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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††front fork posted by: Matthew on 6/14/2000 at 9:21:20 PM
I have an old 1957 Columbia middledweight that I am trying to restore. The front fork (not sprung) is bent back. Is there any way I can straighten it out? I'd appreciate it if someone would get back to me. Thanks, Matt.

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††front fork posted by sam on 6/15/2000 at 11:34:34 AM
Matthew,is it really bent.I've seen some forks that were made kinda in a bent position.I thank they were made for truss rods.Maybe someone here can shead more light on this, as I too would like to know .

††††††††††RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††front fork posted by Matthew on 6/17/2000 at 7:00:05 PM
Hi Sam. I think that since this was a middleweight to start with, it might have had truss rods at one point. Thanks a lot, Matthew.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††powder coat posted by: sam on 6/14/2000 at 9:32:33 AM
This post goes along with what Brad is asking.Does anyone have an opinion on powder coating? The eastwood catolog list a home power coat set up.Does anyone have any experence with it?---sam

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††Who can you count on? posted by: Brad on 6/8/2000 at 9:07:20 PM
Hello to everyone again...
Thanks to everyone who responded to my last posting.  I have since learned
alot about the different types of paint...ranging from PPG enamel to
Basecoat/Clearcoat.  I have been in contact with a couple guys who are
willing to help me finish and restore my Western Flyer.  Dave and Jason have
been helpful and shared their knowledge and opinions with me.  Are there any
other enthusiasts out there who would share their opinions of paint types?
Which is better and more durable...and is there a huge benefit to "baked on"
paint?  Is it MUCH more durable or marginally better?  I have alot of
confidence in the 2 guys who have been communicating with me about the paint
issue...but i was just wondering about other opinions on the subject.  I
realize that each probably have their own distinct advantages...but which
has more?  My bike is 2 tone metallic green with red pinstripe detailing.
Also, I have another bike which is essentially the same bike as my "Super",
but was distributed at Montgomery Wards instead of Western Auto.  It is
pretty much identical to my Super but is Black and red...and has white
pinstriping on it.  And fenders are ribbed at the bottom and chromed.
Anyone have a reference pic of this bike?  I might restore this as well but
have not been able to locate original ads for this bike, like I have for my
Western Flyer.  Thanks for any and all input!!

Brad (bdt91@excite.com)

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††Who can you count on? posted by Scotty on 6/12/2000 at 7:30:20 PM
I don't know alot about restoration, but paint cars for a living & bicycles & motorcycles on the side. If you are looking for a true restoration, I would assume that enamel or lacquer would be most accurate, but not as durable as base/clear. As far as refinishing bikes & cycles, base/clear is the most versital and durable. There are many colors available, and it allows the painter to apply custom work & multiple colors, all under a smooth shiny finish. That is what I use on the jobs I do.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††Removing chrome posted by: robertbox@angelfire.com on 6/8/2000 at 5:48:24 AM
Is there an easy "home brew" way of removing chrome? I have some rusty ,peeling smaller parts that i would like to paint, but typically paint does not stick to well to chrome for me.
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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††Restoring a 1977 Raleigh Professional posted by: Austin Boyd on 6/5/2000 at 7:23:54 PM
I am going to restore a 1977 Raleigh Professional road bike, light blue, gold pin stripes accenting the lugs, gray panel on head tube. Have learned about Cycl Art and looking for advice/comments on their work, as well as references to other shops that can restore the paint, fix some minor rust, and apply new decals to match the old ones. Thanks.

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††Restoring a 1977 Raleigh Professional posted by Bikevato on 6/7/2000 at 10:48:18 AM
CycleArt will do a teriffic job. Be ready to withdraw your saving account, because they expensive.

††††††††††RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††Restoring a 1977 Raleigh Professional posted by ChristopherRobin on 6/8/2000 at 7:42:55 AM
You can forget about getting just decals from them. They want the whole job (paint, decals, the works) or nothing at all. They may tell you that your decals have to be made and this is where it gets ugly (expensive). If it doesn't come out look artifically new, then it will look awesome. They have many happy customers and are very good at what they do. Brace yourself, you will need a withdrawal slip from the bank.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††Schwinn Pea picker posted by: Richard on 6/5/2000 at 11:43:24 AM
Just found my little brother's Schwinn Pea Picker in our playhouse, not used for years. Looks kind of dirty but still in good shape with all original parts. Original paint and chrome but small pitted surface rust spots on chrome. Small rust spots on frame where paint was scratched. Small hole in front foam part of front seat (1/4" dia.) Serial number is CF 37572. I have no idea what this bike is worth or if and how I should go about restoring. Is it worth fixing and cleaning up or should I sell as is. Any ideas?
Thanks
Richard

