So far, this has been one of the easiest restorations I’ve done, thanks to the bike having been kept in relatively good condition. In only a few hours today, I had the majority of work finished. It still needs some parts, like a new chain – as the old one is too worn. The saddle will go too, as it is immediately uncomfortable. Also new grips, new tyres, and some mudguards will need to be sourced. Despite the colour being about as subtle as a coke can, I still like it.
Here is the general idea of how it will look, disregarding the seat and grips as they will be changed :
Here also are some ideas for decorative details that don’t cost much, yet can smarten up any old bike like this one :
I should go into production with these stands – lol …
The gear levers can’t really be separated so I’ve decided to leave it a 10 speed, with a “normal” ring and a “downhill” ring – i.e. the opposite of a “granny” ring!
So, it’s a sort of “10 speed fixie” then, if you get my oxymoron.
More details to follow…