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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   scuff marks on crome fenders posted by: Mark on 5/16/2002 at 4:32:14 PM
Hi, I have some scuff marks on my chrome fenders of my Krate bicycle. I tried different polishes and cleaners to remove them with no results. Would the Menotomy Cleaning kit they sell on this site work for that? Or if it wouldnt, any suggestions on what I can try? Thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   scuff marks on crome fenders posted by Mark on 5/20/2002 at 4:01:06 AM
Updating, I found out Menotomy Kit does not get that kind of scuff {scoring} marks out.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   scuff marks on crome fenders posted by Mark on 5/21/2002 at 8:45:08 PM
Thanks MN for the answer, on the other site.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   New Concept posted by: ryan on 5/15/2002 at 2:50:32 AM
i am looking into designing a pedal car for adults. it will be based on a new 3 wheeled recumberent with front wheel steering and rear wheel drive. i am planning to make a fibreglass flaring kit in the style of a vintage car. any feedback on the flaring and 'big boys pedal car' concept would be much apreciated

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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   POLISHING WHEELS posted by: Mario Romano on 5/14/2002 at 9:43:45 PM
A good technique for to polish old bikes wheels is use car polishing wax. Appear to be simply, but a lot of person don't think on it!

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   New concept posted by: Ryan on 5/14/2002 at 2:30:28 AM
i am looking into designing a pedal car for adults. it will be based on a new 3 wheeled recumberent with front wheel steering and rear wheel drive. i am planning to make a fibreglass flaring kit in the style of a vintage car. any feedback on the flaring and 'big boys pedal car' concept would be much apreciated!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   New concept posted by sam on 5/14/2002 at 11:21:43 PM
As others have stated this IS a good idea and worth the effort.My 2 cents is weight kills.Keep it light.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Homemade Decals posted by: Bob on 5/13/2002 at 4:43:10 AM
Hey! I just discovered a way to make inexpensive homemade decals.Maybe some of you already know about it, but I experimented and came up with this alternative to buying the inkjet waterslide decal sheets for Thirty bucks.
I used clear inkjet address labels. Using Paintshop pro I created the image, then printed multiple images on the labels (some hit the gaps between). After letting the ink dry for two hours I top coated with Krylon clear acrylic spray (the same the water slide decal people use). After it dried...Presto peel and stick, that wont come off and are waterproof! The only problem is if you need white, as inkjet printers dont print white, it comes out clear. In my case I was putting a black and white decal on a tank that was white so it worked great. Now on to the gold and black post decal.
Email me if you have any questions.

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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Schwinn Tubular S-2 wheel posted by: Jimmy on 5/11/2002 at 6:47:19 PM
What is the best way to clean up some surface rust off some rims?? And what can I do to shine up the dull spokes on the wheel? And what is the best product to use to prevent dry rot? And does anyone know if a GOODYEAR GRASSHOPPER tire came with the line on the side red or white, or wasnt even colored? I think it would look neat with the line colored white.

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Schwinn Tubular S-2 wheel posted by Chris on 5/14/2002 at 12:39:34 AM
New e- bay offering today

Goodyear blackwall Grasshopper tire

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Schwinn Tubular S-2 wheel posted by j.green on 5/26/2002 at 4:28:48 PM
rim-rust removal: fine steel wool kept damp with lite oil.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS: Schwinn Tubular S-2 wheel posted by Bar Keepers Friend on 5/30/2002 at 5:18:11 AM
I can't say enough about this stuff. Bar Keepers Friend is an extremely mild abrasive with some incredible chemical make-up. Take a wet cloth, dip it into BKF power and polish. It removes rust and polishes quickly and easily. My wife bought it to clean the enamel on our 1949 Caloric stove (built in rotisserie) and I just used it to shine the rims on my newly purchased Dunelt and Rudge bikes. It also works well for prepping the frame before waxing. Although it might be a little too harsh - you'll have to make the call.

Good luck.

