20 July 2012

MB-1 Bridgestone Update #?

Getting back to the Bridgestone project and thing have been picking up. Pictures above are the Suntour Roller Cam Brakes that will go under the chain stays.

This is a before and after picture. On the right is what I am starting with. On the left is the result of about 2 and -a -half hours of work. I used different methods of cleaning and polishing to get that result.

I used ceramic oven top cleaner to clean all the brass parts and used aluminum foil to clean-up the chrome parts and wax cleaner and wax to clean the aluminum part of the brakes.

I am really pleased how this turned out!It is so cool to bring life back into these old parts.

14 July 2012

Back in the Saddle Again

Pictured above are three different WTB saddles that I have. From left to right is a SST.X, SST.K and a SST.K. The one in the middle is about 13 or 14 years old and the other SST.K is newer. I will be selling the SST.X it just does not match up with the other two. But I came close to putting both SST.K saddles up for sale.

They were old and the black had came off the sides and just did not look good anymore. I just happen to be reading a build project on another site were a guy took an old Selle Italia Flite and made it look new. So I figured I had two saddles that I could see if I could make them look better

I wish I had taken a before shot but you will just have to deal with the poor after shot that I took. Out came my old shoe shine kit. I brushed on some Kiwi Parade Gloss and gave it a few minutes to dry. Once dry I hit it with a horse hair shine brush and the results is what you see in the picture.

The purple color that you see on the middle saddle is from the flash. Raining today so there is not a lot of natural light to take a good picture with. I don't know how well this will hold-up over time but I think it will do well.

If you have one of those old leather mountain bike saddle that they don't make anymore and you want to give it a few more years of life then clean it up and give it a shot. What do you have to loose!

13 July 2012

What's Happening!

What's Happening! It's been about a month since the last time a made a blog post and well I guess I am do. Just like a person with A.D.D. my post will be all over the place..

For the last couple of months I have been parting out my road bike on one of the auction sites and I have been turning that money to buy more bike stuff. I hope to have a review on one of my purchases the Panaracer Cinder X CX tire. So far I am happy with the tire and it is a faster ride than the Maxxis that I had on the bike.

Also hope to be sharing some bike stuff that I got for the MB-1. I have been doing some work on the MB and should be making another MB-1 Project update. All I will tell you now there has been a lot of cleaning going on. That does not mean the bike is almost done. How about just the wheels...

Got to have a picture for a blog post.. I have been battling to paint the frame or keep it patina. Just seems to me if you are going to put the time and effort in it you just might as well paint it.

Back in May I had to take a trip to Des Moines IA for about 9 days. First let me say the place is clean. Yes there was some trash but compared to most places I have been or even where I live this place was clean! The other thing I found interesting that it has a good cycling community and bike lanes and paths. This was a surprise to me. I am thinking the corn belt with miles between towns.

So one afternoon I want to get out and see what a Bicycling shop in Des Moines is like. So I do a quick search on the web and found this shop. The site is not up and running but I figure what do I have to loose with such a cool picture. Beaverdale Bicycles is in the little town of Beaverdale and it is a cool commuter shop. That's what I call it. The owner also has a tee-shirt print business and has some cool shirts. The co-worker that was with me bought two shirts and he doesn't even ride. With a shop that has a tee-shirt with "I love Beaver" you have to check it out. So go over to their Facebook Page.

I also have been following I just love see some of the bikes that come into his shop. Some nice old school stuff. If that shop was in my neck of the woods you would know were to find me.

That's it for now. Hope to keep things more up-to-date. Now get out and ride!