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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Transfers posted by: Mario Viscarret on 11/11/2009 at 9:22:54 PM
I have an old Hercules bicycle from 1969. I am restoring it and also I am looking for the transfers/stickers/decals. I really appreciate if you can provide a good replica source of them.
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Mario

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:paint for rubber pedals posted by: Randy on 11/1/2009 at 10:07:04 AM
I have white padals I want to paint black. What paint should I use? Thanks.

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:paint for rubber pedals posted by jj on 11/2/2009 at 4:45:04 AM
Regardless of the paint you use, it will wear off.
You need to find white replacement rubber blocks.

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:paint for rubber pedals posted by Randy on 11/6/2009 at 4:19:02 PM
I am having a tough time finding original pedals for a 1968 Sears Screamer!




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RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:rust inside top tube... posted by: brian on 10/23/2009 at 12:38:59 PM
recently found an english road bike with a sturmey archer 3 speed stamped 54. the headbadge says "reynolds bicycle co.". steel lugged frame, oil reservoir on the bottom bracket.
i want to restore this bike, however i hear some fust flakes tinging around in the top tube. the end of the tube is sealed by the head tube and seat tube so there is no way to shake this out or treat the inside of the tube in any way. i have heard the same sound on other bikes and was able to shake out the pieces, spray various chemicals in the tubes and call it good.
since this tube is sealed i dont know what to do.
should i leave it be and pray?
i might be able to fit a drill between the seat clamp and drill a hole in the end of the top tube, but in a way that seems more dangerous and blasphemous.

eventually i plan on powdercoating the frame and the local shop says they treat the metal before they powdercoat, so could that treatment fix the rusting problem? i can live with the small rattle, but i dont want to ride a dangerous bike.

thanks

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:rust inside top tube... posted by jj on 10/24/2009 at 5:37:36 AM
Blashemy aside, I'd first be sure the frame is safe. Tap a piece of wood along all of the tubes looking and listening for weakness. If is seems structurally sound then I'd go ahead and drill a hole and spray the inside of the tubes.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by: Restoring An 1800s Safety Bicycle? on 10/14/2009 at 6:16:23 PM
The bike is in full working order. However, it is quite rusty. What should I use to remove the surface rust? And what paint could I use to touch up the areas where it is scrape off? How do I get a paint the exact same colour?

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by jj on 10/15/2009 at 4:00:51 AM
Get the cleaning kit they sell here at OldRoads.
For paint - maybe you shouldn't try to touch it up. It could hurt the cycle's value. The cleaning oil will protect the original paint.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Peugeot Carbolite 103 - Suitable For Touring? posted by: david on 9/27/2009 at 12:48:17 PM
I bought this second hand for £10 (I'm in the UK) a few years ago and it has served me well. After many miles, the tyres need replacing, which I will be doing this week. It has a rear pannier rack and mudguards, plus some sort of lockout device for the back wheel - when you remove the key, the rear wheel won't turn until the key is returned.

It seems to be a reliable bike, so I am wondering if it would be good enough to get me on a touring trip I am planning of around 800 miles total?

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Naval Jelly posted by: Steve on 9/9/2009 at 2:08:24 PM
Anybody ever use naval jelly to remove rust/oxidation on a restoration project, and if so, are their any pros or cons to it?

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Naval Jelly posted by Mike on 9/17/2009 at 8:50:06 AM
I've found that Naval Jelly works very well. But be sure and follow the instructions exactly. Leaving it on too long will damage your part.

RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Naval Jelly posted by Steve on 9/18/2009 at 7:14:50 AM
I've been told not to use it on aluminum? are there any other metals you shouldn't use it on or is it just a matter of getting it off quickly?

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Naval Jelly posted by Mike Quigley on 9/19/2009 at 4:54:31 PM
Use it to remove RUST ONLY on steel. Never use it on aluminum. Car polish works well on aluminum.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:serial number posted by: manuel on 9/6/2009 at 1:21:10 PM
can anyone tell me what year this bike was made it is a schwinn ladys deluxe breeze i think the serial numbers are a78609 any info would be appriciated thanks,manuel in baldwin park,ca.

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:serial number posted by jj on 9/8/2009 at 3:41:28 AM
Look up that serail number on the charts under 'Technical Resources' above.

RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:serial number posted by PETE R on 10/1/2009 at 6:57:28 PM
JUST BOUGHT A GIRLS BIKE NEEDS TIRES AND WHERE DO I FIND VEN # AND YEAR MADE THANKS PETE

RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:serial number posted by David on 11/3/2009 at 6:28:38 AM
The serial number is stamped on the frame somewhere. Oh, it was made in 1965.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:1959 Schwinn Red Phantom posted by: Ron Stecz on 9/2/2009 at 5:58:22 AM
I have a 1959 Schwinn Red Phantom. I'm having a problem with the horn. If I push the button or short the contacts I get a solid click which tells me the winding is good, but I get no horn. I've tried adjusting the screw on the back but get no result.

