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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by: Richard Bell on 9/6/2010 at 8:35:17 PM
Does anyone make reproductions of classic decals. I have a '74 raleigh mixte that I'm going to restore & I need to do it right!
Thanks!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by jj on 9/7/2010 at 3:54:10 AM
I've seen people offering that service. Search the archives here using the google search box.
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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by Allen on 12/8/2010 at 9:43:00 PM
I found decals for my 82 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport at http://www.velocals.com/servlet/StoreFront
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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by Allen on 12/8/2010 at 9:54:46 PM
I found decals for my 82 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport at http://www.velocals.com/servlet/StoreFront
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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by Kevin on 3/20/2011 at 6:55:45 PM
Gill_m can be found on retrobike. he does fantastic reproduction decals and they are inexpensive. I've bought several sets from him.
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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by dave on 4/3/2011 at 11:12:49 PM
Hello,I'm looking for a set of Mondia decals.anyone know where i can get some?
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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by DARYL on 5/2/2011 at 5:17:29 PM
LOOKING FOR THE DECALS FOR A 1974 COLLEGIATE 5 SPEED.WANT TO RESTORE TO ORIGINAL GLORY BUT CAN,T FIND CORRECT DECALS.
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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Decals posted by alan gooset on 8/30/2011 at 2:10:59 PM
hum !!.. someone knows where can i find decals for CCM

models : galaxie, elan and others ?. thanks
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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1987 schwinn tempo bottom bracket posted by: Keith on 8/3/2010 at 7:21:16 PM
I'm trying to restore my 1987 Tempo with 105 group... I'm trying to find out the dimensions of the bottom bracket and if it's english or italian... I ride still over 200 miles a week... so I dont want to tear it down until i have replacement parts ready to go...

I'd also like to upgrade to a 8 or 9 speed hub and was wondering if anyone has had good experience with that...

thanks... looking forward to hearing back..
keith
amdew2 yahoo

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   harley davidson roadster bicycle posted by: Skye on 7/9/2010 at 6:28:52 PM
I am trying to repair my grandson's bike, which was actually his father's bike originally. When I removed the motor noise control off of the handle bar,it wasn't working. When I took the control box apart, there were five wires and four connections. Can anyone give me direction regarding where those wires go?

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Seat Post Diameters posted by: Ida Alaska on 6/22/2010 at 9:11:39 PM
I have a men's Columbia Sports III 3 internal 3 speed road bike. Made, I believe, in the early 70's. I found it in the woods minus the seat, and I need to know if anyone knows the seat post diameter so I can get a new seat without having to take the bike into the shop. Thanks!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Seat Post Diameters posted by jj on 6/23/2010 at 4:02:59 AM
Same size as a Schwinn seat post of that era.
Sorry don't have the exact size.




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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Rusty rims posted by: Dinah on 6/13/2010 at 6:50:10 AM
I found an old schwinn collegiate (mid 1970s?) I am restoring, and the rims are rusty. It cleans off the chrome with some metal polish and steel wool, but should I bother cleaning them or is it better to just get new ones?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Rusty rims posted by jj on 6/14/2010 at 3:44:41 AM
If they are so rusty that they are badly pitted, you should just replace them.
Pitted rims will eat through your rubber brake pads.
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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   red schwinn phantom posted by: rich adler on 6/2/2010 at 1:59:34 PM
jst bought this red phantom haveing a hard time learning if its real or repo. this is the serial number off the back of the frame.....k813298 it has no horn tank and looks like it never had one on it did they come this way? please any info i can use is welcome e-mail me thanks olds62@live.com

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   red schwinn phantom posted by jj on 6/3/2010 at 3:13:01 AM
Serial number looks right.
What make is the rear hub?
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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   red schwinn phantom posted by ken on 6/4/2010 at 12:46:27 PM
If it never had a tank, it's not a Phantom but another model. No original markings left? No headbadge? If you check the catalogs and dealer materials on Tom Findley's site you find it was possible to order a springer fork for other models as an option.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1966 Schwinn Breeze paint help posted by: Lya on 5/23/2010 at 6:53:25 PM
I have a black Breeze that was recently tuned and waxed by a local bike shop, and they accidentally took a bit of the silk screening off, so now it's faded. I would like to get the silk screening restored. The bike has lots of sentimental value, I don't plan to sell it, but I'd like the silk screening to look white again.
Doe anyone know of a restoration paint service that could help me?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1966 Schwinn Breeze paint help posted by Patrick on 5/28/2010 at 9:44:55 AM
Hi, I don't think the silkscreens are available,but I know for a fact that you can buy new decals for the chainguard. I've seen them on ebay and they look identical to the silkscreens.

Pat
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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Fuji Special Road Racer posted by: AC on 5/2/2010 at 6:20:45 PM
Hi, I have a fuji special road racer I want to fix up. Don't know much about restoring bikes so I'm looking for some help on getting rims and tires for this thing. How do I know what size I need? Do I need to find special tires, or would I be able to pick up rims and tires at Nashbar or something? Also, I've been picking up exact matches of parts that came with the bike- is this stupid? I'm not sure what modern day parts work on this thing...

