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RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   Schwinn painted saddles with "S" posted by: Gobble on 11/25/1999 at 11:01:24 PM
How can the red, green, pink, and blue Schwinn seats with the white "S" on them be restored in a correct way?
Are the colors stained with shoe stain?
Is the white painted (it almost looks like it)?
What is the best way to restore these seats to their near new appearance?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - SADDLES:   Schwinn painted saddles with posted by BigMike on 12/2/1999 at 5:21:49 AM
Use autobody compound or some other abrasive to
clean it. Then polish it and that's about all you can do.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by: b on 11/24/1999 at 7:08:35 AM
has ANYONE heard of bendix parts???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:    posted by Gil on 12/21/1999 at 10:06:48 PM
Sorry, friend, that this is not an answer, but the same question as yours. My bike shop told me they could not replace the old Bendix coaster brake shoes for the R82 Bendix from my Western Flyer. The shoes are very small by modern standards. Anybody know of a supply source?




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:    posted by: michael on 11/21/1999 at 6:37:28 PM
i have a schwinn speedster 1961 i think as far as rust on the paint anything ive tried so far to remove it also dulls the paint from fine steel wool to quick-glo and a few other things in between would it be worth it to strip off all paint and have it repainted i dont even know what its worth
and would anyone know where to get parts for something like this

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:    posted by JR on 11/23/1999 at 9:44:43 AM
If the rust is light, try wd40 on a rag (First) then if that does not work use super fine steel wool very gently. Avoid decals and screening.
Speedsters are among the more attractive Schwinn lightweights but they are not popular collectables at this time (i.e. not worth the cost of restoration). You could probably find a frame with good paint or complete bike for parts for less than a paintjob. Try the Schwinn discussion areas for parts.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:    posted by CCRider on 11/24/1999 at 4:47:28 AM
One thing about Speedsters. They are NOT all lightweights.
I've seen middleweight Speedsters, and those do have very
strong collectible value. They look a lot like
a Schwinn Corvette middleweight, but with less goodies
on them. I don't know when Schwinn turned the Speedster
from a middleweight to a lightweight, but it would be good
to know the tire size on this bike.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   VOTE: Most Important Bicycles of the Millenium posted by: Menotomy Vintage Bicycles on 11/20/1999 at 7:52:46 AM
Most important in terms of:
BEAUTY/STYLE
INNOVATION
PERFORMANCE
IMPACT ON SOCIETY
PRACTICAL TRANSPORTATION

Go back to our home page (oldroads.com) to cast your vote.

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RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:   metals posted by: ********* on 11/14/1999 at 4:54:19 PM
need to know how to remove rust from parts? what works
for me is that you sandpaper it with a 1200 grit then
steel wool it. and at the end wax it with MOTHERS metal
cleaner. it sould shine shine shine shine.

from, Al



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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:   metals posted by Wings on 11/15/1999 at 11:12:15 PM
"Quick-Glo" "Chrome Cleaner, Rust Remover" Manufactured by Quick-Way Brands, Yakima, Wa 98908. This is the finest rust remover I have found - better than Mothers - and I purchase it at my favorite Bike Shop. I put a small amount of it on a cloth and it rubs the rust off. For stubborn areas I would use a little dab on extra fine steel wool and rub the area. A BRASS BRUSH WITH A HANDLE is also great for quick removal in hard to get places. MOTSENBOCKER'S LIFT OFF 2 ("New patented product 3 cleaners in 1.") is better than heat or anything else to remove decals, stickers, or the glue residue they leave behind. Very Flammable! One quick spray on a cloth and rub the area. Repeat. Repeat again with a new portion of cloth each time as the glue transfers to the cloth. On chrome use a shot of LIFT OFF on steel wool, followed by a cloth to wipe the glue off. Sold at HomeDepot (Calif.) or good paint stores! Better than gooof offf!!!! Try it, you will like it!

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:   metals posted by BigMike on 11/16/1999 at 5:29:49 AM
I gotta DISAGREE about the steel wool.