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:1959 Schwinn Red Phantom posted by Patrick on 9/5/2009 at 2:12:02 PM
Try a couple drops of penetrating oil.

Pat
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RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:1959 Schwinn Red Phantom posted by Ron Stecz on 9/6/2009 at 5:52:04 AM
Patrick, when you say use a couple drops of penetrating oil, use it where? The adjusting screw turns ok, but the diaphragm seems stuck.

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:1959 Schwinn Red Phantom posted by Patrick on 9/9/2009 at 11:26:43 AM
I think you can drip the oil right in the hole where the diaphragm is.
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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:Rebuilding an RSW 16 posted by: Jules on 9/1/2009 at 11:05:31 AM
I have recently acquired an RSW16 which was completely stripped and in boxes. I have looked in the boxes and apart from the stand it all appears to be there. However there appear to be several spring clips and alike which I assume are from the interior of the headlight and I am unsure how the bearing caps for the forks go on. I am trying to find a schematic/exploded view of one so I can see where things go. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Sprague Pin posted by: Ben Willett on 8/30/2009 at 3:02:40 PM
What's the chance of finding a Sprague Pin for the old Schwinn kickstands? Yes, I lost mine. If I had known
they were hard-to-find, I wouldn't have lost it, for sure.
Thanks!

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Sprague Pin posted by manuel on 9/6/2009 at 1:14:59 PM
where do i find the serial numbers,and when i do find them how do i tell what month and year and where it was made,it is a blue schwinn ladys deluxe breeze?




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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:Looking for gobby parts..? posted by: jules on 8/10/2009 at 1:28:54 PM
I'm looking for a rear rim for a gobby 3 wheel bike. I am restoring the bike and am now looking for some parts. Mainly I just need the rear rim hub, I can build it up from there. JPTru3@gmail.com

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:rebuilding old bottom bracket posted by: bill on 8/8/2009 at 9:53:49 AM
how do I remove an old BB made by Koyo of Japan #6003RU? I want to go single speed using my orig road bike frame, an alum. Viscount made by Trusty of Eng. circa 1974. I've removed the split ring retainers but don't know how to proceed. Thanks! Bill

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:rebuilding old bottom bracket posted by brad on 8/9/2009 at 1:15:26 PM
well I just took mine apart today. I just put the crank arm bolts all the way in the axle and used a hammer and smacked it out. everything is press fit so it doesn't matter what side you hit first. one bearing came out with the axle the other stayed in the frame, so I pounded that one out as well.

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:rebuilding old bottom bracket posted by PHILIP on 8/22/2009 at 6:19:01 PM
I am currently in the same boat....I have a 1972 Lambert disassembled and the bottom bracket JAPAN KOYO needs to be taken out. A rubber hammer and good strong whack you say will do the trick? I am just curious to know if it worked Bill, just a little gun shy here. Thanks




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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:In Hub Brake Parts posted by: daniel on 7/23/2009 at 10:09:37 PM
Im working on an old schwinn deluxe tandem bicycle that i believe is from around 1959 and am currently trying to find a replacement piece for the brake that is built into the hub. It works by pushing out onto the hub walls when you squeze the brake lever and it has the word "ATOM" written on the part. Can anyone tell me where I can find a piece like this so i dont have to replace the whole wheel?

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:In Hub Brake Parts posted by Kevin on 7/25/2009 at 3:32:47 AM
go to www.schwinn.com, then bicycles, then heritage, then forums. Check out the buy-sell-trade section and the restoration section. It shouldn't be too hard to find brake shoes for an Atom hub; they were used for many years on Schwinns, including on "Krate" series Sting-Rays.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:Miyata Shop Mate Tricycle posted by: Ronda on 7/12/2009 at 11:16:02 PM
Just purchased a Miyata Shop Mate Tricycle, does anybody know anthing about this trike? It has a front light which is driven by the movement of the back wheel. I guess the most salient aspect of this bike is that it rides like a two wheeler the front part of the bike is not directly fastened down to the two wheels in the back, so it's possible for the rider to lean to the left and right without the rear two wheels being affected in any way.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:website posted by: Sandy on 7/5/2009 at 7:41:13 AM
Not much activity on this website, is there another website that discusses restoration of cycles?

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RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:website posted by jj on 7/6/2009 at 5:34:49 AM
Restoration stuff seems to be sprinkled around in other topics, mostly relating to the type of bike being restored.
What kind of bike are you restoring?

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:website posted by Kevin on 7/25/2009 at 3:35:29 AM
Check out www.schwinn.com ... click on bicycles ... the heritage ... there is a restoration forum there. Very knowledgeable people there. There's also a collectors' forum and a buy-sell-trade forum that is loaded with interesting bicycle stuff.

RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:website posted by Ron on 9/3/2009 at 7:04:06 PM
You might take a look at Bunch"O"Bikes. Depending on what your looking for they have a lot of good info.

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