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††Schwinn Pea picker posted by sam on 6/5/2000 at 6:43:56 PM
richard,I'd check out schwinn on ebay to find what it sells for(might suprise you)also see some photos to judge from

††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††Schwinn Pea picker posted by ChristopherRobin on 6/8/2000 at 7:49:11 AM
And I thought that all these peas were already picked! Fear not, fellow vintage bicycle hunters! There are STILL many treasures left to find! Scwhinn, Raleigh, Elgin, Columbia anything is possible,Hidden away, forgotten, asleep in playhouses, cellers, attics, barns, behind the chicken coop, up in the old tree fort sitting there waiting for someone to rescue it, restore it fit new tires and ride it again.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   dents posted by: Drew on 6/3/2000 at 4:30:19 PM
Hi, I own a 1956 Bauer Presidents bicycle. It needs to be re-habed, but I have an interesting qusetion. There are some dents in the front and rear fenders. How do I get these out.....? I'll be much obliged if someone could help me.

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   dents posted by sam on 6/3/2000 at 7:13:09 PM
Drew,some bike shops "roll" fenders.That is they have the machine to repress your fenders.try checking with the shops in your area.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††restoring 1891 to 1894 posted by: brian on 6/2/2000 at 7:08:41 PM
i have western wheel works girls youth bicycle. looking for list of parts which were nickle, paint color. seat cover and grips. bike is solid and straight with 20 inch solid tires, front hand break. most parts which have nickle left(not much) is easy but want to make sure. also looking for pictures. thank you brian

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Raliegh Super Grand Prix posted by: Ken on 5/28/2000 at 3:23:44 PM
Any info on how I can date this bike and resto tips, ie. decals and paint. I believe its 70s vintage??

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Raliegh Super Grand Prix posted by sam on 5/30/2000 at 7:13:59 AM
Ken,what do you have to work with?Is the original paint good,how does the decals look,and what would you like the bike to look like when finished?Most collectors want a bike that is original(nuttin new)but if the bike is toast-then maybe a costom paint job would be the way to go.

††††††††††RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Raliegh Super Grand Prix posted by Ken on 5/30/2000 at 9:16:00 PM
Thanx fer responding Sam. The paint is ok I guess. The lettering on the crossbar where it says Super Grand Prix is barely legible. Looks like a silk screen not a decal. The bike also has a golden bird emblem on the frame where the handle bar stem is. Can't seem to find any serial #s either. Are there any?

††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Raliegh Super Grand Prix posted by sam on 6/1/2000 at 3:06:55 PM
Ken,go to the english roadester group and place a post there.I,m not sure your bike fits there style but I bet Christopher Robin can answer any question you have on raliegh bikes.The bird emblem is the raliegh trade mark.(and I,m sure if C.R. reads this he will tell me it's a haron)Hay,when you know it you know it and trust me C.R. knows Ralieghs!




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Can't find that noise posted by: Ben on 5/26/2000 at 5:11:06 PM
I have recently put together what you might call a "custom cruiser." I found this bike at a antique store and picked it up for $10 (all I wanted was the carrier but the sales person told me to take the whole thing. The frame is most likely a spaceliner, but nothing else on the bike was original, including paint...so I put it back together with misc. parts and fresh paint and it looks pretty good. My problem is that I am incountering a "popping" sound when I pedal the bike hard. I have looked everywhere for this "popping" sound but have had no luck locating it. Any suggestions as to what might be causing this noise.
Thanks, Ben

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Can't find that noise posted by sam on 5/27/2000 at 6:58:05 AM
Have you cleaned and greased the bottom bracket?If you have trouble getting the crank out,I don't remove the pedals,just unscrew it to get to the bearing. Also a stiff link in the chain can make noise.

††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Can't find that noise posted by rd on 7/2/2000 at 12:49:42 PM
Check your rear sprocket, if its not the right one or loose it will pp when pedaled hard.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††re painting posted by: tim on 5/26/2000 at 9:54:16 AM
Hi I'm new to this thing. and want to redo a small bike from my childhood. it was cheep one probalby form wal mart or truevalue. it was made by murray. and wondered if I could get the old decals and parts too for it anywhere. also how do you go about repainting a bike. thanks to anyone who can help.