Use BRONZE wool. It won't scratch the chrome.
It also ends up being cheaper than steel wool because
it doesn't fall apart like steel wool. You can find it
in any store right next to the steel wool.

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:   metals posted by Al on 11/16/1999 at 2:40:52 PM
what bike shop do go to? it sound like a nice material for cleaning!

From,Al

          RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:   metals posted by Wings on 11/19/1999 at 1:25:06 AM
Big Al: I have been looking for bronze wool and I cannot find it. I have tried markets, hardware stores, and paint stores. Where should I look - I am in California. I agree that bronze wool would be much better! Does it come in grades like steel wool?

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:   metals posted by Mark on 11/20/1999 at 3:39:12 PM
Very fine steel wool, a brush with brass bristles, and lots of WD-40. That stuff cuts through rust and grease in no time! Mark

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:   metals posted by Teresa on 11/28/1999 at 3:18:40 PM
Al, You can purchase Quick-Glo on the Web at www.quick-glo.com.

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:   metals posted by AL on 12/2/1999 at 6:01:11 AM
THANKS FOR THE NOTES ON WERE TO GET THIS STUFF


AL

          RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - RUST:   metals posted by ChristopherRobin@starmail.com on 1/25/2000 at 7:55:44 AM
I can't find bronze wool in my hardware store either! The guy asked where I heard of it! I use 000 steel wool myself.




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Schwinn Pixie posted by: Melanie on 11/14/1999 at 3:02:12 PM
I just noticed on my red Schwinn Pixie that the word "Pixie" is written in a light "seafoam" sort of green and the Schwinn oval emblem (spelt wrong I'm sure) below the handle bars on the front fork is a corn yellow. Does this mean the emblem is not the original? I thought they would of had them match or be the same color. Neither on really matches red, but maybe that was what Schwinn did back then. If anybody knows one way or the other, please let me know. Thank you!

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   I don't know what my bike is? posted by: Cameron Iggulden on 11/14/1999 at 9:29:12 AM
I am trying to find out what kind of bike I found and if it
is worth restoring. On the front vertical bar there is a
sticker/emblem, it has "Western", half of the sticker riped in
the middle and then at the bottom it says "Western Auto Stores"
On the vertical bar at witch the seat is on it reads "BMA/6"
Below it it says "HUF2026-A17". If you have any info for me
please help. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   I don't know what my bike is? posted by BigMike on 11/16/1999 at 5:32:44 AM
The BMA/6 is a sticked that I've seen on bikes
built from the mid-1970's and up. It's some kind
of bike manufacturer's organization.

So, with the information you provided,
I'd guess it's no older than 1975.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   I don't know what my bike is? posted by BRANDI on 1/4/2000 at 6:03:35 PM
gudging by the numberhuf2026-a17, your bike is probally
a huffy and BMA/6" stands for the bicycle manufactures
of america.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   bendix posted by: joe on 11/13/1999 at 8:53:12 PM
I am looking for any information regarding info on
Bendix? parts. THANKS.

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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1930's Monark Silver Kings posted by: Rich on 11/11/1999 at 10:51:52 AM
I am having an extremely hard time trying to find parts or even information on the two Maonark Silver Kings I am trying to restore. I can find tons of pictures but parts and pamplets are difficult or I am given the run around does anyone know where I can get help locating parts and literature without having to donate a kidney first?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   1930's Monark Silver Kings posted by BigMike on 11/16/1999 at 5:34:09 AM
Try Leon at oldbicycle@aol.com




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1960ish Schwinn Pixie 16" posted by: Melanie on 11/9/1999 at 8:59:16 AM
I have a 1960 something 16" red Schwinn Pixie bicycle. I am looking to restore it and I need a new seat, handle grips, and misc. other items. I can't find anyplace listed on the internet that sells old parts for this bike. Maybe I'm not looking in the right spot, but does anyone know where I can find parts for this bike? If you do, thank you so much in advance!

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1960ish Schwinn Pixie 16 posted by BigMike on 11/10/1999 at 5:03:05 AM
The "Balloon + Sting-Ray" topic has a list of dealers.

