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How do I bring an old bike up to speed?

I'm an adult that is new to biking due to a triple whammy of a childhood aversion to effort, my family moving to a town on the side of a mountain with steep roads, and my bike getting run over by a ...
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How do I know if it's worth restoring my bike?

I found myself in need of a bike, but buying a new one is out of the question. So two possibilities remain: buy a used one for a low price; fix one of my old bikes. But here comes another problem (...
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Restoring an old xUSSR bicycle for commuting… Feasible? Silly?

I've got a very old bicycle from the xUSSR days in my garage (outside UK atm). I'm not sure what year / model it is, to be honest... I've been commuting to work (8.5 miles each way) almost every day ...
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How feasible is it to transfer modern (2010) components to a 90s frame (road bike)

My 2010 aluminum frame may be toast (stripped bottom bracket) and I was considering getting an older chro-mo frame and transferring the components to it. It's a racing/sport style with drop bars and ...
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How to improve/restore vintage Peugeot bike, or is it even worth it?

I've got an old Peugeot bike I've been riding, and I like it but I'd like to make it better for long rides. I'd like to replace some parts, the steel rims aren't good for braking and I'd like ...
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restoring old bike, remove scratched stickers, yes or no?

I'm restoring the first adult bike I owned. It has about 30 years and was made by a brand that no longer exists, which makes it some sort of a semi-relic :) My problem is that the brand stickers at ...
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Where did I go wrong with this frame painting procedure?

I just painted a bike frame (steel) with the steps outline below. However, every glancing contact with a rough surface immediately strips paint from the frame and I can see the metal shining through. ...
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Bottom Bracket Compatability Question

Good afternoon all! In previous questions, I've mentioned that I intend to rebuild my 2000 Trek 7700 Multitrack. Well, I'm beginning by replacing the bottom bracket. According to the spec sheet I ...
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How should I restore braze-on brake cable housing guides?

I own a 1988 Schwinn Le Tour. It's beginning to show its age-- the original paint is chipped in many places and the frame is rusting underneath. The worst areas, by far, are around the rear brake ...
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Steel vintage bike restoration and modification, troubleshooting help

I acquired a vintage 10 speed Healing Commuter made in New Zealand, rode it everyday and treated it pretty poorly. No regular maintenance, chained it on the street come rain or shine. Having grown ...
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Is gasoline an effective restoration material to use?

A fellow rider just picked up an old mountain bike which has some rust and plenty of gunk in the gears to wash out. He intends to use gasoline to clean the entire bike. This is the first I ever heard ...
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Glycogen depletion, post-brief-ride recovery, and diet adjustment

On a mountain bike I had been working my way to minimize the time it takes me to do a 25-km round-trip. Then on a road bike I have been trying to do the same for a 40-km round-trip. My objective on ...
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Restoration project, help needed

I've been gifted this frame by a family member and would love to restore it to its former glory. I literally don't know where to start. The brake levers are frozen solid and don't move at all. The ...
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When to add decals

I am in the process of restoring an old road bike and want to give the bike a fresh coat of paint. I plan to sand it down, prime, paint and than add some sort of clear coat finish to protect the paint ...
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Is it possible to combine rod brakes with a coaster brake?

I'm restoring an old roadster bicycle with Westwood rims. I love how it looks but the braking is horrible, especially because I live in an area with a lot of downhills. I don't want to add cable ...
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Another stem diameter question (French steerer)

The steerer in the French bike I'm restoring has about .2mm less diameter than "regular" ones. With some grease, I manage to fit the "regular" cinelli stem I will use into the steerer. (Mine is the ...
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How do I remove a quill stem?

(I recently got an old Favorit road bike (made in Czechoslovakia) and started restoring it. In order to give the frame a new coat of paint, I need to strip it down from everything.) I'm stuck with the ...
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Clear coat on top of old paint in order to preserve it/frame?

Using nail polish to touch-up scratched/rusted frames is more or less well-known (cf. Girls Biking to Work), but recently a hobbyist restorer of old bikes told me that you can "just apply clear coat ...
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How does one revitalize chrome lugging without harming the finish of the paint?

I have an older bike that's in the middle of being rebuilt and I need to take care of the chrome. The paint is still on the bike so I need to be careful of any chemical or physical processes that may ...
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Difference between a professional bike restoration place respraying and power coat company?

Ok, Apart from they're a specialist so they can do decals, coach lines, rebuild/strip the bike, is there any difference in how they would paint it? The professional places charge £200-300 (UK) to ...
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What are a 'coach lines'

So contacted a bike restoration place for a quote to respray my BSA, the guy asked me do I want 'coach lines'. Too embarrassed to ask what they were I just said yes. So what are they exactly?
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Can the extreme heat from powder coating influence frame integrity of older bikes?

I just got an older frame powder coated. The shop that I took it to doesn't specialize in bikes. They mainly do industrial grade powder coating and perhaps a car wheel here and there, so I wouldn't ...
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Front drum (was disc) brake only works when going backwards (!)

I am restoring my old bike that hasn't been used for quite a while. The rear brake works fine, however, the front brake has an issue: It only brakes when the bicycle is going backwards, not forwards! ...
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Should I restore my old mt-bike for winter commuting (and for wife to ride with me) or throw it away?

One year ago I moved to Boston and my father-in-law gave me his old Specialized mountain bike. He is a road bike guy so this bike was left aside for the longest time. It was in a decent shape. The ...
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Is it safe to polish aluminum rims?

