Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday Early Edition

Out bright and early to get some pics of the Bike With The Funny Name.
I wanted to try and catch a certain light, but instead I just got rained on:

Okay Mr. Flat Tire, enough with the black and white photos!
Hang on to your water bottle and let me tell my story!
So when I went to the paint place to check out the colors, I was sort of disappointed:

Hammerite is the paint of choice as it is very good in keeping stuff from rusting. Not a lot of prep is needed, sometimes you can just paint over the rust and it won't come through the paint.
I got some sculpture on the porch done up in Hammerite that still looks good after five years.
So anyways, there's some colors, but being Hammerite, it's all of that hammered texture stuff.
Not too much selection as far as the regular stuff went.
I finally decided to go with my original choice.
Here's the before and after:

Came out a little darker than I wanted, I was shooting for a fire engine red.
I'm still thinking about painting those twin top tubes white.
For some contrast don't you know.
There's still some stuff I need to work on like the wheels:

There's some paint or something on the rims, I'll Dremelize it later.
The spokes are also rusty, I'm thinking of getting some of that rust remover stuff or maybe just sanding them down.
I got some chain skip on one of the gears so it looks like I'll need a new chain.
Also looking into some fenders but I'm not sure if 700s will fit the 27 inch wheels.
Total amount I spent came out to around $155 including the bicycle.
Would I buy this bike for a buck fifty?
I don't think so.
It is fun bringing stuff back from the dead and I did learn some about older bicycles and for the most part I had a good time working on it.
I guess in that case it's easy to justify what I spent on it.
I'll attach the basket later today and maybe even go out for some cheese rolls and kim chee.
Or something.


Steve A said...

700 fenders will fit 27 inch wheels. Vice versa works, too. The diameter is only about a quarter inch difference, which doesn't bother fenders or tubes. The difference is, far too much to allow mounting tires on the wrong rim, as you might imagine. Brakes will sometimes fit both sizes and sometimes they won't. If you go to my blog and look at any recent Frankenbike photo, it has a 700c rear tire and a 27" front tire, with fenders from the 27" era. All on a bike that originally used 700c tubulars.

Anonymous said...

Okay thanks! that's good to know.
I thinking I was going to have some problems with those half coverage fenders.
It's still gonna be pretty tight under the calipers.