Find out how original it is:
- This requires a research effort! This is part of the purpose of this
web site (to inform about the bikes and their era.)
- Talk to other enthusiasts at meets, at your local bike shop or at club functions.
- Find an old magazine or catalog (reprint?) to study your bike's original
the source for reprinted catalogs.
If you are disassembling:
- Remove the parts in an orderly manner.
- Put the parts in zip lock plastic bags (it is best to use one
bag for each part.)
- Make a diagram or take a picture if you are not totally familiar with the
assembly order or if there is an unusual aspect of the assembly.
- In those difficult steps (headset, bbkt removal, etc.) get professional help from
your competent local bike shop rather than fudging it up yourself.
Make a list all parts:
Evaluate their condition,
appropriateness to your bike's "stock" equipment or era, and the
workability of these bits.
Make a separate, very specific list of what you will need to obtain to complete the
bicycle. This will be referred to when searching for parts.
- Use non destructive cleaning
materials.... Become familiar with the safe and non intrusive of a selection of solvents
- Be careful not to scrub decals off or to polish through surface of paint!
and restoration materials
Here is a partial list.. Be sure to test for potential damaging effects,
especially with solvents!
- Bathroom "scrubbing
Good general mild cleaner.
- Oil Soap
Special purpose cleaner to use where a lot of water might damage item.
powdered Comet style abrasive but less so. "Scratchless" (not
so!) Use for hard to clean surfaces carefully...
Grunge removal and degreasing
(Warning! These guys are potent!)
(denatured) alcohol, also
called shellac thinner
Good for dissolving old decals with
less risk damaging paint.... test first though!
- Kerosene (Mild
and effective for most cleaning.. Leaves an oily residue
- Lacquer thinner Very
dangerous but powerful solvent.. use cautiously!
Citrus Degreaser Very
powerful solvent .but damages many materials especially plastic.
GoofOff brand and similar
Effective at removing layers
of paint.. Will soften and damage old paint with prolonged use.
DO NOT EVER USE GASOLINE!
It is highly flamable and
also etches and damages metals.
Click here for a
complete compilation by Dennis Young
as discussed on the CR
and similar Use on rubber and vinyl items
that are in good to excellent condition. Not bad on painted surfaces
either with no visible "build up."
- Brooks ProofHide
Leather saddles, use sparingly.
- Shoe Polishes, esp. KIWI brand
saddles back to original color.
Can be "built up"
to fill cracks, etc. Some us e as paint polish too.
- Various touch up paints ...from auto parts stores, bike shops.
Take fork or frame in store to try
- Krylon Krystal Clear spray
great protectant and decal sealer which seems to be non reactive and comes off with mild
- "One Shot" sign paint for cutouts, lining ...from bigger art supply
beautifully and covers with one coat if applied correctly. Do not overspray with Krylon!
- Liquid Latex for tire sidewalls ...available from carpet stores. Thin down by
30%. Can rejuvenate worn
looking tires and rubber but dries to high gloss, so be sure that is
what you want..
has great tips on paint fills
HERE and photography
In addition to traditional tape wrapping,
the French style shellacking over cloth tape.. See
Goldenberg's page devoted to this rediscovered technique.