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1960ish Schwinn Pixie 16 posted by Kent on 11/13/1999 at 8:25:17 AM
Try the Schwinn Forums for you restoration needs. They're at "Schwinn.com"

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   1960ish Schwinn Pixie 16 posted by Wings on 11/23/1999 at 12:07:41 AM
I also have a 16" Schwinn Pixie that is red. "SCHWINN" is outlined in white and the interior of each letter is a soft pink. The head badge is black and white. "pixie" is white.
Good luck!




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Krate parts posted by: Eron on 11/7/1999 at 7:34:45 AM
I am restoring my brothers 1970 krate that is a complete
original but there are some rusted parts such as the seat
adjuster clamp,rear seat spring housings and kickstand.Can
anybody tell me if these items were bare metal or painted
silver originally.If they were bare should I polish them
after blasting.Any reply appreciated.


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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Krate parts posted by Oscar on 11/7/1999 at 4:51:13 PM
Most of the parts you mentioned were unpainted metal surfaces. I'm no Krate expert, but some of these might be chromed.

The parts might not need blasting. Rust removal can be done with steel wool, chrome polish, and other tricks that you might find in the archived discussions.

Good luck on the Krate. It's one of the most collectable bikes around.

          RE:RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   Krate parts posted by Dale on 11/9/1999 at 6:37:50 AM
Yes, as Oscar says, those were not painted surfaces. They
were not chromed, either. They were cadmium plated.
Kind of a dull silver spraypaint look (hint hint)




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RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   decals ? posted by: barabarian on 11/3/1999 at 6:36:45 AM
Hi folks.
I recently purchased a new frame. Actually it's old (1979).
From what the guy told me this particuakr frame was made in Missassauga Canada by a now defunct company Called Meile or Miele (I'm not sure of the spelling).
Anyway, does anyone have any info on this company or frame. The frame is a Miele Victory.
It's is a beautiful frame, now that I've sand blasted and painted it.
I'm actually looking for decals.
Does anyone know where I can get decals for this bike?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - PAINT:   decals ? posted by JR on 11/23/1999 at 10:09:47 AM
Try Lazy Walker Bikes website for info on any Canadian brands.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Is it worthwhile? posted by: Chris Nizialek on 11/2/1999 at 3:38:50 PM
My 20 yr old bike is a Rampar 5 speed. I have no idea about vintage bikes, only that this one is cool to me. The shops around here are saying it isn't worth repairing. It only needs tires and lubing. How can you tell when it's worth doing?

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Is it worthwhile? posted by Oscar on 11/2/1999 at 5:30:08 PM
You know a bike is worth restoring when you know the bike is cool in the first place. It sounds like the Rampar passed the test. Some bike shop guys have saved the day for me, others have acted uncool like yours. Tires and lubing are easy, and you'll love your Raliegh Rampar all the better. Enjoy your ride.




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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   Coming soon to oldroads.com posted by: Vin on 11/2/1999 at 2:34:54 PM
We've almost got our first cut at a file upload program completed. It'll enable you to post pictures to our picture
database. We're hoping to have it up by this weekend.

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RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   identification posted by: joe on 11/1/1999 at 7:04:56 AM
does anyone know anything about a western auto 26in girls bike?

also did murray make a 26in gurls bike? called a monnteray

if so whats the Approx. date on EITHER

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          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   identification posted by joe on 11/1/1999 at 5:45:03 PM
I'm so sorry I did this on a crapy computer and it wasn't working so i'm sory again

          RE:RESTORATION TIPS - MISC:   identification posted by lorenzo on 11/2/1999 at 2:33:10 PM
My wife had a Murray Monterrey bought @ Target in the mid 90's for about $100. I think they are low quality American made frames and Taiwan parts. It was swiped from the garage a few weeks ago and I'm sure the thief wishes he took my Dunelt instead. I've seen several Monterrey's in various states of disrepair @ Thrift stores in the $15-20 range. Take a hair dryer to the decals and peel them off; the bike will go up in price.

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