked like a motocross bike, had a fake plastic gas tank, huge black seat and heavy shocks on the front forks? This was an actual bicycle. thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Bicycle with plastic gas tank posted by nate on 4/13/2006 at 12:22:51 PM
I think there was one company that made them (or maybe more) but they had a bunch of different brand names.
There is one in the picture database here on oldroads.
Do a search for the make "Venture".

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Bicycle with plastic gas tank posted by Chad on 4/17/2006 at 7:40:09 AM
Thankyou so much, Nate. That was it and a bunch of us mid 30's Toronto boys greatly appreciate it.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Sears Adult Tri-Cycle posted by: Henry G. on 4/2/2006 at 12:59:35 AM
I recently acquired an old Sears Roebuck Adult Tri-Cycle that needs work. I was wondering if anyone might help me find a parts manual and info on re-assembling the chain "differential" and any other info that might be helpful. It's my first tri-cycle resto, though I have experience with two-wheelers.
thanks,
Henry

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Colombia Hiawatha twosome posted by: steve on 3/28/2006 at 2:05:37 AM
I have a Colombia Hiawatha twosome tandam bicycle. Iam looking to purchase parts to restore my bike. But i can't even find the age of the bike to know what kind of parts to buy.I would like to buy original seats and handle bars. and other parts. Please help if you know about this bike

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Missing cnnecting rod posted by: Claude Leblanc on 2/21/2006 at 7:09:54 PM
I' m restoring an old Whizzer and I have a crankshaft with a neddle bearing mounted connecting rod . Whizzer Bill can get me the neddle bearing but doesn' t have the connecting rod for it . Can somebody help me on that one ?

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Rollfast headlight posted by: Mike on 2/18/2006 at 11:48:35 PM
Greetings all,
Just found (quite literally) a woman's Rollfast bicycle that seems in remarkably good shape. Lots of minor rust on the chrome, nothing serious there. The only thing I can find close to it online is a 1959 men's model. Has tank and headlight extends past the front post. (Not sure of the terminology here.)
Qestion is, is it possible to repair the plastic lens bezel for the headlight?

Mike

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Rollfast headlight posted by Mike on 2/19/2006 at 3:39:42 PM
Here's some picture links:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/nogrownups/Bike/rollfast-1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v53/nogrownups/Bike/rollfast-2.jpg

Thanks for any help




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn Collegiate Women's 3-speed posted by: Go on 2/16/2006 at 4:27:56 AM
Can anyone help me figure out how to connect my 3-speed cable to the little chain in the back tire?

And what kind of screw do I need.

Pictures here:
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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Schwinn Collegiate Women's 3-speed posted by nate on 2/16/2006 at 1:30:29 PM
You need part number ZZSABRL, sold right here on this site for $2.95 on page:
http://oldroads.com/fs_p_eng.html




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Paint /frame shops in NYS posted by: Rich on 1/31/2006 at 4:32:43 PM
I'm in the process of restoring a 1982 Ross Paragon.
Finally got the neccessary decals etc. and ...the shop I was going to have paint the bike is..gone.
Any suggestions on shops IN NYS that do decent work. I definitely want the paint baked..just plain shooting with clearcoat doesn't quite cut it for the amt. of riding I do.

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   hard to find bikes posted by: cam on 1/28/2006 at 7:28:14 PM
hi i have resently found a 60s banana bike with a sweat ape hangers and a banana seat but it has a sort of gas tank on it.it has a front metal decal but its to sceratch to tell who makes it if you have any info about tell me

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   paint matching posted by: Gary on 1/28/2006 at 1:37:47 AM
Hi,

I have an old 1963 Columbia I'd like to restore for the fun of it. Never tried it before. Paint is in real bad shape. Color was once a kind of dark teal. Any suggestions on how to get some paint to match? Does anyone sell vintage paints out there? I tried several auto shops but struck out. I would like to repaint it in original color, but can't find the paint. Thanks...Gary

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   paint matching posted by Tom on 2/1/2006 at 3:36:23 PM
if money is no object and you can get a clean spot of original paint showing a good paint shop has a tool that will measure the light waves and determine proper mix for custom paint. I've seen this done for antique cars but it's expensive. I tend to paint in off the shelf colors that for me are 'close enough'. Good luck to you, Tom




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Frozen Seat Post posted by: Tom Furtado on 1/10/2006 at 5:49:02 PM
Does anyone have any tricks for removing a seatpost frozen into the seat tube. This is for a 70's Panasonic road bike with a nice triple butted frame that I rescued from the junkyard. Tips are greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Tom

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Frozen Seat Post posted by nate on 1/11/2006 at 2:45:40 PM
1) use lots of WD-40
2) Bolt a seat on the seat post so you have good leverage
3) tap the post with a hammer, tug on the seat, spray more WD-40
4) repeat..

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Frozen Seat Post posted by John Metz on 1/15/2006 at 2:18:57 PM
Go to www.sheldonbrown.com click on "repair tips" and see
his article on stuck seat post. He list fifteen ways to
accomplish this! Good luck!!

Cycle on!

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Frozen Seat Post posted by Tom Furtado on 1/16/2006 at 5:53:52 PM
WD40 alone wasn't enough. Here's what worked:
1. WD40 liberally. Remove seat and tires (to enable easy movement of frame).
2. Install seat tube in a vise, clamping on flat sides of tube where seat clamps mate.
3. Twist the frame to break the seal between seat post and seat tube. Broke free immediately with no damage to either part.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Tom

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Frozen Seat Post posted by Pat on 5/7/2006 at 4:31:37 AM
I found a much better product than WD-40. PB Blaster, it comes in a white spray can. Auto Zone, Big lots and other stores carry it as normal stock. It works really good, but I reccomend gloves because it smells weird and it will stain your skin a nice orange color with the stink for a day or two. I don't even bother with WD-40 anymore..

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