Everyone loves polished aluminum, but you typically have to pay a good 30% more for it vs. any other finish. Since polishing is a simple process requiring widely-available tools, I thought I could ...
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Advice needed: cleaning / restoring parts on a vintage Peugeot

I've got a vintage Peugeot racer bicycle that's needs some restoration. It's in pretty decent condition given its age (1970-1980s), but a everything could probably do with a good clean and degrease ...
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Bicycle frame identify HELP

A few day ago I got this bike from a friend for a restoration. He thinks it's bianchi but I am sure it's not. It has Wienman brakes, simplex derailleurs, 3ttt steam, ofmega hubs and ofmega crankset. ...
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Vinyl Frame wrap

Hi all odd question but here goes. I know there are many options in frame restoration powder coating respraying hydro dipping etc etc but these all cost money I don't have. What I do have is lots of ...
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Should I rather treats single spots to conserve the original paint or go for a repaint with a restoration project?

I'm working on a '76 Peugeot PL8/E and am debating whether I should leave the paint as is, give all the small spots manual treatment or try to restore by getting it repainted/decaled. There are some ...
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Sachs- Huret derailleur (re)installation

Sachs - Huret derailleur installation So the learning curve continues on the '85 Peugeot P-16. The main lessons are to take pictures and time getting each thing done. I have the rear derailleur hung....
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Should I grease pins when re-installing them on cottered cranks?

I'm restoring a vintage Peugeot with cottered cranks. When reattaching the cranks to the bottom bracket spindle, should I grease the pins or put them in dry?
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How to remove the fork off this Peugeot Nouveau

I have this Peugeot Nouveau fold up bicycle that I'm trying to restore, but I can't manage to remove the forks from the frame. I've removed the handle bars and the stem(?) as well as the pieces that ...
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Can I use fiberglass cloth and resin to fix tiny holes in fenders?

I'm trying to restore an adult tricycle and the fenders have multiple very small rust holes in them. Can I cut fiberglass cloth and make a "sandwich" with them with the fender in the middle and then ...
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Need help getting the right derailleurs for a vintage 12 speed double

What derailleurs do I need? 2x6 speed 52 and 42 tooth up front. Crank set is Shimano 600 I believe the bike is a Raleigh Road Ace. I came here a month ago asking to identify the bike and now I'm ...
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Can 'Zefal All in 1' really doall of those: cleaning, degreasing and oiling?

Can someone tell me if 'Zefal' All in 1 Spray is good for: degreasing, oiling and cleaning? Link It seems suspicious because it covers 4 very distinct functions in a single spray; eg: Degreasing, ...
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Refurbishing mountain bike - left standing for couple of years

I've a Marin Rocky Ridge (2007) that I'd like to give a bit of an overhaul/refurbish as it's been left standing for two years or so. I'm just looking to know where would be common areas that would ...
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Is there a quality alternative to powder coating when it comes to repainting a steel frame?

I'm not a paint expert and want to make a choice that will last a few years. I know that powder coating will last a long time, but I'm restoring an older bike and don't want to spend too much. Maybe ...
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Removing a tire

I have an older bike with a blown tube. I don't have the money to replace the tire but I have the tube. The tire is quite old probably at least ten years old since that is when the last owner bought ...
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Help identifying bike model and worth

I am fairly new to working with bikes, and I have this vintage Nishiki Meridian bike, with a Cunningham design. I have tried searching online for this specific bike model but I cannot find much. I am ...
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New DIY project: restoring this bike from the bins. How can I service this back wheel?

I picked a broken bike from the garbage around the block. The bike has some damage. It looks like a stolen bike (spray paint awfully over original color), so it must have had some tough love. I have ...
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How can I treat an aluminium frame ready for restoration?

I have an old aluminium framed mountain bike which has developed some 'oxidation / corrosion' underneath the lacquer -- it kind of looks like little white worms! The frame as original has a nice ...
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Restore rusted chrome forks?

I'm restoring an old bike. I have removed two layers of paint on the forks to reveal the original chrome on the forks. Unfortuantly they have rusted, and it looks like it has gone through the chrome ...
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Identify this old folding bike that I got from the tip - an early Dahon?

please excuse my ignorance. I'm not into biking but i do like to rescue mainly junk from anywhere, charity shops, the tip, skips etc. so on sunday i was making a trio to my local tip and decided to ...
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Attempting to Rebuild a 2000 Trek 7700 Multitrack

I have/love my old Trek 7700 Multitrack, but it's fallen into some disrepair over the years including being in a flood (thanks Hurricane Sandy!) I've been told by my LBS that it's not worth repairing,...
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Replace freewheel with freehub?

I have a Motobecane Super Mirage that I bought in 1977. I have another bike for regular use, and I've decided to completely rebuild the older one. I determined today that the freewheel teeth are worn ...
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Old Kalkoff cross bike, worth restoring or not?

I just acquired a used 21 gear old Kalkoff cross bike (cant even find correct model name). The frame and most expensive parts seem intact, so I was just wondering if it would be cool and inexpensive ...
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Help finding headset

I have only been able to find a headset that measures 1-5/16" on the small end of the bearing cup that goes into the headtube on the bike. All of the bearing cups I've found are 1-3/4" on the large ...
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Need help to identify a bmx

I have come across a bmx that was trashed, it looks like a good quality bike and I would like to restore it and wanted to find out if it's worth restoring or not, it still has stickers on it which ...
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Restoring Aluminum Cranks

Is it all right to strip and then anodize (at a shop, I suppose?) aluminum cranks? I'm trying to build a bike and I saw second-hand cranks on eBay. They look like they're fine except for the ...
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Little play in the front suspension fork (RockShox Judy T2 long travel 98'(?))

I've just restored my 98' Kona Caldera, but I left the fork like it was since it seemed to work smoothly enough. Considering I would like to not mess with a fork (like everybody), even if I've done ...