D'nardo

          Kick In The Head !!!! posted by Guido on 6/12/2002 at 4:15:22 AM
I usually use an S.O.S] pad for taking the grunge off rims. Usually I don`t like to use steel wool because it scratches and the finer wool gets eaten up fast without doing much to the cruddy stuff. I found that the blue soapy stuff in the sos pads acts as a sort of lube against scratching. Works about average I guess.
Here`s the Kick In The Head part: I religiously use Bar Keepers on my stainless steel Cuisinart pots and pans, nothing else works as well. And to think it sits right next to my sos`s and I never thought to use it lol lol. Sheesh !!! I think it`s probably because I don`t like to run out of Bar Keepers and end up with funky lookin stailess lol lol. I`m going to stock up so that doesn`t happen anymore. next time there`s chrome to do, Bar Keepers is up to bat !!




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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Warped Wheel posted by: Gralyn on 5/11/2002 at 12:40:40 PM
I have a severely warped wheel. Most of the time, when I pick up these old bikes - if the bike has warped wheels - it's usually no problem for me. I can use it to help get the price down....but then I can get it back in-line using a spoke wrench. I have one now, however, which is severely warped - you can really see the warpage just looking at it. Enough that many of the spokes on one side are very loose. Is it possible to get this wheel back in-line? If so, how would you do it?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Warped Wheel posted by Tom Findley on 5/13/2002 at 1:44:47 PM
A wheel on my '70 Suburban warped because I rode on it while the tire was flat. I had to replace the rim. A Phantom I bought also had a warped fron trim. The bike mechanics couldn't straighten it, so I bought a new rim for it.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Warped Wheel posted by Gralyn on 5/14/2002 at 3:21:00 PM
I fooled around with it for a while - then I just gave up. It didn't seem like I would straighten. When they have a little warp in them - it's easy to true them up. But when it is severe - I don't know if it can be done.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   brass wool posted by: Chad on 5/10/2002 at 9:03:39 PM
I need to know where you purchase fine brass woolfor my chrome on my stingray. Thanks

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   brass wool posted by Russell on 5/17/2002 at 3:24:14 AM
I've searched for Brass Wool. I wasn't able to find it until I went to a boating store. It was expensive so I passed on buying it. I found a product called Quick Glo at a bike shop that works for me on rust. After I use it I go over the area with a fresh clean cotten towel.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   brass wool posted by Stacey on 5/17/2002 at 10:33:20 AM
Geeez... Brass, well actually Copper Wool is readily available in my area at both the local Goodwill Thrift Shop and at the Grocery for less than a buck each. They are sold a 'Sink Scrubbies' for cleaning the nasty stuff off your pots & pans. There is only one grade... fairly rough. But with it being softer than the chrome it's not really an issue. Coz it won't scratch. Just scrub away until the rust is gone, then follow up with a good chrome polish. You'll be AMAZED!

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   brass wool posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 5/18/2002 at 9:25:26 PM
Quick Glow is slightly abrasive and it will scratch too., Quick Glo has a strong following but I don't like it. Better is out there to clean your chrome you can find.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Elgin Womens Bike posted by: Randy on 5/9/2002 at 9:28:49 PM
Hello:

I found this Ladies Elgin Bike in a Bulk Stop toady, It looks very old.I really dont know to much about it.
It has a full chain guard with big circles in it, The sprocket also have round holes with designs on it,and big wide fenders, The Seat is black with heavy duty springs,and the color of the bike is also black.The tires are Good Year Air Whell 26" inch. It looks like you can just put air in the tires and ride it, The rims are a silver color,and has a rear Kick stand that holds up the bike, and latches back up to the fender. I would like to know about what year this bike was made, and the value on it.
Thank You Very Much For Your Time.
Randy
New Jersey

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Elgin Womens Bike posted by: Randy on 5/9/2002 at 9:28:49 PM
Hello:

I found this Ladies Elgin Bike in a Bulk Stop toady, It looks very old.I really dont know to much about it.
It has a full chain guard with big circles in it, The sprocket also have round holes with designs on it,and big wide fenders, The Seat is black with heavy duty springs,and the color of the bike is also black.The tires are Good Year Air Whell 26" inch. It looks like you can just put air in the tires and ride it, The rims are a silver color,and has a rear Kick stand that holds up the bike, and latches back up to the fender. I would like to know about what year this bike was made, and the value on it.
Thank You Very Much For Your Time.
Randy
New Jersey

