|Piece by piece
||[Aug. 15th, 2007|11:35 am]
The details were the main reason I wanted a vintage bike. Mud flaps, chain guard, room for a big basket - these retro qualities will be perfect for a student going to school in the big city! There are companies that have started making these bikes new, with the same details. They usualy run somewhere between $400-$900 depending on the model.
I know something about old cars, bikes, ect... although they may not be as Easy to use as modern things, there is a reason they still exist today - and its Certainly not because people took good care of them! They are built like tanks! Solid steel for the most part, and they can take some magor abuse! However there are downfalls such as worn out moving parts, how heavy the thing is (but I brought it upstairs so it cant be That bad), and how much energy it takes to make it work. In this case, also the energy that makes it Look Good!
I started pulling off the details one by one, taking photos as I went in hopes of keeping a visual journal of what goes where and how.
I looked online at cleaning tips, i have my personals faves; Coke a cola, bleach, nailpolish remover, and comet are my tough job cleaners for the house, this is a whole other animal tho!
I put the pieces I took off into a combo of bleach and water (1/10) and nailpolish remover. This took the rust off Very well, however not as much of the paint as I wanted. I want every metal detail on this bike to sparkle. Even little screws, something tells me they will need more than a chemical bath to make that happen!
Under the pieces I took off I started to see the life this bike lived.
It started out green, under the mudflaps you can see a dark olive color, followed by a dark blue, then light baby blue matching the rest of the bike, then the white. All of these paints went on the surface only, no one took this bike appart to paint it!
Under the body you can see a green - blue color I likened to peacock green. Which in itself is a Great color, and if I felt sure that it would be free from scraches and rust I would probably try to return her back to her former glory. However its clear thats not the case.
At this point I am checking out websites, I wrote to one site asking about colors.
I read his tips on painting a bike - he didn`t suggest leaving any untreated metal. So this means if I do go with the silver body and white details I can`t leave it crome to the elements. Which makes sense of course.
-Failed to remove handlebars
Removing the Seat
Note- When I actualy loosened the seat I found a large white spider waiting under there for me. I told her she doesn`t have to go home but she can`t stay here! When I returned to capture or move her she had already made her way out. A little freaked out, this is was resulted in ALL the photos having Raid beside them!