Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Bike decay 101

Blue the mountain bike turned into urban survival bike is undergoing some rejuvenation treatments.

We observed some decay, which we present to you as a public service for the "Don't let this happen to you" Foundation.

Front shifter cable/housing has a problem.

Amazingly, it actually (but barely) still shifted, but we admit we knew we had a problem. All the cable housings are ancient.

The bike is an 85 or 86 Rockhopper we bought 2nd hand in 88. One of the oldest Specialised bikes in Quebec! We renovated it in the early 90s and it has become time for some further attention. It was probably time for some attention a few years ago.

Better late than never.

Prevention/solution for the grease gunk and goo of the well-aged bicycle

Buy it now! You will not regret it.

Click on the photo and see a fridge magnet for the longest covered bridge in Quebec!

Here is some more decay, of the slow-aging and still working variety:

Derailleur pulley wheel showing some signs of age!

Derailleur pulleys are supposed to look like this:

New pulley wheel

The backend of Blue has some more cable decay, decay was everywhere. Aieee.

The good news is that 80's Deore derailleurs are indestructible.


At 12:05 PM, Blogger Victor Chisholm said...

Have you ever tried baby wipes? They are incredibly good at degreasing hands. Wet Ones come in small travel packs that are nice to take on bike rides.


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