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Clean -up posted by: Mark on 5/3/2002 at 3:33:41 PM
I just picked up a 1965 Schwinn De-Luxe Twin. It's in pretty good shape as far as I can tell. There are a few scratches but not too bad. Should I leave this in it's original condition (other than cleaning it) or should I have it repainted?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Clean -up posted by JimW. on 5/3/2002 at 6:34:00 PM
I recommend cleaning it up, waxing it well, and leaving it alone. A decent repaint is time-consuming/expensive. If you paid to have it done, you would never recover what you spent on it if you re-sold it.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   ride posted by: rickey@knowlesbicycle334-756-7561 on 5/2/2002 at 2:49:02 PM
would you like to come ride this sat may 4 we will have 300 or more bike riders this is an annual event here in valley alabama 30 min. from columbus ga. 1 hr. south of atlanta ga. I-85 valley lanette exitlots of fun & activities an auction at the local kroger gro. in lanette al. to raise money for valley haven school call 334-756-2868 334-756-7801 or the local bicycle shop 334-756-7561 hope to see you thare


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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   hike bike run posted by: rickey@knowlesbicycle334-756-7561 on 4/29/2002 at 3:56:42 PM
THE 26th ANNUAL HIKE/BIKE/RUN WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY may 4 in valley THE annually fund raiser for valley haven school for the handicaped ..WE EXPECT A LARGE GATHERING THIS YEAR ...THERE WILL BE MANY CYCLRIST RIDEING BACK FROM MONTGOMERY'S CAPITAL 100 MILES--A 22 MILE-- 11 MILE 5 MILE RIDERS WALKERS RUNNERS ALL AGES MOTER SCOOTERS TO -- AND I PERSONALY INVITE YOU TO JOIN US THIS YEAR MAY 4 HERE IN VALLEY AL. WERE ON THE BORDER GA & AL INTERSTATE 85 AT THE VALLEY LANNETT KING FORD EXIT TAKE FOB JAMES DR. TO FAIRFAX BYPAS THE SCHOOL'S ON THE RIGHT 1 HALF MILE THIS IS WHERE ALL THE EVENTS BEGAN & END EXCEPT THE 100 MILE RIDE WHICH ENDS AT THE KROGER GRO.IN LANNETT AL.THERE WILL BE A AUCTION WHERE ALL DONATED ITEMS WILL BE SOLD TO RAISE MONEY FOR VALLEY HAVEN SCHOOL GOD BLESS PLEASE COME PARTICIPATE YOU MAY CALL THE SCHOOL AT 334-7562868 OR 334-756-7801 OR US HERE AT KNOWLES BICYCLE SHOP 334-756-7561 TUNE YOUR BIKE & RIDE SAT. MAY 4 2002 IN VALLYE AL.YOUR PLEDGES ARE WELCOMED

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   NEW COLORS FOR A BLACK-AND-WHITE LIFE posted by: Mario Romano - The Collector on 4/26/2002 at 10:19:05 PM
If you are tired from the black color of the old english roadsters try paint it on dark wine red or light leaf green. So, remember still paint the frame joints with glare or pearl white paint. If you use metal flake lowrider paints, these colors I told you, you will gain a best effect on paint old english roadster. Remember to buy the dice valve covers too!

Romano

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RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Hard rubber tire replacement? posted by: Brad on 4/18/2002 at 3:39:51 PM
Probably not a project of interests to alot of you, but nostalgic urges have led me to think about refurbishing an old tricycle. I've found several at local flea markets, and feel confident that I can handle the metal work and paint with no problems.

However, the more visually appealing styles seem to all have tires in horrible shape (entirely gone, chunks missing, large splits, etc.). Any ideas on where to find raw materials to make replacement tires, techniques for doing this, and/or tips to save the originals?

Thanks,
Brad

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Hard rubber tire replacement? posted by a friend on 4/20/2002 at 2:40:39 PM
Try These guys At www.memorylane-classics.com/homeset.htm ask for Larry or Harv.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Hard rubber tire replacement? posted by JimW. on 4/26/2002 at 8:46:46 AM
J&B Importers also have semi-pneumatic tires. They have then in sizes 10 12, 16 & 20". They also have complete wheels for trikes in 7, 8, 10, & 12". sizes. http://jbimporters.com

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - WHEELS:   Hard rubber tire replacement? posted by ChristopherRobin2@starmail.com on 5/8/2002 at 5:39:29 PM
Try Victoria Precision in Canada.

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