When I’m looking at buying an old bike to repair, I try to mentally add up the value of the components as to whether it’s worth it or not. Not necessarily for that particular bike itself, but sometimes for other uses I have in mind for other bikes.
From another angle, just about any old half decent “chuck-out” bike has a least one good part that’s well worth recycling…
Sometimes a part itself can inspire a project, other times it can be a long awaited solution to a problem on an existing bike. Sometimes a part will sit for months or years before its true purpose becomes apparent to the recyclist…
And occasionally a salvaged part can simply be a pleasure to restore for its own sake.
Take for example these Kyokuto ( a.k.a. KKT ) pedals from the feral “S” bike of a couple of posts ago.
At first I didn’t take much notice of them, as they were hidden by the rusty toe clips and mouldy straps, as well as having a fair coating of rust themselves. But a closer look reveals a beauty of shape in the curves and cutaways, and dismantling them shows a solid and well made pedal.
After some years recycling, I can still be surprised by well made basic components such as these, and can appreciate the quality that is felt by the feet, but not usually seen.
The shiny, almost wear-free races, bearings and cones, and the beautifully machined axles are all the more impressive considering the shabby external condition.
Sure they are all steel, and not “the ultimate” in pedals, but they aren’t that much heavier than similar alloy caged jobs. It’s just a shame about the damaged chrome, but they were still a pleasure to overhaul, and to feel them spinning smoothly in new grease, after all those years.
Now I can’t wait to find the old bike to put them on !
Now take that, throw-away world !
And Happy Re-cycling !