Or is that star-rust ?
Well, there’s not much left of the original Malvern Sportstar now, only the frame, the unique bottom bracket ( with new square taper axle ) and the original Cherry brake callipers.
And yet – from the ashes – a new Sportstar-cruiser is taking shape.
Semi-upright and more comfortable than a road bike, but not too heavy, and geared down a little.
I’m spending a bit of time on this one because at around 58cm frame size it’s an ideal fit for me as a cruiser-bike.
And it was solid and straight too, despite the rust.
Firstly the frame was re-painted as there was only the cheap looking head decal remaining, and that wasn’t worth keeping. It now sports a Rustoleum Cobalt Blue paint job, with some hand painted stars – echoes of the old star decal.
I fitted a new chromed fork, nothing fancy, it’s the same type that I used on Grandfather’s Speedwell. The fork needed hacksaw shortening, but I also added some extra spacers to the VP head-set, to add a little height as compensation for the short rise of the 100mm Genetic stem used.
Bars are Tange Moustache with Dia-compe DC188 reverse levers, just as fitted to the pink mixte, because I was so pleased with their laid back comfort on that bike. Instead of bar tape though, I’ve used the matching Dia-compe grips. These have simple cable guides built in to make it easy.
Spur of the moment, I will use the clip-on Suntour 888 shifters shown in the previous post, as I like their looks, and there are no braze-ons on this frame for levers.
I bought some new budget 27″ Q.R. alloy wheels online, but I don’t like the nasty Joytech hubs, especially the front one. In sheer overkill fashion, I have re-laced the front rim onto a much better hub, using the same spokes. I’ll keep the rear hub – but – although it has a cluster thread, it’s too wide at 130mm over the locknuts. I’ll detail the width reduction to around 126mm in a future post…
It’s easier to fit the gear and brake setups before the wheels and chainwheel go on, so I’ve done that too.
Next jobs will be sorting the rear wheel and fitting the drive train.