My method of refurbishment is to fully disassemble the bike to determine what can be recycled and what is to be replaced, then to hop between the various cleanup and maintenance tasks back and forward until ready for re-assembly, and while sourcing or repairing parts.
I like to work out what the cause of abandonment is, and in this case it relates to the rear wheel, which is buckled and has a spoke broken, as well as a damaged tyre and punctured tube. The bike has been stored unused for quite a while, finally being disposed of as a rusty basket case. The rims are in terrible condition rust-wise and most of the chrome has flaked off or is blistered. There’s nothing for it but to scrape the loose stuff away and hit the rest with rust converter .
I’ve also done the same with the racks, they’ve come up a little better, and here’s the seat adjuster clamp cleaned up too. Small parts can be soaked in the phosphoric acid ’til all rust and even some metal is eaten away, but converter works best if there is a thin layer of neutralised rust to remain as a blackish protective coat.
With the frame, I neutralise any spots of surface rust and clean out the bottom bracket threads of rust and grease. The BB is the “sump” of the bicycle, and a collection point of water related nasties. I make sure the little pin hole air vents in the forks and some frame stays are open and inject fish oil via a spray can with tube nozzle.
This frame has a myriad of hidden welds where rust has begun, all fish-oiled too.
The paint work is cut back with metal polish paste ( e.g. “mothers” or “autosol” ) which brings back some shine, staying away from any decals or vulnerable surfaces. Sadly, the head badge has lost most of its detail already.
Here are the markings I have found so far, for posterity :
Frame No : E4C00611 on rear of BB shell
Seat tube sticker : “Hand Built by Elswick Falcon Cycles Ltd.” – conforms to BS6102, blah, blah …
Fork : Akisu 84
Bell : Made in England by C.J. Adie & Nephew Ltd. ( ! )
Quill Stem : I.T.W.
Hubs : Sturmey Archer, Rear is AW 3-speed dated 84 – 3
Rims : Rigida Superchromix (not any more!) 20 x 1 & 3/8 ”
Cranks : marked ” Made in France ” ( no name ).
Pedals : Union U50 white platform.
Grips : White ” Plastiche Cassano”
Kick stand : Royal – Made in Italy
Levers : Weinmann alloy marked “7 83”
Calipers : Weinmann Type 810 – alloy.
BB races : “Phillips – Made in England”
Saddle : unbranded moulded white vinyl padded, on rigid metal base.
The saddle is unstitched and has no gashes in the vinyl, so has lasted quite well except for a horrid brown spottiness – looks like it was left under a tree for years !
Seat Post – so rusted it’s unreadable !
Tyres : Deli Tyre Indonesia (off white) 20 x 1 & 3/8 ” ( as found ). These are actually grey wheelchair tyres, and that may be the only option available now in colours other than black. It seems this size was sometimes used on BMX bikes too, but they are mostly 407 mm now (vs. the 451 size here ).
The head badge has barely readable Elswick Cycles – est. 1880 – Barton on Humber ( I Think ! ).
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