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Topic: Once a sin, is new again! ~ My bike~  (Read 7911 times)
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anafelix
« on: October 12, 2009 04:21:57 PM »


Original rust covered bike
    My mom bought this at an auction for me in June. I started working on it towards the end of June. And my goal was to get the bike completely finished and assembled by mid-July. Unfortunately the bike kinda turned into a huge money pit. I figured out that it cost me almost 80 dollars and a new bike at Walmart is $85. But nobody will ever have one exactly the same and that is worth more than all the money I spent so I'm not that bitter about it.
     The bike was seriously rusty and the tires were rotten. I assume the bike had just been left outside for several years. The chain was my biggest issue though because I couldn't get it off and actually broke the chain tools from Walmart trying to remove it. I finally got it off when someone loaned me this awesome vintage one. And then when I went to put a new chain on, the local stores only had like 2 to choose from. And neither fit, so I had to go an hour away to get one.
 
Sanded and primed, drying.

     I got everything sanded in like 3 days and it only took about a week to prime and paint it, waiting for it to dry in between each coat and taping everything. But the biggest delay was assembling it. I realized when I went to put it together that I had no idea how I took it apart. And that the bolts and things were rusty and I should replace them. So I got a little overwhelmed. But then the guy who loaned me the vintage chain tool helped me reassemble it this week. And I'm so excited! I just wish I would have gotten it done before fall, cuz now it's always raining.

Finished! Also, you can't see it but I painted the inside of the fenders and the open side of the chain guard dark purple.
          Sorry for rambling on, I'm just so estatic that it's finally done.
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2009 04:31:33 PM »

Great job on the restoration of your fabulous bike!!  I think its a thousand times better than what you would get for the same $$ at WalMart Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2009 04:48:34 PM »

this is awesome!  I want a bike like this!  great job!
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2009 05:28:43 PM »

Oh, Ahh! Looks great.
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« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2009 05:40:09 PM »

I LOVE this bike
this is seriously my favourite style of bike and Im planning to get one in the near future. I love the yellow you used it definitely makes a statment. I hope it was worth the wait to put it together
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« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2009 05:58:22 PM »

Awesome job.  I understand the work that goes into painting bike parts.  Also, for future reference, most bike shops will let you use their really good awesome tools for free, so stop buying crappy Wal-Mart tools to use on your awesome bike!
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Asheri
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2009 07:37:57 PM »

I agree that that bike is better than any old walmart bike!
That bike has class.
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anafelix
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2009 08:26:16 PM »

Thanks for letting me know about bike shops and their tools! Unfortunately, I live about 60 miles from the closest bike shop and unless something major comes up, I can't really see dragging my bike up in there in the car.
Thanks everyone, I seriously love this bike!
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« Reply #8 on: October 13, 2009 06:47:58 AM »

Got some irresistible bike infatuation going on here.
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« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2009 09:21:32 AM »

wowee!! that is way better than any bike you could have bought for $85 (cause if it was anything like the tools it just would have fallen apart anyways, lol)
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