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††re painting posted by sam on 5/27/2000 at 7:22:22 AM
Tim,it cost the same to paint a $2000.00 bike as it does a $20.00 bike.You can hang it up from a tree and use a spray can for $3.00 or you can take it to an auto paint shop starting at around $500.00.The question on decals-most reproduction decals are made for higher priced bikes like the schwinn stingrays or krates(or balloon tire bikes) I did paint a $10.00 bike with a spray can to see how well it would come out,I feel I did a nice job but it cost me $50. so now the bike is worth maybe $15.00--we all learn from doing--just try not to get to much in a cheap bike.

††††††††††RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††re painting posted by tim on 5/30/2000 at 3:45:06 PM
should I and how do I get rid of the old paint without enhancing the chances of more rusting? and what should I use to get rust off of chrome? thanks for your help

††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††re painting posted by sam on 5/30/2000 at 5:49:53 PM
Tim,try fine steel wool to remove rust on chrome,some say use brass wool.Wet it with water and use A-jax cleaner.Dry it then past wax(car wax)the chrome to keep the rust from reforming.As for the paint-well that depends on you.How much you can spend and what condition the bike is in now.I have a schwinn american I plan to just touch up the paint on because the decals are imposable to get and the americans are a low value bikes but I think the bike great!

††††††††††RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:†††re painting posted by tim on 5/31/2000 at 9:35:57 AM
I actually wondered whether I should remove the paint before I repaint it myself. I'm gonig to follow through with your suggestion of painting it myself hagning it from a tree. But I'm wondering how i would go about it and whether i should remove the old paint and how i would do it with out enhancing the little rust it has. alos when i finish painting it is there some type of clear coat that i should apply afterwards? thanks for all your help. I'm gald i found someone so knowledgeable. Tim




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Schwinn Varsity restoration posted by: Tom Meredith on 5/26/2000 at 8:45:04 AM
Want to restore a Schwinn Varsity 10 speed 1972-1974 vintage. Would like to know where to find a source for origional paint and decals.

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Schwinn Varsity restoration posted by JimW. on 5/26/2000 at 2:20:16 PM
Tom,
I'm not one of those guys who think Varsitys are only worth
ten bucks because they're common. However, the fact that there
are so many of them around means that you can probably find
a really clean one for a lot less than the cost of restoring
one. Of course, if this particular Varsity has sentimental
value to you, go ahead. The Schwinn Collector's Forum is the
best place to locate NOS parts and paint for it. Of course,
they'll rag on you for bothering to restore a Varsity. I have a beautiful
Schwinn Continental I found at the Salvation Army for $40.
according to the Schwinn gang, it's also a $10 bike; but I wouldn't
sell it for $50, especially now that I've got NOS color-matched
bar tape for it.

††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Schwinn Varsity restoration posted by sam on 5/27/2000 at 7:26:04 AM
Tom , I saw varsity decals on ebay lately.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††alban, girls bike posted by: sandra on 5/24/2000 at 9:43:50 PM
have a alban girl's bike all i can tell you is it's old and has on it perrys or parrys made in england on it would like to have it restored !! and valued

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Manta ray posted by: Mark Flores on 5/18/2000 at 11:43:28 PM
Any scoop on Schwinn Manta Rays'?
Were they an adult version of the String Ray? And what years of production?
Any details most grateful!

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††Manta ray posted by TOny on 5/19/2000 at 5:55:05 AM
Your best bet is to ask your question under the "Musclebike" topic because the Manta-Ray is a musclebike.
I guess you could call them an adult version of the Sting-Ray. They were made with 24 x 1 3/8 wheels which enabled a larger frame and better riding performance. I think they were made from about 1970 to 1974.
Again, your best bet is to ask under the musclebike topic.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††'66 Fastback Fenders posted by: Monica on 5/13/2000 at 9:07:09 PM
No doubt many of you will be gnashing your teeth after you read this, but here goes....

Just bought a decent 66 Fastback to use as a daily rider. Everything seems to be in order, but the fenders are missing. I have no intention of restoring this bike to its original splendor (I have neither the time nor the disposable income). I *would* appreciate not getting a mud stripe up my back everytime I ride through a puddle though.

Checked around for parts and I definitely do NOT want to spend $95 to keep my butt dry. Any suggestions of similar fenders I could cobble together with a minimum of effort? Not too dorky looking a plus.

Thanks.

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††††††††††RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:†††'66 Fastback Fenders posted by Jeff on 5/15/2000 at 5:53:15 AM
Fastbacks have a not-too-common tire size (20 x 1 3/8), so it might be tough to find any fenders for it, unless you want to purchase someone's rusted fenders. In that case you will get them chaeply. And maybe you can spray paint them black or something! A Raleigh Rodeo's fenders will also fit.

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