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Fuji Special Road Racer posted by ken on 5/14/2010 at 12:36:12 PM
I'd guess that was a 700C model, but you didn't specify age.
Take a look at the picture explaining bead seat diameter here:
http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
If you don't have the original wheels, you can get a good idea of their BSD by measuring from where the axle would sit to the underside of the brake caliper (if you have the old brake installed) and multiplying by 2. The difference between 700C and 27" is only 4 mm though. If you've got some wheels, try 'em. If not, take the frame to LBS and ask. If they offer to sell you some high zoot, low spoke count hoops, you can still order from Nashbar.
I wouldn't worry about keeping it original. Part of the tradition of road bikes is the 'upgrade.' In other words, whatever suits you and does the job. Modern day parts will work if you want to invest in them, including thousand dollar wheelsets.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Video of Restoration posted by: Retro Richard on 4/18/2010 at 7:13:14 AM
My pasion is vintage Japanese bicycles from the 1950s. I have just completed a restoration project and posted a video on YouTube of the "Trash to Treasure".
I welcome your comments.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bakGDj5XXE8




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   fork tube bearings posted by: law on 4/2/2010 at 7:44:13 PM
I saved a nice, almost complete 1968 Raleigh Sport from the scrap yard and need to overhaul it. The fork tube bearings are good but I want to know exactly how many are suppose to be top and bottom. Is it like a motorcycle and odd count or even-steven for both?
Also, if I may, can someone tell me if I use grease on the bearings at the hubs, or is it strictly oiling?

Thanks for the info, Law

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   fork tube bearings posted by jj on 4/3/2010 at 3:50:28 AM
Try asking under the English Roadster topic. Lots of Raleigh 3-speed experts there.




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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:    28x1 3/8 Westwood-rims????? posted by: Henk Sneyders de Vogel on 12/18/2009 at 8:29:54 AM
Can someone tell me if 28x1 3/8 Westwood-rims are still available somewhere,that's the rim that takes a 642-tire, 700A. I'm searching for one, or a pair, in 36 holes. I know some fellow-amateurs who would like to have them as well in 36- and 40 holes-form. The 26x1 3/8 is widely spread, India and China, but these.....
Thanks for tips or help, Henk

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:    28x1 3/8 Westwood-rims????? posted by jj on 12/19/2009 at 5:47:57 AM
You might want to ask this under the English Roadster topic. I've seen it discussed there before because the Raleigh Tourist uses a similar rim.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   old Bottom Bracket (1981) posted by: Russ S. on 12/17/2009 at 4:15:58 PM
I nee to remove an old bottom bracket, and I'm not familiar with the type and would like some information on the tool one would use to do the job.

I have a picture at my blog,

http://rememberruss.blogspot.com/

Thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   old Bottom Bracket (1981) posted by ken on 1/14/2010 at 11:58:08 AM
explore the park tool website until you find a similar one. better yet get a manual like Leonard Zinn's




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Exact color match paint posted by: TerryPat on 11/28/2009 at 9:09:43 AM
I recently acquired a 1972 Schwinn Varsity in Sierra Brown Metallic paint. The bike was in a root seller & the paint is toast. I purchased a can of Rustolium Carmel metallic paint to repaint the bike. It's close but not exact. Is there anyone re-poping exact color match paint in rattle cans or by the pint. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I was told to go to an automotive paint store to see if they could match.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Exact color match paint posted by doug on 11/29/2009 at 3:50:53 PM
They can match it close usually pricy and wont mix less than a quart,enough to paint 20 bikes or more.If not doing a authentic re store why spend it,unless you need the extra paint for other projects,in my humble opinion.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   paint old or new posted by: Kevin on 11/27/2009 at 11:42:50 AM
I have a old 1950s Roadmaster Luxury liner that is all original well kept. Ive repolished all the chrome it looks great but the candy apple red paint is a bit faded. The paint would be easy to redo my question is the bike worth more as is or worth more with the paint redone? Please advise thanks Kevin

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   paint old or new posted by doug on 11/29/2009 at 3:54:19 PM
The folks on antique roadshow always insist origional is the most valuable.I think most experts agree on that,If it were mine I would keep it the same.If you want a brand new looking bike which may diminish the value re paint it.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   help with raleigh rims and paint posted by: Albert on 11/24/2009 at 10:39:26 PM
I recently bought a raleigh sports bike with severe surface rust on frame and rims. The rims appear to have been touched up with what i think is chrome paint, and have started to flake badly. What is the best solution for this, and would it be best to get replacement rims? There has also been some rust forming on the paint, i looked up on-line solutions to this problem and one persons restoration project involved rubbing off the rust with steel wool, then applting wd-40 on bikes frame and finally buffing it with car polish. Is this solution a good one? from the pictures posted, the bike turned out pretty well. Or, is the cleaning solution sold at old roads the best? Thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   help with raleigh rims and paint posted by doug on 11/29/2009 at 4:02:16 PM
The cleaning kit sold here is a good one.Ive used it with good success.I recommend using brass or bronze wool not steel,on chrome,I have also been told WD-40 could damage paint as well,could be rumor could be fact.I wouldnt risk it.elbow grease and a good car or motorcycle paint cleaner restorer will do a good job on your paint.good luck.

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